COD: Black Ops Dedicated Servers Available For Rental Only

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Recent news that the PC version of Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops would have dedicated servers went over well with the crowd that rushed to sign petitions and otherwise expressed digital outrage over the fact that the last Call of Duty game, Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2, didn't ship with that kind of support. But, it's hard to believe that same mob will find the details of a new partnership with GamerServers.com to exclusively provide the service that much more agreeable. 

According to IGNActivision and Treyarch have inked an agreement with GameServers.com, making it the exclusive provider of dedicated servers for Black Ops. In the end, this means users who want to create their own servers will both have to use GameServers and pony up some dough to the company. But it bears noting that Treyarch will be providing a stable of free servers for players to use as they please, as well. 
 


== TEASER ==Prospective server owners can expect ranked severs, which can support up to 18 people, to cost a cool $14.95 a month. Unranked servers that are able to support up to 24 players will cost .99 cents per player per month. Discounts on the former are available via the GamerServers.com pre-order page if users want to prepay for the support in three, six, or 12-month increments.
 
User-rented servers will give their owner the ability to kick, ban, and configure at will, according to Treyarch community manager Josh Olin. Ranked servers, however, will have fewer options as these matches have criteria that can't be fiddled with by users. 
 
"Nobody will have to rent a dedicated server through GameServers in order to play the game," Olin told IGN. "But for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.com." 
 
Treyarch's free servers will go live on the game's launch date, November 9. There's been no word on how long those servers will stay active.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Recent news that the PC version of Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops would have dedicated servers went over well with the crowd that rushed to sign petitions and otherwise expressed digital outrage over the fact that the last Call of Duty game, Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2, didn't ship with that kind of support. But, it's hard to believe that same mob will find the details of a new partnership with GamerServers.com to exclusively provide the service that much more agreeable. 

According to IGNActivision and Treyarch have inked an agreement with GameServers.com, making it the exclusive provider of dedicated servers for Black Ops. In the end, this means users who want to create their own servers will both have to use GameServers and pony up some dough to the company. But it bears noting that Treyarch will be providing a stable of free servers for players to use as they please, as well. 
 


== TEASER ==Prospective server owners can expect ranked severs, which can support up to 18 people, to cost a cool $14.95 a month. Unranked servers that are able to support up to 24 players will cost .99 cents per player per month. Discounts on the former are available via the GamerServers.com pre-order page if users want to prepay for the support in three, six, or 12-month increments.
 
User-rented servers will give their owner the ability to kick, ban, and configure at will, according to Treyarch community manager Josh Olin. Ranked servers, however, will have fewer options as these matches have criteria that can't be fiddled with by users. 
 
"Nobody will have to rent a dedicated server through GameServers in order to play the game," Olin told IGN. "But for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.com." 
 
Treyarch's free servers will go live on the game's launch date, November 9. There's been no word on how long those servers will stay active.
#2 Edited by BigE (4 posts) -

Having only one option sucks but better than nothing.

#3 Posted by TheJohn (548 posts) -

for reals?

#4 Posted by MrPilkington (722 posts) -

This is funny to me. I don't care about dedicated servers, but the people who do, are going to be pissed.
#5 Posted by BulletproofMonk (2712 posts) -

SURPRISE!

#6 Posted by Kinarion (378 posts) -

Crazy that it's come to this.  Oh well.

#7 Posted by Twazuk (178 posts) -
@BigE said:
" Wow "
What he said...
#8 Posted by DrPockets000 (2859 posts) -

Capitalism!

#9 Posted by Yummylee (20571 posts) -

lol

#10 Posted by msavo (7522 posts) -
@PainGod89 said:
" This is funny to me. I don't care about dedicated servers, but the people who do, are going to be pissed. "
#11 Posted by punkxblaze (2877 posts) -

Ahahahaha. What.

#12 Posted by drowsap (676 posts) -

wow bummer

#13 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19155 posts) -

I thought Battlefield Bad Company 2 did the same thing.

#14 Posted by Slingsarrows (9 posts) -

That's not half bad, provided that the servers are of high quality. 14.95 for 18 player server easily compares to CS and CSS prices. 
 
