Prime Matchmaking In Competitive Gaming

This should be a thing.

Almost every person who has played an online game, especially competitively, has probably heard the stories of hackers and smurf accounts. One of the games that I have the most experience with these issues is in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. I’m an avid player of the game, and I spend a lot of time playing its competitive game mode, in which I’ve encountered multiple hackers that have cause my experience to be not as fun.

Here is an example from my YouTube channel:

It looks frustrating doesn’t it?

Now, what happens when these hackers get their accounts permanently banned?

They make a new one.

Prime matchmaking is a way to keep these new accounts, made by hackers, from being able to queue for competitive matchmaking again. How? Prime matchmaking requires a phone number, and when your account gets banned, so will your phone number. You must be thinking “hey, what if they use a voip number, or a family members phone number?” Well, they could do that. And if they hack again, they will get that phone number banned as well. Yeah, it’s a slightly messy fix, but it’s still better than no fix.

How does the banning of phone-number-bound accounts help the competitive scene? You can only bind your phone number to one account, which causes that account to be considered “Prime”. Prime accounts can only queue with other prime accounts, and play in prime matches. The more hackers that get banned, the less you will see.

This works for smurf accounts because they can only make one account prime, as said earlier. They have to choose between their account that is ranked low (not actually their rank), or their main account. If they play their main account more often, then they might choose to make that one prime, and they will only be able to play with people their current rank in matches.

What are some other benefits of prime matchmaking. I’ll give you some examples from my personal experience. I feel like people who make an account prime, and use that account, knowing they will get banned if they do anything bad, are generally the more serious players of the game. They tend to use voice communication more often, grief less often, and are less toxic in general. I noticed a vast amount of difference in the non-prime and prime games that I played. There was still that chance I would run into hackers, or griefers in a prime match, but I knew that if their account got banned, I would probably never play with them again.

The biggest benefit of prime, is that as more accounts get banned, the less likely you are to play with hackers and griefers, because they will most likely never be able to queue for prime matchmaking again. More and more will get banned, and the matches will become more and more clean over time as the system does what it does best.

That is why I believe more games with competitive scenes should incorporate this system.

All feedback is welcome.

Upcoming Games: The New Year List

Hello everyone!

Well, it’s my first post of the year, and a new year means shiny new stuff! And, by shiny new stuff, I mean shiny new games! I’ve decided to make this post an awesome list of some new games that us at Slash Frag N’ Teabag are really looking forward to!


GTA 5 – PC Version

The long-awaited PC version of GTA 5 is finally going to be released on the 27th of this month, along with some PC specific features!

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Division is one game we have had our eye on since mention of its upcoming release. This game looks amazing, and it has a lot of interesting features that we haven’t really seen used before. There is no solid release date, but we do know that it is supposed to come out in 2015.

H1Z1

We have been watching the progress of this game, and it’s definitely something to look forward to. If you like zombies and you like true survival games, you definitely want to check this one out. H1Z1 is going to be on Steam early access on the 15th of this month.

Battlecry

Battlecry is a new team action game from Bethesda that looks like a lot of fun. It is rumored that the game may be released on the 31st of this month.

Albion Online

Albion Online is a medieval sandbox MMO that looks really interesting. The game is scheduled to be released sometime in 2015.

Camelot Unchained

Camelot Unchained is a tri-realm MMO with a high focus on PvP between those realms.


There are a lot of other games that are coming out this year – we probably couldn’t even cram them into this post without ruining your scroll wheel. Don’t cry too hard if a game you’re really looking forward to didn’t make it on this list… This is just a staff-picked list of games we have been watching and waiting for. If you have an awesome game that is coming out this year, feel free to comment about it in the comment section. (:

Until next time…

GAME HARD

GameView: Subnautica – Early Access

Hello everyone!

Subnautica has finally been released, and boy do we have something to look forward to. Check out their newest trailer!

I’ve been playing the game, and I must admit, the game is extraordinarily beautiful. The world feels alive with fish and plant life, and there is a huge world out there that hasn’t even been explored yet. The game is still lacking some items which will allow you to explore beyond certain depths, so the dark beyond will stay a mystery until that is updated. Still, the area you can explore is already really interesting. You start out in an escape pod near your crashed ship, in a more shallow area of the world.

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Subnautica really gives you that feeling of being underwater in a living world. The first time you jump off your pod into the water, you are immediately swarmed with small schools of fish, and even the plants have a mind of their own. It’s like a futuristic set of The Little Mermaid on an alien planet. Some of the fish are really cute. So cute, that you might wish that they weren’t a part of the hunger system. While other fish are a little bit on the scary side. Some of the sounds they make are frightening on their own. I’ve heard the sounds of something really large in the deeper parts of the ocean.

