The fact that a very tiny amount of the population was buying and selling accounts in Halo 3 is an exaggerated problem. It hardly affected anyone else. In fact, people who paid for their level 50 accounts just looked stupid, because when you played against them you could tell immediately that they didn't truly have the skill of a level 50, and the people who bought those level 50 accounts never had the guts to actually play in the playlist where they supposedly earned it, because if they ever did, they'd get pwned against legit 50s and fall in rank anyway. So the buying and selling of accounts is a poor reason to prevent everyone else from being able to have ranked playlists with visible CSR.
Quote:This whole TrueSkill rating thing only works when the people being rated are the people that earned their rating. When someone that has achieved a high TrueSkill rating sells or gives that account to someone that cannot play at that level, TrueSkill then makes calculations with bad data. The only people not affected by that are the people at the top and the people at the bottom. That's why those of you who were at the top don't see a problem.
Again, if you were playing on a high ranked account (that you earned) you didn't notice
. The fake 50's in your games were quickly eliminated. The problem was that as that fake 50 worked his way back down to where he should be he screwed up the TrueSkill calculations for everyone else below 50
. TrueSkill had to figure out why this guy that was so awesome suddenly didn't know which end of the controller to use, and people that shouldn't be able to beat him were mopping the floor with his butt. Those
people ranked up under false pretenses, screwing up TrueSkill even more
. Meanwhile, the guy that sold the account wants another 50, so TrueSkill has to figure out what to do with this guy that has such amazing performance for a guy that never played the game before. For that reason, people at the bottom
If the problem was so insignificant, why has this ranking system not returned? So bad kids won't be embarrased? Who cares. So people won't brag? So what. Because 343i doesn't like competitive players? Maybe.
Or because Microsoft want TrueSkill to be reliable? Yes. THAT'S THE REASON. THE ONLY REASON.