Heh, They Really Called It “Battlelog”

I suppose I should have got over finding that funny by now, but I really haven’t. Anyway, the folks from EA/DICE are keen to talk about how the web-based game launcher system will be enabling your game functionality in the online infospace matrix we call The Big Hook Up for Battlefield 4. This next Battlefield game is, of course, out on October 29th, and I am looking forward to my inevitable descent into assault rifle sports for the following month.

But yes, Battlelog explained, below.


  1. Bishop says:

    Basically the same thing they have now but for consoles too. Also ever month or so the website will wipe out all your loadouts and customizations so you can put them all in again! Yay!

    • Flopper says:

      YAWN! Planetside 2 > Battlefield 4

      The only thing BF4 has on PS2 is graphics which is only possible because their maps are as tiny as a gnats dick compared to PS2.

      Also PS2 is free.99

      Can’t beat that with a stick!

  2. Unrein says:

    *snicker* *snort*

  3. Boothie says:

    Dont get why people were always so down on on Battlelog in bf3, the service seemed to work well enough and while the extreme connection time it took for me to get into a server was bad atleast i didnt have to watch a loadingscreen for the duration of it. Origin might keep me from BF4 tho, its not you origin its me, steam was simply here first, and it has always been there for me

    • DrGonzo says:

      I don’t think it’s particularly bad either. I dislike Origin, as it just doesn’t seem to work very well. But launching straight to a server from windows is a better way of doing things, and I much prefer their web based browser to steams, as that one never seems to work for me.

    • wolfinexile says:

      1. When you want to change to another server, you have to exit the entire game, and start it up again when you join a new server. Every single frickin’ time.

      2. They only “officially” support Google Chrome and Firefox. Other browsers like IE, Opera etc. are not supported, and often get glitchy when they update their browser plugin if you run on anything other than Chrome or Firefox.

      3. Even on Chrome or Firefox, it glitches. Your loadouts get reset now and then, the server ping indicator for me has never worked, it sometimes doesn’t update when friends are online or have gone offline.

      Its bad enough that they are too lazy to make the server functionality built into the game, but the lack of support for browsers when they insist on using a browser for their “battlelog” is just plain irresponsible. To top it all off, they require you to install a browser plugin just to be able to use the battlelog properly.

      I don’t like being forced to run my browser AND Origin, AND the bloody game at the same time. All this browser nonsense in BF3 is the main reason why i’m not going to buy BF4 since they’re continuing with it, instead of having a proper built-in system. This gimmicky smartphone/tablet thing doesn’t help at all.

      • Zanpa says:

        There will be a server browser in game in BF4.

      • DrGonzo says:

        I don’t seem to have those issues, and it works fine in IE for me at least. Having to quit the game isn’t an issue either. It loads in the background, and I would be quitting and then having to reload the assets regardless of whether I quit out to windows or just an in game menu.

        As for the all the Origin stuff, I completely agree, it’s proper balls.

      • derbefrier says:

        2 and 3 may be true(though i never had any issues) but number one is BS. I’d bet money the difference in loading times from battlelog to playing or from a regular broswer to playing are pretty small. without battlelog you would have to load the game up sitting though the usual logos ,menu load times etc.., then choose a server browser from the menu, then find a server and then load the actual game. With battle log you just open the browser take a few seconds to pick a server and load the game. Maybe its just me but it sounds like your just nitpicking on number 1 and don’t like it simply because its different and your imagining this horrible hardship you have to go through with battlelog in an attempt to rationalize it.

