First Rocket League Patch Punishes Quitters and Fixes Bugs

Rocket League had a bit of a rough start as the servers started to overheat and users reporting their consoles doing the same about a month ago. Now the first patch is ready and it has been rolled out to both PS4 and PC players, about a month ahead of the launch of the first DLC for the game.

The new patch provides some critical fixes, but also a harsher punishment for people leaving ranked games ahead of time. There really isn’t anything more frustrating than quitters in online games, especially when you play ranked matches. Now with the new patch, the first player to abandon a ranked match will be banned from matchmaking for 15 minutes. A mild sentence as a disconnect doesn’t necessarily mean that it was on purpose, but long enough to give people something to think about. With the ban time, they might as well just continue to play to match.

Quick chat commands now work cross-platform, they didn’t up until now. That might be the reason why you thought some people were very silent and didn’t use the quick chat commands such as nice shot, sorry, or oops. Other fixes include a better AI that matches the average skill level of all players in the current game, achievement fixes in both unlocking and description, and multiple crash scenarios have also been fixed.

Overall, this looks like a great patch for the game and the community. You can also check out the full changelog on the official website.

Permanently League of Legends Ban for Profanity in Just 15 Minutes

This was bound to happen sooner or later since most players I’ve seen on either League of Legends or Dota 2 gain faster profanity skills than any other game-wise skills. Thankfully, Riot Games shares the same vision and wants to keep League of Legends a fun and welcoming place.

The developer wants to make an automatic world-wide banning system for players who use verbal harassment in the game. The system is said to have rolled out for the European Union, but should the tests prove to be successful, it will roll out in the rest of the regions soon enough.

The system works by sending notification cars to players who have used verbal harassment in matches, providing an evidence of the latter and an appropriate punishment that will take effect. The player can be punished in two ways, with either a two-week ban or a permanent ban, after exiting the match. It takes only 15 minutes after the match ends for the system to register the verbal harassment and deliver the ban.

Riot states that the player behaviour team is looking over all verbal harassments being reported and if the test goes as planned, the system will be available worldwide shortly. But this is not all that it brings. The new system will also keep players who reported others up to date with the process status and rewards players for positive gameplay. Personally, if the system gets rid of all annoying players out there, it might even tempt me to join the MOBA community. How about you? What are your thoughts?

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

Child Predator Caught after 14 Years on the run by Facial Recognition Software

BUSTED! A massive win for facial recognition software as it has helped catch a convicted child sex offender that has been on the run for 14 years! Neil Stammer was accused of sex crimes involving a child as well as kidnapping and other charges in New Mexico back in 2000. Stammer was released on bond and then went on the run and has been ever since, until now that is. Facial recognition technology was used on this photograph of him that was taken back in 1999 by the Diplomatic Security Service, facial recognition technology was being used by the DSS to crack down on fake US passports. The original photograph was scanned and checked though the DSS system and it found a match. 

Keven Hodges was the man who’s name appeared on the system, turns out this has been the name Neil Stammer has been using whilst living in Nepal, whilst teaching English to, you guessed it, small children. Sick bastard, enjoy prison!

Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information

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