I'm a little upset about how harsh the AFK penalties are in this game...
I know a lot of people requested them to be harsher, but it really is cruel to people who don't mean to AFK, especially if the AFK-in-question was actually an accident. When I searched through the forum, it seems like a lot of people were tilted and just venting here, but that's not what I want to do. I want to discuss less violent forms of punishment that, while still effective, won't be so harsh. I still play Valorant of course, but now I'm kind of afraid to queue for even an unrated match because my dodge timer is getting high. For all intensive purposes, every time I've gone AFK and received a penalty, it was due to a connection error, and I reconnected as soon as I could.
Unfortunately, this is happening too frequently, and my AFK timer has just crossed an hour. Listen, I understand I'm letting down my team and all, but it really is an accident. The fact that I can't get that timer back down is upsetting too, like I'm marked now, and anytime it happens again I'm looking at a multiple-hour penalty. What if there was some way to prove to the game that you were trying to be a good player? For example, an honor/reputation system. Constantly being a friendly and active player raised your overall honor level or something, and if you did receive a penalty, it would then be reduced back down to 0 or 1. Maybe even give rewards to players who can keep their honor/reputation level high, to encourage friendly play. There could still be queue penalties of course, but right now they're really harsh I feel. Give me something else to punish. Anything. I just want to play the game.
Maybe that's too much to ask though. I understand I'm upsetting my team and letting everybody down, but I'm really tired of being afraid to join matches because of this big scary hour ban. Is the answer really just to get better internet? I'd like to, of course, but I feel like there should be at least some way I can play the game without feeling like a bad player.
Again, I'm super sorry about the AFK thing. I fixed my router now, and haven't had problems since, but it's still scary knowing a nudge of a power cable means a multiple hour ban. I don't like feeling like a toxic or bad player, I want to play normally. So while I understand this is largely my fault, I wanted to voice my opinion here in a friendly way, maybe get some other people's opinions.
Definitely tell me how you guys feel. I've seen a lot of mixed opinions, but most in a toxic and aggressive setting. I'm not trying to argue or anything, I understand I'm in the wrong here for AFKing, but I'd still like to hear some other people's thoughts.
Thanks in advance for the discussion! This is my first post here on your forum ;D