PC Gamer editor – Why I signed the Modern Warfare 2 dedicated server petition

Tuesday, 20th October 2009 12:56 GMT By Patrick Garratt


PC Gamer editor Tim Edwards has explained why he’s signed an ever-growing petition aimed at getting Infinity Ward to provide dedicated servers for Modern Warfare 2 PC multiplayer.

In his own words:

  • Dedicated server hosts are judged by their reliability.
  • Dedicated servers are fair.
  • Dedicated servers are adaptable.
  • Dedicated servers create community.

There’s a detailed explanation of all of those points through the link.

Inifinity Ward said over the weekend that Modern Warfare 2 wouldn’t feature dedicated servers for online play.

The linked petition now has more than 92,000 sigs.



  1. Psychotext

    I invoke the power of BDH!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. pracer

    Does the longevity of dedicated servers make sense when you will be doing a new CoD game yearly? Does doing a yearly CoD fragment the would be comunity, clouding the issue/need for said servers? Do dedicated servers spawn mods that are unwanted by the devs. Why, unwanted? Do the mods take away from potential sales of said yearly CoD titles? Who benifits more from dedicated servers, the game company or the gamer?

    All good as of yet unanswered questions. I think there might be a bigger picture here, is all.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    That petition’s clicking along at a decent rate, to be fair.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. The_Deleted

    This is a bone of contention with yearly updates, particularly for a game like CoD. On the one hand, you have a dedicated userbase who enjoy everything the game has to offer, enjoy playing with a regular clan and discovering all the game has to offer.
    On the other, regular updates mean that longevity and the sense of a ‘club’ is gone. The game is going to last 2 years, ignoring Treyarch’s output, tops. That maybe long enough for most, but how often can the quality of a game like Modern Warfare, (now it’s a game in it’s own right, I’m betting Kotick will pull a Guitar Hero), be maintained?
    I realise it’s Activi$ion, so quality of gameplay rarely comes into it..

    #4 5 years ago
  5. JonFE

    Do you think it’s fair to sign this petition even if you’re not going to purchase this for the PC?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Detale

    Does the 100,000th signature win a prize?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. endgame

    n1 Mr. Edwards. ty for the support! :D

    JonFE? Yes, it’s not about just you, it’s not just about 1 game! It’s about much much more.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. pracer


    I am with you 100%. I see the same type of thing with my NCAA Football game. I hate it, I mean hate it when I spring for the new year version. But I do, they have most often put just enough into the game to make me want the update. And that is a sports game where they can’t even use player names(collage sport = not allowed, in case your eng and haven’t played it) to update it. But the new features keep it going. I really don’t like that. And to make it worse so many of these games have DLC upping the games price. If I bought all of the day one dlc for NCAA, I would be spending 60usd for the game disc, and another 50 for the DLC. 110usd for one game! Crazy. And then next year, the samething all over again. I didn’t buy the dlc btw, well not all of it.
    CoD is gonna be the same thing. It would be better if at least MW and MW2 could play online together or at least the dlc map packs bought for one game could be used in the other. But Nope. CoD MW2 is gonna run 70usd, and then have a good three or four 10usd downloads.

    Kind of getting out of hand really.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Filofax

    It really looks like Activision are taking pc gamers down console road, looks like everything is going to be screened by Activision/Infinity Ward.

    I bet bobby is rubbing his hands in anticipation of all the dlc/maps ect, he will be trying to flog to pc gamers

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Just out of sheer curiosity; How is the StarCraft 2 LAN petition going?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    Fuck me. 213,000 sigs –

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Grimrita

    If people are daft enough to purchase what is essentially the same game just tweaked alittle, then its their own fault.

    having matchmaking systems is nothing but pure lazyness on the developers part. PC gamers are NOT console gamers and allowing players to create their own servers keeps the brand alive – look at the Battlefield series – Its still going strong, despite some fierce competition from CoD amongst others.

    Its about time developers and publishers stopped treating PC gamers as second rate – there is more profit when a PC game is purchase, the PC install base is greater than the console base and PC gamers DO spend their money on stuff that isnt a shoddy port from console.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    Most companies couldn’t give a shit about online petitions… Activision doubly so.

    They’ll sell MW2 at any price, and sell millions upon millions, no matter how many people complain about it.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. loki

    torrent users have no right
    PC gaymers fuck you, your petition and ugly PC ports

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Hunam

    But loki… it’ll look better on the PC.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Alexander Norris

    People who agree to sacrifice their freedom in exchange for not having to install games or think about hardware issues have even less rights, loki.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Grimrita

    loki hasnt a clue what they are talking about

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Dralen

    I’m starting to get a bad feeling about MW2, i thinks activision have been hiding certain things about this game from the public.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. killercow


    #19 5 years ago
  20. David Sarkisjan

    18: Aliens in MW2 confirmed! Indiana Jones as the guest star.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Detale

    @20 – But are there gophers? Highly trained comabat gophers?

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Rider on the Storm

    loki’s mum has a set of balls.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Michael O'Connor

    “Dedicated servers make it a lot easier for us to pirate the video game in question.”

    #23 5 years ago

    Here we go…

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Hunam

    I thought he said he was smart?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Michael O'Connor

    When people can use their own dedicated servers, they don’t have to go through the middle-man (Infinity Ward) to play the game with friends online.

    This means they won’t need to register the game to play it online.

    It’s the exact same reason why Blizzard chose not to give Starcraft 2 LAN support. It ensures that you have validate your copy of the game to enjoy it, which the company has every right to do.

    It’s an anti-piracy move and nothing more.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Yoshi

    Really shows everyone how many PC Gamers are actually out ther who give a damn.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Hunam

    Michael, you have to register your game to play online on World at War. They still have a master server you have to log in to in order to gain access to the server list/announce server.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Michael O'Connor

    “Really shows everyone how many PC Gamers are actually out ther who give a damn.”

    Not really. Just as an example, CoD4 sold over 7 million copies. These people are a stone in the pond.

    “Michael, you have to register your game to play online on World at War. They still have a master server you have to log in to in order to gain access to the server list/announce server.”

    Doesn’t stop most people from getting around it, ironically. Some budding programmer will have this recoded within a week.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Hunam

    Kinda following on from the other thread with this. The point is that we don’t want to break the law to get what we really should have out the box. I want to buy this game and play online on the 32+ player servers, because I’m a big Battlefield fan and thus enjoy the larger, more hectic games. You can’t do that with peer to peer, which is by Battlefield on the consoles uses dedicated servers, IW is just cutting this out of the game so now there is no reason for me to buy this product. I don’t really care for the short single player campaign that was in CoD4 so I’d imagine I would be overjoyed by the one in MW2.

    As Penny Arcade pointed out, Piracy is a fight between people who want to make money and people who want to steal games. The legitimate customers just get shafted in the crossfire.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Morrius

    Loki, I’d love to see your superior console version of Crysis when you have a moment.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. cachucha

    It’s not ONLY an antipiracy move; they are going to save a crapload of cash and earn a lot aswell with this, if you ever use your brain to think above the picture, not just negative ramblings that make you look like an arse but since you life is pretty sad you could care less.

    kind of pointless to get down to the level of a troll.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. endgame

    well, cachucha seems to see through this little scam. nice. :)

    #33 5 years ago

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