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Announcement of Firearms: Source's new Matchmaking system that will ultimately drop dedicated server support and remove custom content.

Posted by DysPatch on Apr 1st, 2010

Howdy loyal FA:S Fans! Today we are extremely proud to present our breaking new FANet, our matchmaking service to replace dedicated servers. The matchmaking service will run along side Steam, and will match you up with players of similar skill. It will also mean there are no dedicated server lists, and that you'll rely on FANet for matchmaking your games, though private matches will still remain possible.

From a development standpoint, it's a step forward in how we access and update the Firearms community. I know the rest of the team has huge plans for what FANet develops into, and this is just the beginning. FANnet adds a load of new features that the majority of Source mods have never had before, and allows us an infrastructure to continue to update and improve on the game post-launch. Most importantly, it takes the benefits of dedicated servers and allows them to be utilized and accessed by every player, right from launch, while removing the barrier to entry for players intelligent enough to install our mod, yet simultaneously unaware of how to navigate the confusing tangle of raw data which is a server list. You need no longer fear the frustration of hackers, irritating plugins, or unfamiliar user content again, valued reader - a single press of a button (and a modest period of clearly less-than-interminable waiting while FANet matches you with 31 others of similar ability) and into the world of Firearms you will go.


Many of our forum members and followers on moddb or twitter seemed skeptical to hear of FANet's development, and understandably wish to know what spurred our departure from the dedicated server model, as well as how we intend to improve upon it with the advent of FANet. Despite the criticisms commonly levelled at peer-to-peer matchmaking and the locking of content via similar online services, we believe FANet will unilaterally improve the quality of every user's experience. How does it do this?

Matchmaking & Smoother Gameplay: Before FANet, joining a server in a major online game required a steely resolve equivalent to that of completely removing one's head with naught but a roll of dental floss, ensuring that a sad majority of gamers never even saw the online portion of the game. Thus relegated to repeating training missions and staring at the menu screen in abject despair for hours on end, these poor, misunderstood individuals went their lonely way, all too aware of what was lying just beyond their mental reach. The barriers to these tragic souls were all too obvious: exclusive and civilized communities not tolerant of asshattery, distracting and confusing degrees of choice and customization, tyrannical server admins, custom rules and server mods, players better than them providing unwanted challenge, to say nothing of the thousands of available servers making the flip of a coin or roll of a dice incompatible as a stopgap matchmaker. It was a grim and uncompromising reality.

With FANET matchmaking, all of this is taken into account for you. You need merely select a playlist (pre-set game types with custom rules) that fits the style of play you are in the mood for. This doesn’t mean that you will be thrust into a random game! Based on mystical properties of fate beyond the ken all but our most astute software engineers, FANet will place you in the game you are meant to play. Never will you stare at server lists, paralyzed by the indecision of karma and manifest destiny again. FANet decides your future for you.

Cheat / Hack Free Games: The biggest benefit of using FAnet by far is the fact that players will no longer dread joining a server full of aim-bots, wallhacks, or other unrepentant cheaters. No longer will they rely on the server admin to constantly be monitoring, banning, and policing their game. FANet allows us to control the quality of the game much more than ever before, utilizing the VAC (Valve-Anti-Cheat) system already in use on all the respectable dedicated servers you already patronize to keep your games clean of hackers and cheaters. As we have direct control, hackers will have to face the moral quandary of screwing with the FA Team face to face. Already proven as a potent deterrent by psychological studies worldwide, that is a burden of guilt none but the truly wicked are capable of shouldering.

In the event that you should encounter a hacker, simply stand up and back away from your computer until the individual becomes bored and departs the game. This method is proven to reduce playtime with cheaters by up to 99%.

Text Chat: Do your ears bleed when subjected to the ape-like ululations and mad screams of despair commonly transmitted across the internet by voice communication protocols? Does this daemonic cacophony drive you from otherwise pleasant online matches with friends and family? Do your fingers tire of tapping out Morse code or incessantly dialing the phone numbers of acquaintances to make them aware of their impending pwnage?

Worry not - in a daring and radical departure from convention, FANet supports text. Yes, you are reading this correctly. Text, as a form of communication. TEXT.

Graphics Options: They exist. What other online platforms sport the uncanny flexibility required in order to allow you, the user, to customize the very world as you perceive it? No longer are you a slave to your hardware.

