That said, I think anyone who joins an organized unit will be fine. There's plenty of very cool people to play with, most of them veterans from past Leagues. Joining any one of them should drastically help improve your general game experience I think: There's only so much the other team can do to impact you in the slightest outside of playing well.
Really reputation is more to help pub players who aren't interested in joining a team. I do however like the idea of being able to rate merc units after a drop (if you're on their side) as it plays fairly well to the Merc Board rating concept anyway.
EDIT: I think by it's nature PC gaming has a different sort of audience, too, in particular for a 'mech sim. I've had my good and bad experiences all over the map PC gaming including griefers and terrible traits, but my attempts to play GTA4 multiplayer on 360 - a game that was actually pretty fun - continues to be my low point far and away. Non-stop racial slurs, people insisting how "hard" they were because of whatever city they were in and 9 out of 10 games included at least one person trying to rap into their mic. Finding a game without auto aim was almost impossible and in my entire period playing I found 2 people willing to even remotely work as a team. Anyway the point of this rant is I've never had anything even close to that or Halo 2 on PC even in twitch titles. Honestly a reputation system would have been futile since nearly every person I encountered would have deserved a 1-star.
All that said, honestly I think people need to develop a thicker skin if they're going to be on the internet. It's damned near impossible to become "harassed" in a game like this, and positively not on any level remotely close to being kicked to death. Really even if the other team decides to break out a dictionary of insults, language or at worse case scenario racial/gender slurs (which is really the most obnoxious thing online) long story short is you can just shoot them in the face in-game and call it a day. They can't follow you, spam your e-mail address or start calling your phone unless the problem stems from way out of game.
I think a reputation system is good for teammates, because you can drop with obnoxious people sometimes if you're pubing in any game. But really, all I ever do in this situation is just step out of the game or kick them out, put them on my ban filter/remove them from any lists I might have them on and call it a day. That's the end of it. They were obnoxious, I won't play with them again on my team, the end. Reputation systems help warn other people about their behavior which is nice, but overall, as long as they're not my allies my problem has stopped.
Again like I said in the first part of the post, just joining a good team pretty much immediately eliminates all these problems. But yeah. You can't be physically harmed in a game and unless you've done something exceedingly stupid, you can't get harassed in real life from one either. Sticks and stones, and all that.
Should i bee polite to a Liao Warrior or Snake - because they got hurt when i curse them?
I've always found anything more than a joking role play to be really awkward and strange at best, or laughably awful at worst inside of a MechWarrior game. That is, talking like a character or anything. It just doesn't work anymore than trying to act like a SAS officer would work playing Call of Duty. It's silly.
I don't mind fluff stuff written about a unit's exploits or characters in the unit; I think that's pretty neat. Things like in-character posters and stuff can be cool and added to a sort of shared greater fiction. I used to do little news paper clippings and stuff for major FWL/Aces battles back in NBT for kicks. There were a couple times we even did a few Clan quirks - we did a batchball with Ghost Bear once that bet an entire raid on the outcome of a single fight, for example. But we discussed it as players, even though the result contributed towards a fiction - if that makes sense.
What I did not do was start talking like I was actually a pilot in a 'mech mid-match to anyone, friend or foe, outside of maybe a joking reference to Clanners or something. Anyone who does that just comes across horrendously out of place, in particular when they try to RP in game aspects: It's impossible to talk about a map change in-character.
There's a time and a place for role playing (hell, I'll admit I loved MUSH/MUX games back in the day!) but in the middle of drop #86 for the week never seemed like one of them to me. The environment just isn't right for it.
Edited by Victor Morson, 27 April 2012 - 03:24 AM.