okay I'm making this thread separate from the vidya general because it's kind of a larger topic that I'd like to discuss more in-depth and I don't think video game threads bother anyone anyways
the topic is, How do you feel about esports, and the current status of esports in the gaming industry?
I'm asking this because in the past few years or so, basically all of my favorite online games have embraced esports and personally it irritates me. I don't mind when they do competitions and shit, but I hate when esports rules or standards are forced into regular matchmaking. ex: every CoD game since Ghosts, Halo 5, Gears Of War 4.
and actually it's not necessarily the specific esports rules, but I guess what REALLY bugs me is "skill-based matchmaking". it's a fucking meme at this point, at least in the games I play. and I say some of this because there's this guy on youtube I watch who has talked a lot about skill-based matchmaking in CoD and really kind of confirmed and explained well what I already thought, I will try to find the specific video later.
but basically, this whole trend of forcing extreme competition into regular public matches, and making sure everything is "fair". part of what I loved about the earlier games in my favorite series is that they never tried to push this whole system of balance, every match you were just thrown in with random people and it was a total tossup if you assfuck the whole enemy team, have an even match, or get crushed. and I LIKED that, maybe that's just me but I liked the chaos of it all. (and before you say Halo 2 and 3 had the skill based stuff, I am aware of that but they also had plenty of "social" playlists which newer games are sorely lacking. Gears 4 only has one social playlist not including the bot playlists).
CoD is probably the worst offender. nobody fucking plays CoD for skill. you play it because you want unrestrained chaos and instant gratification. dying over and over rapidly is something CoD players are used to, they don't want the game to be cat and mouse or whatever. everyone wants to just get their killstreaks a couple times a match, or get some really sick multikills or whatever, and they'll be happy. CoD is not a game that requires genuine skill to succeed at.
then there's the whole culture behind esports, but I won't go on about that yet. I'll leave it at that for now.