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The game is definitely a survival game when played on the normal mode. You have to collect food, and filter water, as well as make sure you have enough oxygen for your travels. There are still a lot of features to be added to the game, and they will only make the game more awesome. Currently the games biggest downfall is the lack of a save feature, but that is supposed to be implemented very soon. It’s still very enjoyable to swim around and explore. You can craft items that make you swim faster, and you can craft tools such as a knife or beacon. You can even terraform! The game allows you to dig, which hints that maybe there will be some sort of building mechanic in the future. If you love the feeling of being underwater, this game perfectly recreates that feeling. Sometimes I even find myself holding my breath until I remember that it’s just my character that needs to be doing that. If you think the world is pretty during the daytime, just wait until the sun sets. Everything begins to glow, and the fish seem to be more calm.

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I definitely think the game is worth checking out. It has been released on Steam, but you can also purchase it from the website. The game is still early access, and not everything is in place yet. There are still some bugs, and features that need to be added, so make sure you’re okay with all of that before you buy the game.

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Until next time…

GAME HARD

Upcoming Game: Black Desert Online Open Beta

Hello everyone!

Awhile back I mentioned a game called Black Desert Online, and there wasn’t a huge amount of information available at that time. Recently, Pearl Abyss has announced that they will begin open beta testing in Korea on December 17th. The game is still only in Korean, but there are rumors that a closed beta test for an English translation of the game might begin only weeks after. Until then, feast your eyes on the games beautiful character creation tool, and the action-packed combat. So far, the combat looks amazing!

Until next time…

GAME HARD

Spotlight: 7 Days To Die

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Hello Everyone!

Lately I have been really addicted to a game. I forgot how to sleep, and I forgot which world was my real home. Enter, 7 Days To Die, a zombie survival game by The Fun Pimps.

“7 Days to Die is an open world, voxel-based, sandbox game that is a unique mix of First Person Shooter, Survival Horror, Tower Defense and Role Playing Games combining combat, crafting, looting, mining, exploration, and character growth.”

This is the description provided on the website, and after playing for hours on end, I am not disappointed. The only word missing in this description is “brutal”. I had recently bought DayZ, and was going to write about my adventures in its zombie-infested… or should I say mostly player-infested world. My first experience with DayZ was a little bumpy. I spent most of it freezing to death, and then zombies ghosted through the door of the house I was hiding in and ate my brains out. Seriously, some realistic shit there. Oh, you thought I was being serious?

A few days later, I bought 7DTD (you know what that stands for, right? Look at the damn title)

 

I had heard a little about 7DTD, and a fellow gamer was excited and wanted to play it with me. I tried the game with just him and I first, and we spent our few nights alive hiding inside creepy run-down buildings, scavenging for for food and water, attempting to keep the door blocked off, and listening to the sound of a hundred or more zombies creeping around outside. Whenever the sun started rising, we would venture out into the world. We died a lot. At least the zombies don’t know how to ghost through doors in this game. Actually, you can see the door taking damage and getting destroyed as zombies slowly tear away at the thin piece of protection between you and them.

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The world in 7DTD is extremely beautiful. There are many different biomes, and each one has different stuff to offer. You can survive in any of the biomes if you are good at scavenging (and avoiding zombies). Once we got used to everything, we decided to try out a public server. I was super worried about the pvp aspect of the game, and chose a server that said pvp and griefing wasn’t allowed. You can still kill other players on these servers, but you will most likely get banned for it. As soon as we joined the server, we ran into our first group. We were a bit nervous, but after asking if we could tag along with them, it ended up being a really cool experience. They proceeded to supply us with potatoes, tea, and gear as we followed them around. After doing some scavenging, we headed back to their area, and were surprised to find they had a few buildings built up, and some farm-land.

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With their permission, we started building our own place. Before constructing, you have to chop down trees with an axe, and mine rocks. I started feeling myself getting drawn into the game. The people who shared their property with us helped give us a sense of a community. They even helped us build our first house, and plant stuff on our farm. While we were building, and making noise, zombies tried to infest our little village. There were enough of us that we were able to keep them from getting too close. With all of us building, we managed to get a pretty nice looking area.

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In 7DTD, the more noise you make, and the more fires you have going, the more likely you are to get a horde of zombies. There was a point when we made a decent amount of noise, and sure enough, the sounds of zombies started coming from the tree line. A lot of zombies…

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The game is most fun when you are trying your hardest to survive a horde of zombies, while trying to protect your buildings and hard work. You also have to worry about eating, drinking, keeping your health up, and taking medicine when you are hurt or infected. The water is usually murky and can make you sick, so you have to boil it over a fire, and some food can give you food poisoning. You can also get broken legs, so you have to be careful where you jump from. A broken leg can slow you down a lot, and put you in more danger. This game has the strongest sense of survival I have ever felt in a game. On top of that, it seems to also have a very supportive community, which most games are lacking nowadays. As long as you respect their property, you are usually welcome to stay the night at someones house, or receive a little food from them. The first group I ever met up with have become my regular playing buddies, and my friends. You can play the game seriously, or you can choose to just mess around and have some fun. There is a lot to do, and you can build whatever you want to. Just remember to protect it from the zombies.

The game is still in Alpha, but it is constantly getting updated. There are a few bugs, but none of them have felt game-breaking. The trailer is for Alpha 8, but the game is currently in Alpha ten and is really far along.

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Until Next Time

GAME HARD