In Overwatch and in many online games like StarCraft or League of Legends, when you finish a match it’s usually considered polite to say “gg” (good game) in chat. But some people have started saying “gg ez,” which twists the nice phrase into an insult that states how easy it was to beat the other team.
Well, Blizzard doesn’t seem to like this very much, and they’re doing something about this chat behavior. Right now in their Overwatch test servers, if a player types “gg ez” into chat, it gets automatically and randomly changed to something a little more ridiculous. Half the time the phrases are incredibly nice and half the time they are a joke back at the player. Here’s some examples:
- Great game, everyone!
- I’m wrestling with some insecurity issues in my life by thank you all for playing with me.
- C’mon, Mom! One more game before you tuck me in. Oops mistell.
- For glory and honor! Huzzah comrades!
- I’m trying to be a nicer person. It’s hard, but I’m trying, guys.
- Gee whiz! That was fun. Good playing!
Check out the video of it in action:
I RECORDED VIDEO TO SHOW YOU THAT I'M NOT LYING pic.twitter.com/4WQ8j8dBrj
— Karen @ Spookywatch (@Malkythera) August 17, 2016
The filter is currently only active on their test servers, and Blizzard has not said anything about if they plan to take it live in the game’s main servers. It’s an interesting tactic to take against negative behavior in chat. Normally besides filtering certain offensive words, many companies just rely on the players to report harassment or negative behavior, so this is a very pro-active approach. And it’s an approach that doesn’t center around banning a player. We’ll see if Blizzard’s experiment helps influence Overwatch players to behavior more positively in chat.