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Old 2011-07-21, 05:54 PM   [Ignore Me] #1
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Grief Forgiveness


First let me say I like the idea of Grief in the game. It keeps players from being jerks to each other on the same team and ruining the fights. I definitely think it should be included in PS2 and in a much similar fashion. Incurring a certain amount of grief should punish you and eventually get your character locked.

However I'd like to see a system in place for forgiving grief. If there is one thing I learned it's that when you put a few hundred people in a small space and give them weapons, accidents are going to happen. I'd like to see method in game to forgive those accidents.

I think when a player incurs grief against another player, that player can go into a menu and forgive that grief against them. It wouldn't be something that pops up immediately, and the griefer would take the grief initially. But on death or whatever, the griefed player could go into a small menu, select the players name and forgive that grief if he knows it was an accident. Or he can not forgive it, it's entirely up to the griefed player.

Now to prevent that from getting annoying and you are going in to forgive 1 point of grief, only make it an option if the player incurs say, 20 points of grief or more.

So say for instance you are running across a court yard not paying attention and a Prowler runs you over coming around the corner. Clearly it wasn't intentional, but say the player gets whacked with 50 grief points or something. Wasn't trying to be a jerk, just happened, you forgive the grief and that player goes on about fighting the enemy.

I know there have been times I've been cruising along and accidentally nailed something and got a big chunk of grief, and some days are worse than others and before you know it you are facing a mountain of grief. And the players I've nailed haven't been pissed, they know it's a mistake. And I've been the guy on the other end of it too, I had a long time friend accidentally whack a couple of vehicles in crowded CY and before you know it he's catching crazy grief. I would have gladly forgiven it.

I just think it would be a good way to keep grief in the game for the players that deserve to get griefed but gives the players the ability to forgive a mistake and keep their fellow soldier from a weapons lock. Give the power to the players.
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Old 2011-07-21, 06:41 PM   [Ignore Me] #2
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I like this
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Old 2011-07-21, 07:14 PM   [Ignore Me] #3
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I have never been above one hundred grief unintentionally, and I don't hold my fire when friendlies strafe in front of me or stop my tank if someone runs in front. My point? Unnecessary unless you are intentionally shooting friendlies.
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Old 2011-07-21, 07:40 PM   [Ignore Me] #4
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Re: Grief Forgiveness


It's been a while, but doesn't grief get worse if it happens within a short time? I seem to recall getting really nailed with grief thanks to some friendly Maxes who wanted to play a game of catch the Deci during an interfarm. Some weapons are certainly more prone to catching grief with also. Pretty much anything with splash damage is a good way to catch some grief, especially a plasma thumper.

I'm not saying a player who deliberately and intentionally plays like a selfish jerk shouldn't get grief, I'm just saying the player who gets griefed should be empowered to forgive if he feels it wasn't intentional.
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Click here to go to the next VIP post in this thread.   Old 2011-07-21, 07:43 PM   [Ignore Me] #5
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Re: Grief Forgiveness


The grief system from PS1 already had forgiveness built-in.

It had two components - rate of accrual and rate of decay.

Rate of Accrual

Grief in PS1 accumulated at different rates. If you went on a TK spree you racked it up real fast. However, if you had the same number of kills spread out over a 10 hour period, you would get far less grief.

Grief gain was a function of two variables:
1) current grief score
2) recent grief activity

So if you had a low grief score you would get the minimum amount of grief when you did inflict it. If you infrequently got grief you would also get the minimum. If your grief score was higher, it indicated that you have issues with grief and therefore the system was less forgiving and would give you higher grief amounts. Recent grief activity resulted in being on a killing spree or doing a lot of damage to friendlies would quickly rack up grief and the accrual rate would accelerate.

These two functions can interact, meaning if you have a high grief score and go on a short killing spree you can quickly find yourself in weapons lock.

Rate of Decay

In addition to the accrual rate, Grief Decay worked in a similar fashion and was a function of two factors:

1) Time
2) Current level of grief

Grief decayed over time. The rate at which it decayed increased with lower amounts of grief.

So basically if you hovered around 0-100 grief the grief you gained would be minimal and the rate of decay would be very rapid, usually gone within an hour or two.

I usually had my grief < 100 pretty much my entire time playing Planetside, and that included capping random asshats from time to time. The key was never letting your grief get too high. Once your grief got into the 300+ range then the decay rate was slower and the accrual rate was faster. Even then, 300 grief decayed in a day or two as long as you didn't significantly add to it.