        • SkittleDiddler says:

          My experience with joining a match in BF3 goes like this:

          1- start Origin (3-5 seconds),
          2- wait for Origin updates (0-30 seconds),
          3- wait for browser to finish loading Battlelog (8 seconds),
          4- remember to change loadouts in case Battlelog randomly reset them (2-20 seconds),
          5- switch to Multiplayer tab and check to make sure Battlelog didn’t reset personalized server options (2 seconds),
          6- redo personalized server options if #5 proves prophetic (15-25 seconds),
          7- save and reset and wait for Battlelog to load new settings and browser list (5-10 seconds),
          8- choose best server and click on join game (5-15 seconds),
          9- wait for Battlelog to boot up connection info (20-30 seconds, if at all),
          10- say hello to load screen and wait for game to finish loading (up to 20 seconds),
          11- check loadout list to make sure Battlelog actually recognized everything I did in #4 (2-20 seconds),
          12- finally join game only to find out my team has already lost the match (1 second of realization),
          13- exit game and repeat steps #4-12.

          Battlelog may not be the abortion a lot of people claim it is, but it’s responsible for another series of fucking hurdles to jump over in order to play BF3.

          I feel fortunate that I won’t be experiencing Battlelog in BF4.

          • Misnomer says:

            Now do that same list with an ingame browser. Make sure you include the logo wait time. And no cheating, since you refused to change your kit in-game for BF3 you must customize your kit from the menu on whichever game you use.

            I would recommend using TF2 for a fair comparison since that is oft held up as everything PC FPS gaming should be.

          • SkittleDiddler says:

            Misnomer, what’s the point of making comparisons with games that use in-game server menus? Very few games out there make use of an external browser-based server menu, so feel free to track some of those down and we’ll crunch the numbers.

            And what are you on about when you write “since you refused to change your kit in-game for BF3”? Sure, its’seasy enough to ignore the Loadout screen in Battlelog, but that’s not the point — if DICE are going to implement a feature, shouldn’t it work as intended instead of randomly resetting? Don’t blame me for that shit.

          • TormDK says:

            That must suck.

            My experience with battle log is as follows:

            1: Click Battlelog on favorites in the browser.
            2: Find a server to join
            3: Play the game.

            Sure, there were patches every 2-3 months, but they were always announced ahead of time and Origin always gave me excellent download speeds so it’s a non issue.

            So I’m looking forward to seeing how it will evolve in BF4. Might have to pick up another screen for the mini map part alone if it’s well implemented.

          • Smoky_the_Bear says:

            I don’t find battlelog that bad but there are a couple of things that are fucking annoying.
            At the start it was broken and would regularly lock up and crash the browser.
            The other issue I have is that it doesn’t load up all the servers in the list for your given filters, you have to manually scroll down a bunch of times to see all the games that are available, long winded and fucking stupid tbh.

        • Misnomer says:

          The point is that you are needlessly hostile to it so are trying to make it sound worse than the alternative without really comparing it to anything. If you want to compare it to a browser game like World of Tanks, then do that in your post. I am willing to bet the times come up pretty similar.

          For example. I am watching something on TV and feel like messing with my loadouts. In TF2 I have to boot the game, navigate to each class and change the items. In Battlelog I can just go to the website, log in and change all of it at once. Far quicker and easier right?

          The question is what you are trying to do. If you are trying to quickly set you guns before your next spawn, then on PC you probably are going to want to do that through the ingame menus. If you are trying to set up before getting into the game, then you are comparing it to games where you have to use another menu (like TF2’s) to setup your character before getting in.

          If you compare those times, then what you describe isn’t so bad. Mostly the bugs with keeping settings are the issue (and those are in TF2 sometimes as well).

          • SkittleDiddler says:

            I apologize for coming off hostile, but I haven’t been able to play a full match of BF3 for almost seven months now because of constant CTDs, and it seems likely at this point (after months of back-and-forth tech banter with EA support) that Battlelog is the culprit. Throw that into the list I posted above and maybe you can understand why I’m so frustrated with Battlelog.

            Still, I don’t see what comparing DICE’s server browser to other setups is going to accomplish here. I don’t play World of Tanks, and I barely play TF2 anymore; my main concern is Battlelog and the effect it has on my overall experience with Battlefield 3.

          • Strazz says:

            @Misnomer, what do you mean by a “browser game like World of Tanks”? Don’t recall being able to play that game through a web browser.

