[bf1942] Issues regarding "ranked servers"

Michael Ressen netadmin at michiganburbs.com
Fri May 13 10:57:41 EDT 2005

Frode H wrote:
>>Your unofficial server may choose to use the ranking from the official 
>>servers for unlocks, so once a player has unlocked a weapon by enough kills 
>>(?) on official servers, they can freely play on your unofficial server and 
>>select that unlocked weapon if they choose (again, only if you allow it in 
>>your server settings).
> But players tend to STAY on the servers they use to play on,
> until they somehow is "forcede" to switch. I'll give you a good
> example: We had Norway's most popular DC-server. Then we
> had to move it to a new computer, giving it a new IP. Overnight
> the server empteid, and has never regained popularity, even
> though our community was made aware of the change, and
> we had LOTS of players trying to keep it alive.
> So the argument "people will come play at unranked servers
> once they have unlocked on ranked ones" just doesn't hold
> in my oppinion.
>>Also, having played the game for a few hours, the M16 is not in any way 
>>weak.  It has (as is 'realistic') both a single shot mode and a three shot 
>>burst mode. 
> Beside the point. The *vast* majority of player would want to
> unlock EVERYTHING as soon as possible. That's just the
> nature of us humans, isn't it. We're desperately seeking to
> remove stuff that is holding us back.
>>The inability to go full auto is actually a noob friendly 
>>option, preventing inexperienced players from firing most of their clip into 
>>the roof / sky.
> I mean no offence, but now I think you are being borderline
> patronising here. N00bs are not stupid, only inexperienced.
>> As a very experienced BF1942 / DC player, I found it more 
>>than a match for the AK101 used by the MEC players.
> I would like to see you go head on with a burs-action rifle in
> close combat with someone with a full auto rifle. But then, this
> is hardly the point here. The point is that in my belief, the vast
> majority of players will prefer ranked servers to unlock the
> goodies, and they will stay there.
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>  Name: Frode Hommedal
>  Location: Norway
>  Day job: VLSI designer and programmer
>  Site: Battlefield.no [ http://www.battlefield.no ]
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>  International Game Server Operators Association [ http://igsoa.com ]
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I had similar experiences when I moved BF, DC, and BF:V server IP's. 
They never regained the popularity they had.   Players will not type in 
an IP, they will only browse the list, using gamespy, or ASE.   If 
servers are filtered, or suddenly 'not there' (due to a filter applied 
during a patch), they will not come back, and they will not look for 
their server.

I agree there needs to be a way to tie the unlock weapons to any running 
server, or allow all weapons unconditionally.   It's a simple 
server-side switch.   Please give us that functionality.


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