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Game Matchmaker

Postby degaston on Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:21 pm

Concise description:
  • Add the ability for players to save sets of Game Finder information for the various maps and settings that they are interested in playing. (Call it a Matchmaker set?)
  • When someone starts a new game, an email with a link to join that game is sent to all players who have saved a Matchmaker set that matches it.
Specifics/Details:
  • On the Game Finder page, add controls to Save (with a name), Load and Delete Matchmaker sets.
  • Whenever a game is started, an email alert is sent to all players who have saved a Matchmaker set that matches that game.
  • The email should contain the name of the set(s) that matched, and a link to join the game.
Possible additional features:
  • Players should have the ability to enable and disable particular Matchmaker sets, to avoid getting too many unwanted emails.
  • When using the Start a Game page, as each option is selected, the player could be told how many other players have saved a Matchmaker set that matches his game settings. This could help reduce the number of unpopular game types that are created.
  • The system could also be programmed to periodically find combinations of settings that are popular, and automatically create a game of that type and send out invitations.
How this will benefit the site and/or other comments:
  • With the decline in membership and increase in game options, it has become increasingly difficult to get a game started.
  • If this suggestion were implemented, it would become easier get a game filled quickly.
  • This would increase user satisfaction and help with member retention.
Last edited by degaston on Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:50 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Game Matchmaker

Postby Sirius Kase on Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:48 pm

You could borrow a bit from the Guide system and have it automatically join you up to game configuration that you really like. But, I can manage all kinds of ways that could be abused, especially if you were playing for points.
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Re: Game Matchmaker

Postby degaston on Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:41 pm

Sirius Kase wrote:You could borrow a bit from the Guide system and have it automatically join you up to game configuration that you really like. But, I can manage all kinds of ways that could be abused, especially if you were playing for points.

I don't think that it should automatically join anyone to a game. People might be entered into games they don't want, which could lead to deadbeating, or at least dissatisfaction. I'm not sure how it could be abused, but it just doesn't seem necessary in any case.

Expanding on the original idea, though, if you get a notice for a game that you don't want, it would be nice if you were allowed to specify exclusion settings so that you don't get any more notices for that type of game.
(e.g. exclude notices for games with USA 2.1 map and Trench.)
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