When we have been playing the current FIFA game there are times when swearing occurs, although this is normally due to frustration and not directed at anyone personally. It seems that when EA launch FIFA 13 they will offer Xbox 360 Kinect users the ability to curse the referee, which will result in no bookings or major repercussions, although this hadn’t been the expected outcome a few weeks ago when we first saw a promotional video.
If FIFA 13 profanity did result in a booking – there had initially been fears that swearing while using Xbox Kinect could result in bookings, and some gamers said they would turn voice chat off during multiplayer, which would stop any potential for earning rewards for not swearing during a game like more salary over time for being a good sportsman.
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It would have been nice to see different rewards offered for clean speaking Kinect users, especially during multiplayer games, although other FIFA fans feel this is unrealistic considering you don’t get rewarded in the real world for not swearing. You do get in trouble for swearing at refs in real football games, so it seems strange for EA to develop FIFA 13 for Kinect in this way.
The problem for developers seems to involve what player would get a yellow card for dissent, which is especially true during multiplayer and team play. It seems the FIFA 13 developers wanted to include this profanity feature, but the player might not favor certain outcomes and solutions were too complex. Imagine one of your players getting a second yellow card and then being sent off, how would that make you feel?
Would you like to see bookings for swearing at the referee in FIFA 13? We’d love to hear from Xbox 360 owners that plan to use the Kinect abilities for the next FIFA game, and also the features you want and ideas you have for using Kinect with FIFA 13.
From what we hear you will affect your FIFA 13 game by swearing with the Kinect microphone turned on, although it won’t mean a yellow card. You will find a few things change for swearing and this includes stricter officiating, a change of storyline, and match commentary reflecting what you say.