Map Packs Available For Purchase: This has happened to all of us - one day after clawing through the mire of confusion that is a dedicated server list to find a game, you spot a strange collection of characters following the normally familiar "Next Map:" field. "Good lord! I didn't pay for for this!", you scream in dismay, and yet oblivious to your display the level begins to load unbidden. "You don't understand! I am not a thief! Stop this instant! I have nobody to pay! Why are you doing this to me?!", you try in vain to reason with the ever-progressing bar. Despite your anguished cries, with a final lurch and the sound of subtle laughter from far below, it is done. Against your will you have taken that which was not yours, and you have done it without offering compensation. You have sinned.

Guilt is a horrible thing, friends. We assure you that all map packs available from our website will come at the respectable price tag of no less than $10 to set your mind at ease. In a show of good faith, level designers not associated with the Firearms: Source team or FANet will find no alternative by which to silently damn you, as only official map packs will function with FANet. This brings us to...

Custom Content: Members of the Firearms: Source community who wish to contribute custom maps, models, skins, or other third-party content will be pleased to learn that they can't, thereby saving them from the very real, very dire threat of Communism. Players can look forward to spending money on no less than the pinnacle of quality content, 100% supplied by the FA Team, rather than punishing FA Team members by endorsing whatever third party content slips from the feces-smeared virtual ghetto that is the extended community.

All in all, FANet adds a load of new features that Source engine mods have never had before and allows us an infrastructure to continue to update and improve on the game post-launch. We look forward to serving the new FANet community this change will no doubt foster.

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SphericalOrb
SphericalOrb Apr 1 2010, 2:16am says:

Ur kidding, right?

+21 votes     reply to comment
RisingHell
RisingHell Apr 1 2010, 3:16am replied:

are u kidding?

Thats the biggest **** ever!

IWnet is the death of Modern Warfare 2
and you want to bring this **** to this
OMG!

+23 votes     reply to comment
leon.ladisic
leon.ladisic Apr 1 2010, 3:33am replied:

Lol

+10 votes     reply to comment
HeadClot
HeadClot Apr 1 2010, 4:15am replied:

ROFL Cakes all round

+8 votes     reply to comment
Admiral_Thrawn
Admiral_Thrawn Apr 1 2010, 11:07am replied:

April 1, Dumbasses.

;)

+12 votes     reply to comment
myron87
myron87 Apr 1 2010, 5:54am replied:

lol best joke i've seen at this time ! keep goin' on guys

+7 votes     reply to comment
Psycho_2
Psycho_2 Apr 1 2010, 4:27pm replied:

The Net is a LIE!!!

honestly, i think this is way funnier than the Driver Skill joke last year.

+5 votes     reply to comment
NullSoldier
NullSoldier Apr 1 2010, 2:25am says:

It's almost too easy to make fun of Modern Warfare. Their developers are a joke they should be embarrassed. I loved this article.

+13 votes     reply to comment
Commissar1032
Commissar1032 Apr 1 2010, 10:11pm replied:

YOU SIR ARE CORRECT AND WIN ONE WHOLE INTERNET

+3 votes     reply to comment
itsjustguy
itsjustguy Apr 1 2010, 2:58am says:

Love this.But Seriosly ? FAnet ?

+1 vote     reply to comment
mikboy
mikboy Apr 1 2010, 3:00am says:

April Fools?

+6 votes     reply to comment
barronofhellion
barronofhellion Apr 1 2010, 3:00am says:

heh i lol'd hard

+2 votes     reply to comment
Lord_Mordja
Lord_Mordja Apr 1 2010, 3:04am says:

Wow impressive! This is just a rumour I heard but will this mod actually allow you to change controls and graphics options?

+3 votes     reply to comment
TheChozeLa
TheChozeLa Apr 1 2010, 3:58am says:

TEXT chat????? finally some1 found something to do with this useless pice of c*** that is "the keyboard"!!!thx ;)

0 votes     reply to comment
Saint_Stan
Saint_Stan Apr 1 2010, 4:25am says:

lol.. april fools

+1 vote     reply to comment
Scriabin
Scriabin Apr 1 2010, 5:26am says:

Peer to peer matchmaking prevents hackers from stealing my porn.

+5 votes     reply to comment
Gman366
Gman366 Apr 1 2010, 5:34am says:

Great April Fools joke!

