It would appear that Microsoft is patenting the kudos scoring function from Bizarre Creations? Gotham series, with our friends at UK Resistance pointing out the application to us this morning.
According to the abstract, Microsoft is patenting, ?A scoring method and system for determining points in a game. Goal-based points are determined as a function of a player achieving a goal set by the player that is not predefined by the game and are used to determine the player's status in the game, such as whether the player advances to a next level. Subjective style points are awarded if the player performs feats of style that are not necessary tasks of the game, depend upon the type of game, and may include sliding, spinning, jumping, blocking an opponent, passing an opponent, and avoiding obstacles. Objective skill points may be combined with subjective style points and goal-based points. Alternatively, one of these three types of points may be modified as a function of one or both of the other two types of points.?
Understand? There?s more. Lots more. But most of it is gibberish we don?t understand. Some of it is interesting however, and talks about the importance of stylish powerslides, something SPOnG certainly won?t be arguing with this side of a really bad motor smash. Those of you intrigued enough can take a further nosey here.