Kumbaya my lord....Kumbaya...
Last weekend was a revelation for me which was unexpected considering I was playing a 4 year old Battlefield game.
They call it a No-Kill server which is just like it sounds. You don't get to shoot anybody and if you do you get banned for an hour.
For most Battlefield games an hour ban effectively takes you out of the current match but not on a no-kill server. Considering that victory in most Battlefield games is predicated on diminishing the enemies' remaining tickets via kills, removing that mechanic makes for long matches.
Shotglass and I joined one such server Saturday night. From what we could tell the match had been going on for at least an hour but had only shown a loss of roughly a dozen or so tickets on either side.
It was a surreal experience for us and it took awhile to figure out how to score points without using violence.
Of course rule #1 is you can't kill anybody. You can give them a bit of a kick by throwing a round or two their way if you need somebody to move but that's about it. You score points via non-violent means such as capturing objectives, repairing vehicles and anything else that doesn't result in improving your K/D ratio.
To be honest, I thought it would be boring but it turned out to be anything but. It was very much a game of restraint and cooperation as teams vying for an objective would literally stack up on either side tantalizingly close to what could be a spectacular kill streak if only you could just pull that trigger.
Those who couldn't restrain themselves found swift retribution and knowing this was Battlefield 3, being kicked from a server effectively nullifies any gains from your moment of weakness. AKA:You won't get any stats for the kills.
This was a unique enough experience to capture on my TWITCH Channel so without further delay I present 2 hours of a Battlefield pillow-fight.
Peace out man!