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4-12-2011 @ 8:47PM
I don't play a druid (cause Paladins are more awesome :P) but I am glad that I read this article. You are spot on with your analysis. People are douchebags because there is no repercussions for doing so. Before Dungeon Finder, every player had a reputation. You knew that if you were a complete tool when running with people, eventually no one will want to run with you and if no one wants to group with you then you're pretty much screwed. But with the new system you could be a complete asshat and not be penalized for it. The restrictions with the kicking (can't kick for another 2 hours... really?) are protecting the wrong people, namely the incompetents and douchebags, and even on the rare occasion that you could kick the douchebag, he can just queue for another dungeon.The simple way to fix this is to remove the restrictions when kicking someone. If someone is being a complete tool in my group, I should be able to kick him. And if the next person who replaces him is a tool as well then I should be able to start another vote and not have to wait 2 hours.Another way to fix this is to add a 'report a player' function at the end of each run. Games that rely heavily on matchmaking like League of legends and Heroes of Newerth already have this sort of system. At the end of each run each player can choose to report someone and put a comment in there. The GM's will then read the reports and if they see that the player was indeed not following the rules, that person will get a warning first, then an increasing ban for each subsequent offense.The two problems with the report a player system is obviously the cost of having GM's read the reports and the potential for abuse. The cost issue, in my opinion, is a non issue. League of Legends is a free to play game and yet they are able to implement this. On the other hand, WoW is one of the biggest cash cows in the gaming industry. They should have no problem with the costs of implementing this. The potential abuse issue is also easily solved. If someone reports another player for an offence he did not commit the player who made the report should be penalized.
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