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Call of Duty: Black Ops Getting Dedicated Servers

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So, dedicated servers are back. But are they good enough?

One of the big complaints against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is that it does not allow players to run their own dedicated servers. The complaints appear to have been heard by Treyarch, who is working on Call of Duty: Black Ops – but the solution may not please everyone.

Activision and Treyarch studios have come to an agreement with GameServers.com, making it the exclusive dedicated server provider. This means that anyone can make a dedicated server for Black Ops, as long as it is with GameServers.com.

Ranked servers with an 18 player limit run at $14.95 per month, while unranked servers will cost $0.99 per player spot up to a maximum of 24 players at a time.

Outside of the rented servers from GameServers.com, Treyarch will also be running its own fleet of dedicated servers.

"If players want to run a dedicated Ranked or Unranked server on the PC, they will have to rent one through GameServers," Olin told IGN. "Treyarch will be providing a fleet of 'Day-1 Servers' (through GameServers) which will be up and operational on November 9th.

"Nobody will have to rent a dedicated server through GameServers in order to play the game," says Olin. "But for anybody who wants to run their own server, it will be run from GameServers.com."

Olin added that this partnership adds the advantage of much more effective anti-cheating and hacking moderation.

"If you rent a server, you will still have the ability to Kick, Ban, and Configure it the way you see fit," Olin added. "Of course Ranked servers will have some set configurations that can't be messed with; but you will still have the power to administrate your servers as a customer of GameServers."

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    darkchazz , September 14, 2010 1:20 PM
    MW2 on pc is filled with hackers , IW did a shitty job releasing a broken game.
    Wallhack , aimbot , 10th prestige , no recoil , moded lobbies.
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    noodlegts , September 14, 2010 1:11 PM
    Better than nothing I guess. More than anything I just want to be able to pick the map I'm playing on, kick cheaters, and not have the game stop half-way because someone left. This plan achieves that... so I'm satisfied.

    I know for some folks this won't be enough though.
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    kilthas_th , September 14, 2010 2:18 PM
    COD:BO! Now featuring features formerly featured!
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    noodlegts , September 14, 2010 1:11 PM
    Better than nothing I guess. More than anything I just want to be able to pick the map I'm playing on, kick cheaters, and not have the game stop half-way because someone left. This plan achieves that... so I'm satisfied.

    I know for some folks this won't be enough though.
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    darkchazz , September 14, 2010 1:20 PM
    MW2 on pc is filled with hackers , IW did a shitty job releasing a broken game.
    Wallhack , aimbot , 10th prestige , no recoil , moded lobbies.
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    Mr Pizza , September 14, 2010 1:20 PM
    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    insider3 , September 14, 2010 1:22 PM
    Goood! No more waiting for a new host, no more having to deal with the obvious hackers for the entire map, no more not being allowed to choose maps, and finally..finally, we can set up scrims against other clans a lot easier.
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    insider3 , September 14, 2010 1:23 PM
    darkchazzMW2 on pc is filled with hackers , IW did a shitty job releasing a broken game.Wallhack , aimbot , 10th prestige , no recoil , moded lobbies.


    Agreed, I love how they said VAC was going to do a good job at banning hackers. It seems like there's one or two in every game.
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    beans4you , September 14, 2010 1:25 PM
    Yeah.. not bad. I guess. I just exited codmw2 before posting, clearly someone with no life is hacking the game at 9:30am.. seriously its just a matter of time before Black OPS gets plagued by the same retarded people. It's really not that great of a game to pay for servers yet if your hardcore all the power to ya!
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    unrealpinky , September 14, 2010 1:27 PM
    Screw them. Gameservers are horrible in their support in troubleshooting issues and was glad to get rid of them and moved to a my own dedicated server colocated at a datacenter. This is still a huge "slap-in-the-face" for clans and other PC game enthusiasts that pour their money and time to create and control all aspects of their gaming experience. Another Call of Duty title to skip.
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    theshonen8899 , September 14, 2010 1:29 PM
    zipzoomflyhighThe problem is people like you kick people who are good, just because you get frustrated and THINK the person is cheating.


