Overwatch now makes poor winners look like the juveniles they are

GG EZ gets automatically replaced with a variety of phrases designed to make others smile.

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Playing competitive games can be hard enough without sore losers. However, sore winners can be even worse, rubbing your nose in the loss instead of being somewhat magnanimous. Blizzard feels your pain, and has tried to reverse the psychological torment in a behind-the-scenes fix in Overwatch.

After matches, some winners tend to gloat, typing GG EZ in match chat, which stands for Good Game, Easy win. Typing that to friends privately or even typing that to your team is no problem. But typing it so your opponents see it? Won't happen. Blizzard devs now replace that string of characters with a variety of phases designed to make the gloater look complimentary ... or worse.

Among the catchy little phrases added:

  • I'm wrestling with some insecurity issues in my life, but thank you all for playing with me
  • C'mon Mom! One more game before you tuck me in. Oops mistell.
  • I could really use a hug right now
  • I'm trying to be a nicer person. It's hard, but I'm trying, guys
  • Mommy says people my age shouldn't suck their thumbs
  • It's past my bedtime. Please don't tell my mommy

There are also ones turning the troll into a good winner, such as "Well played, I salute you" and "Gee whiz, that was fun. Good playing".

It will be interesting to see if these changes make it through into Blizzard's other competitive games as well.

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    August 18, 2016 7:56 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Overwatch now makes poor winners look like the juveniles they are

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      August 18, 2016 8:00 AM

      In before someone complains about freedom of speech, forgetting that that rule applies to the government.

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      August 18, 2016 8:14 AM

      Hahaha is this real? That's amazing if so.

      Just sounds like am April Fool's Day kind of thing

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      August 18, 2016 8:20 AM

      This is great https://gfycat.com/RigidMadeupFairybluebird

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        August 18, 2016 9:02 AM

        i'd never type GG EZ to anyone but this kinda makes me want to

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          August 18, 2016 1:49 PM

          I usually say "gg", but this would definitely make me say "gg ez".

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        August 18, 2016 11:10 AM

        Amazing. I never say GG EZ but I'll make sure to do so from now on. Canned compliments for a game well played are the best

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      August 18, 2016 8:53 AM

      Valve. Pay attention, DOTA could use this

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      August 18, 2016 9:05 AM

      I love it.

      That being said I don't understand words on the internet, by strangers, behind monitors hurting feelings either.

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      August 18, 2016 9:10 AM

      Psyonix, please implement.

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      August 18, 2016 9:21 AM

      I still find it weird that you can talk to the other team. In HotS you can't! You've got to whisper them, which really really cuts down on toxicity. It's easy to say "ggez" in public chat but it takes a real piece of shit to actually single out and directly contact one person on the other team.

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        August 18, 2016 10:46 AM

        In every FPS you can talk to the other team. Why is it weird that you can? I hate this move towards "non toxicity" because it comes at the cost of socialization. Players need to put on their big boy pants when they play MP games. If a player is being "toxic," then mute or block the person or go play SP. It sucks that they've removed useful features because a few players are being "toxic."

        I had a game the other day where a teammate and I worked together and had some awesome combos. I wanted to whisper to him after the game and say "hey man great job on those combos" but I couldn't because I wasn't friends with him. I couldn't be friends with him because I'm already full up on friends. So, I wanted to compliment a guy and couldn't because Blizzard was afraid of me being toxic when I was doing the opposite.

        Another example is when I want to compliment someone on the opposing team. Oops, can't whisper to them either, babies are worried about "being toxic." So now we're all banned from talking to other people in a MULTIPLAYER GAME. This is ridiculous.

        When is the Shack going to prevent new posts? That will stop the "toxicity" that we have. But it would also stop any good discussions as well. Yes, we're going to have "toxic" posts here and there but you simply deal with them on an as needed basis instead of banning everyone from communication.

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          August 18, 2016 11:31 AM

          Because sht talking is easier and more common then genuine appreciation? No team based game wants to be the next HoN. The community ruined a perfectly good game.

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            August 18, 2016 11:38 AM

            That's like saying terrorism is easier than security therefore no one gets to fly on planes.

            Instead of a blanket ban, simply allow players to block the shitty people. Problem solved! And without stopping legitimate interactions in a goddamn MP game.

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              August 18, 2016 11:47 AM

              That's a ghastly analogy. It's an easy call to limit the collateral damage of toxic players. No need to go apocalyptic.

              A few folks will need to use r/missedoverwatchconnections but the majority of players will benefit.

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              August 18, 2016 12:05 PM

              It's more like saying you can't bring guns on planes. Everyone can still fly (play the game), you just can't do gun terrorism (send toxic messages).

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                August 18, 2016 1:59 PM

                Bad analogy. You're equating guns on planes to global communication. aka: calling for a ban on both. That's wrong. No one is arguing for guns on planes. No one is saying let's let some guns on planes.

