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Activision patents manipulative software


https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=8s&v=6wZQZQDNk40

A few places reporting on this now:

First- to anyone's knowledge, this software is not currently being used in any Activision games. The fact that they've filed & had a patent for it approved suggests that it will be though.

Second- if used, then it's a load of bs. From a gameplay perspective, it'll wreck the game for newbies by unfairly matching them against higher skilled gamers. For the veteran gamers, the challenge will be lost as they're continuously put up against low-level, unskilled newbies. Everyone's miserable.

Third- what a bullshit way to psychologically manipulate your player base, making their play experience purposely frustrating & unfair, breaking them down until they finally cave in & pay extra to have a decent experience. I loathe to think that this is how matchmaking is going to work across the entire videogame industry from now on.
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Companies patent !@#$ all the time just to cover themselves in case they ever want to use it. They wouldn't want EA to come up with the same thing and get stupid rich off it if they thought of it first. It doesn't mean they actually will use it, they may very well decide it's a shitty thing to do, but the legal department will still patent it and file it away.

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Hopefully that's all it is. Just have to stay vigilant, I guess.
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