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Free Battlefield 1942

The Battlefield Blog announces DICE is handing out free copies of Battlefield 1942 on Origin as part of their celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Battlefield series of military first-person shooters (thanks Charles). This is accompanied by an electronic art booklet for this Electronic Arts game, saying this "contains a number of concepts showing visual and gameplay targets that the DICE team had more than ten years ago when they set out to create the game of their dreams," though they also warn the 1920x1080 presentation weighs in at over 150 MB. There is an accompanying FAQ confirming this is a free release of the original game, that it does not include either of its expansions, that players of the free version cannot play in the same games as owners of the original on-disc version (though owners of the disc version can obviously get the free version), and that they are running public servers in addition to anyone's ability to run a dedicated server. Here's word:

We are very happy and proud to be able to give you Battlefield 1942, the game that started it all. Now available for free* on Origin as a digital download for the first time, everyone will be able to download and play this original PC game that helped define DICE and the multiplayer shooter genre.

Karl Magnus Troedsson, Vice President and General Manager of DICE, has a message to all of our fans:

“Since the beginning, the reception to the Battlefield series has been incredible thanks to our amazing fans. Every day, we strive to provide our community with great games and new ways to play as evident with Battlefield 3 Premium. We wanted to thank our fans who have supported us throughout the years with a chance to go back and play the game that started it all.”

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42. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 13:57 loomy
 
what the fuck is wrong with these people? GOSH!

they learned about splitting the community with the FIRST expansion pack. they've been splitting their communities ever since, and now this. how can you be so obtuse?
 
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41. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 09:44 RailWizard
 
Ant wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 08:27:
Did anyone tried old mods with it like Desert Combat? Do they work?

Who knows. It's all pretty pointless if this version and the retail version must treat each other like lepers. The expacks would be a pretty critical thing too. But fuck all that, EA want's a feel good moment and can't be bothered by the little shit us peons concern ourselves with.
 
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40. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 08:29 Verno
 
shihonage wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 23:35:
You saw my repeat mention of DRM and contrasted it with my original post, representing it as "WAHH", and implying that it didn't have DRM reference in the first place.

No, if you actually read my post I was quoting someone else who had quoted you. Besides, you specifically mentioned system resources so it's all moot
 
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39. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 08:27 Ant
 
Did anyone tried old mods with it like Desert Combat? Do they work?  
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38. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 08:05 Bet
 
GoGamer had this on sale practically the first week it was out for (punnily clever) $19.42 and free shipping, bought a few copies for friends and myself. Too bad they couldn't compete with digital distribution, but Steam sales have taken up the slack of cash saving game deals.

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37. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 06:54 RailWizard
 
ViRGE wrote on Nov 6, 2012, 06:39:
RailWizard wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 21:56:
ViRGE wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 21:16:
DangerDog wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 15:55:
Here is the explanation for why the origin version doesn't work with the disc based version.

MordorHQ Post #81
On the one hand this means the noobs getting it for free won't be flooding the existing servers, but it also means the existing 1942 community won't be getting any fresh blood. I have to wonder at this point whether everyone wouldn't just be better off on Origin.

Guess who's not coming to dinner....
I never did care for Desert Combat. I like my BF1942 like I like my ice cream: vanilla.

Nothing wrong with that.
 
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36. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 06:39 ViRGE
 
RailWizard wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 21:56:
ViRGE wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 21:16:
DangerDog wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 15:55:
Here is the explanation for why the origin version doesn't work with the disc based version.

MordorHQ Post #81
On the one hand this means the noobs getting it for free won't be flooding the existing servers, but it also means the existing 1942 community won't be getting any fresh blood. I have to wonder at this point whether everyone wouldn't just be better off on Origin.

Guess who's not coming to dinner....
I never did care for Desert Combat. I like my BF1942 like I like my ice cream: vanilla.
 
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35. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 05:48 Armengar
 
Too many other games to play. I'll pass ta.  
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34. removed Nov 6, 2012, 01:12 Hoop
 
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33. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 00:41 Prez
 
Everything else about Origin is equal or worse, though. But as one person noted, when everyone gets to do what they want, apparently no one opts for customer service.

That I have to concede - Valve's customer service with Steam was atrocious the few times I tried using them. Of course, the last time I tried EA's customer service was with Battlefield 2142 (when their downloader was simply called 'EADM') it was certainly nothing to write home about either, but admittedly that was a while ago.
 
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32. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 6, 2012, 00:23 netnerd85
 
Julio wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 17:18:
Won't that show everyone that 1942 was better than BF3?
But that's a good thing
 
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31. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 23:35 shihonage
 
Verno wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 16:16:
The guy who quoted you was and that's who I was responding to. If you read my post then you would know I even said it was in response to the general complaint about DD clients using system resources.

You saw my repeat mention of DRM and contrasted it with my original post, representing it as "WAHH", and implying that it didn't have DRM reference in the first place.

It did.

Please don't make this into a retarded circular argument, okay? It's what the plants crave.

Slick wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 19:18:
you know how much of a knob you're making yourself sound like right? So it's not okay for there to be any soft-drink companies out there that don't "conform" to the Coca-Cola specification...

anti-competition much? fucking commie! since when is competition bad for the consumer?

it's funny cause you come off sounding like the biggest STEAM corporate hack i've ever heard. how much money you make everytime you say that STEAM is the only service anyone should use? oh right, you're fighting AGAINST this stuff... riiiight...

Thank you for the effort, it truly made me smile. 8/10

 
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30. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 21:56 RailWizard
 
ViRGE wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 21:16:
DangerDog wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 15:55:
Here is the explanation for why the origin version doesn't work with the disc based version.

