We’ve talked before about the dark side of gaming, where players harass other players, send messages that shouldn’t be said, and generally ruin the game experience for others. This still happens, and sadly it looks like it’s never going to change. Usually, developers give players the ability to report others, and then potentially punish them for their actions. However, for Overwatch players on consoles, their ability to report other players is virtually non-existent, and they want that to change in a hurry.
You see, on PC, Overwatch players can very easily report to Blizzard who is doing what and why and how. But for console users, as noted by Reddit user SymmySyms, they only have one option: Block. And it’s not very effective:
“All this does is prevent them from messaging you and friending you, if you get stuck in another game with them they can harass you until you mute their mic.”
This is a problem, as it means that harassing can go beyond what it should go to. The easiest solution is for Blizzard to create a reporting system very similar to what the have on PC and use it help bring peace of mind to Overwatch players. Because if players have to consistently worry about who will be harassing them next, they won’t want to play. And no one wants that.
Many other Reddit users who play Overwatch chimed in, and lamented how the problem has basically been there since Day 1, making it all the more sad that Blizzard hasn’t done anything yet. There are those who state that even the PC version of reporting doesn’t really help much, if at all. But other players still want it, even if it’s only to create a state of mental peace:
“This can’t be said enough, even if it doesn’t “do anything” at least its there,” said player Tristage.
What do you think? Should this be a priority for Blizzard? Let us know in the comments below.