                I'm saying let players talk to other players, don't lay a blanket ban. If one player does not want to receive messages, they can block them. Simple as that. But don't block me when I want to talk to others. Some of my favorite interactions have come from random chat. Look at the chatty. Should we block private messaging on here unless you explicitly add someone to an allowed list? No? Then why are we doing that in Overwatch? Because people are getting triggered by "toxic" players, boo hoo.

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                  August 18, 2016 2:03 PM

                  I'm saying your analogy is bad. You equated banning chat to banning flying. I'm saying banning flying would be like not being allowed to play the game at all. Blizzard is just banning a certain aspect of the game, not the whole thing.

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                    August 18, 2016 2:12 PM

                    I'm saying terrorism = "toxic" players and flying is being able to talk to everyone in game.

                    So instead of banning everyone from talking (flying), they can simply ban toxic players (terrorists) or allow you to block them.

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                      August 18, 2016 2:12 PM

                      There would be no flights if >99% of flights were used in acts of terrorism.

                      That's the key difference that invalidates your analogy.

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                        August 18, 2016 2:21 PM

                        Because flights have a system in place to block terrorists. The equivalent system in games is to block players. But they've decided to not only block terrorists, but everyone (aka - flying). If people have a problem with a shitty person (aka terrorist) and the block them, then your whole incidence per game goes to zero because these players are blocked. But for people like me, who enjoy interacting with everyone, I get to do that without being blocked as well.

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                  August 18, 2016 2:12 PM

                  The issue is the rate of misuse.

                  There's a big difference between incidents of terrorism vs. incidents of people being toxic shitbags in multiplayer games. Terrorism is close to 0% per activity, while toxic shitbags are close to 100%.

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                    August 18, 2016 2:17 PM

                    Totally irrelevant. And false. I don't know who you are playing with but most matches I play in and just people playing. Sometimes you get people talking trash but people do that in real life competitive activities. Should we prevent people from talking during football or soccer games now too? Just in case someone wants to say something snarky? Or should we assume people have a backbone and can handle criticism? Or if they CAN'T or don't want to, they can opt out? Why are we defaulting everyone to opt out and not even allowing an opt in?

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            August 22, 2016 7:57 AM

            Agreed on the HoN comparison. That game had so much potential, but company mismanagement plus a shitty community ruined it's potential. That, and the fact that it launched at $30 where LoL had just launched for free.

            However, I would prefer for there to be an easy way to mute the enemy team, like in Dota 2, then to block communication to the enemy team entirely. The way Overwatch is doing it works, too, and is hilarious, but people will just find ways around it.

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          August 18, 2016 11:33 AM

          I've almost never encountered positive cross team interactions. When the other team has something to say to me, it's generally toxic. So I have no problem losing that tiny fraction of positive interaction in exchange for never getting the negative.

          Also for your talk about the whispers, I've gotten plenty of whispers from people after games complimenting me. I've also gotten people from the other team complimenting me in whispers. I've also had people from the other team whisper me to say I was terrible or whatever. None of these interactions were from people on my friends list. You might want to check your settings.

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          August 18, 2016 11:36 AM

          what useful feature got removed? the ability to talk to the other team is a useful feature? i think you're over-reacting

          limit to your friends list sucks, yea.

          im pretty sure you can whisper someone after a match in the score screen without being their friend though.

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            August 18, 2016 11:38 AM

            You cannot.

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              August 18, 2016 12:00 PM

              in HotS you can, i just did

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                August 18, 2016 12:03 PM

                Sorry, I was talking about Overwatch.

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              August 18, 2016 12:01 PM

              You definitely can.

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                August 18, 2016 1:19 PM

                Go play a QM, then try to whisper to an enemy player. There is no option to whisper to them. Nor can you /whisper them.

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          August 18, 2016 12:22 PM

          Any time someone puts "toxic" in quotes, I know right away they are not someone I want to be in a game with.

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            August 18, 2016 1:48 PM

            Anytime someone says "toxic" in a serious conversation, I know that they're part of the Politically Correct movement and are more than willing to ban all communication for the sake of their own feelings. A block or mute button does the same thing and doesn't prevent others from interacting as well.

            Show me sometime who calls people toxic and I'll show you someone that requires other people to resolve their problems.

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          August 18, 2016 1:49 PM

          The whisper thing's a little different, because it's not being handled the way typical game chat does. You're whispering account to account. Having said that, I thought whispers worked while you were both in the same match, teammate or opponent. Something does seem fucky there.

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            August 18, 2016 2:25 PM

            He's probably muted for being toxic.

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              August 18, 2016 6:51 PM

              You realize this reply would be considered "toxic," right?

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        August 18, 2016 1:47 PM

        I'll admit freely that I am easily baited by match taunting, so the simple solution is to simply leave /match chat altogether.

