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Splatoon 2’s Idle Players Remain An Issue

One of the biggest issues in the first Splatoon seems to have been unaddressed. Numerous players are reporting that plenty of Splatoon 2 matches have idle players. With a game reliant on teamwork for zone control, gamers panned the developer’s failure to solve this issue.

Issues about inactive players in matches can be seen in numerous online discussion threads such as NeoGAF and GameFaqs. Players only notice this issue once the match ends, as the match stats reflect one or two teammates didn’t contribute anything to the match.

Oftentimes, having an inactive teammate in team-based matches can guarantee the team’s loss. Those with inactive teammates have a higher chance to get in 1v2 encounters. Additionally, having more teammates is always an advantage in these type of games.

Apparently, this issue has long existed in the original game. Plenty of complaints can also be found online regarding “AFK” players in Splatoon 1. Gamers are disappointed that its developers didn’t implement any measure to penalize inactive players, or at least make the odds still balanced for everyone. To fix this problem, many suggest kicking inactive players after a set amount of time then adding either a new human-controlled player or AI character.

Rocket League is one of the few online team-based games that introduces either AI controlled teammates or a player-controlled one once a teammate leaves. Also, Rocket League automatically boots out gamers who become idle for more than 10 seconds. With Rocket League also coming soon to the Nintendo Switch, Splatoon developers should definitely look at how Rocket League handles inactive players.

However, some gamers believe majority of the inactive players accidentally got disconnected mid-match. Others believe their teammates rage quitted. If it’s the latter, Nintendo has a harsh warning for offenders: “Your previous online play session didn’t end naturally, which is PREEEEETTY suspicious,” reads the quitter warning in Splatoon 2. “If this keeps happening, we’re gonna have to block you from playing online for a while. Make sure your internet isn’t busted and try again.”

About Matthew Gatchalian

Matthew, an avid gamer who graduated from journalism, is the acting editor of The Gamer’s Drop. If he’s not online playing games, he’s working on gaming articles.

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