        • johnnyan says:

          What you say is kinda stupid, probably as stupid as closing the game and loading it again to change a freakin map…
          Battlelog is a truly retarded concept but hey, who am I to fight evolution in videogames?

          (This was addressed to derbefrier…)

      • Tarvis says:

        You do know you can just alt-tab out to pick a new server and not have to exit, right?

    • Ninja Foodstuff says:

      Funny you should ask! I fired up BF3 today to continue my ongoing slog through the campaign (which I’m enduring solely for the sake of gawping at the incredible visuals). Anyway!
      Launching it required me to launch Origin, then Chrome, and then I was prompted to download a plugin (which I’ve previously done on several ocassions), install the plugin, then scan the page for the button to launch the campaign (it’s right where you’d expect it, on the lower right-hand-side of the page).

      Then, despite having the checkbox ticked, I have to bring the game to the foreground.

      As to why this is a problem, it’s because it’s completely unnecessary! It’s as offensive as those DVDs that have unskippable trailers for films that came out years ago that proved to be mighty flops.

      I get that EA wants to do everything in its power to shovel its drek into my eyeballs at all times, but it’s too much. If I want to feel miserable about the world, I’d rather find the latest free game on ios.

      But they won’t stop, not even when I give up and just redirect my wages into their corporate bank account, when I am strung out from not being able to sleep from seeing the high-contrast EA logo even when I close my eyes, like some after-image that won’t fade, and I have carved “challenge everything” into every available square inch on my body, and I have nothing left to give, but still they want more, they want to tell me more about their exciting shit that no-one cares about, not even me, their one remaining customer who barely has the strength to prop myself up on the sofa and click buttons to see what imaginary garbage I can buy for my imaginary dolls in the sims 3.

      I found it so offensive I actually said as much to one of the developers who was posting about what a technical marvel it was in a comments section, which is somewhat unprofessional of me.

      • Post-Internet Syndrome says:

        “Launching it required me to launch Origin, then Chrome, and then I was prompted to download a plugin (which I’ve previously done on several ocassions), install the plugin, then scan the page for the button to launch the campaign (it’s right where you’d expect it, on the lower right-hand-side of the page).”

        Now, I will agree that battlelog isn’t perfect.

        But come on: link to i.imgur.com

        How is that “lower right-hand-side of the page”?

        As for downloading the plugin, they occasionally update it, nothing strange about that. The Origin layer is definitely the weakest link, and the part which takes the most time if you weren’t already logged in. (Or sometimes if you were already logged in but inactive, the session has expired and stuff doesn’t work without telling you why.) Also, you are not required to launch origin and then chrome, since battlelog automatically starts origin and logs in for you.

        It’s worth noting that Origin is EA, not dice themselves.

        There are definitely problems with the setup, and a lot of straight up bugs. DICE are not gods, they make plenty mistakes and questionable decisions, but really people, get angry at the right things. I think battlelog works quite well. Having to go into a game to change graphics options is a weakness to be sure, but you would still have to go into a match to see the results; joining an empty server to deal with that stuff is a good idea anyway.

  4. DrGonzo says:

    Can I use my second screen as a second screen? Why would I want to be doing all this on my tablet, which would be slow and awkward?

    • Zanpa says:

      You can. It will probably just be a browser window with battlelog open, and not native dual screen support, however. But if it works, it’s fine.
      You can also use a separate laptop, for instance.

    • Gap Gen says:

      Also, remind me why if I die I can’t do all this shit on the screen that’s currently only showing my corpse flopping down some stairs? Or is it important to stare at many screens at once?

      EDIT: Oh, just saw Beernut’s comment. So +1 to that.