Yeah it kinda sucks you can't make your own server for your lan, but just like the whole SC2 thing, how often do you lan without internet access?

#15 Posted by zombie2011 (4941 posts) -

I can't help but laugh.

#16 Posted by Jimbo (9709 posts) -

"But for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.com."
 
Ha, sure it will.  For about the first two days after launch.

#17 Posted by ShaneDev (1696 posts) -

Correct me if I am wrong but isn't this the same as Bad Company 2 on PC. I hope people dont just bitch because its Activison doing it.

#18 Posted by piropeople13 (398 posts) -
@Slingsarrows said:
" That's not half bad, provided that the servers are of high quality. 14.95 for 18 player server easily compares to CS and CSS prices.  Yeah it kinda sucks you can't make your own server for your lan, but just like the whole SC2 thing, how often do you lan without internet access? "
I still have LAN parties with friends.  Very common at colleges.
#19 Posted by CitizenKane (10501 posts) -

Is anybody actually surprised by this news?

#20 Posted by Hamz (6845 posts) -

Seems fine to me, I'm sure some will bitch, but at least they're bringing dedicated servers back to the community. 

#21 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19155 posts) -
@ShaneDev said:
" Correct me if I am wrong but isn't this the same as Bad Company 2 on PC. I hope people dont just bitch because its Activison doing it. "
Exactly.  People will take a chance to bitch at Activision any time they get, but this is the same thing that BBC2 did.  They should be happy that they get dedicated servers in the first place.
#22 Posted by Milkman (16228 posts) -

Shit storm imminent. 

#23 Posted by ErrorOperator (458 posts) -
@CitizenKane said:
" Is anybody actually surprised by this news? "
My thoughts exactly, im not sure why this is news... you have to pay for dedicated servers! Who would have thought!?
#24 Posted by Ryax (4630 posts) -

good thing i dont have to pay for the server. they group i hang out with will.

#25 Posted by Lukeweizer (2509 posts) -

Good thing I don't care about PC gaming.

#26 Posted by jokeonyou2004@gmail.com (3 posts) -

Ahh, glad I am not interested in the games that these kinds of companies make anyways.

#27 Posted by PowerBombYo (192 posts) -

Some PC gamers have been paying for servers for plenty of years. What's the big deal?

#28 Posted by MachoFantastico (4299 posts) -

Now all this dedicated server business wouldnt be such a big issue if the matchmaking was better...

#29 Posted by DanGuy (278 posts) -

Whats to be mad about? What else would you expect.

#30 Posted by Crushed (878 posts) -

As a PC gamer... this is honestly non-news. It's the same sort of setup that that dedicated server owners and renters have been doing for years.

#31 Posted by karatetron (689 posts) -

Hilarious.

#32 Posted by fedorajay (405 posts) -

You can tell who the console kiddies are by the "lolz" and "hahaha". Anyone who knows anything understands this is nothing new and there are people out there who actually prefer it this way.

#33 Posted by Ghostiet (5153 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ said:
" @ShaneDev said:
" Correct me if I am wrong but isn't this the same as Bad Company 2 on PC. I hope people dont just bitch because its Activison doing it. "
Exactly.  People will take a chance to bitch at Activision any time they get, but this is the same thing that BBC2 did.  They should be happy that they get dedicated servers in the first place. "
Yeah. And both things - that people actually praised BBC2 for this shit and now blast Black Ops for the same and that people should be happy that they get access to a standard feature for cash - are quite sad.
#34 Posted by Sparklykiss (1909 posts) -
@CitizenKane said:
" Is anybody actually surprised by this news? "
Nothing from them surprises me anymore.
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#35 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6270 posts) -

OMG A FEE WTF WE SHUDNT HAV 2 PAY 2 PLAY GAEMZ!!!!

#36 Posted by Uberjannie (281 posts) -

Gameservers host good servers. But if they have the supply/demand problems they had with BC2 I am going to be pissed. Took me more than a month to get a server.

