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Jeff Kaplan responds to Overwatch players’ matchmaking patent concerns

Published: 22/Sep/2020 0:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan was forced to respond after a player did some digging into a controversial matchmaking patent.

Overwatch player PrototypeOW made waves on social media on September 21 after posting about a concerning patent he had come across that belongs to Activision-Blizzard.

The matchmaking patent is controversial because, according to PrototypeOW, it puts players who are of a lower skill level on teams with players better than they are in order to make matches “as even as possible.”

He also stated that the patent allows Blizzard to “retain small pieces of data (i.e. voice-chat use, chat use, rage-quitting) in conjunction with actual performance to put you in games with even chances.”

This all said, while there is no indication that this system is used with Overwatch, that didn’t stop a thread with Prototype’s findings to be posted on Reddit.

As players discussed the pros and cons of the system and if it was actually affecting Overwatch’s matchmaking, Jeff Kaplan stepped in to set the record straight.

“Overwatch does not use any analysis of chat (voice or text) for matchmaking,” he explained.

“Without going overly into details, Overwatch match makes [sic] on: your matchmaking rating (MMR) – this is mostly affected by win/loss, with variance applied for certain conditions, your region, your ping. Again, that’s overly simplified. But that’s basically it.”

However, the comment didn’t sit too well with Prototype who further remarked on Twitter that Kaplan had purposefully avoided mentioning “winstreaks/loss streaks/ aspects of gameplay itself influencing the quality of your matches.”

“This all but confirms my theory of there being a hidden ‘player quality’ factor,” the Grandmaster-ranked player stated.

It’s an interesting point and suggests there could be some truth to Overwatch’s matchmaker purposefully putting weaker players on teams in an effort to balance out the game.

However, at least it’s good to know that things like voice chat don’t play a role when it comes to determining how teams are assembled and matched.


Persona 5 cosplayer steals hearts as Ann Takamaki

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:43

by Brent Koepp


A talented cosplayer brought Persona 5’s Ann Takamaki to life. The artist went viral on Instagram after transforming into the character’s Phantom Thief alter ego, Panther.

The Persona franchise originally made its debut back in 1996 on the PlayStation. However, the series became a mainstream success in 2016 with its fifth entry. Players and critics couldn’t get enough of its story about the Phantom Thieves.

The PlayStation 4 title was such a hit that it even got an ultimate edition called Royal in March. Celebrating the beloved release, a skilled cosplayer brought the RPG’s heroine Ann Takamaki to life with a jaw-dropping costume. 

Ann in persona 5
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The popular heroine is one of the main characters in Persona 5.

Persona cosplayer steals hearts as Panther

The story centers on a group of misfit high school students who acquire supernatural powers. The group ends up calling themselves the Phantom Thieves, and learn how to steal the desires of corrupt adults to change their hearts.

Cosplayer Vlada ‘tniwe’ transformed into popular character Ann Takamaki, whose alter ego is Panther. Incredibly, the artist faithfully captured the heroine’s iconic red bodysuit – which is designed after a feline.

Holding the Ann’s signature whip in her left hand, Vlada accurately re-created the character’s pose from the RPG. She even included little details in the picture, such as the warning police tape that pops up during the battle victory screen.


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In another shot posted to social media, the cosplayer gave fans a full view of her latex costume. The cosplay is so true to the game that it even includes the tail which hangs off the end of her back zipper.


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The cosplayer also posed for a close-up shot, nailing Takamaki’s look effortlessly. The artist perfectly captured her blonde braided hair which is styled in ponytails. Her striking blue eyes peer out as she lifts the mask off her face.


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In 2020, Persona 5 got a new edition called Royal. The remaster not only included a whole new character, but greatly expanded the game’s dungeons and boss fights.

The Atlus franchise has continued to explode in popularity. For the PlayStation 5’s launch, the 2016 title is included in the new PlayStation Plus collection.