Anomalies due to weapon design

That said, this system as neatly designed as it was, had some anomalies that could cause someone to rack up a lot of grief in a short time. The first was "plasma grenades". Because of the burn-effect of plasmas every tick of the plasma counted as "grief activity", which means it accelerated the accrual rate far faster than other weapons. If you had fragmentation grenades your accrual rate was much slower, even with the same amount of friendly fire. If someone using plasma wasn't careful they could rack up tons of grief and make it hard to work it off for days, especially if they kept using plasma grenades.

Avoiding using plasma was a good way to keep grief rates low.

Lag and warping and weapons with projectile speed also tended to cause grief issues, because at the time you fire them nobody is in the way, but after they leave the gun someone can move in front of them. Weapons like MCGs which had a high rate of fire could quickly rack up 3-4 instances of grief, and then a few more times it would rack up more. This accelerated teh accrual rate, so any further grief would be much worse.

Shotguns tended to be the best weapons to use in terms of minimizing grief. First, they were instant-hit, which limited the warping/projectile delay issue, and second each blast was considered 1 hit, which means that if you had one stray shot your accrual rate did not pick up significantly. So using a shotgun and aiming well with it was a good way to avoid grief or handle a grief cool-down period.

These are characteristics of the weapons interacting with the grief system. I hope that the tweaking they are doing to the grief system is fixing those issues by adding a little more tolerance for weapons that are grief-prone and maybe being a little less tolerant for weapons that aren't grief-prone.

One thing to point out that I loved about the grief system is that if you ran over someone both of you got grief points, because the blame for the incident was equally shared. The driver got grief for not moving out of the way of the victim, and the victim got grief because he was standing in front of the tank. This prevented behaviors where pedestrians were intentionally standing in driving lanes and also encouraged them to get out of the way of vehicles. That's a good behavior to teach so I'm glad they awarded grief for both the driver and the pedestrian.
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Old 2011-07-21, 07:49 PM   [Ignore Me] #6
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Again, I'm all for the way the grief system works as far as accrual of grief and decay of grief, my way would give players the power to forgive what they perceived as an accident so those incidents might not tack up in a way that could really gimp a player.
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Click here to go to the next VIP post in this thread.   Old 2011-07-21, 08:02 PM   [Ignore Me] #7
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1) The grief system is designed for forgiveness. That's its whole purpose - punish those who are reckless and careless, while forgiving those who honestly had mistakes and really nailing the guys going on TK sprees in short order. It does that quite well. Just because you got accidental grief doesn't mean you need to ahve it wiped away. The system will do that.

Grief you get is just a data point in a larger picture. Few datapoints it will forgive you. Lots of data points and it won't.

2) If someone is getting that much grief they need to do something differently, they're clearly doing it wrong.
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Old 2011-07-23, 09:04 AM   [Ignore Me] #8
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Good points on either side...

Grief system needs to punish griefing without allowing grief system griefers...
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Old 2011-07-23, 09:32 AM   [Ignore Me] #9
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Very good points from Malorn. I thought grief system worked well in PS except for how fast it could tend to accumulate exponentially. You could often start a day with 0 grief and accidentally hit a friendly MAX with a deci during an intense tower fight. After that your grief would really start to increase from just the slightest accident.

Obviously, people should be more careful and learn to hold their fire but sometimes it could not be avoided.


I've always thrown around the idea of allowing support experience to lower you grief. Every 100 support XP (assuming this is still present in PS2) lowers you by one grief point. So when people have their accidents they can switch to a support role and start lowering their grief. Just an idea I've had for awhile.

I'm normally good about my grief but some days the fights are just too chaotic and you get careless. I'll often log out if I have more than 100 grief because of how fast it will increase after that point.

I think a system for lowering your grief through support would be generally well received. The only way I could really see this getting abused is someone going on a teamkilling spree and then he has to.....Repair you for a few hours to lower his grief? Punishment fits the crime.
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Click here to go to the next VIP post in this thread.   Old 2011-07-23, 10:22 AM   [Ignore Me] #10
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The grief system doesn't need supplementary things to reduce grief. If normal everyday behaviors are causing people to rack up too much grief then the formula for grief accrual and/or decay needs to be adjusted.

I don't like the idea for this grief forgiveness because the correct solution is to tweak the grief formulas, not add additional mechanics on top of it.

