Wednesday, September 28th 2011

Electronic Arts' Massive 2012 $1.6m Battlefield 3 Tournament: Consoles Yes, PC No

While PC gamers are getting understandably excited about one of the year's biggest releases, which is guaranteed to have standards-setting graphics at least, there's a kick in the teeth waiting just around the corner. EA and Virgin Gaming have teamed up to launch a massive BF3 contest with $1.6m in cash and prizes - for consoles only. Yes, you read that right. And the reason? Consoles are the "gold standard". That's the aging console platforms reported on TechPowerUp a few days ago. GameStop's president Tony Bartel said in an interview with IndustryGamers:
We continue to believe that the console is a strong platform and will continue to be the gold standard.
The competition website excitingly states:
The biggest, most realistic, room-shaking FPS ever demands a tournament that will always be remembered,” the contest’s sign-up page brags. “That's why Virgin Gaming, and EA DICE have come together to bring you an online competition you'll be telling your grandkids about. So strap on your boots and check your magazine—when the spoils of war are this rich, you can bet things are gonna get messy.
That page then goes on to include links for PS3 & XBOX360 to register, but not the lowly PC. On top of that, it won't even be available on Steam, but gamers will instead have to sign up for the competing EA Origin platform.

This strategy appears to make no sense. Why spend all that money on developing the game only to alienate a massive market segment, even if it's perceived to not be as big as the console one? It will very likely sell massively well to PC gamers regardless, but wouldn't it have made even more dollars by not artificially restricting the competition like this? This goes to show the arrogance and contempt that some big companies show towards their customers and EA is no stranger to controversy, restrictive DRM issues being a major source.Source: Maximum PC
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129 Comments on Electronic Arts' Massive 2012 $1.6m Battlefield 3 Tournament: Consoles Yes, PC No

#1
exodusprime1337
whatever.. i'm still getting this game.. been waiting a long itme for it
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#2
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
They're not worried about PC sales of the game, they're worried about console sales. XD
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#3
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
well beta users proved there spec sheet wrong dave you can run it on ultra with a single 5850 just the fps is 30 give or take far below what we consider optimal but something like 460 SLI or 5830 xfire should give around 45-55fps and a single 6950 or 6970 570 or 580 should be in around 40-50 on a single gpu so its not that bad really

from what the Beta shows graphics wise Medium settings in BF3 looks about the same as BC2 does at ultra. still its a slap in the face lol much to my amusement
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#4
Isenstaedt
This is why Valve and Blizzard are my favorite video game developers.
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#5
NC37
Why are we all raging about a tourney being console only and some silly comments by a numbnut paid to say them?

We all know what is better, we aren't 10yr old MW players. Really don't care what they say as long as they deliver a product that has hardcore mode so I can turn off the MW cheese.
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#7
Nemesis881
The geniuses at EA have done it again...:nutkick:
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#10
dank1983man420
Judging by the contest site itself and the web address of the contest site, Virgin Gaming is the main sponsor of this. I don't think even EA can justify to even coming close to giving that amount away in a contest, but Sir Richard Branson can. Plus Virgin gaming network is an established game "betting" site for console gamers already. That is why they don't have PC in the contest. It's up to the Virgin gaming site to add PC support. As bad as EA is, I'm sure they would include PC gamers if they could


Edit: Click on the round virgin gaming logo in the upper left corner of the contest webpage to bring you to the main site
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#11
f22a4bandit
dank1983man420 said:
Judging by the contest site itself and the web address of the contest site, Virgin Gaming is the main sponsor of this. I don't think even EA can justify to even coming close to giving that amount away in a contest, but Sir Richard Branson can. Plus Virgin gaming network is an established game "betting" site for console gamers already. That is why they don't have PC in the contest. It's up to the Virgin gaming site to add PC support. As bad as EA is, I'm sure they would include PC gamers if they could
I agree. Another point to add is that consoles are standardized across the board, where as PCs vary from user to user. Sure, it sucks that PCs aren't included, but then again, it is Virgin taking care of the tournament so they can do what they want.
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#14
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
glad i didnt buy into the hype. no bf3 for me.
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#15
Zubasa
Isenstaedt said:
This is why Valve and Blizzard are my favorite video game developers.
Given that it is now Activision Blizzard :shadedshu
Ironically EA and Activision are competing in the Douche Bag publisher cup, and EA is slowly winning the battle.
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#16
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
I think one needn't read too much into this. Consoles are dominated by Call of Duty franchise, Battlefield really needs inroads into that platform. Hence this sucking up to consoles. They know they have their PC base secure.

It's not like the PC and Console versions of Battlefield 3 look and feel the same, PC gamers are in for a superior experience. CoD gives you the same DX9+pewpew sound bullcrap you're used to since 2006.
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#17
Spaceman Spiff
nc37 said:
really don't care what they say as long as they deliver a product that has hardcore mode so i can turn off the mw cheese.
+1
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#18
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Zubasa said:
Given that it is now Activision Blizzard :shadedshu
Ironically EA and Activision are competing in the Douche Bag publisher cup, and EA is slowly winning the battle.
What about Ubisoft? XD
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#19
nINJAkECIL
crazyeyesreaper said:
well beta users proved there spec sheet wrong dave you can run it on ultra with a single 5850 just the fps is 30 give or take far below what we consider optimal but something like 460 SLI or 5830 xfire should give around 45-55fps and a single 6950 or 6970 570 or 580 should be in around 40-50 on a single gpu so its not that bad really

from what the Beta shows graphics wise Medium settings in BF3 looks about the same as BC2 does at ultra. still its a slap in the face lol much to my amusement
makes you wondering what kind of 'standard settings' used in consoles.lol.
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#20
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
As high as they can go without dropping below 30 fps. That's the "gold standard" for consoles.
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#21
erixx
I may still play DICE studio games, but for sure I am gonna paint black all the EA logos in the game! :-/
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#22
[H]@RD5TUFF
imitation said:
Fuck EA! I'm not buying it!
Ditto:nutkick:
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#23
63jax
just call them EA and leave them alone:respect:
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#24
wickerman
I like how they call the consoles the "gold standard" especially after they admitted to cutting the game down by a huge margin just to get it to run on the consoles. You'll get half the player count per server, if not less than half. You get weaker visuals, crappy draw distance, lower quality textures, and probably sacrifice much of the destructible environment. It's bad enough that in this "HD" age most console games only run 720p, and a lot dont even run that...they run like 1024x600 since they are under such resource restrictions. Sad day when an ipad/android tablets run games at the same or higher resolution :p

It seems completely retarded for development houses to take so much money from companies like Intel, AMD, and Nvidia as part of their advertising programs if they go around saying the PC is not the gold standard. These companies want us to buy their big expensive high return products, thats the whole reason they give money to dev teams... If they wanna focus on consoles, let microsoft and sony foot the bill. Don't think ATI and Nvidia are getting much return these days given that everyone and their mother has a console by now if they ever had any intention of buying one :p
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#25
ViperXTR
nc37 said:
why are we all raging about a tourney being console only and some silly comments by a numbnut paid to say them?

We all know what is better, we aren't 10yr old mw players. Really don't care what they say as long as they deliver a product that has hardcore mode so i can turn off the mw cheese.
nc37 said:
i think one needn't read too much into this. Consoles are dominated by call of duty franchise, battlefield really needs inroads into that platform. Hence this sucking up to consoles. They know they have their pc base secure.

It's not like the pc and console versions of battlefield 3 look and feel the same, pc gamers are in for a superior experience. Cod gives you the same dx9 pewpew sound bullcrap you're used to since 2006.
+1
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