Xbox One basketball game penalises players for swearing

Xbox One

The Xbox One has come under a lot of flack for costing $100 more than Sony's competing PS4 console.

Microsoft justifies the price difference by pointing out that the Xbox One comes bundled with the Kinect 2.0, its all-purpose video camera/microphone/motion sensor/Orwellian spy, but many gamers haven't been convinced. The Kinect is widely seems as lacking a "killer app", something more than the various motion-controlled party games which filled the shelves of the last generation.

But that's surely bound to change, because that must-have feature has been found: the latest version of 2K Sports' flagship basketball series, NBA 2K14, penalises gamers for swearing. In real life.

Yes, if the Xbox One hears you swearing, the in-game referee will penalise your team for a technical foul. 

The PS4 version of the game has the same feature, but requires the Playstation Camera, sold separately, to make it work. That's frankly not good enough: I want this on in every game, by default.

In fact, developers should go further. I want Lara Croft delivering withering put-downs to men who comment on her looks; Cooking Mama telling off players who are rude to their real-life mothers; and the Prince from Katamari Damacy asking people to occasionally recite the alphabet backwards while standing on one foot, just to ensure that they aren't playing with any "performance enhancers".

Powered by article was written by Alex Hern, for on Thursday 5th December 2013 16.25 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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