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        August 18, 2016 4:20 PM

        I made tons of my friends playing counterstrike:source and being silly.

        If my only options were "RUSH A" or "GG EZ WIN" I would have a fraction of the internet friends I have and I'd have never met the microcenter guys I still meet up with to eat with in KC.

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        August 18, 2016 5:01 PM

        Because it's only text in a game by people you don't know. Sometimes it's fun conversation. Other times it's people trolling or being douches (that's when you laugh at them) Whatever- it's worth having as a feature.

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      August 18, 2016 10:04 AM

      Adding spaces defeats the filter. Last night, a guy typed "g g e z" and got away with it, very disappointing. Sad!

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        August 18, 2016 10:16 AM

        typing out g g e z just makes you look really pathetic.

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          August 18, 2016 12:12 PM

          I don't think the people who do this sort of thing on the reg care about that, lol.

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        August 18, 2016 11:41 AM

        lol yeah I don't see this lasting long. All it's going to do is make people get a bit more creative with shit talk.

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          August 18, 2016 12:18 PM

          your kid's name is hilarious!

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          August 18, 2016 1:50 PM

          gitgud

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          August 18, 2016 1:51 PM

          That, and when you see the converted nice text, you know what was really said anyway.

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        August 18, 2016 11:49 AM

        I'd be fine with it if they just changed chat between teams to something like Hearthstone, you just have some options to pick from in cartoon bubbles. Good game! Hello! Etc.

        Team chat I guess would need to remain as-is.

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        August 18, 2016 1:40 PM

        "And thus, a new generation discovered l33t sp34k. And now you know... the rest of the story."

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        August 18, 2016 1:53 PM

        When I moderated a BF4 server we had a swear filter that just bleeped things. People hated it and would try to work around it, but our policy was that most swearing done in the game was abusive language and if you were just frustrated then the bleeps conveyed it just as well.

        Point being, I added new things to the list all the time. Not too hard. Blizzard can probably just look at things typed in games with reports and figure out most of the new trends.

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          August 18, 2016 5:13 PM

          I'm getting my shit pushed in over here!

          I always quoted the soldiers in game until I got banned.

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            August 18, 2016 6:37 PM

            Yeah that's why we didn't ban. Bans were for people being abusive. We filtered because even though the game had swear words, they weren't being directed at other players. Outright racist stuff would be an auto temp ban though. Nothing justified that.

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        August 18, 2016 2:15 PM

        ezgg should work too.

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      August 18, 2016 10:54 AM

      haha that's fantastic

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      August 18, 2016 11:39 AM

      Now type "gee gee izi"

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      August 18, 2016 1:56 PM

      Why is Hanzo such a piece of shit? I feel dirty even playing him he is such a no skill couch again champ. Press a button over and over no reload time and just plink people, if they get close jump around and shoot their face. At least widow maker has tracer rounds he doesn't even have that?

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        August 18, 2016 2:05 PM

        Eh, I never really have much of a problem with him. No reload, but he does have to draw the arrow. I don't like playing him much at all though.

      • Zek legacy 10 years
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        August 18, 2016 4:12 PM

        He's by no means the easiest hero to play in the game, not by a long shot. Believe me there are lots of terrible Hanzos. If you're good with him that just means you have a knack for leading projectiles, no need to buy into the narrative set by the whiny babies getting killed by him.

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          August 18, 2016 7:00 PM

          Have you seen him on PTR? Either the increased projectile speed or the reverted hitboxes would be a big deal, but together he's massively buffed.

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            August 18, 2016 7:15 PM

            His arrows now travel 50% faster on PTR

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            August 18, 2016 7:44 PM

            He was almost nonexistent in comp before.

          • Zek legacy 10 years
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            August 18, 2016 8:35 PM

            Yes I was surprised to see them do both at once. Incidentally I'm in favor of both changes - strict hitboxes are too unforgiving for projectile weapons, and his arrows were too slow for him to be a proper sniper. However if he's OP now I think they should nerf his close range damage. Ambushing him at point blank range and dying instantly to a desperate headshot or a ground-scatter arrow is very frustrating.

            As far as his skill curve goes though, the playerbase always incredibly overestimated the impact of those hitboxes IMO. It's not like getting a close scrape with an arrow is pure luck (usually), you still have to be quite accurate to hit consistently. So the outcry over hitboxes to me seemed like people were more concerned about what was "right" rather than what was fun.

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      August 18, 2016 4:37 PM

      i dunno, an easy win doesn't make a good game. I want a hard fought victory, those are more fun. kids these days

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      August 18, 2016 5:50 PM

      Does it do it if the game is a blowout and someone says "Close one!"

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      August 18, 2016 7:12 PM

      You can defeat it by typing "A most courageous effort old chap! I must say however that the difficulty was rather lacking" which is p lame imho

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