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Activision Matchmaking System http://elementscommunity.org/forum/index.php?topic=65099.msg1269995#msg1269995
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:55:31 am »
So Activision recently was approved for a matchmaking system that is pretty much the scummiest thing in the world.

http://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/news/how-activision-uses-matchmaking-tricks-to-sell-in-game-items-w509288

The highlights for me are

"For example, in one implementation, the system may include a microtransaction engine that arranges matches to influence game-related purchases," according to the patent. "For instance, the microtransaction engine may match a more expert/marquee player with a junior player to encourage the junior player to make game-related purchases of items possessed/used by the marquee player. A junior player may wish to emulate the marquee player by obtaining weapons or other items used by the marquee player."

and

"Doing so may enhance a level of enjoyment by the player for the game-related purchase, which may encourage future purchases," according to the patent. "For example, if the player purchased a particular weapon, the microtransaction engine may match the player in a gameplay session in which the particular weapon is highly effective, giving the player an impression that the particular weapon was a good purchase. This may encourage the player to make future purchases to achieve similar gameplay results."

"The patent also makes it clear that while the examples used in the patent are all for a first-person-shooter game, the system could be used across a wide variety of titles."

The above are all quotes from the article, and with the flack destiny two is getting for changing how a few of their microtransactions work, I'm really feeling a bit nervous to approach anything made by activision in the future. A matchmaking system designed to push microtransactions feels too shady for my blood, especially considering how it much it gathers on what you play, in order to match you a player who uses similar weapons. The whole thing gives me some bad vibes, and though Activision says they aren't using it currently, I'm not sure what the means for the future going forward.

 

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