      • Smoky_the_Bear says:

        Must stare at multiple screens, EA is trying to increase multi-tasking in young males so we can stop women bleating on about how great they all are at it :-D

  5. Beernut says:

    I fail to see, why anyone would want to choose all the stuff on a tablet or smartphone instead of just using a menu on the screen they’re actually playing on (except for this rare “you’re on your way home and want to pre-setup the match”-occasion). And none of the shown features makes a good argument for the necessity to have PC-users launch the game through a browser. And reaching for your handheld device just to change your loadout? Weird…

    “And if you want to play on another server you don’t have to quit the game first, you can just… *shows how to choose via the handheld*”

    You know where you also don’t have to quit your game to change the server? Every other game with a decent ingame-menu-system!

    • darkChozo says:

      I’d assume the loadout-type stuff is mostly for just that; idle entertainment while commuting or whatever. Tweaking loadouts has a certain appeal to it and it’s nice not to need a client to do so, though it’s not exactly the most compelling feature to ever exist.

      A touch second screen would actually be pretty nice for map-related duties, mostly because the touch interface is actually pretty suited to interacting with maps. Think drawing paths on the map for tactical planning (*insert joke about BF3 tactics here*), or a commander mode that uses a drag and drop interface for doing commander-y things (much less clunky than a context menu-type interface, IMO).

      And I was actually going to mention the server thing before you rudely edit-interrupted me. Talk about solving self-created problems.

    • Post-Internet Syndrome says:

      The startup time for the game is very fast. What takes time is loading the map, and that happens even if the game is already running. Launching from the browser is no problem at all.

    • Ninja Foodstuff says:

      It’s because all the executives think gamers sit with an ipad on their lap whilst browsing facebook on their laptops whilst holding a gamepad, soda pop and chips tucked under their arms.

      Remember the revolutionary “smart glass” that let you use an xbox and an ipad at the same time, for the same thing? yeah.

      Now if only someone would build a clock into my toilet, I’d feel better about everything.

      • The Random One says:

        I’d feel better about my bowel movements, surely.

        It’d be called Timelog.

      • Universal Quitter says:

        I’m glad I’m not the only person baffled by what gaming and tech companies think are “advancements” in their industries.

        When I noticed the little twitter bird while playing Tropico 4, I almost threw my monitor out the window. It was very close to becoming the fax machine scene from Office Space.

    • Smoky_the_Bear says:

      Yeah tbh when I’m on my way home my first thoughts are “Gotta take a piss and grab a drink, maybe a shower, some food” not usually “MUST PLAY BATTLEFIELD, CANT WAIT THOSE EXTRA 30 SECONDS!!!! AAARRGGHH, WHAT SHALL I DO!!”

    • Tarvis says:

      You can alt-tab out to pick a new server without closing the game first.

      Don’t worry, I didn’t learn that until just a few days ago either.

  6. Gap Gen says:

    I don’t see this as a surprise. EA have been pushing hard for Battlelog for a long time now, and now it’s coming out they don’t want to wipe away all their work. I’m sure there will be some difficulties at first, and their servers may strain against the heavy loads, but this will only be a problem at release.

  7. Cytrom says:

    There are 2 reasons why battlelog exists:

    1, It is yet another layer of camouflaged DRM

    2, DICE is too lazy, incapable, and greedy to develope a proper server browser.

    Basically after making a proper hit detection and multiplayer synching system, server browsers are their second biggest weakness.. the third would be level design. And hiring a webdesigner to do their job is a lot easier and cheaper, than doing a proper browser.

    • darkChozo says:

      1 is a probably. 2 is just silly; speaking as a not-game developer, I’m guessing that putting a new menu into their game that already has a menu system is just a bit easier than developing a webapp that integrates with their game servers and their client software and offers way more functionality than just server browsing. It’s possibly misguided, but it’s probably not lazy.

      • DanMan says:

        Probably, but it’s also likely that they outsourced that part to another company.

        Anyway, i instantly liked Battlelog and still do. Even wrote some Userscripts for it (link to userscripts.org) – try doing that for an ingame browser. Doesn’t anyone remember Gamespy / All-Seeing Eye anymore?

  8. Keyrock says:

    BattleFace 4: Battlelog

  9. Dowr says:

    1:00 – 1:18; wouldn’t allowing me to open the load-out menu during the deathscreen be more user friendly than having to do so on a separate device?

