I absolutely stink at Halo 3. It isn’t that I am bad at first-person shooters, but the fact that I so poorly execute anything in Halo 3 leaves me with little desire to play it. If I pop in Call of Duty I can hold my own and do much better, so why is it that I absolutely suck at Halo?
It took a little while, but I have determined why. It is really a no-brainer! I never, ever play Halo 3 consistently enough to learn. I’ve put countless hours into other shooters, and it shows. As for the latest Master Chief outing, I don’t really spend a lot of time with it. As I asked myself why, an answer quickly formed: I hate the multiplayer experience in the game.
Honestly? I really just get sick of being called all sorts of derogatory names involving alternative lifestyles. I get really sick of people downing others by using slang names for the reproductive organs of women. Can I take it a step further? It all comes from these whiny, squeaky little voices that belong to adolescent boys no older than the age of thirteen.
Microsoft, it is time to take the kids off of Xbox Live. I understand that there are far-reaching ramifications to doing this, but if you truly want to improve the service it should be done. More and more I find myself choosing to play alone rather than enjoy the F-bomb being dropped by these kids who aren’t even old enough to fully understand the ramifications of what “F” stands for.
Fully removing kids from Xbox LIVE is impossible, I understand. May I offer a solution? If they don’t sound old enough to be playing a game that is “Rated M for Mature” then they probably aren’t mature enough to play a game that is “Rated M for Mature”. When they sign up for these gamertags, don’t you verify the age?
I understand what I am proposing when I say this: Congress? Yeah, enforce it all the way through online services. It’s illegal for them to buy the game, or have it sold to them. Why are they playing it online?
One of my favorite podcasts is Major Nelson Radio. Major’s co-host goes by the gamertag “e”. E is always saying that he does not allow his son to play games that are “Rated M for Mature”. That’s a responsible parent, one that should be applauded. Now knowing the kind of dad e is, his son probably wouldn’t go around cursing on Live anyway…but that isn’t the point. Parents? Don’t you hear the kind of things your kids are saying? Do you even care?
In order the improve the quality of the experience on Xbox LIVE, I think the team in Washington should really take a hard look at their policies and consider removing adolescents from LIVE. It’s not just the cursing, I have one other reason: In comparison to adolescent gamers, mature gamers tend to cheat less, use cheating devices less, try to get Gamerscore they have not earned less.
I’m sick of being called names, hearing disgusting comments, and I’m just plain tired of the extreme amounts of cursing. I don’t want to pay $49.99 a year to be called what I have been called. I can mute them, block them, and report them but they just keep coming. I’m calling you out, Microsoft. Let’s figure something out, even a happy medium, and do it.