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  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon 5 days ago

    @KaiserWarrior The current game we're talking about also supports Xbox One and PS4, which are well-known closed-garden ecosystems. How exactly would players go about setting up their own dedicated servers to interact with Xbox Live and PSN? Or should the developers ignore these simple, primitive console folk, and cater only to their most hardcore PC fanbase in allowing fan-run dedicated servers, because as you say, "these problems were solved decades ago"?

    Blizzard is a gaming company, not just a PC company. Hearthstoneis played likely more often on tablets and phones than it is on laptops these days. They're trying to solve problems that affect gamers everywhere, so that we can all have the best experience, no matter how we choose to play. Perhaps you turn up your nose at any non-PC competitive game, but in the Year of our Lord 2017, esports are starting to reach beyond PCs, and the problem of toxicity in each esport's gaming community won't go away. They certainly won't be solved by having player communities build up further walled gardens, especially when the esports in question are on console, or nowadays, on mobile. No - these problems need to be approached head on, and dealt with, rather than being swept under the rug.

    As far as automated tools go, I reject the premise that they can't be useful in solving behavioural issues. Like you say, they are tools - meant to be wielded by human beings to more easily perform a task. If the tool is bad, throw it away, and construct a better one; further, if the tool is driving the human, rather than the other way around, then put the people back in charge. What I will agree with you on is that taking development time away from the game team to develop tools is the wrong approach. Every single competitive game, bar none, needs a dedicated tools team, from day one, whose sole focus is on developing algorithms and software to deal with community issues, such as toxicity.

    Posted in Toxic Players Are Slowing Down Overwatch's Development

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon 6 days ago

    @KaiserWarrior I guess you don't play competitive games, do you? You're really oversimplifying things and romanticizing for another era. Having centralized servers and allowing every player to be in the same player pool allows for better matchmaking, to let players more easily find competition at the same level, and for game companies to more easily reward the better players with loot at regular intervals, whether that's at the end of seasons, or at other times. It ensure that everyone's always playing the same game, no matter where you live, which allows serious tournaments to be organized, and for esports and sponsorships to be taken seriously. The game developer can more easily collect metrics and analytics, gather feedback, and issue balance patches and updates to address user feedback and behaviour.

    Really, there's no substitute, when it comes to competitive games. I mean, if it's just Mario Kart, where casual play groups are the norm, then sure, we don't need Nintendo to administer all of the central servers. But for anything that's remotely close to the esports scene - and Overwatch certainly qualifies - you can't just replace their current model with a bunch of homebrew private servers, and expect the competitive scene to continue to thrive.

    I'm happy that Blizzard is taking community toxicity seriously, and enough so that they're developing resources and game features to it. It's not something that's pleasant for anyone, but it does need to be addressed, before they start losing big portions of their player base that aren't willing to put up with immaturity, racism, sexism, and the like any longer.

    Posted in Toxic Players Are Slowing Down Overwatch's Development

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon A month ago

    I wonder if this is a bit like the WoW phenomenon in the late 2000's - with MMOs being the "hot" genre, and Blizzard racking up billions in yearly revenue, every other publisher wanted - needed - to get in on the action. They all spent hundreds of millions of dollars on subscription-based MMOs, and almost to a letter, they all failed. A decade later, WoW is the last man standing, and these days no one is clamouring for a new MMO.

    It's hard to go up against the incumbents, especially when they're already massively successful, and have a couple years head start. Like MMOs, or MOBAs, a lot of these team-based shooters are as much hobbies as they are games - people typically can only get into one, maybe two, because they all require both a deep time and skill commitment. Overwatch players are probably the most likely to enjoy your new arena shooter, but, they're already busy playing Overwatch.

    Posted in Why Aren't Players Connecting With Lawbreakers?