#37 Posted by ITSSEXYTIME (217 posts) -

 

@Crushed:


The difference here is that this is an exclusive deal with a single service provider.  While most committed server owners weren't running their servers on their own PC and did rent from server providers, they had the option of choosing the provider.  With a monopoly on it, the quality of service could be absolute shit and there's nowhere else people can get servers from.



#38 Posted by zaglis (908 posts) -

LOL@ the same clueless consolist comments on every site this has been posted.   

#39 Posted by dvorak (1495 posts) -

I don't think this will matter considering that most people who care about dedicated servers are probably going to rent them anyway.

#40 Posted by BigDre (116 posts) -

Yeah I think it's the lack of getting to choose who the provider is might be a problem for those that care.   If they can meet the demand (which would seem stupid if Treyarch or Activision didn't check on this first)  then it should be ok.  
#41 Posted by Vinny_Says (5630 posts) -

I just really enjoy what the guys down at gameservers.com do and am glad to support them so that they can keep doing what they're doing and keep bringing us great servers.

#42 Edited by Falx (335 posts) -

Most good clans etc. rent a server from some company anyway (I have done so myself) and the prices for these servers are no more expensive than most places you can get them from. The most rumbles i've heard has been because of the player limit but i never usually play in servers with more than 24 players either. I just hope that the servers are good quality so theres little lag.

#43 Posted by Invader_Bil (5 posts) -

Boourns! But what did you expect?

#44 Posted by paisan13 (144 posts) -

 Treyarch promised dedicaded servers, and now this shit. F**k 
Treyarch, and F**K Activision!!! 

#45 Posted by President_Barackbar (3344 posts) -
@paisan13 said:
"  Treyarch promised dedicaded servers, and now this shit. F**k  Treyarch, and F**K Activision!!!  "
This is really a non-issue. How many people do you think run their own dedicated servers? Almost everyone rents them.
#46 Posted by MrKlorox (11186 posts) -

Way to leave out that this is exactly what Bad Company 2 did, providing yet another thing for COD to copy. Lowest common denominators unite!

#47 Posted by Binman88 (3679 posts) -
@Crushed said:
" As a PC gamer... this is honestly non-news. It's the same sort of setup that that dedicated server owners and renters have been doing for years. "
@fedorajay said:
" You can tell who the console kiddies are by the "lolz" and "hahaha". Anyone who knows anything understands this is nothing new and there are people out there who actually prefer it this way. "
@PowerBombYo said:
" Some PC gamers have been paying for servers for plenty of years. What's the big deal? "
@zaglis said:
" LOL@ the same clueless consolist comments on every site this has been posted.    "
 
I'm glad to see people responding here that actually have a bit of sense.^^^^ 
 
The handful of negative comments on this article so far have come from idiots assuming PC gamers will be up in arms about this - because said idiots probably have no understanding of how dedicated hosting works. 99 times out of 100, a clan ALWAYS rents a server in this fashion. This is how dedicated servers have been hosted for years. Heck, I'm currently renting a dedicated server for an 8 year old game exactly like this. It is very rare to see a clan server hosted privately - most people don't have the bandwidth for it, nor want the hassle of maintaining the server on site. 
 
The only possible issue I can see is the lack of choice, but as long as this company is reliable and able to deliver good pings, then there's absolutely no problem with this at all. Prices seem very reasonable to me too. 
 
Unfortunately the voices of reason from the PC camp are bound to be ignored here, as I expect a slew of idiotic, shit-stirring comments from the vocal minority of the console camp to be added shortly.
#48 Posted by MisterMouse (3531 posts) -

oh man that sucks. I wonder how many dedicated servers there will be

#49 Posted by Olivaw (1215 posts) -

Mother
 
fucker
 
I can't believe they took the "no dedicated servers" thing and then somehow made it worse.
 
You know how you run a server for a video game where I'm from? You install and run a goddamn executable on your computer. I should not have to pay fifteen dollars a month for an executable.
 
Christ almighty this is some serious shit right here.

#50 Posted by Heartagram (1179 posts) -

Even though this series started on PC. I could never see myself preferring the PC version now a days.

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