    • Zanpa says:

      You can do both.
      On a console, it would probably be easier on a touchscreen than with your gamepad.

      • Post-Internet Syndrome says:

        No you can’t, and it’s been driving me nuts for the entire lifetime of bf3. I’m a bit of a fanboy and an apologist in many ways, but this and other similar interface issues are supremely annoying.

        • Unruly says:

          No, in BF3 you can definitely open the menus while you’re dead. You just can’t keep them open. As soon as anything on your screen changes, be it showing you your arm flopping around, showing that stupid gloat-cam bullcrap where it plasters your screen with whoever killed you, or changing over to the spawn screen, it decides to close any menu you currently have open without saving your changes. Because everyone loves having to redo things three times. And having to stare at your screen uselessly for 30 seconds, which would normally be the perfect time for small adjustments, is my idea of utmost fun.

  10. newguy2012 says:

    This is stupid. Battlelog turned me away from Battlefield. Launches you straight into the game with no possibility to adjust options or anything before you are in the match.

    Who sits on their phone or pad and watches Battlelog?? Make it the way it was in Bad Company 2, a proper server browser with the handy que function.

    • Zanpa says:

      There will be a “proper” server browser as well in BF4.

      • SkittleDiddler says:

        DICE are the masters of broken promises. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Misnomer says:

      Play MOH:Warfighter for a while then and see what it is like to have a proper browser and Battlelog. I honestly just use Battlelog when I play it now even though the MOH:W Battlelog implementation is only a quarter as good as the BF3 implementation.

      I agree with the people who complain about graphics settings and other things that you must be in a game to do. It seems silly to have to delay my first spawn or wait until I die to change settings (yes I know the Realmware editor works well for this and is safer than having a browser based plugin alter a file on my computer).

      Still, the benefits of Battlelog far outweigh that inconvenience. This new addition will make it even more useful. Finally someone taking advantage of our second screens and other devices.

    • TormDK says:

      There has never been a “proper server browser” in the battlefield franchise’s history – because they have all been crap in one form of another.

      Battlelog is a huge improvement over previous in-game server browsers. It has more options and loads much faster. I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements they could do due to the higher benchmarks on consoles.

  11. Sigh says:

    I like how the Battlefield theme song becomes more distorted with each new iteration. By Battlefield 7 it is just going to be the static of a dead radio station with infrequent thumps of bass and a faint undertone of nails on a chalkboard.

    • darkChozo says:

      The Second Law of Battlefieldthemedynamics states that as time goes to infinity, the Battlefield theme approaches a pure sine tone.

      • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

        I guess that is better than a pure tangent tone. I’m trying to imagine what that sounds like, but all I can think is that it might require infinite energy and frictionless, massless speaker to produce.

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          phuzz says:

          You could approximate it with a speaker, provided you didn’t destroy the speaker*, but a better approximation would be a series of explosions, or to put it another way, the sound of an automatic firearm.
          And so the cycle continues!

          * a pico-eletric buzzer might work

          • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

            No world-ending catastrophe as it hits the resonant frequency of everything one after the other, then tops it all off by hitting infinite Hz, which I suppose is a multiple of the resonant frequency of everything?


            *Crosses item off “doomsday devices” list*

        • Gap Gen says:

          Simple, just take the sound file and apply a Battlefield Fourier Transform.

          • Grargh says:

            Which isn’t all that simple when done on a log scale.

          • Gap Gen says:

            Are you and Custard related, perchance?

            EDIT: And it’s fine once you identify the logger rhythm.

          • darkChozo says:

            fᴮ(ξ) = ∫ f(x) e^-2DUH DUH DUH DUH DUH DUHbzzzt

          • Gap Gen says:

            fᴮ(ξ) = ∫ f(t) e^-2DUH DUH DUH DUH DUH DUHbzzzdt, surely.

