[bf1942] Issues regarding "ranked servers"

Luke luke at techfreak.org
Sat Jun 4 09:11:39 EDT 2005

It seemsclear to me that they are 'advertising' the superiority of 'ranked
servers'. Why? Well, arent ranked servers going to be official EA servers?
Are they going to rent them to admins? If so, seems like a clear marketing
strategy, not a game-play strategy. If they shut out the GSP's and clan
admins, they could make a lot of money in the next three years on server


Craig Fletcher said:
> I really doubt you will see much of a financial consequence to EA.  This
> game is set to be a massive hit regardless of the ranking system.  EA has
> taken the attitude in the past that it can afford to annoy a minority in
> the
> full knowledge that it's going to shift several hundred thousand units
> regardless.  You can't please everyone after all :).
> A classic example of this was during a "question time" style panel at a
> conference, where the EA delegate was quizzed by a gamer in the audience
> as
> to why they would not release another patch for Generals: Zero Hour to fix
> all the bugs.  His response was along the lines of "how does that make me
> money... the game has been and gone".  However, things are changing for
> the
> better it seems.  Subsequently they did release a patch, albeit several
> months later.  In the UK at least they seem to be trying to be a lot more
> proactive in engaging the gaming community as a whole.
> I'm not sure the whole ranked servers issue will be as big a deal as
> people
> are making out in this thread.  There will be plenty of ranked and
> unranked
> servers out there and I can understand their desire to keep the ranking
> secure.  It's not ideal I agree, but I think it's the best we're going to
> get at the outset.  Will be interesting to see how it all pans out.
> Cheers,
> Craig "Wizzo" Fletcher
> Multiplay
> Email: wizzo at multiplay.co.uk
> URL: http://www.multiplay.co.uk
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Anton Jansen [mailto:gradius at fmf.nl]
>> Sent: 04 June 2005 13:57
>> To: bf1942 at icculus.org
>> Subject: Re: [bf1942] Issues regarding "ranked servers"
>> Dave Snodgrass wrote:
>> >They've said forever that our servers will not be allowed to
>> >participate in the ranking system - You're reading the tone
>> correctly.
>> >I gave up on bf2 a lonnnnng time ago.
>> >
>> >./d
>> >
>> We will have to see how things work out. If it doesn't,
>> EA/Dice are the ones who take the financial consequences.
>> There are plenty of other games in the world to entertain us ;-)
>> With kind regards,
>> Anton Jansen
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