Valorant now allows players to selectively censor specific words in chat

Cal Jeffrey

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In context: Toxicity in gaming has received much attention from developers lately. While trash talk has always been a part of competitive video games (and sports, for that matter), developers have been spending more effort to curb trash talk that borders on the line of abuse. Language filters are common, as are player muting, but few developers have handed the control over to the players themselves.

On Wednesday, Riot Games rolled out Valorant patch 4.01. Headlining the patch notes are changes to the chat settings. Players should note a new section titled "Muted Word List." This setting allows Valorant players to mute specific words at the local level. The list serves a few purposes.

The first and most obvious use is for players to mute specific words they find annoying without entirely muting the player. Perhaps you have a friend that insists on calling you "Dude." Type it into the muted word list, and "Bring it on, Dude" becomes "Bring it on," sparing the friendship an awkward conversation about the use of the word "dude."

A second use case is to eliminate alternate spellings for offensive words. If you have spent any time in chat rooms with language filters, you are undoubtedly familiar with the folks skirting the filters by using special characters and such in the spelling. To avoid being offensive to illustrate the point, we'll use Riot's example.

If "Riot" was a restricted word, Valorant's chat filter would catch it, but it might not censor "R!ot," "R!0t," or "Ri0t." The player can now add variant spellings to offensive words, so they don't have to see them in chat.

Riot Games hopes to refine its language filters by reviewing the player-created lists. The developers can add commonly muted words or word variants to improve Valorant's toxic language filters, which have been a work in progress since February 2021.

"We're hoping that we can leverage the lists that you and others create to make the chat less toxic by comparing them across regions and using the data we collect to improve our own detections of bad words," read the patch notes. "And no, you won't get 'League of Legends' banned from chat," indicating the developer will exercise some common sense when adjusting filters.

The rest of the update is relatively insignificant. Patch 4.01 nerfs--er, balances--the Ares weapon, which the 4.0 update apparently made too overpowered. There are also some adjustments to melee combat to make hand-to-hand encounters less frustrating and a few minor bug fixes.

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Ludak021

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Will they make bullets do real speeds instead of 50mph? without that, it doesn't really matter what valoRant does.
 

kiwigraeme

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If "dude" has ever ruined a friendship, that person was not a friend, nor even a human, rather they were a narcissistic hyper sensitive manbaby that needs a serious life adjustment.
yet you are happy to completely drop your best friend if they play Valorant.
Not even see them again - that's quite sad Dude aka manbaby :)

No ones dropping anyone due to Dude , and you are not dropping a friend if they play Valorant - but please try and be consistent in the same thread Dude .
Still not as bad as real life when you see a loud whiner say oh I'll take 2 - especially if choosing beggars . I have met multiple people raving in my travels how horrible The USA is - I asked them 1 minute later would they like to emigrate to the States - Oh yes . ( yes I understand not mutually exclusive - but narrative seems weird )
 

kiwigraeme

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If "dude" has ever ruined a friendship, that person was not a friend, nor even a human, rather they were a narcissistic hyper sensitive manbaby that needs a serious life adjustment.
Hi Insanegamer - I saw your reply - mods were correct - Yes you have a valid point - but my reply was solely jocular - The great thing about Techspot is we are so diverse - yet we continue on happily with divergent opinions .
Look at the group think on say Ars technical - they are very narrow minded - if your comment is slightly outside the box you will be downrated massively - as they are not a tolerant bunch as a group collective .- nor do they sense to have a sense of humour - a dour bunch
I like it here as we are tolerant and read a wide range of views -because that is the way the world and families are
 

Cal Jeffrey

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If "dude" has ever ruined a friendship, that person was not a friend, nor even a human, rather they were a narcissistic hyper sensitive manbaby that needs a serious life adjustment.
I think you may miss the point--that being players can now mute select words that might annoy them. "Dude" just happened to be the first that I could think of that I have heard overused to the point of annoyance. As for it ruining friendships, I was being hyperbolic.