StarCraft II Matchmaking: Death To Smurfing
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments
The Escapist has posted a new interview with Blizzard Entertainment's Rob Pardo about features in the upcoming RTS, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. The interview focused on matchmaking features in the new Battle.net which prevent experienced players from creating new accounts in order to slaughter inexperienced players, a practice known as "smurfing."
"It's really, really tricky when you have such a diverse skill set of people that are coming to your game, especially when it's a competitive game," Pardo said during a panel discussing the future of connectivity in games at GDC 2010.Click over to the link below for the rest of the interview.
The Escapist: StarCraft II Matchmaking
"Really good players, they don't necessarily want to play themselves. They want to go beat up on the noob because that's really fun," he said. "When you look at WarCraft III, one of the mistakes we made with that game was that you could make unlimited accounts. All someone had to do, once we knew what their skill level was, they'd just go and make a new account. As far as we were concerned they were a noobie.
"In StarCraft II, we're making sure that you can't do that. You can only have one account and if you want a new account, because you want to go beat up on noobs, you're going to have go out and buy a new copy of StarCraft," he said.
The Battle.net matchmaking has been vastly improved in the StarCraft II beta in accurately setting up matches. But the really interesting tidbit is that Pardo isn't sure if that's a good thing. "If your matchmaking is really good, it means that for every single game, you're kind of the edge of your seat," Pardo said. "After you play an hour or two of games like that, you're kind of exhausted. So we're actually talking about, 'Is that the right matchmaking approach?' You might want to add a little sloppiness to the matchmaking. Maybe that means sometimes you get stomped, but sometimes you have easier games. And sometimes you have the really competitive games. It's got better pacing.
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