Are you prepared for Wrath of the Lich King? WoW Insider has you covered!
GameDaily

TrueSkill matchmaking demystified [update 1]

With all the hoopla surrounding Gears of War's matchmaking system we've been led to believe that come Emergence Day we won't get to play ranked games with our friends on Xbox Live. Well, that's only partially true. The smart folks over at Microsoft's Applied Games Group try to explain the TueSkill matchmaking system that Gears implements for ranked multiplayer sessions. They state that the TrueSkill system doesn't allow you to play ranked games against your friends due to the possibility of intentionally throwing a game to increase anther's rank. (That makes sense, keep going.) The other dark side of the coin is that the system doesn't allow you to "party up" with your friends either, due to them wanting to keep TrueSkill valid and completely random. (That kinda sucks, anything else?) The bright spot in all of this is that the TrueSkill system doesn't prevent you from playing alongside your friends, since you'll share the same outcome as them, but it's all up to chance of the TrueSkill system that you'll actually be paired with your buddy. Hopefully this clears up some of the mystery surrounding the matchmaking in Gears of War ... or maybe I just made you all the more confused.

Update: Ok, after analyzing this more thoroughly it looks like Gears of War's rank isn't based solely off of your win/lose ratio, but takes into account numerous individual stats. So, the TrueSkill ranking system looks at players individually and not as a team, hence why you can't party with a buddy in ranked games. Thanks BenzMoney for your insight, but the outcome is still the same no matter who you want to point your finger at ... you can't play ranked matches of Gears of War with your friends in one party. Also, I fixed that evil spelling error and I love how you're keeping the new guy on his toes!

[Via VGBlogger]

Related Headlines

Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)



Upcoming and Popular Games
Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (12)
Dead Space (21)
Fable 2 (53)
Fallout 3 (11)
Far Cry 2 (7)
Gears of War 2 (35)
Guitar Hero World Tour (13)
Halo 3 (662)
Halo Wars (14)
Left 4 Dead (4)
Mirror's Edge (4)
Prince of Persia (5)
Resident Evil 5 (6)
Rock Band 2 (34)
Saints Row 2 (3)
Silent Hill: Homecoming (7)
Tomb Raider: Underworld (7)
Too Human (35)
Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise (8)
On X3F
Contests and Giveaways (172)
Deals and Bargains (202)
E3 (206)
Fan stuff (1189)
Galleries (3)
Hacks / mods (146)
Interviews (130)
News (7534)
Peripherals (247)
Podcasts (96)
Polls (35)
Reviews (43)
Rumors (348)
Shipping this week (70)
Video Marketplace (84)
X3F Features (17)
X3F TV (77)
Xbox Live Arcade (1029)
Xbox Live Marketplace (1043)

RESOURCES

RSS NEWSFEEDS

Powered by Blogsmith

Worth reading

  • 360 Arcadians
  • 360Sync
  • Achieve360Points
  • Gamerscore Blog
  • Gamertag Radio
  • GameTrailers 360
  • Halo.Bungie.Org
  • Major Nelson
  • Planet Xbox 360
  • TeamXbox
  • Unscripted 360
  • XBLArcade
  • Xbox 360 Achievements
  • Xbox Domain
  • Xbox-Scene
  • Xboxyde
  • Xboxygen (French)

Featured Galleries

Dead Space Console Themed Skins
Gears of War 2 - Art/Renders (9/29/08)
Gears of War 2 - Screenshots (9/29/08)
Resident Evil 5
New Xbox Experiece - Themes and Friends
Banjo-Kazooie (XBLA)
RacePro
Halo Wars Brute concept art
New Xbox Experience

 

Most Commented On (14 days)

Recent Comments

Worth reading

  • 360 Arcadians
  • 360Sync
  • Achieve360Points
  • Gamerscore Blog
  • Gamertag Radio
  • GameTrailers 360
  • Halo.Bungie.Org
  • Major Nelson
  • Planet Xbox 360
  • TeamXbox
  • Unscripted 360
  • XBLArcade
  • Xbox 360 Achievements
  • Xbox Domain
  • Xbox-Scene
  • Xboxyde
  • Xboxygen (French)

Weblogs, Inc. Network

  • Autos
    • Autoblog
    • AutoblogGreen
    • Autoblog Spanish
    • Autoblog Chinese
    • Autoblog Simplified Chinese
  • Technology
    • Download Squad
    • Engadget
    • Engadget HD
    • Engadget Mobile
    • Engadget Chinese
    • Engadget Simplified Chinese
    • Engadget Japanese
    • Engadget Germany
    • Engadget Korea
    • Engadget Polska
    • Engadget Spanish
    • Switched
    • TUAW (Apple)
  • Lifestyle
    • AisleDash
    • DIY Life
    • Gadling
    • Green Daily
    • Luxist
    • ParentDish
    • Slashfood
    • Styledash
    • That's Fit
  • Gaming
    • Joystiq
    • DS Fanboy
    • Massively
    • Nintendo Wii Fanboy
    • PS3 Fanboy
    • PSP Fanboy
    • WoW Insider
    • Xbox 360 Fanboy
    • Big Download
  • Entertainment
    • Cinematical
    • TV Squad
  • Finance
    • BloggingBuyouts
    • BloggingStocks
    • WalletPop
  • Sports
    • FanHouse Main
    • NFL
    • NBA
    • MLB
    • NCAA Football
    • NCAA Basketball
    • NASCAR
    • NHL
    • Golf
    • Free Fantasy Football
  • Also on AOL
    • African-American Culture
    • Cars
    • Games
    • Maps
    • Money
    • Movies
    • Music
    • News
    • Radio
    • Sports
    • Stock Quotes
    • Television
    • Travel

Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in:

PS3 Fanboy
  • MTV Games clarifies AC/DC Rock Band Track Pack details
  • MGS4's Payton joins a different kind of 'MGS'
  • Bomberman Ultra coming to PSN this Winter
WOW Insider
  • WoW Minis in stores on November 11th
  • Last Week on Massively: WoW-related stories
  • WoW Insider Show Episode 57: The return of the Turp
Nintendo Wii Fanboy
  • Having trouble getting through Mega Man 9?
  • Wii Fanboy Review: Orbient
  • Marvelous reveals Valhalla Knights for Wii
DS Fanboy
  • DQIX dated for March release in Japan
  • New Final Fantasy lets DS and Wii gamers play at the same time
  • Bury the Shovelware: Cake Mania
PSP Fanboy
  • Deal: Disgaea or Dragoneer's Aria for $18 each
  • Tecmo unveils new PSP title: Undead Knights
  • Job listing reveals more on LittleBigPlanet PSP rumor
Big Download Blog
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 braces for Storm of Zehir with new trailer
  • Left 4 Dead demo may include two maps from hospital campaign
  • Penny Arcade Adventures presents awesome-sode 2 trailer
Fanhouse Golf Blog
  • Golf's Winners and Losers of 2008
  • Vijay Out For Two Months With Tendinitis
  • Scratch That, John Daly's Ex-Wife Did Not Steal His Cell Phone