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Why PC Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer makes us sad

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PC Gamer editor fills us in on the PC version's multiplayer problems

by George Walter

Why are PC gamers so incensed? What is all this talk of dedicated servers and Steam? And why can't PC guys join in the overwhelming sense of excitement surrounding the console versions?

Much of the controversy surrounds the developer's decision to do away with dedicated servers and instead use a matchmaking system similar to that on Xbox Live. Normally PC multiplayer games run on 'dedicated' servers that can be modded and customised to suit the needs of clans who use them. They develop a sense of community as they are used regularly by the same players.

For MW2 Infinity Ward are using 'listen servers' which uses matchmaking to find a bunch of players looking to play a game and then designates the PC with the fastest connection as the host.

"The matchmaking for the PC version is much faster to find a game than on Xbox Live," Tim Edwards, Editor of PC Gamer tells us, "but the quality of the game you get put into is really variable."

This is mainly due to players not being able to control the PC hosting the game, whose owner may be clogging up his connection with simultaneous web usage. The result can be a sub-standard online experience.

"It's not just about no dedicated servers, though," Edwards continues, "The lack of mod tools is massive kick in the face for PC gamers too. A lot of incredible things have come out of the modding communities and work they do on multiplayer games.

"It will undoubtedly have a long term effect on the viability of the multiplayer game. The only advantage you had on PC was the flexibility and control that dedicated servers offered - you might as well just buy the 360 version."

And this isn't just a few moany PC gamers grumbling away on forums or swearing in our comments - a petition to reverse the decision is now at over 200,000 gamers.

"The response to the petition is fairly astounding," Edwards remarks, "We've seen it among our readers too - since it was announced interest in MW2 on PC has gone through the floor. It just doesn't feel like a PC game anymore."

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Please wait, connecting to IWnet - MW2 IWNet went down

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by Vrandas

Yesterday the Playstation 3 Demonware servers went down and on this very moment Fourzerotwo is blaming Sony delaying all from being resolved. But it was a Demonware server that died. Causing mass error messages to Sony's presence server...

MW2 PS3 Network Down - Infinity Ward tries to blame Sony

Today, the day the STEAM PC Modern Warfare 2 Customers finally had their release day, the IWNet server(s) stopped functioning correctly.

PC players experiencing  troubles when connecting to IWNet. When you click PLAY on the multiplayer screen you just get this "Please Wait: Connecting to IWNet"  And it stays that way. We don't talking about new players. Can be all worked fine and suddenly it is "GAME OVER".

So if IWNet worked for you... don't touch anything. The problem is on Infinity Ward's side.

It's the second time Activision publishes a CoD title without providing the consumers with sufficient Master Server capacity.

We'll report when there is any "official" confirmation or information.



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by Joe Martin

So then, Modern Warfare 2 - after all the hype, are you any good?


The first thing you need to know about Modern Warfare 2 is that the single player campaign is utterly fantastic and provides a rollercoaster ride that, while on fairly obvious rails, is so exciting you'll blow through it in no time.

The second thing you need to know about Modern Warfare 2 is that the multiplayer isn't as good as it used to be - on the PC version, at least - thanks mainly to the introduction of a new multiplayer framework. Dubbed IWNet, the new system has replaced dedicated servers with P2P match-making, zero mod support and far fewer customisation options.

In layman's talk that means that if you class yourself as a hardcore game player, the type of person who likes custom maps and playing with a clan, then you'll probably not like Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer.

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