Blizzard's highly-anticipated RTS sequel, StarCraft II, may not ship with multiplayer LAN functionality - one of the features that made its predecessor so popular.
I don't think this is a "deal-breaker" for many fans, but on the other hand, I think many fans will be sorely disappointed if they no longer can hook up with their friends to play the latest version of StarCraft...
This is just so they can charge for Battle.net for people in the same room to play.. not even Xbox Live needs that. :/
So lets say some friend decide to play together in one house. How is Battle.net going to sort out 6 different computers, 6 different accounts, and 6 different games, when YOU ONLY HAVE ONE IP ADDRESS? They will probably say "Sorry, only one player per IP address." Literally killing all localized play. Have a friend or a bother you wan to play with? Buy a 2nd internet connection. In the end, SC2 will never approach the glory of SC1.
Well Proxy, no doubt it'll be cracked if they do this or worse, charge money for Battle.net. That way people will have LAN player over a fake cloud, and internet play over a fake cloud over a fake LAN, like with Hamachi :).
I think it almost is... no LAN? Well I know most have the internet but still why!? :(
Well possible reasons for not including LAN would be: - Stop piracy - Get more money from the ads on Battle.net There really are no other plausible reasons. I think that the player enjoyment of having LAN play would weigh up for the minimal money "loss" from having LAN, and the possible piracy. I mean the new Battle.net will be awesome, so people will only play LAN when they have no internet.
Well, the Diablo 3 LAN removal was based around giving people cohesion of the gameplay. since the characters are stored online, it is confusing to have multiple versions of multiplayer. I guess you could say the same about SC2, you'll have your win/loss lists online, and all your favourite maps, possibly, and god knows what else. Perhaps LAN is truly obsolete?
Doing ANYTHING without express consent of the developer is obsolete. Paying Customer: "May I please play online." Mighty Developer: "You may, be sure to click a few advertisements while your at it." Paying Customer: "May I install this game on a new computer." Mighty Developer: "Yes, please buy an additional installation licence for an additional 9.99. We will then be happy to allow you to install your game." Paying Customer: "Can I play this game on my computer that doesn't have internet." Mighty Developer: "Only if you have the pirat - I mean - Unfortunately no, because then we won't have the total control that we desperately need." Paying Customer: "Me and a friend have 2 computers sitting 5 feet apart, can we play together." Mighty Developer: "Sure, please connect to battle net, send your information through battle net, and be patient with the lag you receive from battle net."
I can almost hear the nerd screams...
Yep. A great deal of people are going to be very, very loud about this in all probability.
I've never really cared for LAN all that much - never played a LAN game either, so I won't be missing anything at all.
Same here. I was never part of that generation. I agree that events like DreamHack are cool, but it's more of an event than the social thing, right?
Well, I grew up with LAN - not just SC, but Diablo and Diablo II as well - so this is kind of hard to take at the moment. It's not going to stop me from buying SC2 though.
No lan.. no lan, what is this.. my fav part of any game :(
It's the one reason I still play Heroes of Might & Magic 3, and even bought a multi-box with game + expansions a few months back. sure, that game doesn't even have anything like Battle.net, but I'm mostly interested in playing in the same room as my mates anyway. I mean, LAN play is what makes a game survive longer than the release week. Well, not really that harsh, but makes them continue their legacy for ever and ever....
LAN was a major part of the fun for many SC players, it's almost inconceivable that SCII won't have that feature.
Well, look at Korea. Every bloody one of those Bangs (gaming cafes, but different) have LAN games of SC1. I suppose they are one of the worlds best connected nations by now, so Battle.net might work just as well there, but still. It's neglecting one's past!
Well, if they are so connected. No LAN is needed?!
I can't believe they're not going to have LAN...what's the point? RTS games are made for LAN.
I'll miss it at least. I remember playing Warcraft II over IPX networking, a real pain but possible.
It's disappointing, nonetheless. I can understand the piracy reasons, to an extent, as LAN play could work over internet through Hamachi or another VPN - but that's nowhere near as good as Battle.net, or even direct LAN play. Removing LAN play for the purpose of ad revenue is frankly ridiculous, though.
I went to the site, but their super-intrusive ads made me close the screen, especially since they completely blocked the article. INSTANT FAIL.
Is very upsetting. I do see where they are coming from, considering almost all gamers are online 24/7 now, but I never did enjoy playing StarCraft online, but loved to play it with my friends. To screw one type of gamer and force them to play online isn't like Blizzard, unless they are going to try to market online features like World of Warcraft. I hope they don't charge for premium membership for Battle.net 2. I have a gut feeling they might be pushing toward that.
to milk the consumer dry with Starcraft 2. First the story has been divided into 3 full priced DLC and now multiplayer will also end up DLC. Looks like everyone interested in Starcraft 2 will be paying over a $100 to enjoy the game in it's entirety. Does it bug anyone else that this games price is approaching that of Vista Home edition?
No LAN? FTS man....I'm sick and tired of PC games that don't come with dedicated LAN support. I don't want to have to resort to unorthodox methods to play a game however I please. Go **** yourself Blizzard, you're lucky I still play Warcraft III often. And even Valve, what the **** were they thinking of forcing me to sign into Steam before I can LAN in Left4Dead?! Stupidest **** ever. **** any developer that thinks they can tell us what to do and expect us to blindly follow. I'll hack this game before I bend over for Blizzard P.S. - Ya I know I'm being vulgar, but my gaming life started with Counter-Strike LAN with the friends and evolves even now. I hope you guys can at least understand where I'm coming from.
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