GTA V Online Multiplayer Bad Sport Issue (Poll)

GTA V Online Multiplayer Bad Sport Issue (Poll)

Ever since Rockstar Games opened up the GTA V Online Multiplayer mode fans have been in an uproar about all the issues that have plagued the gameplay. Server crashes; character deletions; items being lost; and when the server wasn’t crashing, it was not working properly. Chaos. Now, there is another “problem” with the online mode; the Bad Sport issue. If you go to the Rockstar Games support site you will find a lot of players are not happy gamers.

Some of them have threatened to boycott R* if they do not get rid of the feature.

So what is the issue? In the simplest terms possible, it is all about blowing personal cars up. It seems that players who have stuck in there waiting for the server issues to improve have now come across another issue that is rapidly becoming a major irritant. The Bad Sport penalty insures that players who don’t “play by the rules” are punished. They will be labelled a “Bad Sport” and given a duncecap so that other players can see they’ve been penalized.

That’s not all. They are banished to the GTA V version of jail and are put into a lobby or gameplay mode with all the other “Bad Sports.” These penalized players are not allowed to join their friends on missions until their penalty time is up. Reading the long list of complaints on the Rockstar support forum these banishments seem to last from two to 8 days or longer.

There are at least two petitions on the forum that demand Rockstar Games remove it or at least tweak the feature to stop it from punishing everyone who blows up a car. There are a large number of GTA V online multiplayers who do not see the Bad Sport issue as a problem. Several comments have pointed out that you do not get the penalty for blowing up one car. These players maintain that you have to blow up several cars to get the duncecap.

While this claim is, obviously, open to debate; players who have been hit with the Bad Sport label more than once or twice in the GTA V online multiplayer mode are upset. These “Bad Sports” claim that Rockstar have ruined the very idea, and the gameplay, of GTA.

They do have a point. In a game where the entire verse is set in a criminal Utopia that revolves around shooting, robbing, killing and causing rampant destruction, it does seem a little counterproductive. It also seems to be completely against the mechanics of the game. Players must save their money and rank up their characters to buy explosives. The same goes for purchasing a tank which has a pricetag of $1.5 million making this one pricey vehicular weapon.

The complaint from players maintain that it is infuriating to finally afford to buy explosives, and a tank, only to be penalized for using them. On the flip side of this argument about the tank is the idea of being penalized when other players drive their cars into your tank. When the cars explode as a result, it goes against the tank owner. On the forum comments from players who believe that the feature is fine combat players who feel it should be done away with.

Rockstar Games obviously don’t feel there is an issue as they took down the sticky note that rated this issue as a trending question. Player’s who don’t like the feature were enraged. That this is a pretty volatile issue can be seen by how many pages are dedicated to complaints, or support, for the Bad Sport feature. There are 27 pages full of comments in case you are interested.

With so many GTA V Online Multiplayer gamers are discussing, and arguing about, the Bad Sport issue, we got curious. We have included a poll below this article to see just where GTA V gamers fall on this newest “irritation” from Rockstar. There are only three choices in the poll so take a second and let us know what you think. If you don’t want to do that, just leave us a comment on your thoughts. We will do a result on how people really feel later. So what do you think? Are you mad or glad?

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65 Responses to "GTA V Online Multiplayer Bad Sport Issue (Poll)"

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  2. Caleb   March 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Gta V’s online mode makes me so irritated it’s not even funny. I think that the bad sport option is a good idea. It just needs to be implemented in a more fair way for all players. The thing that makes me mad the most is since I’m not a very high level “17” and everyone else on this god forsaken multiplayer is a modder who’s level 1200 and so on, they just go around in their adders with their Gatling guns and tanks killing any person they see causing the to lose all their hard earned money. Then they put a bounty on everyone that is a low level, why? Barbecue they can. They have the money to so why not. Then when you kill them they are so persistent and won’t stop killing everyone just because they’re a weak minded simpleton who have nothing better to do than ruin the game for all new comers. I feel that the game should have an option to play in a lobby with people around the same level as you. Level “1-10”, “11-20”, “21-30” and so on. I feel that would make the game better and less irritating for the newcomers and make it fair so all the level 4 trillion cheaters can play by themselves with the rest of these arrogant pricks. That’s my opinion.

  3. selvec   December 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I wonder if rock star has learnt its lesson about multiplayer yet, and will focus on single player next game.

  4. will f u up in gta   December 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Ill ruin all your weak noob crews. Noobs are the people playing this game like its co op n not multi player. i can and will make you hate the game for that half hour your stuck in my lobby and if i have a tank dont come runnin up to take my 1000-5000 bounty the 20 deaths you will rack up isnt worth it. And im immune to badsport for some reason. I tried quite hard two days ago 30+ cars wouldnt do it and neither did the 4 hour tank montage. I think bad sport just wouldnt take me back

    GT: PsychoTech7

    • will f u up in gta   December 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

      But really if ur good to me im good to you n will help you out. U see me in a lobby just shoot a friendly messege and we can cruise check out garages hunt bountys. But if u shoot me u may be in for some fun if your into intence fire fighting or car chaces.
      And yeah the rampage was real some people may notice the gamertag and say i saw it haha shot that jet right out the sky lmao. But i was just trying to gain access to bad sport to be with a freind. Cant wait to see you in los santos!

  5. A+   November 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Throw down a bounty or mercenaries and they just leave. Those are the douchebags that need a bad sport hat.


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