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Gears 2 'Snowblind Map Pack' coming March 31, title update on March 24

If you tire of brutishly halving your enemies in the same boring Gears of War 2 locales, a recent Epic Games announcement will likely thrill you to death -- on March 31, the title's second batch of downloadable arenas, titled the "Snowblind Map Pack," will find its way onto Xbox Live, bringing fou...

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Shadowrun forgoes TrueSkill for 'party' play, Epic told the truth [update 1]

Shadowrun will use a friend-linking party system for ranked matches, yes, but developer FASA had to forgo the use of Microsoft's TrueSkill matchmaking system to implement the feature. In fact, according to Knuckles Dawson who had a chance to play Shadowrun, FASA has built its own matchmaking system ...

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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 m...

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Competitive ranking systems go head-to-head

If you're at all interested in competitive gaming and skill rankings such as the ELO system (used by chess players and also by Yahoo! Games) and Microsoft's TrueSkill, this article is well worth a read. It delves into the intricacies of ELO and looks at other ranking systems designed to combat its f...

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