MapleStory 2 is dealing with rash of gross player cosmetic uploads because of course it is

    
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One of the more unique features of the recently launched MapleStory 2 is the ability for players to design and create custom cosmetic items to sell on the game’s market. But because this is the internet, we can’t just have something nice. According to a recent report from Kotaku, the cutesy free-to-play title has been stricken with a rash of offensive and inappropriate custom item designs.

The fine folks at Nexon say that they “actively monitor the Design Shop for offensive material as well as have a reporting system.” Despite this, however, they just can’t seem to keep up with the influx of inappropriate items: “Given the volume of reports, there has been a delay in the review process.”

Although MapleStory 2 appears to explicitly forbid the use of certain keywords (such as “Trump” and “porn”) for items on the Meret Shop, where player-designed items are sold, it should come as no surprise that players have found ways around these filters. According to Kotaku, it doesn’t take much searching to find a wide variety of controversial custom designs, including clothing and vehicles bearing designs that include President Trump’s likeness, white-nationalist slogans, and even “pornographic images of anime characters.”

In a statement to Kotaku, the Nexon team claims, “We are trying our best to continue to reduce the gap and speed up the response time [to reports] to make a better game and maintain a respectful community.”

Good luck with that.

Source: Kotaku
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socontrariwise

The MMO is anything but kid friendly. Yes it is colorful and chibi style is cute, but the controls are really not friendly and the storylines …. shudder. That is some seriously creepy, sick stuff sometimes (as an adult I must confess I was taken aback a few cases, though it makes for surprises in storyline etc). I’d not want younger kids in there for sure.

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Arsin Halfmoon

Guys, stop callingnit anime porn. The proper term is hentai. Sheesh

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Jack Kerras

You know what? Great.

They committed to doing this. They want players to have some fucking agency and I LOVE that idea; it’s absolutely phenomenal that they’ve decided to go with allowing this kind of thing, knowing that TTP as a whole concept is a real thing. These sorts of services police themselves -surprisingly- well with a robust enough report system, and I feel player agency is woefully underserved as a thing that’s cool about MMOs.

I’ve been having fun with this game, and fuck it gets rough at the end. o_o

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Sure, they’ll catch up. In the same way cheaters, botters and gold sellers have been wiped from every MMO ever.

Based on this story and some OW FFA PvP titles coming out, I think developers need a new department: Reality Check.

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Nathan Aldana

The part thats least surprising is thast the two major offenders are far right political slogans and anime porn..because oddly consumers of one have a real weird habit of also loving the other one.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah i don’t run with any chat channels turned on in mmo’s anymore. Every mmo today in the U.S. is fill with White nationalist Pro Trump chat now. The strangest is seeing this in Star Trek online. So if i can’t solo in an mmo i don’t play it. The only people i will play with are real life friends only.

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Nathan Aldana

at leats on warcraft on my rp server you only see it in trade chat..but trade chat has alwasys been a cesspit for toxic people who want to stand in town all day and bitch about the world and all the people they hate.

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Castagere Shaikura

When will game devs wake up. You don’t gave players any power ever. Specially in an online game.

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the_gaardian

Orange man bad.

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Baemir

Surely orange man is not as bad as you purport him to be

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kgptzac

Players of the kid-friendly MMO MapleStory 2 say that

I don’t believe Kotaku is serious when they write something like this… just because the art style of the game is super deformed it’s kid-friendly?

Anyway, other than the issue of water being wet, it’ll be interesting to see if any aggressive copyright holders will issuing take down notices to Nexon.

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ihatevnecks

Kotaku aren’t the ones throwing the term around, it’s something Nexon themselves have pushed. They’ve specifically put these kinds of rules in place to make it kid-friendly, to keep the game rated at E10+.

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kgptzac

Right, and I can’t expect every Kotaku article to be held at the highest journalistic standard that some of its other articles have. My bad. But after watching some Twitch streams it’s easy to notice this game isn’t accurate on the label. Kid-friendly means content are tightly controlled, and having players able to upload their own “creations” is antithetical to the industry approach of actual kid-friendly games.

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ihatevnecks

The actual gameplay really isn’t kid-friendly either, at least not once you start running dungeons. But that’s the approach they’ve claimed to take.

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Xijit

And water is wet.

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NeoWolf

Is anyone genuinely surprised though is the real question? lol