Getting grief points is OK. Its just a hueristic to determine whether you are someone who made a mistake or someone who is being overly reckless/malicious. It also encourages fire discipline, but getting a few grief points here and there is expected by the system and is normal. You don't need to have means of getting rid of those poitns or a forgiveness system or anything like that. If it is a problem for the average player then the formulas need a little fine tuning. Trying to get external ways of removing the points bypasses the purpose of the system and doesn't fix the underlying problem of the heuristic not being quite right.

tl;dr - fix the heuristics, don't add unncessary complexity to the game.
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Old 2011-07-23, 11:13 AM   [Ignore Me] #11
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Originally Posted by Bags View Post
I have never been above one hundred grief unintentionally, and I don't hold my fire when friendlies strafe in front of me or stop my tank if someone runs in front. My point? Unnecessary unless you are intentionally shooting friendlies.
My thoughts too. I doubt you really can get too much grief unless you mean it.
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Old 2011-07-23, 11:20 AM   [Ignore Me] #12
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Originally Posted by Malorn View Post
The grief system doesn't need supplementary things to reduce grief. If normal everyday behaviors are causing people to rack up too much grief then the formula for grief accrual and/or decay needs to be adjusted.

I don't like the idea for this grief forgiveness because the correct solution is to tweak the grief formulas, not add additional mechanics on top of it.

Getting grief points is OK. Its just a heuristic to determine whether you are someone who made a mistake or someone who is being overly reckless/malicious. It also encourages fire discipline, but getting a few grief points here and there is expected by the system and is normal. You don't need to have means of getting rid of those poitns or a forgiveness system or anything like that. If it is a problem for the average player then the formulas need a little fine tuning. Trying to get external ways of removing the points bypasses the purpose of the system and doesn't fix the underlying problem of the heuristic not being quite right.

tl;dr - fix the heuristics, don't add unncessary complexity to the game.
Because healing your teammates to reduce your grief level in an incredibly complex mechanic that nobody could ever possibly wrap their head around.

However, I do see your point. A person should essentially learn from their mistakes, especially with a forgiveness system in place that lowers your grief over time.

I am really interested to see how the new "revised" grief system works. You're clearly in favor of the old one and it definitely worked. There were some kinks here and there so it will be interesting to see what's changed.
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Click here to go to the next VIP post in this thread.   Old 2011-07-23, 11:59 AM   [Ignore Me] #13
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I would ask a simple question - What is the problem that grief forgiveness is solving?

I am discussing complexity from a stability and reliability standpoint, not as if the actual concept was somehow difficult to grasp. Complexity and difficulty are not the same thing. Engineers know that you only make something as complex as it needs to be. The more variables you start throwing into it the less predictable and reliable the system and the more likely someone will find holes with it and it will fail to do its job. Simplicity is good.
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Old 2011-07-23, 12:07 PM   [Ignore Me] #14
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Originally Posted by Malorn View Post
I would ask a simple question - What is the problem that grief forgiveness is solving?

I am discussing complexity from a stability and reliability standpoint, not as if the actual concept was somehow difficult to grasp. Complexity and difficulty are not the same thing. Engineers know that you only make something as complex as it needs to be. The more variables you start throwing into it the less predictable and reliable the system and the more likely someone will find holes with it and it will fail to do its job. Simplicity is good.
I never said there was a problem with it per se. I did however bring up the idea of an additional mechanic to lower your grief through support rather than the traditional waiting for it to slowly tick down.

Originally Posted by DeeTwoEh View Post
Because healing your teammates to reduce your grief level in an incredibly complex mechanic that nobody could ever possibly wrap their head around.

I meant this ironically but now I'm starting to believe it.


Let me stress that that I agree the current systems works fine as I've said before, but in addition it would greatly appease me if there were an added mechanic that allowed you to reduce through via support XP. Either way it goes I could care less. The likelihood of them actually implementing this idea is low I'm sure, but it's worth the shot of expressing the idea.
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Click here to go to the next VIP post in this thread.   Old 2011-07-23, 12:17 PM   [Ignore Me] #15
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Well, I disagree with adding complexity to the system unless there's a problem that needs to be solved. I think it does its job just fine and there isn't much that can't be fixed by tweaking the numbers a tiny bit.

Also if you're doing support activities your grief will naturally go down faster. Its a lot harder to get grief if you aren't shooting your weapons.
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