Please remove symbol arts

What I thought was a creative way to make and display artwork has quickly become a terrible nightmare. I find that symbol arts are more often misused than used for their initial purpose. I understand there is an option to disable the display of symbol arts, but even in using this option the arts will still appear in the history. Even if you do not view the history, they still exist on the side while searching the visiphone. Especially in crowded blocks, there is constant posting of male and female private parts and suggestive actions. This sets a bad example for our community and for the game as a whole. Turning symbol arts off to avoid this also creates a loss of communication between you and the other players. Many times, when I have turned my symbol arts on to show off a nice drawing or a funny art, I find myself blocking half or more of the symbol arts in my history. I feel that many players of PSO2 do not have the level of maturity or compassion to use symbol arts correctly. If symbol arts are not removed or otherwise dealt with, I recommend this title be rated M and nudity and/or sexual content be added to the description.

ESRB does not rate online interactions.

The game is rated M in Japan and likely will be rated M in NA when future episodes come out.

You can turn symbol art off with /uioff command

Please don't advocate for the removal of entire features the vast majority of people enjoy and like to see just because it hurts your feelings- instead advocate for a toggle so everyone can be happy.

While unfortunately it results in you having to look again, you can block specific symbol arts by going through the history. Since the easily amused bozos spamming them don't seem to get very creative, it cleans up pretty quickly. You may still have to occasionally block one or two at a concert, but it's night and day.

That said, I wish there was some kind of NSFW (or in some cases, NSFL) tag that if enough people hit on the same symbol, would blur it out unless you specified that you wanted to see them.

@MoldyAsp33874 said in Please remove symbol arts:

ESRB does not rate online interactions.

The game is rated M in Japan and likely will be rated M in NA when future episodes come out.

You can turn symbol art off with /uioff command

Please don't advocate for the removal of entire features the vast majority of people enjoy and like to see just because it hurts your feelings- instead advocate for a toggle so everyone can be happy.

Thank you for reading my post.

The problem would be solved if the game were rated M and if they plan on doing so in the future I suggest it be done sooner than later. With the ui turned off you are not able to access the player shops in the visiphone which is a vital feature in the game.

The reason I proposed a removal of this feature is because I cannot currently think of an alternate solution to the problem. If I do think of a better solution, I will make sure to post it here. If a better solution is proposed to me, I will gladly support it.

@Policroma-Sol said in Please remove symbol arts:

While unfortunately it results in you having to look again, you can block specific symbol arts by going through the history. Since the easily amused bozos spamming them don't seem to get very creative, it cleans up pretty quickly. You may still have to occasionally block one or two at a concert, but it's night and day.

That said, I wish there was some kind of NSFW (or in some cases, NSFL) tag that if enough people hit on the same symbol, would blur it out unless you specified that you wanted to see them.

Thank you for reading my post.

I agree, it would definitely fix a lot of issues if there was an NSFW or NSFL tag that worked as you said, but I feel that another problem I find a lot is that one of the already blocked symbol arts gets slightly edited and that version of it is not blocked.

I haven't seen too much of that to be honest. The closest I have seen to that is various parodies of that annoying "meseta please" one. (And it deserves to be made fun of.) Most of these idiots are just copying the porn ones from online and are too lazy to pursue that further. (It's pretty obvious. Most of them have Japanese filenames.)

Now, if you want to get into the category of "harassment", I've observed that making a fuss tends to just egg on the idiot edgy teens that do this. Don't bother calling them out. You cannot shame them because they do not care. Getting a rise out of you rewards them. Just quietly block and/or report. They usually stop or look for another channel to annoy when nobody reacts to their childishness.

It's just like little billy cursing on Xbox Live. It's pathetic. Don't make it worth your time and energy.

Edit to add: I suppose I should mention I show up to concerts fairly frequently, and that's where the trolls like to go. However my screen is mostly clean. I do still observe people fighting over the symbol arts in-game, which is how I know they're still getting spammed.

@Policroma-Sol

Thank you for your concern and support. I rarely attend concerts, but if I decide to I’ll make sure to remember that. I don’t often voice my concerns about this in game and usually just block/report as you said.

I don’t mind if they don’t care or if they feel rewarded by my post. What I’m looking for is to improve the quality of the game. This is the reason I posted in the In-game Suggestions.

Tbqh I think that this is a good idea; but I would also like to see something to the effect of a toggle option.

For instance: 'Options -> Symbol Art -> Show only Friends / Alliance Symbol ART'

@SevenDnine said in Please remove symbol arts:

@Policroma-Sol This is the reason I posted in the In-game Suggestions.

Understood, but the purpose is to improve the game, right? 🙂 Yes, there's creeps and annoyances, but I like the ability to have the symbol arts. (I'm kind of attached to that Hank Hill as Pain one myself...)

Being able to actually filter through the symbol arts you do see would be pretty nice. But as for now, I have them all disabled. It was one of the first things I did when I started playing. Minding my own business in the lobby and suddenly someone posts Symbol Art porn. Only needed to happen once for me to disable them, lmfao.

@SizedBead674873 said in Please remove symbol arts:

For instance: 'Options -> Symbol Art -> Show only Friends / Alliance Symbol ART'

This is a great idea, if there was also an option to remove the display of symbol arts from the player shops it would be perfect. Maybe even add them as separate options for those who join a friends alliance, but would rather only see the symbol arts of their friends. (I am not one of these people, but I assume they exist).

@Policroma-Sol would also be able to see his Hank Hill as Pain.

The only problem that would still persist is the inability to communicate. Even though there are many players who misuse symbol arts, there are also players who use them to communicate useful information or use them as a shortcut. Players who have their symbol arts turned off will not receive this information or may be less able to communicate with other players.

Having another option to be able to toggle mission symbol art display on or off may be a solution to that problem as I don't often see misused symbol arts during a mission. However, at that point i'm not sure if it would be more practical to keep adding options for them or to remove them entirely.