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DICE threatens permanent bans for users of color-editing Battlefield 3 mod


Tinkering Battlefield 3 soldiers released a mod today allowing tweaks to the displayed color levels, with the most dramatic result involving the suffusion of the pervasive blue-tinged gradient into supposedly more natural colors. The sample photo album and comparison video definitely show a stark difference between stock and modified visuals, but when asked for his input on the mod, Battlefield 3 gameplay designer Gustav Halling said it was “too colorful” and warned of possible permanent bans for users.

“[It's] too colorful,” Halling tweeted. “Also, I wouldn’t use those hacks if you don’t want a permanent ban on your account. FYI warning.”

A few posters on a reddit thread discussing the mod claim they’ve already met bans for using the program. Although the notion of DICE hefting its ban-hammer over Battlefield 3 becoming too colorful seems absurd on the surface, the company is clearly adamant about protecting the competitive standards set in the unmodified game, where filters and gradients could potentially figure into each map’s overall balance.

Try out the mod if you want with the link below at your own risk of being perm banned.

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4 Comments

Can see the point if it gives players an unfair advantage, but if not its crap , look what we've come to from the mods of bf2 age, (some as good as the main game). Furthermore the dev actually comments its to colourful , very petty and seems to make the game look good, they could at least let people run these small mods on non ranked servers and see how it goes.
First it was there is no longer a modding community for games in the PC world, now it's bringing out the ban hammer for those who want to mod the game. DICE is getting shitter by the day. Cheers EA!
I can't really blame DICE here. The way the modder implemented the mod triggers punkbuster and just like with almost every other online game (including ArmA) you have to be careful with the way you implement mods or they will get mistaken for hacks and you will get banned.
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blackbishop
Nov 21 2012 07:48 PM
DICE could easily make a workaround for that, but they really want to ban users than mod their game.

They will allow the "color mod features" by themselves so you don't need to ask for mod support for their game.
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