But seriously, how is stream honking actually a thing

    
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So here’s a term Eliot couldn’t possibly have dreamed up for our terminology columns: stream honking.

So imagine you’re MJ playing a gankbox on a stream. It wouldn’t be unheard of for somebody to figure out where she is and come and mess with her, even try to kill her. (That death counter isn’t gonna feed itself, after all.) But in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, people are showing up not to gank streamers but to flood their stream feeds with… honking. You know, with video game car horns.

Kotaku has a roundup of videos from streamers being stream honked, and while it’s funny the first time, it quickly gets old and makes ya wonder who exactly sits around pranking like this all day. I mean, yeah, a lot of games and streams are boring as heck, but isn’t this even more boring?

But if you do decide to waste precious seconds of your life honking at other people in a video game for literally no fame or fortune whatsoever, just be aware that it may come with hefty consequences. Last week, a PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds player was actually banned by the community team for stream sniping (stalking someone on Twitch and trying to cheat by using a stream for advantage against the streamer). Who knows — maybe stream honking isn’t too far behind.

Source: Kotaku
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AGx-07_162

Players shouldn’t be punished for Stream Sniping. It’s not that I agree with the behavior (I don’t stream or watch streams so I’m pretty neutral) but I feel like there’s a lot of room for error and abuse if you try to do this. When thousands of people stream, how do you go about fairly determining who is sniping and who isn’t and then ban that person and that’s on top of the fact that I doubt in any way is doing so violating the TOS in any way (because why would you write this into your TOS)? If streamers want to stream, they should be prepared for this type of possibility.

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John Kiser

I think there is a point where it is woefully jack assery to stream snipe though and it particularly happens when people are attempting to be trollish anymore. It does need some amount of punishment as there should be some amount of etiquette among gamers and some amount of mutual respect. Stream sniping is a dick move and if you use a stream to go harass people or gain an edge yeah you are quite frankly an asshole and if caught should be punished for it frankly because maybe just maybe if you have negative reinforcement you will learn to stop acting like a dick.

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AGx-07_162

Nope, I agree but how do you do that? How do you determine a person is stream sniping without them either boasting about it or you monitoring their actions outside the game? I think in most cases it’d be impossible to prove so how do you stop it?

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John Kiser

Well many times people use their gamer tags elsewhere so it could be easy enough to catch if the are for instance both in the game and on your stream and seem particularly interested in you personally.

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AGx-07_162

So because I watch you stream and kill you I should be banned? And who monitors this? Do you realize how much effort and manpower it would take to monitor EVERY possible stream and compare everyone watching that stream to the people playing AND monitor their play to determine that they are Stream Sniping vs just playing fairly?

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Paragon Lost

Trolls will be trolls. If you can’t get attention from positive actions, be an asshat and get it from negative actions. :/

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Melissa McDonald

Streaming in the night, fighting for my life, I’d die for youuu
I knew it all along, headed for the sun, our love was truuue
In the corner of the valley where he took her by surprise
The sound of honks rang loud…

(laughing) OK I will stop, but I can’t be the only person here who has heard that old song “Screaming in the Night” by Krokus. :)

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Paragon Lost

One of the great songs of the early 80’s, played in a lot of bars in Germany when I was stationed there. :) Now you made me go and find it on Youtube since my cassette died years ago.

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Jeremy Barnes

Banning for harassment is one thing. Banning for stream sniping is another. If they were using stream sniping to harass someone then they should be banned.

Not sure making an in-game honking noise is harassing.

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quark1020

Well, I can believe. If random people will enter an unlocked ventrilo chat just to play screaming audio at me, a random Jo Shmo, I can see it happening to people trying to record something.

As someone who neither watches nor records streams, all I will say is, they have my condolences.

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RJB

It’s called stream sniping not honking lol

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AGx-07_162

When they refer to sniping they are usually talking about killing. In this case they are just making a pun based on the actual thing thats happening.

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zeko_rena

Just shoot them :)
I just watched the video on the other website hahaha

Hilarious I love it, and the first guy does exactly that, shot the guy in the car, easy kills not sure what the issue is

If people really are that sad about it maybe add an in game option for disabling horns on your client?

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Utakata

Sounds like a blast… >.>

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semugh

wat

It’s a PVP game.
You can kill anyone.
You can blow up cars.
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Draw your own conclusion lol…

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kgptzac

I too wonder this as well. Honking in that games is basically telling everyone around them (streamer included) to come and kill them, which let’s be frank, better than stream sniping of the traditional sense.

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Diego Lindenmeyer

You can always delay the transmission, if getting hit by this people.