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.

CS:GO – Adventures As A Silver #01

Hello Everyone!

So, I thought I would start writing about my experiences as a fairly new player in CS:GO. The game is extremely fun, very well made, and also a bit on the frustrating side. When I first started, I hadn’t looked into the elo rating system, and I didn’t really think of it much on the competitive side. I didn’t know much about the game, and was new to the franchise. I started out with casual games, and enjoyed them. That is until I queued for a competitive game for the first time.

My team was amazing. They were doing all of these call-outs that I had yet to learn, and they seemed so organized. Three games in, and I was addicted. After that, I lost a few, but pressed forward. I got my first rank (Silver I) and had a beer to celebrate. Later, I learned that this was just the beginning of my journey. I played many games, winning and losing, trying to figure out how to get better. A friend introduced me to the streamers of CS:GO and I started learning more stuff about the game. I started watching YouTube videos to learn the call-outs and grenade tosses. Pretty soon I was quite educated on the maps.

I soon learned the term smurf, and since then, have realized the effect it has on the competitive part of the game. I had trouble ranking up past silver I. I would get on a winning spree, and then suddenly play a few games where the opposing teams top-fragger had double the kills of the rest of their team. People were yelling “smurf! they’re a smurf!” and I wasn’t sure what to think about them, but I started to get annoyed with these smurfs.

Soon, I played with a clan that I had made friends with, and I ranked up three times in one week. I went from silver I to silver 4 in a heartbeat. We were on a roll, until the game with smurfs. We were still trying to get better at this game, but suddenly we were getting our asses handed to us in what was supposed to be a silver game. I then decided to check the profiles of these over-achievers, and realized there was a pattern. The only game they owned was CS:GO. These people were already good at the game, but they were going back to destroy new silvers.

Maybe it’s a learning experience. Maybe it is a challenge to help me get better at the game, but altogether it is a frustrating experience that makes match-making feel broken. I enjoy a challenge, but I should be able to decide for myself if I want one. Not have it forced on me. The broken match-making (smurfing) has given me the feeling of wanting to quit the game more than once now. My fellow clan-mates feel the same way. Do we queue up and hope to get lucky, that we are not playing a Gold Nova… Master Guardian… someone that found the game on sale for 5$ and made a new account out of curiosity, because they wanted to feel bad-ass, or maybe wanting to play with friends?

I’m not sure if there is any way around this, but here is one thing I have to say… CS:GO has no reason to go on sale… It has a high player-base, and there is no reason for people to own more than one copy of the game. Stop putting your damn game on sale, and give new players a chance. I was silver 4, and down-ranked playing against a smurf team. They just laugh and call me salty, when the only game they own is CS:GO with barely any hours. Yeah, you’re better than me. Maybe I am salty… but because you’re better than me, you shouldn’t be playing against me.

I’m addicted to the game. I want to get as good as the higher ranks, so that smurfs won’t exist to me anymore. It’s going to be a rough ride, but I’ll have to deal with it, because there still aren’t any competitive fps games quite as good as CS:GO.

Until next time,

GAME HARD

Adventures: Unturned #01

Hello everyone!

Recently, I have been playing Unturned with a few of my close friends. I played the game a bit when it first came out, but started getting bored quickly. When two of my close friends invited me to join them in giving it a try, I felt like it would be a good idea to see what the game was like with friends.

We entered the world, and realized we were having trouble finding each other. This is quite common for zombie survival games, as I have also had to run around looking for my friends in games such as H1Z1 and Infestation: Survivor stories. We had to make a Steam group, and all be in it, which allowed us to see each others names in-game. After finding each other, we also realized we were naked, so alas our search for clothes. We died a few times at first, but we managed to collect some weapons, food and clothes. After exploring the island a bit, we decided to settle down on a ship that was docked at one of the towns.

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I almost feel like we need some “censor” bars here… haha

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We put down some chests, and beds so that we would re-spawn there upon dying. Starting off, we didn’t really know what all we could craft, so we had to turn to the wiki most of the time. In-game, you pretty much would just put random items together and hope to get something. It was a lot like Minecraft in that regard. We managed to craft a campfire, and constructed some walls around our farm. We also secured a few vehicles from the town and nearby farmhouse. After getting a vehicle that the three of us could all ride in, that was when the adventures really started. Some were simply entertaining, while others became outright scary.

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Some of the towns were full of zombies, and going in alone would have been nerve-wracking. We had built up enough guns, and other weapons, so that we could pretty much line them up and destroy them. It was a parade of death. You also have to worry about food, water, and infection from zombies and spoiled food. We spent a lot of time scavenging for food (including hunting cute animals), and medicine. After securing a few canteens, it was easier to stay hydrated. Melee weapons were super affective because they didn’t use up our stored ammo, but the closer you get to the zombies, the more likely you are to get infected. It’s a good thing you don’t actually turn into zombies. I will say my favorite part about killing zombies so far, is the mass amount of blood that spurts out of them. It really just looks like someone spilled red paint everywhere, but it’s actually quite fun to paint the ground and walls with their colorful insides. A little too much fun sometimes. You can also attach your friends, in which you get the same effect. This happened often… haha

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We kept taking road trips, map in hand, and hitting zombies like they were speed-bumps along the way. If we got desperate for food, there was always the berries… Oh yes, the berries. Some of them made you trip like crazy.

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Such lewd stuff in the chat! Yup, those are my friends. 😀

There were also Easter eggs, and stuff that you could find for achievements. We found quite a few of these, as we were exploring every inch of the island. I loved that some of the signs were references to famous Twitch streamers, one of them being Lirik. And then there were the chess boards everywhere.

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This is not Mount Your Friends…

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And here is one of my favorite parts about the game…. base building! I mean, who doesn’t love to build a place to call home within a virtual world? We collected materials, and worked day and night to build our first fully player crafted base. The old ship became extra storage. We kept adding to our base. It started out as a parking garage, and then we built up off of that. Then, I recommended a safe route to the farm, in which the giant overpass was created. We are quite happy with our newly made base. It even has bedrooms with working doors, and a watch tower.

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I can definitely say that I enjoyed the gameplay much more when sharing it with my friends. There were a lot of humorous and stressful situations, but I know that I wasn’t experiencing them alone. A simple game, with limited gameplay, turned into a world of adventure.

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Okay… I’m going to have to take your license away.

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Until next time,

GAME HARD

Video: Building A Base In Subnautica

Hello Everyone!

We have released a new video, showing you the basics to building a base in Subnautica, and underwater survival exploration game. You can build a base however you want to, and this video is simply to show you an example base.

Subnautica is always releasing updates and new features. You can check the game out HERE.


If you haven't seen our Subnautica Fan Trailer, check it out here!

If you haven’t seen our Subnautica Fan Trailer, check it out here!

Until Next Time,

GAME HARD!

Video: AWP Compilation #1 (CS:GO)

Hello Everyone!

Check out my first ever Awp Compilation!


I’ve decided to make a compilation of some of my best awp shots. I’ve been trying to practice with the awp a lot, and am enjoying learning how to be a proper awper. It’s one of my favorite weapons so far.

I’m going to be putting out more compilations of cool, funny, and interesting kills in CS:GO, as I’ve been playing a lot of it lately.

Until next time,

GAME HARD!