BRB UK 265: Closures and Patents and Lies

Oh hi Mark, it’s that time where we put out a new episode of the Big Red Barrel UK Podcast and you give it a listen.

We’ve got all your favourite people called DanTim & Coleman all geared up to talk about a bunch of stuff about video games, so you know… do that listening thing.

Included on this week’s show:

  • EA closes down Developer Visceral Games.
  • New Activation patent encourages Micro-transactions in matchmaking.
  • PlayStation gets caught out in some Gran Turismo Sport doggedness.
  • Nintendo Switch’s 4.0.0 update, update.
  • Dan dabbles in Middle-earth Shadow of War.
  • Tim babbles about SyndromeMegaton Rainfall.

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Comments

  1. IPlayGamesTooMuch

    I think the worst thing about the patent that wasn’t mentioned isnt that they would match player a with horse armour and b without horse armour, it’s that they would match a with horse armour and hundreds of hours of gameplay with b without armour and maybe a few hours of gameplay. That is bad match making.

    Furthermore it also mentions if player b in that scenario did buy the horse armour eventually they would match them with player c with even less time to simulate that the purchase increased their own skill and made them better so that they would consider further purchases for similar results. In that scenario if it were tied to any sort of ranking system, even if it were cosmetic it would be pay to win.

    I’m not sure any game model justifies bad matchmaking.

  2. Ricardo Kirkabon

    Now added to correct episode forum post:

    Quite a show. Can’t disagree with Tim’s issues with matchmaking that doesn’t match people of similar level. I’m afraid the only way consumers can deal with that is not to buy/play such games. Same for lootboxes and other micro transactions…

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