DICE threatens permanent bans for users of color-editing mod

Players from Battlefield 3 have released a mod allowing tweaks to the displayed color levels, when its applied it looks like colors from Battlefield 1943. DICE of course doesn't want to be out there because they say its a "hack" and you will be banned permanently from Battlefield community unless you create another account of course. Here's what Battlefield 3 gameplay designer Gustav Halling said on twitter:

"[It's] too colorful,” "Also, I wouldn’t use those hacks if you don’t want a permanent ban on your account. FYI warning.”

Some people on reddit already experienced bans because of that mod. It looks this will be a big problem for competitive games of its "too colorful" absurd on the surface. it seems adamant about protecting the competitive standards set in the unmodified game, where filters and gradients could figure into each map’s overall balance. Here's a video of the mod example down below.

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TOGC1839d ago

It is just a color mod...why the bans.

YourGameEdge1839d ago

people may use it in competitive game and it makes the enemy more visible, my opinion.

deadpoole1839d ago (Edited 1839d ago )

BF3 current color pallete is like of a dying crt televisions with color saturation problem. The thing I don't get it, lcd/led televisions and monitors are capable of displaying more than 16million colors ... whereas BF3 has resort down to lowest limited bumbers of color pallete defeating the very purpose of having colors on your television in first place ... I swear to god you wouldn't find much difference if u play BF3 on black&white television.

So for the sake of realism they dumbed down colors and increased the contrast to eyes burning level ... and when some fellas are tryin to play game after tweaking it to the normal game colors levels which it should have in first place .... they are banning them ... wht a piece of js they are?

As Calvin Klien said ... God Forbid if I have a likin of playin my fps game with some colors .... lollllll

I got a solution for ya DICE ... improve your engine lighting capability for creatin an illusion of realism ... not by dumbing down color pallete.

Winter47th1839d ago

It'll make you see the dark areas easier. As well as the players moving much more contrasted in color than the rest of the environment.

jetpacksheep1839d ago

I can see what you mean but some players use totally different hardware giving a vast array of graphical and frame rate differences, not to mention differing keyboards and mice which could also give them an advantage. EA is just being silly.

Ducky1838d ago (Edited 1838d ago )

It doesn't really change the visibility of enemies. Besides, it's not like the game relies heavily on camouflage anyways. Most players are hidden behind cover, rather than BigBossing it in the open.

Thing is, there already is the FXAA injector, which can change colour correction too, and that is perfectly allowed.
You don't even need the FXAA injector either, as the control panel for nVidia/ATI card have colour correction. Both methods can achieve an effect similar to the mod.

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1839d ago (Edited 1839d ago )

BF series when from mods to no mods to anti mods.
EA want everything to be a console.

The spirit of bf is now dead to me.
They just want to beat cod & I hope cod out sells it by even more just because of that.

Yes I am mad...

YourGameEdge1839d ago

BF3 is still %100 better than COD

Drumsmasher1839d ago

I agree totally. I don't even get much fun out of BF3 anymore. Cod is still fun in a simple kind of way. EA has been very disappointing lately. BF3 was fun, but ME3 sucked compared to the other two, and BF4 has been announced already!! And now all this grumbling because of a fucking colour mod out of anything else.

Do you think I'm going to buy anymore EA games?

Steadyhndz1839d ago

It's not every mod...there are plenty of mods out there for BF3 on the PC that they don't care about. Why aren't they as popular as BF2 mods? Simply because it is much harder to mod BF3...not because EA purposely made it hard, because the is just naturally built that way in other words, the games engine just wasn't built to have mods FB 1 wasn't either, but the graphics weren't that complicated then.

CalvinKlein1839d ago

god forbid a shooter has color hahaha.

Blastoise1839d ago

I never realised how dull this game looked until I watched that video

Steadyhndz1839d ago

It's an unfair advantage, it allows the person with the mod to see the enemies much more clearly...In every game when you accept the terms of agreements, in there it mentions that you may not edit the game in any way and could result in a ban of your account.

These guys can't complain if they get banned. They accepted the agreements.

UF01837d ago

The modded colors / removal of the "blue filter" look much better to my eye. But i can see DICE's point of how players using the mod have an advantage, slight as it may be. My favorite maps are Caspien Border and Armored Shield because of the fact that the "blue filter" is turned way down if not non existant and players are easily seen way out in the distance, contrasted nicely by the deep blue sky and plush green grass. The only way it would be completely fair is if DICE/EA made a mandatory patch removing their blue filter effect..Don't see that happening..though I wish they'd put it to a vote..I vote remove pointless blue filter for full colors...If you vote to keep it the same..then disagree

DeadlyFire1835d ago

Funny thing is that without that color filter the game actually resembles an updated Battlefield 2 type of image. With the filter its like a different game.

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modesign1839d ago

Dice hates people improving on there games for free especially when dice isnt making any money on it

Hufandpuf1838d ago

how is the game dull looking when even IGN praised it for its use of color and lighting?

Nafon1838d ago

no one is saying the game looks bad, it just looks way better with proper colors.

Alos881839d ago

Worst reason for a perma ban I've ever heard.

SnakeCQC1839d ago

i heard that some people in the dice forums perm banned banned from origin accounts for swearing

Steadyhndz1839d ago

They don't ban for swearing...they actually can't ban you for swearing, it's against the law to be oppressed due to what you say...unless it is ways of conspiring to put someone/people in danger.

Nafon1838d ago

Steadyhndz: they do ban for swearing. when you go on the forums you agree to the TOS, which bans "inappropriate language." I got a warning for swearing on battlelog, so i know what im talking about.

pandehz1839d ago

This mod does make enemies more visible.

Tested myself.

On caspian border it makes it easy also on most maps in many ways

GiantFriendlyCrab1839d ago

Why is EA not allowing this? Just because it looks 2 million times better than their game? FU

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