That new patent from Activision

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That new patent from Activision

Postby varis » Fri 20 Oct 2017 10:43

Have a look at what they just patented:

https://www.geeksaresexy.net/2017/10/18 ... ismatches/

…the system 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.
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Re: That new patent from Activision

Postby Shrike » Fri 20 Oct 2017 17:12

Sounds pretty scummy. Considering what EA has been doing for the past ten or so years combined with all the stuff happening in the market like microtransactions in triple A titles, day 1 dlc, pay2win, pay2unlock everything, power cards, grindy unlock systems, paid mods, dlc content locked on disk, unfinished early games, asset flipping, etc. Starting to wonder how much longer this whole charade can last before the market crashes.

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Re: That new patent from Activision

Postby Fade2Gray » Mon 23 Oct 2017 18:41

So, let me get this straight...

they are setting up what sounds like pubstomps in hopes that a noob will buy more stuff?
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Re: That new patent from Activision

Postby Shrike » Mon 23 Oct 2017 19:22

Fade2Gray wrote:So, let me get this straight...

they are setting up what sounds like pubstomps in hopes that a noob will buy more stuff?

That's what I got out of it, and they want patent it.

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Re: That new patent from Activision

Postby Gronank » Tue 24 Oct 2017 01:31

Fade2Gray wrote:So, let me get this straight...

they are setting up what sounds like pubstomps in hopes that a noob will buy more stuff?

That's on one end. On the other, they give people who do buy stuff better matchmaking.
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Re: That new patent from Activision

Postby Fade2Gray » Tue 24 Oct 2017 02:45

Oh well, capitalism does breed its own unique forms of cancer where it can. At least, so far, it seems that RTS games have not been too deeply effected by this.
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Re: That new patent from Activision

Postby Shrike » Tue 24 Oct 2017 18:48

Part of the problem I think is out of touch CEOs having too much say in the development of things and how consumers have become complacent with scummy practices.

With the CEOs they might take a chance on one or a few new risky titles and if they sell well they will milk them too death and going for that "mass appeal". Kind of like the Dead space games, Crysis, etc. Just once unique games being turned into the yearly generic "high production" value game with all the features that made it stand it being gutted out to compete with some other generic product. There also seems to be a mindset that the companies percieve their consumers are brainless, since there has been a lot of linear games where all you do is wander around through cutscenes, quick time events, and walk up to glowy object to hit f to progress the level. Also a lot of games like arkham asylum where you just push a button and the game pretty much plays itself. Basically semi-interactive movies. In terms of multiplayer you got those unlocks now you have to grind, loot boxes, pre-order exclusives.

You obviously have people who are against things like day 1 dlc, loot boxes, p2w, etc. However there are still those people that just buy the game which nullifies anything the critics had to offer and the people behind these scummy practices see their practices being justified with all the purchases being made. You also have the fanboys who will rush to defend these practices. Like someone will argue that dlc is nothing more than a way for developers to cut out core features from a game just so they can sell it to you later, and some fanboy from bethesda or paradox will roll around the corner saying how they support the practice of dlc because it keeps the game alive by adding new contact. IF you really wanted to keep a game alive you do one of two things: mod support(see battlefield 2 and command and conquer generals), or you make kickass game on release and actively update it for some time after launch(gta 5).

Sure there were expansions and those are great since you usually got a lot for your buck. Like a new campaign, maybe some new multiplayer modes, lot of new maps and weapons all in one purchase. With dlcs you get stuff like The gunner runners pack(6 guns and exlcusive skin) $6.45, the lost cove mini campaign(aka unlock that missing level that should have been in the game) $7.25, the day 1 back to every ones favorite map from the previous game dlc(comes with the one map everyone played) $9.99, the punisher pack dlc (some skull mask skin and default RPG-7 with a new skin) $3.25, the chad dlc (unlock the chad multiplayer skin) $2.55.

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Re: That new patent from Activision

Postby Frencho » Wed 25 Oct 2017 19:49

Spot on Shrike,



It's alarming how big AAA publishers are now making a little over 50% of their profits via microtransactions instead of selling video game copies...

Microtransactions accounted for 54% of Activision's total revenue in 2016 according to George. Sheeps herded by wolves mate...

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