    I have never seen someone who wasn't hacking get kicked. Most people will ignore a vote if they don't suspect anything.
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    De La NoChe , September 14, 2010 1:29 PM
    I cant wait!!! I hope they left knife throwing in there. That is my favorite weapon :)  !

    www.youtube.com/delanoche21 = Some Good Kill Cam Knife Throws (legit using eyefnity (three monitors))

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    Anonymous , September 14, 2010 1:30 PM
    Now, they search the way to say "We are giving you dedicated servers" while also making money. Activision style.
    I wonder, what will happen to someone like me who lives in Spain, if I will be forced to play in foreign servers with higher ping because I can't rent CoD servers in my own country.
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    Trueno07 , September 14, 2010 1:34 PM
    I can't tell if this is Better or worse. I'll go with "getting there, but not as good as BF3 will be"
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    djmpsf , September 14, 2010 1:35 PM
    Wow, nice job on keeping up on the news. This info was out almost two weeks ago. I guess you had to wait until IGN posted the video interview they did at the Sept 1st MP reveal event.

    FYI, Treyarch has stated that the final max player #'s have yet to be finalized for both ranked and unranked servers.
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    ulysses35 , September 14, 2010 1:52 PM
    I confess I play the COD series on a console (yes i know its not graphically as good) and the console version seems harder for hackers to cheat in the games. I cant see a lot of people paying for dedicated servers - this will do nothing but deter PC gamers from buying the game.

    Agreed with the comments on hackers / cheaters / glitchers though. MW2 Fuel map - the rock that every sad SOB runs to hide under with a sniper rifle... why cant IW patch the game to get rid of this
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    thechief73 , September 14, 2010 1:57 PM
    An obvious step in the right direction. As a PC gamer I have totally ignored the online play of any COD:MW game due to the terrible cheating and obvious other flaws. I admit I am interested in playing this game but I going to take a wait and see approch to this one as well.
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    itadakimasu , September 14, 2010 2:00 PM
    I see they're trying to get people to buy this game.

    I saw a demo of the new game modes and really liked it, but then i thought about how crappy my mw2 experience was. You can't even play mw2 online w\ pc anymore. Last time i logged in, i was stuck in a horrible hacked server and couldn't get to any other server...

    I'm still not blowing more than $30 on this.
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    decepticon , September 14, 2010 2:10 PM
    So no LAN play at large LAN parties. Oh well, there goes that fanbase.
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    fausto , September 14, 2010 2:13 PM
    darkchazzMW2 on pc is filled with hackers , IW did a shitty job releasing a broken game.Wallhack , aimbot , 10th prestige , no recoil , moded lobbies.



    i quit playing mw2 because of the hacks.
    one 1 time have i had to deal with a hacker in bfbc2 and the admin kicked/banned him.

    spectate mode is a must
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    fausto , September 14, 2010 2:15 PM
    ulysses35I confess I play the COD series on a console (yes i know its not graphically as good) and the console version seems harder for hackers to cheat in the games. I cant see a lot of people paying for dedicated servers - this will do nothing but deter PC gamers from buying the game.Agreed with the comments on hackers / cheaters / glitchers though. MW2 Fuel map - the rock that every sad SOB runs to hide under with a sniper rifle... why cant IW patch the game to get rid of this


    dude...do you know anything about dedicated servers?
    BFBC2 has so many of them that EA isn't running a single one. I don't think we have to worry about the number of servers to play in.
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    fausto , September 14, 2010 2:16 PM
    unrealpinkyScrew them. Gameservers are horrible in their support in troubleshooting issues and was glad to get rid of them and moved to a my own dedicated server colocated at a datacenter. This is still a huge "slap-in-the-face" for clans and other PC game enthusiasts that pour their money and time to create and control all aspects of their gaming experience. Another Call of Duty title to skip.



    yes, it's total bullshit that they sign an exclusive deal. Battlefield has never done that.
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