MordorHQ Post #81
On the one hand this means the noobs getting it for free won't be flooding the existing servers, but it also means the existing 1942 community won't be getting any fresh blood. I have to wonder at this point whether everyone wouldn't just be better off on Origin.

Guess who's not coming to dinner....
 
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29. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 21:50 Orogogus
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 20:40:
BF1942 had me hooked for months despite my lifelong aversion to multiplayer games; it was that good. Eventually though it got tiring have a 10 to 1 death:kill ratio.

As far as requiring Origin, however, no thanks. I don't buy into the whole conspiracy theorist silliness about it being malware or spyware (like Verno said, it functions similarly to Steam in that regard) or that it being from despicable EA makes it automatically bad per se. You really don't need to fabricate stuff to make Origin appear bad though; by simple factual comparison to Steam it sucks so bad that EA ought to be discounting games that require it by 50% just for users having to put up with it. It is awful in every sense of the word - every bit as bad as the horrid Games For Windows Live abomination to me, though not in exactly the same ways.

I'm not opposed to a viable competitor to Steam (choice is always good) but Origin isn't even in the same league as Steam. Even if it was, I'm a one-stop-shopping, all-my-eggs-in-one-basket kind of guy, so I'd be sticking with Steam regardless. EA is probably losing considerable money by not releasing all of their titles on Steam.

According to the PA forums Origin/EA's one strong point over Steam/Valve is customer service. If you have a problem EA's customer support gets you into live chat, and they often give you a free game for your trouble. Valve on the other hand is evidently staffed by automatons, accessible only by email, who take days to answer with canned responses that don't solve the problem.

One person bought Sid Meier's Railroads! and put it in his gift inventory, after which the game was cut from Steam; his gift was yanked and won't be coming back. People whose accounts were locked for any reason have basically no recourse.

Everything else about Origin is equal or worse, though. But as one person noted, when everyone gets to do what they want, apparently no one opts for customer service.
 
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28. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 21:16 ViRGE
 
DangerDog wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 15:55:
Here is the explanation for why the origin version doesn't work with the disc based version.

MordorHQ Post #81
On the one hand this means the noobs getting it for free won't be flooding the existing servers, but it also means the existing 1942 community won't be getting any fresh blood. I have to wonder at this point whether everyone wouldn't just be better off on Origin.
 
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27. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 20:58 Sepharo
 
J wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 14:26:
Now everybody can join in

I remember that one...
Reminded me too look up my favorite 1942 vid
 
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26. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 20:40 Prez
 
BF1942 had me hooked for months despite my lifelong aversion to multiplayer games; it was that good. Eventually though it got tiring have a 10 to 1 death:kill ratio.

As far as requiring Origin, however, no thanks. I don't buy into the whole conspiracy theorist silliness about it being malware or spyware (like Verno said, it functions similarly to Steam in that regard) or that it being from despicable EA makes it automatically bad per se. You really don't need to fabricate stuff to make Origin appear bad though; by simple factual comparison to Steam it sucks so bad that EA ought to be discounting games that require it by 50% just for users having to put up with it. It is awful in every sense of the word - every bit as bad as the horrid Games For Windows Live abomination to me, though not in exactly the same ways.

I'm not opposed to a viable competitor to Steam (choice is always good) but Origin isn't even in the same league as Steam. Even if it was, I'm a one-stop-shopping, all-my-eggs-in-one-basket kind of guy, so I'd be sticking with Steam regardless. EA is probably losing considerable money by not releasing all of their titles on Steam.

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25. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 19:18 Slick
 
shihonage wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 15:43:
Verno wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 14:51:
Yeah I don't really get that one either, seems like a spergy nitpick. The shittiest laptops still have 2GB of memory, people really need to let it go. I don't really care if Steam or Origin use 200MB of memory, I have more than the OS and an active game running can ever use. I care more about the info they collect than the resource footprint.

Yes, let's keep on telling big companies that it's OKAY to install their particular brands of remotely-updated DRM and potential malware(it's all about trust, right?) instead of having them conform to Steam. There's plenty of room in systray yet!

Yeah. To each their own.

you know how much of a knob you're making yourself sound like right? So it's not okay for there to be any soft-drink companies out there that don't "conform" to the Coca-Cola specification...

anti-competition much? fucking commie! since when is competition bad for the consumer?

it's funny cause you come off sounding like the biggest STEAM corporate hack i've ever heard. how much money you make everytime you say that STEAM is the only service anyone should use? oh right, you're fighting AGAINST this stuff... riiiight...
 
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24. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 19:15 Slick
 
killer_roach wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 14:42:
shihonage wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 14:21:
So they are still trying to get people to run their Steam knock-off next to Steam in systray huh.

I am not buying any games that use Origin exclusively. Conserving system resources and the amount of DRM shit that constantly runs in background.

Did you know that Dragon Age installs its own Windows Service just to d/l Dragon Age DLCs?

Uninstalled that too. But it left the service behind.

If you're that worried about Origin's system resource usage, shut down Steam when playing an Origin game. (Origin uses less resources anyway.)


THANK YOU@! someone finally has a working brain around here! STEAM uses more resources than ORIGIN, CHECK YOUR NUMBERS! FACT!
 
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23. Re: Free Battlefield 1942 Nov 5, 2012, 17:33 DangerDog
 
Julio wrote on Nov 5, 2012, 17:18:
Won't that show everyone that 1942 was better than BF3?

They wanted to add a blue filter to 1942 but ran out of time.
 
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