System Tagged Articles RSS Feed | System RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How Overwatch Needs to Learn From League's Punishment System Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Marc Anthony

In recent weeks, Overwatch; once sprawling with love and unity in a loyal community, has now made a new turn in direction. With its increasing popularity, negativity has become more evident, which is also the case in various shooters. Amassing such a large fanbase and community, Overwatch has now been set to be a competitive game where many players always behave in a harsh way.

Competition breeds negativity in all shapes and forms and by Overwatch now becoming less of a pass-time game and more focused competitive play, players have now run into many who take the game too far. Bad behavior goes from "flaming" people in voice-chat all the way to banning someone for picking characters you don't like (most significantly Widowmaker). In many cases, this foul play cannot be stopped and Blizzard has tried to take the matter in their own hands. They have tried to fix the pressing issue to little success.

*The wheel of negativity. Basic lines anyone
and everyone has used in playing*

Blizzard once had a feature that allowed players to "prefer/avoid this player", working well against trolls, however, it was more predominantly used by players who did not want to be matched against higher skilled players or with players that were "bad." This feature broke the game dynamic in finding matches to challenge players, giving themselves easy opponents to rank their SR up quicker. Blizzard is continuously working on ways to end this problem, but to little success and has lead even fans to give ideas. Some piece of advice from myself is to take some ideas from popular games, specifically League of Legends.

*If this is what honor looks like in physical form, count me in, just look at teddy*

Starting off with just punishment, it has been dealt with consistently by LoL. The game itself has issued a system of matchmaking all negative players in what is known as "Prisoner's Island" and uses LeaverBuster, for players who have gone AFK (away from keyboard) or have rage-quit. However, it is evident that LoL understands this will not stop cease bad behavior. Although these features assist the system, they focus on reforming negative players first.

Instead, LoL puts a small group of negative players in a majority of neutral-good players with chat restrictions, which sees negative players getting their needed reform. The restrictions give the player chat "ammunition" to be used for either flaming teammates (learning nothing), or used to perform successful strategies and ganks to help them learn; positive play results in better play. It has been stated as well that,

With both LeaverBuster and ranked restrictions, social pressure acts as a lever, encouraging reform. We’ve found the approach of surrounding bad behavior with good influences tends to lead to the best results for improving the experience and helping the community actively reject negative behavior.

This has lead to a substantial 40% in player reform that Overwatch could benefit from.

In addition to punishment, to make a quick point, Overwatch could benefit from a more specific report system much like LoL. This allows more accurate and appropriate action to take place by filtering the action and being taking into account accordingly.

Moving on, however, is another aspect that could issue more positivity, that will definitely get more players to be more positive. This feature of course is a reward system for good behavior (In a shocking discovery, rewarding someone for good behavior makes them want to continue it).

This particular part in this article deals with psychological factors in video games and everyday life that has also been instituted in LoL. To put the psychology away first, it has been scientifically proven that by rewarding good behavior, it will breed positivity and by punishing bad behavior it will suppress negativity (but positive reinforcement topples the lesser).

Punishment in games has players reform, but nothing rewards good behavior to continue playing with the same morality and positivity. In LoL, they have changed this with a Honor system that acknowledge players for teamwork, being friendly and helpful, and other accolades. Honor could be implemented to give real rewards to consistently positive players. In addition, it helps if this honor system could be used for bonuses in the game itself, such as an experience bonus system or going as far to reward loot boxes or in-game currency. This positive reinforcement to stay on the path of good, will keep negativity away from the game itself.

Overwatch needs to learn  how to control toxicity in its game and could be done by following these steps, either from LoL or fans. Are there any ideas that you have?

New report reveals PS4.5 codename and specs Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:23:52 -0400 Eric Levy

A new report found on Eurogamer has revealed the specs for the PS4K, aka the PS4.5. According to Eurogamer's sources, the upgraded PlayStation 4 -- which was first revealed back in March -- is internally codenamed PlayStation NEO. The NEO will have an improved GPU, higher clock speeds, improved memory bandwidth, and will support 4K image output.

The publication goes on to state that starting in October, games released on the PlayStation 4 must have a 'base mode' for the current model, along with a 'NEO mode' compatible with the upgraded system.  Any games released prior to October will be able to take advantage of the new hardware, thanks to an upcoming patch. In layman's terms, games running in 'NEO mode' will have improved frame rate and higher visual fidelity.  

