CS:GO Prime Matchmaking – Feelings So Far

Hello everyone!

So, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has this thing called Prime matchmaking now. I didn’t have an actual phone number for awhile, after moving from the USA to Canada, so I didn’t really think much about the upcoming Prime Beta. Not too long ago, I go a new phone service here, and decided to try making one of my accounts Prime.

So what is Prime? Having a Prime account means that you link a valid phone number to your CS:GO account. You can only have one account at Prime status, unless you have multiple phone numbers. Most ISP numbers don’t work, so don’t bother trying. Being Prime also means that one you get banned, you cannot use that phone number for Prime again, meaning that if it was your main number, you’re shit out of luck. This is actually a great thing, because it means once a hacker gets banned, they won’t be coming back. It also means less smurfs, because most people will probably only turn their main account Prime.

Let’s get started with my first impression of Prime Matchmaking. First of all, I was solo-queuing. Solo-queuing has always been a hit-or-miss experience. Sometimes I get trolls who are throwing the game to de_rank, and sometimes I come out of the match with some new friends to play with. I started up the search, and I was actually surprised at the short queue time. This meant people were actually participating in the Prime Beta. As soon as I loaded into the match, I could hear my teammates talking on their microphones. Score! We already had some good communication. All 4 of my other teammates were using their microphones and not being total asshats.

First round, and everyone knows their positions, and has a good idea of what each other are doing. The game stays nearly tied the entirety of the match, and my team stays completely positive. What is this? Am I in another dimension? I begin to question reality. Jokes aside, we won the game because we started wrecking in the second half. I get a couple friend requests, and i accept them, because I thoroughly enjoy the match. I play a couple more matches and win because my teammates aren’t toxic little [insert fowl word here]. There was at least one person on the other team that I believed was using wall-hacks. I got a bit frustrated for a bit. I lost a couple matches after that, but they mostly felt fair.

It wasn’t until today that I realized that Prime Matchmaking wasn’t going to be hacker-free. I wasn’t meant to start that way. There are definitely those few people who don’t give a shit, or don’t realize that their number getting banned means they can’t play Prime Matchmaking anymore. So, you know what it’s my job to do? I need to Overwatch whenever I have time, and make sure that I help in getting those people banned. Because they won’t be coming back, unless they use someone else’ phone number, or get theirs changed. *slightly evil laughter* Hacking has been a serious problem in CS:GO. Anyone would notice that it is.

I’m hoping Prime does it’s job to allow those who don’t hack to have a happy place to play a fair game together.

So far it seems like the people queuing in Prime have better communication, at least that has been my experience. I did have one game where there were trolls who were griefing on the other team. But even griefing can get you perma-banned from Prime, so I will be patient and wait for the majority of these people to clear out, and keep my fingers crossed for good matches until then~

I’ll probably update on my experiences with CS:GO Prime in near future, and I’m definitely interested to hear how it has been for other people!

Until next time,

GAME ON!

Minecraft: A Mineful Community

Hello Everyone!

Today I just wanted to write a short post about my recent experiences with Minecraft. I love relaxing and playing Minecraft on single player. You can build what you want without worry of opinion or griefing, and you can play at your own pace. I’ve been on a few public servers, and I just wasn’t feeling it. There was either too many players on to keep track of, or barely any people on to talk to, so I pretty much just gave up. After I gained a little more confidence in my building skills, I decided to join some of my friends on a server that they were building a town on. There were rules, and permissions that kept the town safe from unwanted visitors, and the community seemed pretty nice. There weren’t always a lot of people on, but there seemed to be mostly cool people on the server. Having a group of people all working on one town is a pretty awesome experience.

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After getting comfortable on one server, I decided to check out another. I jumped into a world where you start at a builder status and move up in the ranks, allowing you to build in more parts of the world. I was immediately greeted upon logging in, and people started conversations with me and shared advice for my builds. I felt extremely welcome on the server, and the admins and higher ups always kept a watch on what was going on. Everyone treated each other equally, including different ranks.

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Whenever I needed help, someone was there to assist me. I had never had such a good experience on a Minecraft server, and it really changed my opinion. A good community is something a lot of games are lacking these days. It’s hard to keep all the poisonous people out, considering they can play the nice guy act for awhile, and then suddenly turn on you or your server. I believe a game like Minecraft can really benefit from good communities. It can make creating large builds easier, with lots of cooperation. It can make the game, and towns in the game, more immersive. The feeling of logging in, and having people that you can call friends, and being able to chill out and have quality time is priceless.

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Sometimes we forget that those little pixel people, are still people. It’s like going to a masquerade – you can act like a totally different person when no one knows who you truly are, and you can treat people differently because they won’t know. You can leave and come back in a different outfit and mask, and start off totally differently, and no one suspects a thing. Having a “mindful community” in Minecraft makes the game a whole new experience, and can remove some of those masks. I remember the moment I ranked up on the server, I was congratulated and people started conversations with me out of curiosity. I logged in the next day, and people who remembered me were congratulating me. It made me want to come back and build connections with these people.

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Friends, family, neighbors? It can be the same as real life, if you can build a community of people who look behind the masks. Don’t get me wrong, role-playing a character with a different personality is fun, but sometimes treating people how you would in real life makes it easier to build relationships. I’m going to check out a few different servers, and give them a chance. I hope to find more wonderful communities out there.

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Honorable mention servers:

Pwego-Insomnia and Shaboozey

 

Until next time…

Game hard!