Play Of The Game
Overwatch's highly sharable slick Play of the Game has been sitting in the US Patent and Trademark Office since 2016. For the uninitiated, Play of the Game basically shows what the game considers to be the coolest feat at the end of a match, and it won't always end up what you or I might expect it to be. If you play video games, lawyers and patents are the absolute worst thing you can imagine in terms of video game design.
Blizzard team shooter Overwatch is a game designed around heroic moments. In the midst of the fight, an enemy player controlling Winston, a sentient gorilla with serious jumping ability, disrupts the Utes' defenses long enough for the opposing team to gain a foothold.
As for Zarya's ult, currently the system doesn't weigh more fire for people caught in Gravitons so usually the player doing all the damage gets the POTG rather than the Zarya who set it up. Basically, this is where heroes like Hanzo and Widowmaker get to earn their Plays” — and here are some highlights.
For this category, the game will be looking at factors like movement speed, the distance at which the attack occurred, whether or not the attack was a headshot, and if the victim of the attack was in the air at the time, etc. I really like the idea of a highlight replay system and it'd be nice if we see them in more games to come.
As great as Overwatch is, the ‘Play of the Game' system can often seem a bit hit or miss and now we know why, as one of the game's developers has explained how this particular system actually works. The Play of the Game is meant to show off how gud at the game you are, although more often it just shows a bizarre mixture of luck and ineptitude on the part of the player's opponents.
For example: If a player stuns or kills an enemy Reinhardt who has a teammate pinned, that player would be awarded a large amount of "Lifesaver" score. Follow him on Twitter to read his ramblings on video games, anime, and technology. The Overwatch team has talked more than once about reworking how Play of the Games are decided in what would amount to "Play of the Game 2.0", but the terms of the patent would likely cover any changes the developer makes in future.
High Score: Features large killstreaks or multikills. The player who has the highest score in any one of these four categories at the end of the match will receive the Play of the Game. The patent document includes details about how these moments are captured, which starts by placing timestamps around notable events in the match.
Blizzard can't bring any patent-infringement charges to anyone at this time, but this means that if other companies wanted to patent their "play of the game" system, they'd have to face this as prior art, regardless if it does get awarded a patent or not.
One week ago, two Guild Wars 2 narrative designers, Jessica Price and Peter Fries, were fired after Price called out a player of the game on Twitter, prompting widespread backlash. This is one meme that doesn't get old for me: the mashup of jaw dropping moments from Game of Hammond Overwatch Throne's just finished Season 6 and Overwatch's Play of the Game cinematic.
To switch between damage buff and healing without losing time or accidentally swapping targets, start holding the other button before you release the first one. Update, June 26: Blizzard has not yet been awarded a patent for Overwatch's Play of the Game system.
Translation: If Nicholls reinforced that habit, Johnson would seek out Nicholls anytime he played on his own time and put him at risk of falling to a much lower rank by hindering his team or outright focusing fire on his character. Enter the perfect place to share your Play of the Game and show off your mad skills in Overwatch.