BF3: Extending The Fun
I was talking to Johann on Sunday evening and he voiced some frustrations with the squad system and community gaming, specifically as regards to getting a squad/party together in a single room. The fact is, more often than not, when we jump on and want try to join with our friends this is what happens:
1. XBL Party system doesn’t let us all jump into an 8 person party. So, we spend the first 20+ minutes just trying to party up, sending frustrated XBL text and voice messages back and forth, some doing so while playing!
2. When we do finally get into a party, four emissaries, as it were, jump into an almost empty room and secure a spot for the remaining members of the party.
3. The BF3 lobby system splits up the four emissaries, not just into different squads, but on opposite teams.
4. The emissaries scramble to get on the same team while the remaining party members try to join their game with not even a hope of getting on the same team.
5. In the meantime, XBL party chat breaks down and everyone is tossed like sticks in the wind. Some are able to rejoin the party, others not. More time is spent sending out party invites all the while trying to get on the same team and simultaneously play the game.
6. Inevitably, a straggler pops online and we all try to get that special friend in the room, too.
7. Party chat still isn’t working, so we abandon it and go to game chat. Ah, finally it works (but none of us can hear all of us).
8. Friend X has to go for whatever reason. We scramble again to say our byes, and get the 9th friend to fill the open position.
9. Our team wins or loses the match while several of the players were so busy in the dashboard they didn’t even get a chance to play.
9a. At this point, 30 to 60+ minutes later, we still may not all be in the same room playing together.
9b. Some of the players are experiencing extreme lag. The question is asked whether we should bail to try and find a new room. LOL
All of this is exacerbated by untimely but very necessary piss/snack breaks, and broke ass headsets that cut in and out, that we have all spent a fortune on in an effort to make communication easier.
Can you relate? That has happened almost every time I have tried to play BF3. Proposal after the jump.
So, I was thinking that maybe we should just try to get into parties and games that our friends are already playing. No more pulling people out to “party up”. Wanna play with someone, join on them. Over the course of a couple of rounds, eventually everyone will be able to get in the room, and eventually everyone may even be able to get on the same team. If not, c’est la vie. No problem. Roll with it and play with (or against) whomever you can. What do you think?
I know that some of us have very limited time budgets, and it is doubly frustrating when most of the time is spent just trying to start gaming.
Aside, the awesome posters above are from Battlefieldo.com. Brilliant if you ask me. Love it!