Hundreds of thousands of Blizzard fans are disappointed that Blizzard has excluded network play in StarCraft II, but it's now confirmed there won't even be a semi-connected LAN mode.
See, I think they are kind of turning their back on the game's heritage here. I know they need it a bit for Korea/China, but still...
It's Activisions fault...
Might be, but they DID promise Activision would not interfere at all!
But this is Activision were talking about ;) I'm sure they said that to kepp their fans happy, because it sure seems like activision has been doing alot by taking dedicated PC servers away and whatnot.
I think it's pretty clear that it's designed to prevent circumvention of Battle.net for pirated (or otherwise) multiplayer play. Most people probably know about Garena and how it entirely circumvents Battle.net through making use of in-game LAN mechanics and obviously allows people to avoid CD key checks. That's what they're trying to prevent. Should be obvious that their comments about 'uniting communities' is just PR fluff so they don't sound like they're just chasing the bottom line. I would imagine that semi-LAN play would open them up to reverse engineering efforts that would defeat the whole purpose although then again we have custom servers that emulate Battle.net 1.0 right now, and there's little reason to think Battle.net 2.0 won't be replicated eventually.
agree, they did this to prevent piracy in China and IP right violations in Korea, in the end, it's all about money. I have no problem with it though, since pretty much everyone here in North America and Europe has stable internet connection.
they shall fail at.
SC LAN was a blast and taking that feature out and then making separate releases makes it even worst! Activision IS THE WORST that ever happen to gaming!
I usually never say bad things about Blizzard, but I am actually quite disappointed by this. Not even a smi-LAN mode? Come on, this sucks :(
Yeah, at least some limited form of LAN play would have been awesome
really sad, even though it was to be expected with their stance towards lan in general. I feel that their excuses (to combat piracy this way) is void. The fact that I have to login to play single player doesn't make it any better. ;(
Color me not semi-surprised.
lol, yeah, once they said no lan, I expected no lan at all, no semi, no bit, no nothing... =(
I know loads of people who could care less about it. I mean, I am no massive LAN fan, but I still think it would not be such a terrible thing to satisfy the 250k ppl and let them play LAN if they want.
This is so STUPID, I have to take download limit to play against people in my household... Blizz f**ked something up here
Does this mean all data traffic is routed via B-net? Computers do not talk directly to each other when playing the game? If that it true, then it is a major disappointment.
*insert random cursing and grumblings* I'll leave it up to your imagination my opinion of non-lan gameplay.
Yeah, this is so sad
Well, this is a bit meh, so if I have lots of friends with laptops and SC2 copies, but no connection available at that precise moment? I really don't like it
FAIL would nicely summarize this. Their titles are polished but do seem to become a bit flat in experience (might be to much polish actually). I still love these games more then enough to play them but the way they are trying to going total control over the user experience is something I dislike.
A kick in the teeth to all the LAN fans.
This raises a very real problem for me, I have pre ordered a collectors edition of SC2. Both My brother and I were hoping to be able to play against one another, our internet kinda sucks (384kbs speed). Oh well, I will have no qualms about using a LAN crack on an original copy of SC2, I bought it, I feel I am allowed to play it against my brother.
ugh I really wanted LAN support....well I will definitely purchase this game maybe even the collector edition(if I can get one) but maybe the hackers will release a lan patch for persons like me with very crappy internet connections.
I haven't done any LAN gaming for 10 years or so. Not an issue to me at all. But I feel for the people who really enjoy playing over LAN or has to because of technical limitations. It seems a bit silly not to have some sort of LAN feature even if it means having to accept some sort of DRM solution (as long as it's resonable). The lack of it will only piss off the people who were looking forward to this and encourage the crackers to make some sort of emulator or bypass fix.
LAN seems to be a thing of the past. this is PC gaming and it is losing ground, they should be giving us more, not taking things away. i know plenty of people who still regularly get together for LAN games, the game list is getting smaller and smaller and older and older.
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