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Waiting for a deal on BF4. Hoping I can snatch one for less than $20.
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I am not surprised. The old Battlefield games are still popular and you'll find plenty of populated servers around.
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Their games have to connect to EA master servers for player data and such. I can see a lot of potential problems with letting just anyone do that. They need to have tight control over who their partners are

TF2 does that with no problem at all.
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Yea, I never understood why they don't. Can someone explain this to me? I always thought it was because they don't want to give up any control over the game. Like mod tools, but mod tools Im sure it's more because they don't want them to impede a source of revenue.

its because of piracy.


alot of people buy games ONLY because of online multilayer mode.


if peopel could host and join custom servers, the incentive to BUY is gone as you could just pirate the game and join online.
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Yea, I never understood why they don't. Can someone explain this to me? I always thought it was because they don't want to give up any control over the game. Like mod tools, but mod tools Im sure it's more because they don't want them to impede a source of revenue.

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its because of piracy.

alot of people buy games ONLY because of online multilayer mode.

if peopel could host and join custom servers, the incentive to BUY is gone as you could just pirate the game and join online.

Well kinda, but nope, not really.

The server files have been locked down and only provided to "authorised" GSP's to avoid the backwards engineering and manipulation.

I'm not sure if you remember, but BF2 was a bit more lenient with the "ranked" GSP files. A lot more companies could offer dedicated, ranked servers. However, a few of those companies weren't as reputable as one may have hoped and in return the files got into the hands of those who design cheats and generally aim to cause misery for normal players.

Remember the BF2/2142 servers where you got 1,000,000 points for 1 kill, where the physics were crazy, where players could be spoofed etc... those were all because someone reverse engineered the ranked server code and put it on the servers.

In turn, this meant that innocent players were joining these servers, earning 10 million points, getting promoted to 3 star general in a round and in the end having their stats wiped. It actually happened to my account, but someone spoofed it and used it. So, in the end, your average/innocent players were getting screwed and it made a big mess for DICE/EA to cleanup.

So unfortunately, as the cliche goes, "that's why we can't have nice things"... the files were used against the community by the community.

Here is an example:
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Originally Posted by brandontaz2k2 View Post

Glad they aren't letting Battlefield 2 die. That has been my go to game for infantry, tanks, jets, helicopters... basically EVERYTHING fun. It's one of the multiplayer games that I have mastered as well, so it's nice to see it's staying. 

Yep this for me too biggrin.gif
It's almost the perfect game in my eyes, just enough of all the aspects of gameplay that make it fun smile.gif
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As long as they don't let BC2 die it'll be fine.

   
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To all of you people bashing EA... yes they could make it better by writing a patch to allow users to setup dedicated servers, but in any case this is a step forward. I dont know if this was a legal obligation or what... but i am glad EA is doing something. Its one of those things that proves they shouldnt be the worst company ... bad yes.. but worst no.
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Battlefield 2142 is $1 at the moment, goes hand in had with this news.

http://www.amazon.com/Game-Downloads/b/ref=sv_vg_8?ie=UTF8&node=979455011

It's not $1 anymore frown.gif
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Battlefield 2142 is $1 at the moment, goes hand in had with this news.

http://www.amazon.com/Game-Downloads/b/ref=sv_vg_8?ie=UTF8&node=979455011

It's not $1 anymore frown.gif

 

Good thing I snagged the digital deluxe edition for $1 right before the sale ended :D

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