In time for Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty is moderating its system to activate mic bans towards abusive players in the voice chat section of the game. While this new ‘update’ is met with mixed reactions from fans of the popular game, the developers stand by their decision to help promote a more positive and respectful gaming environment.
The mic bans in Call of Duty (CoD) can be either temporary or permanent depending on the gravity of the player’s violation. Misuses of the microphone and voice chat feature such as engaging in toxic behavior, using offensive and discriminatory language, and hate speech are some of the violations that can merit a player to get their mics banned. Developers of the game use the ToxMod AI system to help monitor and detect said violations.
Arguments are being raised by the gaming community about how the mic bans can impact the players’ communication and the (intense) banter during heated games, especially in multiplayer battles. There have also been suggestions to impose a temporary voice suspension or chat restrictions instead.
To that, CoD explains that players can use text chat as an alternative should their mics be banned. Although this may be inefficient and slow for moments wherein split decisions and team gameplay must be discussed, the mic bans are imposed for the benefit of all.
This new rule being imposed is a reminder that owning and using a gaming microphone in play also comes with responsibilities. One can still have fun while maintaining a positive and inclusive gaming environment, even during heated moments.