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon A month ago

    Holy crap, an article about Fire Pro on USgamer! You guys sure know a way to a man's heart. :)

    Mike, you hit the nail on the head, about why this game has such a diehard following. Learning the highly technical fighting system and then bringing it to bear on your opponents is quite the journey, and becomes very satisfying once you move beyond button mashing (which doesn't get you very far) and start taking into account your opponent's health, stamina, and wrestling style. But then you discover the create-a-wrestler mode, and the incredible CPU logic section. For anyone who enjoyed FF 12's Gambit system - the CPU logic for the wrestlers is like that, but on performance enhancing substances. Creating a wrestler from scratch, and then sculpting not only his looks and his gear but also his behaviour, and then fine-tuning that to every last possible scenario, is one of the deepest, most rewarding experiences in any wrestling game - heck, probably any game.

    One of my favourite things to do on the GBA version of Fire Pro (back in the day, when I had lots of free time!) was to create sixteen characters, put them in a single-bracket tournament, and then set all of the matches to CPU-only. Then I'd watch the greatest wrestling tournament play out in front of my eyes, and marvel at the tactics these characters would use when they were under pressure. It quickly became even more fun than actually playing the game itself.

    So awesome to see that this game is still being actively developed and supported after all of these years!

    Posted in Fire Pro Wrestling World's Best Feature Is The Amazing Steam Workshop Characters

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon 2 months ago

    I loved this article! Long-form features like this are why USgamer is still my favourite destination to read about all things video games. I love the research and attention to detail you put into this piece. I know we can't expect articles like this every day, but man are they worth it when they arrive!

    Posted in The Oral History of EVO: The Story of the World's Largest Fighting Game Tournament

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon 2 months ago

    Though I adored both games as a kid, I was a Super Mario 3 guy all the way. It was the first video game that truly and wholly knocked me off my feet - with its whimsical, well-realized theme worlds, its creative power ups (you can fly!!), the memorable cast of Koopa Kid characters, and its impeccable platforming precision. This was, for me, the best game of all time, bar none.

    That is... until I revisited both of them again, recently.

    Thanks to both of them being re-released multiple times across various platforms, I've now had the pleasure of re-experiencing them as fresh games, some 25 years later. And with that... my opinion has come around. Mario World is every bit as glorious as it was on Super Nintendo's launch - its personality shines through, all of its levels are beautifully and meticulously designed, and most important, the game is still fun, beginning to end. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of Mario 3 - the game is brutally hard for my old-man reflexes, and its short levels don't have the same impact anymore that Mario World's do.

    While it was a generation-defining game of its era, Mario 3 is still a relic of its time; Mario World transcends the 16-bit console wars, and is very much a classic that holds up even today.

    Posted in Super NES Classic Reviews Game by Game #1: Super Mario World

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon 2 months ago

    Can't argue with the placements on this list - every time I was shocked by how low one of my childhood favourites placed, I looked onward, and had to agree that the games ranked higher were, indeed, better. I mean, when Contra 3 is #16 and Super Mario World is #6, you know you're looking at a strong line-up.

    This makes me even sadder that I probably won't be able to get one of these, and it won't be for a lack of trying!

    Posted in We Rank the Games of the Super NES Classic Edition

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon 2 months ago

    Ughhhhhh. I want this thing so bad, about 100x more than I wanted an NES Classic - and I wanted that thing badly, too! I'm kind of already resigned to the fact that I'm never going to be able to acquire one for less than $200, and am already thinking about alternatives. I'm the opposite of a tinkerer - I like everything to come pre-packaged and working! - but I might actually have to go watch some videos on how to get a Raspberry Pi thing going and hooked up to a TV, because that honestly feels like the only realistic, viable option.

    Posted in Scalpers and Collectors Battle over the SNES Classic Edition

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon 3 months ago

    As someone who's basically transitioned from playing console games, to playing handheld games, to exclusively playing mobile games, after having a kid a few years ago - ugh, I can't tell you how excited this makes me. Blizzard can basically do no wrong!

    Posted in Blizzard's New Mobile Game Could Be Based on WarCraft

  • Avatar for PlatypusPlatoon PlatypusPlatoon 5 months ago

    Holy crap, there goes my chance of ever getting one, at a reasonable price. :(

    Posted in NES Classic Discontinued in North America

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