Request for a real Optimatch feature in Halo 2 sign now

Hello all, I am going to make this as clear as I possibly can.

Xbox gamers all around the world know what Halo 2 is in some way, as it's the biggest Xbox title ever. For years they hyped up one major thing, Xbox Live play. However I felt they have ruined the online play with a feature known as matchmaking. To put it simply, matchmaking is where gamers hit a search button and the Bungie servers automatically find them a game to play in. You can't customize the search except for the mode to play [Rumble Pit, Big Team Battle, etc...]. I've had Halo 2 since launch on November 9th here in the USA, and have been a supporter of the game. When the game first started off, it had a lot of repetitiveness in finding the same games on the same maps every time. Bungie released an update in December that was supposedly going to fix the problem. Well, itвs now February 2005 and it seems to me the update hasn't kicked in yet. On Rumble Pit, I am still playing either Colossus or Ascension 99\% of the time. On Big Team Battle, itвs pretty much always Headlong. Team Slayer is nothing more than Beaver Creek. This is for me; other players may have different results.

What this petition is for is to ask Bungie to add on a regular Optimatch mode, one where you can customize your search and perhaps find a Slayer match on Zanzibar, or a Capture the Flag [CTF] on Midship. Sure a CTF on Midship doesnвt sound all that normal, but I think you, the readers, know what I mean. Now don't get me wrong, matchmaking is a brilliant idea, but to me itвs failing in execution.

I know that we can use a Custom Party feature to play any game we want with our own settings, but it requires me to have a lot of friends online at the same time as me to have a long lasting experience. I am not saying they should get rid of matchmaking, as a lot of people love it, and I respect that. But I for one, and I am sure many more out there are fed up with playing the same maps over again with the same weapons and same modes. I would like to search for a room that is playing King of the Hill on Headlong, but you are playing with random weapons, and there are only Spectres on the map. Or how about searching for a room that is duals only on Coagulation, and the mode being Oddball.

So Max Hoberman and the rest of the Bungie team, please listen to all of us, include a normal Optimatch mode, along with keeping Matchmaking for those who want that. But a lot of us would like to search for our own games with our own settings, it definitely make us more avid Halo 2 players. For me, I have more fun playing Halo on System Link via Xbox Connect [XBConnect] than Halo 2 over Xbox Live, because I can search for a room I want to play in, not the servers picking a room that I don't want to play in.

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