The exact specs found on Eurogamer are below:

Based on this report, it seems like Sony has no intention of splitting its user base with the upcoming system upgrade -- which is very good news. There will be no NEO exclusive games, nor will NEO owners have any exclusive unlockables or gameplay advantages -- besides a visually superior experience.

Will you be picking up the PlayStation 'NEO' when it finally comes out, and do you think this upgrade is even necessary?  Let us know in the comments below!

Upcoming Xbox One system update details announced Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:04:57 -0500 Alec Pearce

Mike Ybarra, Director Of Program Management For Xbox, has released the details for Xbox One's next system update.

This changes will seek to refine the social aspect of the Xbox dashboard. Ybarra stated:

"This month, we’re focused on continuing to improve social features to help you stay connected to the Xbox Live community across console and PC, while bringing these experiences closer together".

Key features include joinable Twitch broadcasts, the ability to hide games from the 'ready to install' list, an update to suggested friends, and improvements to trending.

Perhaps most exciting is the return of the gamerscore leaderboard, which had previously been removed from the Xbox One dashboard. Once again, players will be able to compare their achievements and gamerscore with their friends to see who's gained the most over the last 30 days. This will add a competitive edge to the gaming experience.

The achievement leaderboard is back!

Xbox News updates will also appear in activity feeds as "a one-stop source for all the latest information about new hardware, console updates, game releases, tournaments...breaking entertainment content, and more".

For a full list and description of all the updates, check out Ybarra's post on Xbox Wire.

Windows 10 for Xbox One Update Launch at 3AM Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:46:12 -0500 Andrea Koenig

Xbox One owners are mere hours away from a major interface update for their consoles that's been titled the "New Xbox One Experience," released at 3:01AM ET (12:01AM PT) tonight, November 12.

Not all systems will receive it at once as the update will be released in stages on a global scale. The biggest upcoming feature, reverse Xbox 360 compatibility, will not begin to display compatible titles until 12 hours later.

Here are some things you should expect
  • Backward Compatibility

    Users will now be able to play both digital and disc Xbox 360 games on their Xbox One. All games will be compatible with the new Xbox one features, like screenshots, broadcasts, and DVR.

    You will also be able to access previously saved files, add-ons, Gamerscores, and achievements. Xbox Live Gold members can do multiplayer gaming regardless of console as well.

    **This feature will take effect 3:01PM ET (12:01PM PT). This is when titles will be available to play and featured for download. Refresh your Game collection at this time to see pre-purchased digital titles, or wait until this time to install the game via disc.

    See the first Xbox 360 titles to be made reverse compatible with Xbox One.

  • Windows 10

    The integration of Windows 10 will allow gaming to be up to 50% faster than before. Update and get updates on gameplay with friends, and link your Xbox One console with a PC or mobile device running on Windows 10 already.

  • New Guide Area for More Gaming

    Access your guide with one button. From there, view your friends list, settings, notifications, messages and more. Create and accept party invites, and respond directly to messages with voice commands, all while still playing your game.

  • New Community Area to Stay Updated

    Interact with the Xbox Live community with likes, comments, and sharing content. Access friend and developer updates through community activity feeds.

    User avatars have returned and are customizable.

  • New Look with Optimized Store & OneGuide

    Scroll while in "Home" to see your entire games and apps collection. Keep up with what's trending on live TV with OneGuide's new browsing picture-in-picture feature and app channels all in one place.

    The store now expands into special areas to make it more organized and easier to explore: Games, Movies, TV, Apps, Music. It has a special new vertical gallery view to quickly browse through your options; including staff picks, new releases, coming soon, recommended, and top played among other categories.

  • Enhanced Game Hubs

    With one click, launch the last game you played, peek in at the community, or check out the store. Compare gamerscores, achievements and other stats with friends while checking out the latest games they've played on Xbox Live.

    Users can also check out news and updates from community members and developers by following both the creators and the games themselves.

  • Removed Kinect Gestures

    While not mentioned on the Xbox One website, beta testers like those at Engadget have mentioned the removal of Kinect gestures. Kinect will still be available in apps and games with Kinect compatibility, but gestures in menus have been removed.
How to get your hands on it all:

Starting at 3:01AM ET (12:01AM PT) staged updates will roll out to Xbox One users all over the world. There are two ways to get the update:

  1. Instant-On Power Mode

    Turn on this feature via Settings > Power & Startup. Your Xbox One will automatically download the update when your console is in Connected Standby Mode.

