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Understanding smack talk

Everyone on Xbox Live wants a place to play and have fun, and to be treated with kindness and respect. But it’s also important to be able to express yourself and enjoy the thrill of multiplayer gaming.

Games can get competitive, and there’s often nothing wrong with talking a little smack, but keep in mind the difference between smack talk and harassment:

  • Smack talk refers to lighthearted banter welcomed by other players that encourages conversation and friendly competition.
  • Harassment includes any behavior likely to negatively disrupt another player’s experience or make a player feel less welcome.

Of course, not everyone responds to banter the same way, and the line between smack talk and harassment won’t always be clear. To help make sure everyone has a good time, keep these things in mind:

  • Know your audience. Some colorful language between likeminded friends is okay, but that same language may not be appreciated by players you don’t know.
  • Context is key. If you’re playing a family game or friendly multiplayer match, other players may not want to hear any smack talk. Keep it positive.
  • Keep it in perspective. Before laying down some smack talk, consider how others might take it. If they might find it too harsh, dial it back.

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