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Modern Warfare 2 has long earned the ire of PC gamers for its lack of dedicated servers, but Infinity Ward has now announced that it's taking away much more than control over hosting with the game in one long face-palm of a question and answer session. No servers, no console, no mods, no problem!
Posted by aidas2 on Nov 6th, 2009
Someone wrote:there is no console command menu to tweak settings;
confirmation that there will be no modding;
confirmation that there will be no dedicated servers whatsoever;
the ability to lean has been removed;
there is no function to record matches;
the largest matches will be limited to 9 v 9 players;
IW.net will determine who should be the host player.
Also the ppl that already got the game can't run it because of steam, that probably means that the game will need steam launched to run :/
Check the links above for more info.
Moriarte: Ignoring IW.net, is the PC version a direct port of the console version?
Mackey-IW: No, PC has custom stuff like mouse control, text chat in game, and graphics settings.
This is the amount of work that went into the PC version: you are given the ability to use a mouse, to use text chat, and to adjust graphical settings. Are your fears now put to rest?
Q: Is there a console in the PC version of the game, so we can change our field of view from the xbox's default 65 FOV to 80 also can we tweaks the weapon damage for each gun, removes perks, graphical debris, breathing sway, also thru console like we where able to before or is this all gone?
Vince-IW: We would like you to play the game the way we designed and balanced it.
We thought the lack of dedicated servers was bad, but now we can add the lack of console commands, the inability to have a say in who hosts the game, a lengthy pause while the game migrates to a new host if the currently selected host quits, no leaning, no option to record matches, and no way to kick or block trouble players, hackers, or cheaters.
You have to wonder if there are any actual PC gamers working at Infinity Ward, as it will be a challenge to find any member of the PC gaming community that will stand up for any of these omissions, not to mention all of them bundled together. At launch, this will be one of the most locked-down, inflexible, and gamer-unfriendly game ever created.
It won't stay that way, of course. The pirates will have the game up on the torrent sites soon, if they haven't already, and the code will be ripped apart and modded to allow everything gamers want. How quickly will dedicated servers pop up for these pirates? It's hard to say... but we have a feeling it won't be long. Those that buy the game legally will have no choice but to play exactly how the developer and publisher want them to. On the other hand, this has given us some incredibly amusing images from the peanut gallery. The images were found on Evil Avatar's discussion thread.
o OS: Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Vista (Windows 95/98/ME/2000 are unsupported)
o Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor or better supported
o Memory: 1 GB RAM
o Graphics: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT or better or ATI Radeon 1600XT or better
o DirectX�: Microsoft DirectX(R) 9.0c
o Hard Drive: 12GB of free hard drive space
o Sound: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
o Internet: Broadband connection and service required for Multiplayer Connectivity. Internet Connection required for activation.
o Co-op/Multiplayer Hosting: To host Co-op or MP matches, a 2Ghz dual-core or better processor is recommended.