(Photo: Courtesy Global Conflict)
Do your matches in Battlefield sometimes feel pointless? Sure, you can win or lose a match, but what does that matter in the long run? Fortunately, for ten years running there has been a fan-driven effort to make Battlefield games feel even more complete and strategic.
Global Conflict is a tournament community devoted to the Battlefield franchise. They started with Battlefield 1942 and continue on to the most recent installment of the franchise. Using private servers they have managed to create something amazing and deep.
The campaign has been described as two parts Battlefield, one part Risk. There is a large map set up, and two opposing factions vie for territories in 32v32 battles. Every Saturday and on the occasional Tuesday the two teams hash out their battles. At the end of the day the results are tallied and new borders are drawn on the map.
How is this all set up? With a definitive command structure and a very effective use of TeamSpeak. Players are expected to actually follow orders and work for the betterment of the team as opposed to the individual. Following orders and doing well for the team will help you advance in rank, earning medals and promotions. It's less a matter of individual skill, and more a matter of team cohesion.
These campaigns promise to create that realistic battle experience often touted as the reason some gamers choose this franchise over Call of Duty. Alpha-male personalities take a backseat in this structured battle setting. Matches aren't decided by a matter of k/d, but by strategic placements. In this campaign, players get to feel like they have a stake in winning or losing overall.
With ten years and 20 campaigns worth of experience under their belts, it's certainly an established community and surprisingly well run for a fan-created endeavor. The next battle is in four days. Will you be fighting?