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Interesting article in Forbes about matchmaking (Destiny)

by Kermit @, Raleigh, NC, Monday, June 01, 2015, 20:14 (2151 days ago) @ MacGyver10

I like the analogy overall, but let's say you wanted to play basketball, but the only place to play basketball was at a gym in town you had to pay membership to. You would expect to be able to play basketball with other gym members that might be there looking to play basketball, not that you have to get enough of your friends to pay for a membership then coordinate with them anytime you wanted to play some 3 on 3. You realistically should be able to play with any other gym members that just so happen to be at the court when you want to play.

And you can--Destiny is not without matchmaking (and there's the Tower [which I explain in the post above can be improved]). But if you want to play a five-on-five regulation game and get a trophy at the end, you don't just walk in whenever you want and expect that to be there waiting for you.

Organized sports is something people understand as requiring some organization. It's worth it, and gives the activity greater intensity and meaning. Somehow people don't translate that to a video game activity, but it's no different.


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