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Dedicated Servers for PC

Discussion in 'F1 2013 - The Game' started by Bram, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    I think this is the third year in a row I am opening this thread. Since Codemasters are also reading the forums here since a few years I really hope that with F1 2013 they finally listen to the call of the PC community and offer support for dedicated servers.

    If they do it will offer sites like ourselves so much more options to run a proper online series for a Formula One minded crowd.

    Here is hoping :rolleyes:
     
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  2. Ramon van Rijn

    Ramon van Rijn
    Premium Member

    I will finally enjoy F1-series if dedi server is available. Don't like the current way multiplayer is done.
     
  3. Graham Laing

    Graham Laing
    ...... mostly harmless Staff

    Amen to that !!

    With so many PC games being console ports, developers just seem happy to foist an inferior server and matchmaking system on us. This F1 series would have so much greater potential with dedicated servers.

    Call of Duty is a good example of retrograde development. For years PC players had 32 man servers as standard. Their latest offering 3 - 4 months ago, Black Ops II ........ 12 man servers and smaller maps. :thumbsdown:
     
  4. I'm all for dedi servers, tho not interested of Codies F1 series until they manage to make proper ffb, but problem with those, from game publisher/devs point of view, is that if they don't control the servers they can't shut them down when they want and thus force people to buy the latest release. It's all about money. Well that's how I see it anyways.
     
  5. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Well they can always shut the master lobby down after a period of time and then its over and out whether or not you are hosting with a dedicated machine.

    I am not against that as at some point people need to move on wards with newer games. Would already be happy if they have a master lobby up for 365 days after release.

    One can do a hell of lot of cool online series in one year.
     
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  6. Graham Laing

    Graham Laing
    ...... mostly harmless Staff

    Personally I would never buy a game where the master lobby shuts down after one year.

    A good solid base game with annual updates might be more acceptable, rather than a whole new game. The update would have to cheaper than a new game.
     
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  7. Neither am I. But moving on to next game every year, no thanks. That's nothing but greed.

    edit: Might be good to say that I'm not even online racer, but I'm against that kind of business model and don't want to support such behaviour.
     
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  9. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    In their defense, the real greed is with those that dare that ask multi-millions for a license. A game developer buying an F1 license takes a huge financial risk.

    The only way to earn back that investment (or break even) is to sell a yearly game.

    I think when this license ends the flag will be waved in Birmingham and they'll throw a big party :) Same happened at Sony when their nightmare F1 license ended.
     
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  10. Yeah I agree with you Bram. As everything in life this either isn't as black and white as I made it to sound.
     
  11. What are dedicated servers
     
  12. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=what are dedicated servers?:)

    Basically it will allow RD to run its own server machine connected to the F1 2013 lobby where all the players are. The machine sends all the race session data to the clients (instead of one hosting player) which allows larger grids (full grids like it should) admin control (to get rid of idiots) and an easy accessible room with a password.

    More important most PC sim games store a replay file of an entire race, results outputs and other jummie stuff that you can use for leagues.
     
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  13. Graham Laing

    Graham Laing
    ...... mostly harmless Staff

    Great link Bram ...... it made me laugh and cheered up my afternoon :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    LMGTFY is awesome :)
     
  15. Graham Laing

    Graham Laing
    ...... mostly harmless Staff

    I shall be using it when required :)
     
  16. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Back to the topic. Have CM ever given an official reason why servers are not supported? Especially with all the disconnection issues in their previous titles I see absolutely no reason why they can't put this in the game for this years edition.
     
  17. Tom

    Tom
    Staff Emeritus Staff

    I guess the majority of people is satisfied with joining multiplayer sessions in one click. Let's face it, we are a minority after all. :/
     
  18. I do believe they suggested the cost just wouldn't be in their favour. I'm sure its on their forums somewhere about it.

    And that they would rather alter the code (to attempt to get it received and sent quicker, rather than invest in dedicated servers)
     
  19. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    And with a dedicated server hosting you need more clicks? Actually with a master lobby with rooms up (with a proper filter installed) you can be online in less clicks than with the current system really :)
     
  20. Tom

    Tom
    Staff Emeritus Staff

    It's not about how simple it really is, it's about the immersion of simplicity. :)