Destiny-HDYou can say what you want about Destiny. It has has become one of those games that you either love or you hate. Never will I say it is perfect, but I can’t stop playing it. Of all the issues that need resolved, I feel that the lack of match making for Raids and other events is not one of them.

Those that play Destiny are familiar with the variants that do not offer matchmaking within the game. Along with the Raids, other events such as weekly Heroic and Nightfall Strikes, do not have built-in matchmaking. Notice that I wrote “built-in matchmaking”. If you don’t know enough people to get a full Raid party together there are other solutions.

Interestingly enough, the community forming around Destiny has already solved the problem of matchmaking.  Bungie’s own website has been a hotspot of people joining groups and clans for the purpose of getting together for games. If that is not to your liking though just head to destinylfg.net or destinylfg.com to find a group. You can sort through the postings from people already looking or make your own post to get people to join you.

destiny-raveWhy shouldn’t Bungie just build a proper matchmaking system into these events? For one, they don’t need to since the sources I listed above and many others like them have already resolved the issue. Secondly, think about all the times you’ve gone into matchmaking only to find a player on your team to be AFK or just a jerk. Do you really want to go into an event for two or more hours and have someone drop out or annoy you?

Granted that the people posting on the message boards and sites could be people you don’t want to play with either. However, the fact that they took the effort to post on or look at these boards should show some proof that they have more than a passing interest in playing these events.

I have joined groups met on destinylfg.net for the Raid and Strike missions. My experiences have been positive for the most part. One player did bail when we took a break and never came back with no explanation. Another player messaged us to let us know he lost power to his house and would not be back. Overall, I think the community has matchmaking under control.

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!

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6 comments

  1. I’m always an advocate for features being in games rather than being forced to use outside sources. Having to use a website to build groups (or read the game’s lore, for that matter) seems a bit ridiculous.

    1. Exactly. Not every MMORPG has matchmaking, but several have systems to advertise or locate open groups within the game itself. I don’t think a third party website – even if it is effective – excuses Bungie’s lack of foresight on this issue.

      1. It took WoW all of its vanilla era and most of TBC expansion to add matchmaking for dungeons and raids, but before that they had a worldwide in-game channel that people could advertise they were looking for group. This was 10 years ago.

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