I don't post much since the words typed seldom reach the ears of the intended audience but what the heck... I have some time to kill. I am the grandpa around here and have been with FPS games since the days of Mike Powell (goggle it if you are clueless). Only say that to frame the discussion to be I certainly can speak for what the "old timers" are looking for.
Now I realize that things like dogs with C4, nuke strikes, RC cars, 7x24 nuketown servers, and any other insane things man can dream up is hear to stay. So I am not here to argue the pros and cons of that crap in the game. What I am asking for is choices. Plain and simple, choices. What bothers me most about the franchise over the last few years is not adding all the extra "stuff" in the game to attract a larger audence. What is very troublesome is the fact that the developers have made a conscience decision to "lock" the game down, and basically say "play the game the way WE intend it to be played".
Now it appears there may be a slight crack in the door to see some change there, so anything I can do to encourage that I will. Also I am going to forgo the request for mod and map tools, since that is a given, and focus on what I believe would be very simple options that could be added in the game With that said, here is what we want...
A FPS game...you know a first PERSON shooter. We would like to have an option to set up a server where the people who do well get killed by another person who is skilled at shooting and is using tactics. I can sit on a BlackOps server now and get killed 20 times in a game, but less than 5 of those would come from a persons gun. Now don't tell mewe have that now with barebones because Barebones is not it.Here is the simple way to make this work.
1) Stop with the silly rank vs non-rank already. Servers should all be ranked, with the exception of modded servers. In other words you have ranked servers, and modded servers, that is all. The only reason to seperate these was to avoid people abusing the rank system and doing fast rank up. But we are not ADDING anything to a server, we are TAKING stuff AWAY. If a rank server has all perks and killstreaks available, and we set up a server that takes some of those things out how is that a problem?
2) Give us DVARS for; run speed, all weapons, perks, and killstreaks. Very simple. Let us set up RANKED servers that allow us to turn off things we do not want to use. Code in all the goofy laser guided, heat seeking, stealth, spawn killing missles you want and drop them from the space shuttle but for the love of Mike Powell PLEASE give us a way to TURN THEM OFF . As for run speed check out how many crouch only servers there are in BO right now. Why is that? It is the only way to control the insane run speed in the game that makes it so "run and gun".
That is all from me. My list is quite simple. If I can get on a hardcore server, with the ability to turn off kill streaks, I and hundreds of others would be in heaven.
Now to the offer. As I stated earlier, I have been around the community since MOHAA. I have been modding since the beginning. I know the scripts in this game up and down, and sideways. So I am offering to help you guys code in the DVARS. Send me the scripts and a NDA. I will add the DVARS to the code and send them back, for FREE. Why would I do that? Because as a coder I can tell you guys it would that several hours TOPS to do that code. The code for those DVARS has been around for years, and it is easy to do. And if this ever gets to a dev, you guys KNOW how to do this.
I am done... others can add to it, but honestly, this is a very simple list.