Here’s something nobody saw coming, and by nobody we mean everybody: Sea of Thieves griefers are abusing the brig

Did you think Sea of Thieves’ patch yesterday, which aimed to address respawn griefing, was going to put an end to players’ torment? Yo-ho-ho not a single chance of that, me hearties. Not while the brig is still in the game.

As we’ve previously covered, the “brig” is sort of a milder version of vote-kicking found in other games; if you annoy enough of your fellow crew, they can dump you in the brig of the ship, locking you up until you apologize or whatever. Rare defended it as a “creative” solution that allowed people to roleplay their way out of a bad social situation.

But just as it did with its proposed (and since canceled) harsh death tax, Rare is now finding out the hard way that if you give a griefer an inch, he’ll take a mile, and now the tool meant to curb griefers is actually being used by them to, you guessed it, grief everyone else.

As Kotaku explains, the new stunt is being called “insta-brigging,” and it’s allowing small groups to hop into somebody else’s ship instance, take it over, and throw the original player into the brig for zero reason at all. Apparently some folks brig solo players hoping to force them to quit out, making space for a buddy.

Sigh.

Source: Kotaku. Thanks, Pepperzine!
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Aldristavan

LOL at this headline.

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Axetwin .

This right here is why no game should include features like this. No matter how much the “hardcore” crowd might kick, scream, and pound their fists on the floor of their favorite toy store because their mommy won’t buy them their 12th candy bar.

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ultorius

lol,how did they not see it coming?good thing they didnt give them the option to vote perma ban from the game

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Schmidt.Capela

Apparently Rare’s plan to solve this involves:

– Matching based on having a mic connected and on language. Supposedly this will prevent players that want a group where everyone uses voice from using the brig to force out newcomers without a mic, or from trying to drive off those that speak a different language.

– The ability to set your crew to invitation-only, which means a bunch of randoms won’t get added to your ship when some of your friends face connection issues, and also that incomplete groups can start playing before everyone is online without the risk of unwanted players joining.

Those seem to be good steps in the right direction, though I don’t think it will solve the issue.

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Mr Poolaty

Why does it have to be a he that takes a mile though?

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Hravik

Been saying it for years, no matter the game, no matter the genre, if players can grief others they 100% will. No exceptions. Should be one of the rules of the internet.

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Schmidt.Capela

This webcomic strip is from early 2004:

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Bruno Brito

Well, they got the pirate part right, then. It’s a criminal world allright.

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XSetiX

When I get put in the BRIG I hit my move left and right macro on G1 then start up netflix lol, The hate spam is so funny.

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PurpleCopper

“nobody saw coming”? EVERYBODY saw that coming a mile away.

If I have a crew of buddies and some fucking rando takes up the 4th slot, do you know what’s going to happen to that rando? THE FUCKING BRIG, THAT’S WHAT.

That’s what happens when you have a game with terrible matchmaking features.

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MrNastyButler

Surprise, surprise, suuurpise. So much to question about the handling of this game.