+2 votes     reply to comment
Auth3ntic0
Auth3ntic0 Apr 1 2010, 5:43am says:

Haha you got me there for a second. Best prank I've seen in 2 years.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Nazker
Nazker Apr 1 2010, 5:52am says:

april foooools xD

+1 vote     reply to comment
Anonymousperson
Anonymousperson Apr 1 2010, 5:56am says:

Oh thank God

I thought you guys were serious for a second

+1 vote     reply to comment
pillboxphil
pillboxphil Apr 1 2010, 7:42am says:

hey man, that aint funny man. auto matchmaking is serious buisness

+1 vote     reply to comment
archkyrie
archkyrie Apr 1 2010, 7:50am says:

man... you almost got me going there.

happy april fools everybody.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Drudle
Drudle Apr 1 2010, 8:02am says:

This was the best april fools i've seen so far

+1 vote     reply to comment
Djehuty
Djehuty Apr 1 2010, 8:04am says:

You just made my day!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Daishi2442
Daishi2442 Apr 1 2010, 8:26am says:

You guys are easy to fool :P

+2 votes     reply to comment
Savci
Savci Apr 1 2010, 8:46am says:

Lol. I love how it says "searching" everywhere, and doesn't find a thing under 500 ping :P

+2 votes     reply to comment
TeamWolf
TeamWolf Apr 1 2010, 9:09am says:

AHAHAHAHAHA, Awesome April fools guys. Love it!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Blandr3ws
Blandr3ws Apr 1 2010, 9:15am says:

haha, I'm so gullible. I just thought it was a little tongue in cheek till I got to the paying bit, then I finally clocked it >.<

+1 vote     reply to comment
rellik_pt
rellik_pt Apr 1 2010, 9:17am says:

1 APRIL

+1 vote     reply to comment
OverturnStick
OverturnStick Apr 1 2010, 10:26am says:

Nice april fools :D Massive LOL @ the noobs thinking this is real :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
PierreOfTheFrench
PierreOfTheFrench Apr 1 2010, 10:37am says:

That is hilarious, I bought mw2 and regretted it immediately, ended up just uninstalling it after the 3 hr single player to play more Red Orchestra :) great article / April fools.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Murdouken
Murdouken Apr 1 2010, 10:42am says:

I read it, and sort of believed it. Then I remembered it was April 1st.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Bloody-Aegis
Bloody-Aegis Apr 1 2010, 10:48am says:

great parody guys

+1 vote     reply to comment
BRKNnode
BRKNnode Apr 1 2010, 11:07am says:

Epic. +1 to this april fools.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Mr.John
Mr.John Apr 1 2010, 11:21am says:

1st of april. xD

+1 vote     reply to comment
Newbez
Newbez Apr 1 2010, 11:28am says:

i was thinking wtf is with the hacker statistics! LOL

+1 vote     reply to comment
Cypher05
Cypher05 Apr 1 2010, 11:43am says:

Talk about a lot of effort for this. Wall of text ftw.

+1 vote     reply to comment
Sparky245
Sparky245 Apr 1 2010, 11:51am says:

NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!


Lulz.

+1 vote     reply to comment
andy1123
andy1123 Apr 1 2010, 11:58am says:

APRIL FOOLS!! :D lol cheers for the mw2 mocking :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
GossamerSolid
GossamerSolid Apr 1 2010, 12:01pm says:

good april fools. I love the "searching for players with less than 500ms ping"

Fa.net hahahhaha Good work!

+1 vote     reply to comment
Inafinus
Inafinus Apr 1 2010, 12:14pm says:

I lol'd

+1 vote     reply to comment
shortmarine
shortmarine Apr 1 2010, 1:10pm says:

best april fools ive found so far.. :) good one guys

+1 vote     reply to comment
Velmarshal
Velmarshal Apr 1 2010, 1:34pm says:

Definetly best april fools joke yet.

+2 votes     reply to comment
Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996 Apr 1 2010, 1:43pm says:

April Fools?

+1 vote     reply to comment
HellsHigh
HellsHigh Apr 1 2010, 1:54pm says:

Oh how easy it is to kick Infinity Ward while they are cowering in shame. :P Nice one guys.

+2 votes     reply to comment
do365nic
do365nic Apr 2 2010, 1:45pm replied:

shame??

they SHOULD be doing that
but other that that
their game sold massively and they will probably do it again
if not an MMO COD...
...bastards...

+1 vote     reply to comment
ytres
ytres Apr 1 2010, 2:08pm says:

hahahaha thats hella funny

Best april fools joke

+1 vote     reply to comment
emetalce
emetalce Apr 1 2010, 2:54pm says:

LOL

+1 vote     reply to comment
hate4uall
hate4uall Apr 1 2010, 3:51pm says:

omfg you got me ....

+1 vote     reply to comment
Psycho_2
Psycho_2 Apr 1 2010, 4:00pm says:

MAN, this joke is way more better than the bicycle thingny last year :D

+1 vote     reply to comment
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