Killer Instinct debuts Spinal with new rage quit rules

Spinal makes his debut in Killer Instinct today and he brings along with him some new rules aimed at deterring rage quitters.

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Double Helix is upping Killer Instinct's roster by one more today, as the bone-chilling Spinal enters the arena. With the ability to absorb projectiles and teleport back and forth, Spinal's an intimidating foe and you might be tempted to just quit while you're ahead. That's not advised, as Spinal will be accompanied by some new rules meant to deter rage quitters.

Beginning with today's update, Ranked Matches have a new 'Jail' feature. If a player's disconnect percentage reaches 15% (out of a 10-match minimum), that player will go to 'Jail' for a 24-hour period. Jailbirds will only be matched up against other Jail members and will also get their profile automatically changed to a custom 'Jail' icon until their sentence is served. Repeat offenders will see their 'Jail' sentences increase by 24 hours for every offense, all the way up to five days.

The Double Helix forum has the full list of updates, balance changes, and fixes for today's update. Check out Spinal's undead rampage in the trailer below and watch out for one more cameo at the end.

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    January 31, 2014 7:15 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Killer Instinct debuts Spinal with new rage quit rules.

    Spinal makes his debut in Killer Instinct today and he brings along with him some new rules aimed at deterring rage quitters.

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      January 31, 2014 7:46 AM

      Cool, I've been wondering when he hit the game. The jail thing sounds interesting too.

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      January 31, 2014 7:51 AM

      The jail for rage quitters is such a great thing in multiplayer games like this.

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      January 31, 2014 8:32 AM

      Ohhh man I know what I am playing after work today \m/ awesome, finally.

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      January 31, 2014 9:10 AM

      Any shackers play this? I'm pretty decent but I don't know if my ego can handle ranked. Hmm.

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        January 31, 2014 9:12 AM

        I play it offline mostly. I know I can't handle ranked.

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        January 31, 2014 9:57 AM

        I can't handle ranked. I'm not about to pretend to be a KI expert, but I do have fun with it.

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          January 31, 2014 11:08 AM

          yeah, it all depends on if you're able to have fun while losing constantly. Even though I lost most of the time in SF4, I would get a little better each time I played, and that was enough to keep it fun.

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        January 31, 2014 10:11 AM

        yup. bagelcc on live

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          January 31, 2014 11:25 AM

          Haha, I think you're on my list already. We should get some games going.

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            January 31, 2014 12:18 PM

            definitely! Too bad xbone doesnt tell me when people are online. I have to open seperate applications

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      January 31, 2014 11:32 AM

      People rage quit fighting games? The damn thing lasts 2 minutes

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        January 31, 2014 12:06 PM

        People would leave games early to save their rank and W/L records. Not so much rage quitting as it was self preservation, I suppose.