Dedicated Servers in Call of Duty: Black Ops? You Betcha

Nathan Grayson

Last year, Modern Warfare 2 attempted to permanently pull the plug on dedicated servers . “Bad Infinity Ward! Bad!” PC gamers shouted in response. “Don’t make us roll up this Internet petition and hit you on the nose with it!” Fortunately, Treyarch is not Infinity Ward. Treyarch has apparently played a multiplayer PC game before.

"I think dedicated servers are excellent. I don't see any reason not to [include] them unless... well, I just don't see any reason not to,” said Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia .

"We do work very hard to reconcile the desire to manipulate and modify those dedicated servers with offering them the persistent experience and benefits that the console system provides,” he added.

So best of both worlds, basically. Which is a good thing, because we really don’t know how to Internet petition harder than we did last time – short of tying it to a brick, throwing it through a window, and kidnapping/hoping it hits Activision president Bobby Kotick. Which would be fun, admittedly, but if Bobby Kotick fires men who make him billions of dollars, just think about what he’d do to kidnappers. Yeah.

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