[bf1942] How could DICE agree to this??

Brigham Stevens brs at vikingmind.com
Fri Feb 18 13:25:39 EST 2005

Why would EA try to shoot us server admins in the head?  DICE Stop TKING 
US! We have been here for you since the begining, as supportive fans... 
This is a bitchslap to our head.

I won't host a BF2 community if it comes out like this, this is CRAP. 
They are incenting players to only play on their servers or rented servers.

This plus the fact that they killed CTF means this game is doomed.

Steven Hartland wrote:

> I must say this is concerning. Ranked players is one thing, but
> only enabling rank building on official services is a sure fire way
> to kill the community very quickly.
> From reading this I would suggest the following changes:
> 1. Ranking on all servers or at least "registered" servers.
> 2. The ability to turn off racking totally in the server config.
> 3. The ability to enable all weapons in the server config.
> 4. The ability to limit the max rank in the server config.
> With the above all quality servers can gain people rank
> and things like public servers can be a level playing
> field, with experienced players only benefiting purely
> from better play and not also getting an unfair advantage
> making the game inaccessible to the new players.
>     Steve / K
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     *From:* Jon Wolberg <mailto:jon at ecgnetwork.com>
>     Did anyone else see this interview?  A former customer of mine
>     showed it to me.
>     http://www.realityfriends.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=573
>      All this sounds great, but a few more details have come out that
>     are of concern:
>     1. Higher ranks get access to exclusive 'unlock' weapons
>     2. Higher ranks are the default choice for 'commander'
>     3. Only EA servers (offical and those rented from EA) will be
>     'ranking' servers (eg: players can only earn rank when playing on
>     EA servers)
>     4. Ranks will still be visible on unranked servers and therefore
>     ranked players can get access to the unlocked weapons on unranked
>     servers (and potentially a factor in determining who is commander)
>     5. Unranked servers can 'turn off' unlockable weapons, but cant
>     universally unlock them for all players
>     As you can imagine this creates a series of issues:
>     1. Inbalance between players with access to unlocked weapons and
>     those without (especially for casual gamers or those late to the
>     game)
>     - plus will regular players on unranked (nonEA) servers get have
>     to hand over 'commander mode' to anyone who has a rank (which he
>     carried over from the EA servers)
>     2. Inbalance between EA servers and private servers (such as the
>     ECGN public servers or those rented from ECGN)
>     - Are the 'unranked' servers going to become 'ghost towns'?
>     Personally I think giving ranks anything more than bragging rights
>     is a mistake (eg: special weapons). And I think only providing
>     them on EA servers and EA rented servers is blackmail.  They did
>     this with Americas Army and it didnt work out that well.
>     thoughts?
>     Jon
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