    Updates will be released by time zone, so this seems to be the best option to get the update as soon as its out so it's available later Thursday.

  2. Manual Download

    Xbox One consoles in Energy-saving mode will NOT automatically update. When you're ready to download it, or check in on if your time zone has received the update, go to Settings > System > Update Now.

Please note that ALL Xbox One consoles will be required to update to the New Xbox One Experience. Prompts will be given to non-updated systems for a mandatory update period ending November 23.


New PlayStation 4 Software Update Coming Soon Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:44:10 -0400 AJ_Labate

Since its release last November, the PlayStation 4’s software hasn’t changed all too much, but all of that is about to change drastically.

Sony is preparing to release an update that brings with it a number of new usability features. With the PlayStation 4’s Update 2.0, users will see a new redesigned home screen, new data backup options, a USB music player along with several new themes, just to name a few changes.

Gamers have been expressing their discontent with the current software, but have no fear, Sony is readily engaged in listening to their beloved fans.

Scott McCarthy, the Director for Product Planning and Software Innovation over at Sony said via the PlayStation Blog "We listen to our fans. PlayStation has heard gamers when they say they want more ways to find friends, and more ways to personalize their PS4."

He went on to add that to comply with demands of the gamers, Sony has also added a “Gamers you may know” file, where gamers will be able to find friends they might not have known played the same games they did.

Update 2.0 will also add the ability to play MP3, MP4, alongside other audio files straight from USB drives located in the front of the system. The option to play these will appear when you insert a thumbstick or drive. USB drives can also be used for data backup of photos or videos, as well as data restoration.

Interesting enough for PlayStation Plus subscribers, you will no longer need to install monthly games. Instead, you can add them to your library in order to permanently bind them to your account. No more worrying about using much needed storage space.

Although there isn’t any word on an official release date, Sony insists that it will be coming “Very very soon.” So hang back PlayStation 4 gamers, as you will be able to play your favorite games in style in the not-so-distant future!

Gold Plated Next Gen Consoles Available for $13,700 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:35:41 -0400 AJ_Labate

If this generation of consoles is considered to be the “Cadillac” of home consoles, then these will be considered to be “Rolls Royce” of home consoles.

Be prepared to be set back a pretty penny, as the "world's first gold gaming consoles" have been announced by United Arab Emirates retailer Jumbo Electronic in the likes of “rose gold” plated PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones that were created by Italian jewelers Gatti’s Jewelry Lab.

If you happen to have $14,000 dollars in your pockets you can take one of these bad boys home to enjoy along with your Bentley, caviar, and swimming pool full of cash.

As reported earlier today by Emirates 247, the consoles will be front and center on display as the Games14 convention set to take place this weekend in the Middle East. The convention will start September 11th and is expected to last until September 13. Many industry giants will be on the premises including both Microsoft and Sony,

As you know, standard Xbox One and PlayStation 4 systems sell for $399. That pales in comparison to the whopping $13,700 both the of the consoles will go for, not to mention the Xbox One doesn’t come with a gold plated Kinnect.

However, this isn’t the first time a gold-plated gaming console has hit the market. Last December specialty retailer Harrods revealed a $10,000 golden Xbox One.

Brick House: PlayStation 3 Getting Some Updates Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:29:07 -0400 Corey Kirk

PlayStation 3 players, listen up! Remember that system bricking update you recently received? Yeah, the one that has caused you to use your console as a doorstop or turn it into a grill? Well

The support team for the PlayStation 3 has identified the problem and will be releasing another update to fix the update that screwed up your system.  In a post on the community forums, the Community Manager Morgan Haro said that the new update will be available shortly.

We have identified the issue related to the PlayStation 3 software update (version 4.45) that impacted a small number of PS3 systems earlier this week. A new PS3 system software update is planned to be released on June 27th  that resolves the issue. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience. -Morgan Haro

Of course, if your system is bricked, how are you supposed to install the new update? Haro says that on the 27th they will release the steps on how to apply the patch. 

 The PS3 grill. Photo courtesy of Engadget.

This is a volatile time for Sony where many people, not just gamers, are watching it with great interest.  With the dawn of the PlayStation 4 and next-gen gaming looming on the horizon, Sony cannot afford to make mistakes.  Even though the PS4 is being pre-ordered in record breaking numbers, most potential buyers are still using their PS3s.  Gamers tend to not forget, so Sony needs to keep its balance and not have these issues with its hardware while walking the fine line of consumer satisfaction.