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Matchmaking systems bad or no?

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Bonemane said...
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Everybody knows with the coming of the next gen systems came a new quality of online play with new features and a revamped system switching from dedicated servers to a matchmaking system.

To me it seems this matchmaking system really blows. I can't just find a room with people I want to play with and stay there all day. Not only that, but when I decide to play a game months after release, even though its my first time playing it, it matches me up against what seems to be max level MLG players such as when I just got CoD: World at War (got it from my cousin cause I definitely wasn't going to buy it) I'm level 1 and its matching me up with a bunch of 10th prestige guys and 70s and expects me to hold my own which is just ridiculous even if I could. So I'm guessing its not really a match making system, but some lazy 'quickmatch' system (which was already in place last gen) that just throws you in with whoever has the same profile setting as you like pro, recreation, etc.

What are your thoughts on this?
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personally I think matchmaking fits the console's pick up and play' feel, but doesnt fit right on the pc
@KrazyKain

I'm not saying they need to do away with it, just that they need to make it better because at this moment I don't see it doing any real match making at all.
well, the problem with matchmaking is it takes away the community aspect of random multiplayer. with 'join a server' based systems I always eventually find 3 or 4 servers I really like and always play on them, eventually making alot of friends, each server having its own mini community. But you just dont get that with matchmaking. That's really the biggest flaw.
@KrazyKain

Yeah that's a big flaw in my eye as well. The community feeling just isn't there. Also, it being mics only is limiting itself. More people would talk if you could use keyboards to post messages in-game and lead to less boring matches.
Making it better is always good. Meanwhile, they could try making it optional, or giving you the option to force a match with only people your own level.
All matchmaking leads to is srsbsns matches, where everyone is trying their best to win. It's fun to play hardcore close games - but sometimes you just want to play a really laid-back game with some random people.

Like Left 4 Dead or Halo 3 Custom games. Those are easy to just relax in.

Well, Halo 3 not so much anymore.


Aslo, max level in CoD: WaW is 65! NOOB! jk jk
It depends on the game really, doesn't it? On certain games great care is taken to try and prevent you being matched up with people of a much higher rank, although of course it isn't infallible- but matchmaking itself is a wonderful thing, and key to online play for many many people; it allows you to (almost) instantly find a match with a wide variety of different players, and should you want to play with other people after that, you can search again for other games!

It's through matchmaking that socialising and making new friends is possible, and as others have said it suits the pick up and play nature of the console, especially as hardly anyone has friends available to play with 24/7.

As for a community feeling not being there, I think that matchmaking CREATES that community feeling (although this is flawed in that not everybody talks, as we all know), allowing you to mix and mingle with- well, everybody!

The downsides for me are like others have said, that you can be matched against those who clearly have better equipment and skill than yourself, which can ruin games for you. Furthermore, for every one interesting and enjoyable player you meet, there are 25 self-righteous teenage w*nkers that squawk and squeal at you constantly for no reason.. If you don't have anything interesting to say, shut the f*ck up.

That's why I play Modern Warfare less and less. Well that, and it's not very good.
MatchMaking is a feature which is bad implemented. im not an online gamer on consoles but yes on PC. Most games with matchmaking systems fail bad, maybe it should get better and THEN get released with games, as it feels matchmaking on games is like on ''alpha'' state (before beta).
@Athalis

To me matchmakiing with random people promotes socializing, but is totally different from having a community.
I agree, Bonemane, that the two things are different beasts, but in my opinion community is created through random socialising. It is a bit hit and miss yes, but the idea is to introduce you to other players and come across those who are like-minded, in essence helping you create a community.

I think that by running parallel to xbox forums and clan sites in general, where you can meet friends more easily, the two different systems work together to help create a community through your involvement.
I am recruting for my saints row 2 clan online for XBOX 360 and we also play call of duty World At War and Modern Wafare 2 message leader or me for trails our gamertags are (Mw2 KiLLeR xX) (Mw2 EpIcZz xX)
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