Max Hobberman on the failure of Modern SBMM (Gaming)

by Schooly D, TSD Gaming Condo, TX, Sunday, November 26, 2023, 10:57 (147 days ago) @ cheapLEY



-Halo had different algorithms for ranked and unranked.
-Ranked did not always try to make teams even every time. That makes every game stressful. It was a mix of even, letting you stomp, and letting you be stomped.
-Modern SBMM prioritizes even matching too much, so players are constantly exhausted and sweaty.
-Unranked never factored in skill when matching, since it didn't matter and you'd just get a wide mix of skills for inconsequential fun.
-Overall, segregating players rigidly by skill is bad and hurts those on both sides of the bell curve, and makes matching take longer than it should.

Have any games with SBMM tried offering "odds" visible to both teams before the start of the match? If the matching engine decides it will let you get stomped next game, it'd be nice and reduce frustration if beforehand it told you "look these guys are killers and you don't stand a chance, just have fun out there."

Don't you find that out about 30 seconds into the match?

Usually, but not always. Sometimes it can take longer just due to the vagaries of spawn locations, key kills that allow a team to control power weapons or locations, etc. But even if the skill mismatch becomes obvious quickly, I think some kind of admission of intent on the part of the game would alleviate much of the frustration on the part of the stomp-ee.

It would also ruin a lot. I’ve been in some incredible come back matches that probably wouldn’t have happened if everyone on my team knew the game predicted virtually no way for us to win the match.

Conversely you'd also create some great moments when you manage to eek out a win against a team that was predicted to stomp you.

I don’t know what the threshold is, but I bet you’d see people leave matches immediately if they were predicted to lose.

This is easily remedied by enforcing penalties for quitting and making those penalties known.

What I'm suggesting isn't exotic. In fact it's commonplace in other settings. When you play chess online right from the start of a match you can see your opponent's rating. While the "odds" aren't often displayed as such, the math to calculate your chances of winning given an ELO spread is easily available.

Increasingly the NFL and other major sports are integrating real-time odds into their score boxes and displays.


And of course sports gambling odds have been in existence for as long as people have gambled on sports.

My worry would actually be that the developers would occasionally intentionally fudge this prediction metric to artificially create the "wow underdawgz" moments I mentioned earlier. I have this beef with some of the fantasy football providers which seem to give suspicious predictions. Team A has this game in the bag. 95% chance of winning, done deal. The only POSSIBLE way Team B could come back is if their remaining player slightly overperforms their initial projection. (moments later) WOW AMAZING INCREDIBLE TEAM B WINS

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