            Also, I assume it’s sort of going in the opposite direction, and going from nice sine wave to big jagged square functions, like the sea near a cliff full of jagged rocks that doomed lovers can leap onto and break their fragile young bodies on, static tearing at pale limbs, tattered shirts billowing in the white noise.

          • darkChozo says:

            The Battlefield theme is actually so distorted at this point that it manifests physically whenever played, so you integrate over position (and definitely not because that’s the notation Wikipedia uses and I haven’t actually used that equation in ages).

            Also coincidentally, I think you just described a scene in BF4. Though it’s less lovers, more muscle-y guy who hits the rocks and the music screeches and he blacks out and wakes up to his squadmate or the antagonist du jour or something.

    • int says:

      Now I miss the old theme. More.

    • Renegade says:

      link to youtube.com Already got a preview of what BF5’s music will sound like.

  12. Lambchops says:

    Battlelog 2: WARFART

  13. DrScuttles says:

    They call that a battlelog? This is a battlelog!

  14. Freud says:

    Confession: I haven’t played a single Battlefield game after the Battlefield 1942 demo.

    • FurryLippedSquid says:

      Freudian slip.

    • Koozer says:

      Wake island. *shudder*

    • stupid_mcgee says:

      Confession: I played two rounds of the Battlefield 2 demo. I then played one round of the Quake Wars demo.

      I drove for 45 minutes to buy Quake Wars and played it religiously for 2 years straight.

      aside: I really wish Splash Damages hadn’t screwed up the launch of Brink.

  15. ffordesoon says:

    That EA have managed to convince otherwise intelligent human beings that Battlelog is in any way fun or necessary is just horrible.

    • Shooop says:

      Who says those people are actually otherwise intelligent?

      What kills me is how so many people refuse to see how similar it’s become to the CoD series they rag on so much. It’s like the only thing that differentiates a game for them are their names.

    • nearly says:

      I don’t think anyone genuinely believes that it’s fun or necessary? I don’t understand where you came up with that one.

      Playing a game that does things differently doesn’t mean you think an odd decision about the menus is fun or necessary but that you like the way the game plays.

      Besides, the Battlefield series has pretty much always needed the menu to load and has done so obscenely slowly. Now, it’s much faster. I really have had no reason to complain about the server browser and like the stat tracking. It opens a browser: so what?

    • TormDK says:

      It might not be necessary, but it is tons better than previous in-game server browsers in terms of features and speed.

      Not to mention the fact that the game itself supports alt-tabbing in and out without issues.

      • Kadayi says:

        I was a bit down on BL when BF3 first launched, however I must admit I quite liked the fact that you could browse all the stats etc outside of the game, as well as see what your friends were up to.

      • stupid_mcgee says:

        Woah… HOLD. THE. TELEGRAPH.

        It can alt-tab? What kind of futuristic sci-fi year 2000 bullshit is this!?

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  18. aircool says:

    Had enough of EA. I’ll give my money to someone who deserves it (currently FFG for their addictive X-Wing games and Eugen for the awesome Wargame: AirLand War).

    BF3 was pants, although it took about two weeks to realise it.

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  19. Super Oxymoron Girl says:

    I had to watch a long Always ad before seeing the actual clip – that’s just a Brazil level of weird juxtaposition. Thank you youtube for giving me what I really want; I obviously need more sanitary pads and less gamepads.

  20. Elevory says:

    Yay, touch-screen devices!!!

  21. Zyrocz says:

    I love how game developers are making you constantly be on your phone while playing games. As if people weren’t checking their phones enough, now you can also use it to see how well you’re doing in the game that’s already there infront of your eyes, on a bigger screen.

  22. Snoken says:

    Who needs that? Seriously, with EVEmon I get it but a shooter what is the f-ing point? What about some focus on creating a better game? One that is a bit more like BF2 without all the bullshit, the massive amounts of retarded gimmicks and insane effects? BF3 was not that good a game and this looks like it is going to be either the same or even worse. Way to ruin a franchise, blergh….

  23. goettel says:

    Not a hip thing to say, but it looks great.