Blizzard Explain How Overwatch Picks Play Of The Game Moments
Overwatch's highly sharable slick Play of the Game has been sitting in the US Patent and Trademark Office since 2016. Well - per the outline of the patent document - Blizzard has patented the system behind the feature, which apparently works with the game's timestapping technology (which timestamps notable events during a match). As spotted by Unikrn , Blizzard has received the patent earlier this month , which covers the systems that define, record, and share the hero shooter's end-of-game clips.
It also patents some things that are not even implemented in Overwatch right now, like splitting the Play of the Game between multiple players that made an impactful combined play (as far as I know this is something that is planned to be implemented, it's definitely not part of the game right now).
Blizzard has made it possible to view personal gameplay highlights within Overwatch, which can be accessed through the main menu. Each of these variables will increase a player's "Sharpshooter" score. However, ultimately, the Play of the Game algorithm picks out the player who got the highest category-based score and rewards them with a highlight reel.
Focus your healing and damage boosts on a player ult'ing. And while we should celebrate some fantastic killstreaks, it does have the aftermath of leaving other players to feel as though they aren't contributing enough. Significant time is spent adjusting the balance of the characters, making sure that new players would still be able to have fun while skilled players would present each other with a challenge.
So while Bastion and Hanzo might dominate play of the game from time to time with their ultimate moves, the balance could shift at any time based on any number of things. A sliding window” then passes over the recorded events, picking one category and then choosing the top player for said category before displaying a replay of the event selected.
It's one thing to count up kills and accomplishments, but it's quite another to teach it to know whether those accomplishments are going to look cool on a video recap. Even better, a Torbjörn will be featured as he's walking off in a random direction POTG while his turret, offscreen, racks up three kills at once.
One moment in particular prompted YouTube channel Node , to turn it into an Overwatch style Play of the Game”. When the POTG comes on, you might get to bask in one of your own past moments of glory, learn some new tactic or technique, or you might just watch your own hideous failure, only this time from the perspective of the guy or gal who killed you.
We also have a lot of cool systems internally where we can play with the algorithm that determines Play of the Game and play the same game back again, and be like, Okay if I tweak these numbers, what's going to be the Play of the Game that gets picked this time?” So it might've been Widowmaker getting three snipes, but I change the weighting on some other aspect that we take as important, and it could all of a sudden be Mercy resurrecting everyone on the point two second before the match ended.
After that, "the game server scores the events according to a plurality of criteria corresponding to a plurality of play of the game categories", then pushes the clip with the top aggregate score out to all players in the match. We Overthink the hottest 15 seconds in video games.
The feature has gone through revisions over the years, as players have complained that characters dealing damage get recognized far more often than support or healing characters. In Competitive Play , a variant known as Play of the Match is shown instead; showing the most game-changing action in all of the games played within a match.
Building on from this, even a team play of the game. To record one of the pre-made highlights from within the Overwatch highlights menu, you'll just have to watch the video clip, then use the share menu to save the footage retroactively. Interestingly, along with the High Score category, the patent also included Lifesaver, Sharpshooter and Shutdown categories.