COD: Modern Warfare 2 – “No dedicated servers”

Infinity Ward has revealed it is not going to be supporting dedicated servers for the PC version of Modern Warfare 2, upsetting the game’s community amidst fears that features such as clans will no longer be supported.

Robert Bowling made known the decision in a webcast with BASHandSlash, where he announced that the game will be utilizing a console-style system powered by IWNet, a system that is making its debut with Modern Warfare 2.

“You’re completely reliant on IWNet,” said Bowling, “and there’s no dedicated server or server list, so you rely on IWNet for your matchmaking on your games, but then you also have the private match, much like the other platforms, where you can go in and customise and, you know, turn off air support, turn off this, turn off that, customise the game rules all via private match, and invite people to the server that way.”

A petition has been set-up in protest (here)  and at the time of posting this, it has reached nearly 74,000 signatures.


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  1. BoydofZINJ says:

    Why are people so upset about the PC version having no dedicated servers? No viable PC MOD or MP support?

    I am not an avid RPS fan; however, I remember I was playing COD 2 when I entered some private server. My previous outings I would do a Rambo style run and gun shoot and would blindy attempt to fire at anything that moved. On other servers, if I died I would respawn a few seconds later and I would continue my Rambo style gun play. However, on this private server when I died, I did not instantly respawn. Likewise, the enemy and my allies were having unnatural good aim and were using stealth and tactics to overcome their foes.

    I quickly learned that there were some people who were actually using their minds and strategy to win and gain tactical advantages versus just mindlessly shouting out obscenities and being a Rambo player. Likewise, the private servers often had objectives – that a cunning foe could achieve without winning in a slug fest. Of course, being a good aim always helps in a FPS game.

    I started to actually like the game. I had a feeling of a military shooter and not just run and gun shooter. The server had rules to restrict cheating and unfair game play and abusive language. I had to think like a soldier to win. Aiming and keeping cover was more important that tossing a ‘nade blindly and rushing with a machine gun hoping I could get a kill or two before I died. If I got unlucky or foolish I had to watch upto to 10 minutes at other people play. Which, I did not mind initially – it was interesting to see how the better players played and to see how they reacted. It taught me where hiding spots were – when and where to rush or not to rush. How to try to hide.

    Going to the same servers – eventually I started to notice the same players. Some random players would play – and after a few hard matches most random players said F this and F that and left. The few that did stay – were more mature and there was a sense of community and companionship. Since most of us started to play on the same dedicated servers for a reason. Every once in a while, I would feel like being Rambo and I could join one of those servers. However, I noticed my aim did improve and my overall skill was much better than before.

    What I noticed is that by playing on a harder server with people who were pros and veterans and were mature about it made my experience and learning of the MP game better than mindlessly shooting and charging and being a Rambo. I was never no expert pro – but I did like the game. I picked up MW1 and found a similar server and enjoined it even more so. Made it feel like a military simulator versus a rambo action game. I enjoyed the realism and the tactics more than the sheer run and gun shootings and the foul language. If someone were abusing the system – they would be warned and eventually IP banned.

    So… is this issue about control for the sake of control or the quality of game being produced?

    The real issue to this PC version of the MW 2 is not about control for the same of control. It is about the quality of the game. If I wanted mindless Rambo style game I would play the console version of this game. However, that is not the style game I want or like. I bought a Playstation 3 a while ago. I have bought two games for it. I have completed one game and played a few times on the other game. I mostly use it to watch BluRays. I am a gamer by heart, but I hate console games. I am a MMO gamer. I enjoy community and socialization more than the mere act of playing a game. I am not and will not enjoy a RAMBO type run and gun shooting style FPS or FPS that are solo play or little communuity or interaction with other players.

    For some people, the game is not just a game… but an adventure and a way to meet individuals who like to adventure in a FPS. That is why the PC players are angry. You have destroyed our ability to organize, communicate, interact, be a team, and set higher standards on the rules of warefare than you can imagine. I am not a FPS junkie, so I will stick with the non FPS games until I find one that I like and can be a member of – not some plug in user.

  2. blue says:

    Wow I’ve been playing cod mp right from the early days and I can’t believe the decision to make the new and improved super sophisticated next-level mp of a brand new 2009/10 cod game a 9vs9 early 90’s throwback!

    I didn’t realise that the console versions were so far behind in terms of mp ability that it is not possible for more players than those involved in a Sunday league footy match at the park (11vs11!!!) to play against each other! 9vs9 the future? – don’t make me laugh! Why bring the pc version back 2 decades? Even 1987 MIDI Maze supported 8-a-side and that was the first mp 1st prsn shooter invented!

    9vs9 – a more enjoyable and realistic experience – I’m in a warzone, I’m in Afghanistan where troops are organised into 30-man combat platoons, ‘REALISM’ = absolute minimum of 30 a side capability for those who want it! Got no problem with a 9vs9, hell a 1vs1 is all good if it turns u on! But as an OPTION not as the ONLY choice! – it sure don’t do it for me and my mates anyways!!

    If I were chief: airstrikes and dogs would be dropped or at least limited CHRIST!, bigger maps + vehicles would be a must, age 3+ deathmatches would be banned, a proper system of rank would be implemented with single shot kills to the leg – lol becoming a thing of the past.. hold on… it just occurred to me… heard of Battlefield anyone? I may just be off 4good this time! – someone plz remind me why I’m gonna stick with Activision and its ‘next gen’ mp console raped game???

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