These Electronic Arts Games No Longer Online on August 11

#101 Posted by PandaBear (1484 posts) -

It's so odd that people complain and say it costs next to nothing to host and how easy it is. I get that people want to express their fondness for a game and sadness that it's going, but if you're going to attack a business for cutting costs get pro-active about it and start your own server. You want a Battlefield server to stay up that's going down? Make your own. I get you can't for consoles, which is understandable but still lame, but if you want to save your favourite game, do it yourself or accept that this is how it has to be.

#102 Edited by neo1piv014 (8 posts) -

@PandaBear: I do host my own dedicated server on my desktop at home, and I gotta say, I'm totally on the other side of this from you. It takes so little resources just out of my desktop for the people that play on it (10 or so at a given time), and the actual server is hosted on my machine. I can't imagine the small amount of resources it takes to just say "yeah, your serial key is still good," and hand the game back off to the client. People wouldn't have room to gripe if these games were given to us for free, but these are games we paid for, and they're taking them away because they're hosting the servers for them (something we never asked them to do). It's like a car dealership selling you a car for full price, saying that they're the only ones allowed to put gas in it (but you still have to pay for the gas), and then 2-5 years down the road refusing to put gas in it anymore just to make you buy a new one. Considering that games got more expensive in the last few years, it makes it a tough sell for people like me who still play older games like BattleField 2 at LAN parties.

#103 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4941 posts) -

So does that mean no more coop for army of two? 
*needs to get his last few achievements on that game as well as modern combat*
#104 Posted by teh_destroyer (3689 posts) -

Looks like them pliers are coming in handy!

#105 Posted by AhmadMetallic (19303 posts) -

They don't dare touch BF2.. ha!

#106 Posted by PandaBear (1484 posts) -
@neo1piv014: What can I say ... I actually see your point.  
Maybe they should just patch the PC games at least and remove the DRM stuff after a few years, then you can do whatever you want with the game you paid for.
#107 Posted by Rawrz (604 posts) -

I can understand doing this with older sports games since the die hard fans of those series just tend to buy the newest game anyways but something like Army of Two is kind of odd to shut down since well co op was the main point to that game. Then again it is like 3 years old and by now no one is really playing it so I guess it doesnt make sense to be running and paying for unused servers.

#108 Posted by tuesdaythe5th (52 posts) -

Not skate! I actually played that on occasion.

#109 Posted by Kyle (2375 posts) -

NFS Most Wanted had an online mode???

#110 Posted by Glottery (1497 posts) -
@RE_Player92 said:

Oh no now what are me and my Army of Two clan going to do on Friday nights? Oh no wait that never existed...

Ah, sweet laughter...
#111 Posted by Gentleman (18 posts) -

More and more, games are being considered services rather than products, and I absolutely hate it. How would you react if you bought a DVD and a few years later, you can't watch half the movie? That makes no sense. I know that online gaming takes resources, but it's not as EA don't have the funds to support their community.

#112 Posted by Rukus (104 posts) -

Aw man I still have some cheevos in Modern Combat for the 360. This is why having either MP-only achievements or giving devs their own MP servers sucks so much. At any time you can lose the ability to obtain those achievements (ex. Chromehounds).

#113 Posted by redlitez76 (116 posts) -

so they are shutting down army of two for ps3 and 360 but keeping it running for psp?

#114 Posted by Vermin360 (16 posts) -

As a self-professed Achievement whore, I can see that Army of Two is going to spend a little more time in my disc tray than expected over the next couple of weeks. It always disappoints me to see servers close down, seeing as I have a nasty habit of collecting too large a stash of yet-unplayed games, but such is the risk I suppose. 
 I could make arguments both for and against them shutting down servers on older titles, but I'm sure there's been plenty enough of that already, both on "teh internets" and in the EA board rooms. Note to self: make more concerted effort to unlock online Achievements as soon as I pick up a game, and worry about all the single-player later, when the existence of servers matters not.

#115 Posted by aspaceinvader (261 posts) -

I would like to see the online achievements for said games to be unlocked  for free as they are no longer supported, via an update of course, would be a nice thank you from the company for your support of said games, that have achievements for ps3 and 360.

#116 Posted by Kayrack (316 posts) -

a bit scary to see games going offline after only a year or two. I get it with sports games as rosters update pretty frequently, but that said I can still play some good old Burnout Paradise.

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