video games 

basically every online first person shooter is instantly improved by disabling all chat features

thanks Gamers™

video games 

I think I'll just play some Video Games with all chat turned off even though this could be perceived as being a bad teammate

video games 

the only other good way to play FPS games (which I like, in principle) is to play with a full team of friends

but getting 5+ people to agree on a specific game and time is basically impossible, and playing with a group of 3 or 4 is especially annoying as the remaining random teammate instantly tilts

online video game design 

I find it interesting how every FPS game nowadays has a skill-based matchmaking system as the primary or even only way to play the game, and how different the experience is to older generations of games in the same genre that just had big servers where random people joined

Bonus points if the servers are community-administrated so personally involved admins actually ban cheaters without having to rely on dubiously effective automated enforcement systems

online video game design 

the skill-based matchmaking also leads to really annoying problems where you sometimes can't play with your known-good-person friends because the system perceives a too-large skill difference (but somehow you still get pummeled by clearly much better players every couple of games)

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If I made an FPS with a skill-based matchmaking system I'd make the skill rating completely hidden (maybe with an exception for the very top players)

No annoying dick measurement contests, no anxiety from watching the number go down, no frustration from "losing" ranks

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@elomatreb that's a good concept but some people like their rank to be shown for motivation maybe

online video game design 

@purpmatic I get that, and it does feel good to watch the number go up. But for every bit of enjoyment you get from that, people get frustrated if they do end up losing it again

online video game design 

@elomatreb fair enough lol

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