aR»Tau'ri Aug 25, 2012 @ 11:40am
Video Ad's in MOTD crashing game
So, as I am sure many of you in the L4D2 community have become aware, there have been some servers that decided to put video ad's into the MOTD, and when you go to hit OK to close the MOTD, instead you close the game by crashing to desktop, which is kind of disappointing. However, like any bug, I have (as I am sure plenty of you have) found a workaround, allow the video ad to finish, and THEN hit OK, which causes a slight hiccup in performance, but doesn't crash the game.

This is where things get interesting, I haven't documented this thoroughly, but it seems that these ad's are appearing on VALVe's own servers, and maybe this is just paranoia, but it seems to me that we are being forced to endure an entire advertisement in order to play our game...

Thoughts?
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Wonder Red Aug 27, 2012 @ 12:30am 
I've experienced this several times and it is really irritating. Valve should show their hand on this.

These ads only appear on community servers. Most commonly on xpmod servers.
Cold'er Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:30am 
There's a server-side cvar for MOTDS, motd_enabled. I wish they'd add a client-side cvar.
Frednose Aug 28, 2012 @ 1:22pm 
Like I wanna know that I can get Harpic Plus Loo Bleach while in a game...
Monkey Does Sep 5, 2012 @ 3:38am 
Well those MOTD ads are how servers get income. Being able to disable them in client would mean they can't pay what it costs to keep the server running. So really, we should complain to all those server owners who use video ads in their MOTDs.
aR»Tau'ri Sep 5, 2012 @ 7:17am 
Monkey Does, are you ♥♥♥♥ing high? what side of this are you on?
Aiden Warren Sep 6, 2012 @ 11:47am 
lol adds really? they doing adds now?
i hope the server ownders dont violate the adds (TOS) and privacy violations. cus some adds advertisements are forbidden on certain areas.

like more forums forbids adds (advertisements)

and what I know is some game hosting sites dont allow adds in games.
and using htl ebmed coding in the motd will jut cause the file to corrupt.
it happens alot on gameservers.com
ICS Sep 8, 2012 @ 12:46pm 
Pinion adds, that some server hosts use have/had an issue where client was crashing after seeing the add.

Though advertisements suck. Completely.
Aiden Warren R Sep 13, 2012 @ 3:22pm 
yea the pinion server are causing everyint to connect to it by using official server in lobby. and they name it official valve version lol.
and i been in two of them and they are both screwed up.
in dead center finale tanks spawns right after u get out of the elevator. and like zombies are constantly everywhere, and like specials are spawns constnantly. its just chaos.

and in sacrifice finale. no hordes, no specials, no tanks lol.
Flame Bishop Sep 14, 2012 @ 9:13am 
Game still crashes even if I wait for advert to finish :(
Lestat de Lioncourt Sep 14, 2012 @ 9:16am 
Ooooh... so many complaiments... Welcome to the club....
Flame Bishop Sep 14, 2012 @ 9:25am 
Keep this thread up top until Valve notices and fixes it. It's a very annoying and frequent problem, especially when your in an all friends match.
Yes I do! Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:20am 
yea the pinion server are causing everyint to connect to it by using official server in lobby. and they name it official valve version lol.
and i been in two of them and they are both screwed up.
in dead center finale tanks spawns right after u get out of the elevator.

Actually they are official servers. Valve dont have enough servers (they have repurposed some servers that used to be dedicated for l4d2 to other things) and have filled the gaps with agreements with things like pinion and such.

Also that tank spawn is perfectly normal.

Here is ChetF's post from the old SPUF regarding it.

Originally posted by ChetF:
A few select Pinion servers are running as official servers and being matched into if you choose official dedicated. We looked at where our official servers were lacking coverage in the USA and tried this experiment to see if we could provide a better experience for people in the middle of America.

They are running the unmodified vanilla game, so the experience should be the same as the Official servers, the only addition being the ad. It is an exchange - better coverage for the ad pop.

So knowing that, how was the experience? Were they better than you were getting for the previous official servers? Would you prefer to avoid them?

thanks

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2895311


On top of that however, just because it says official dedicated in the lobby, that doesnt mean that is what your joining. The host has a few ways to get the lobby to connect to whatever server he likes regardless, some servers stealthily add those configs to normal players, and there are even ways to redirect when you yourself are not the host.
Last edited by Yes I do!; Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:28am
Koreansk-Dansk Ryger (-。-)y-゜゜ Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:29am 
NEVER EVER had a problem and a crash with those Video Ads? Don't know what happens for you guys?
Yes I do! Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:38am 
Originally posted by Oda Nobunaga:
NEVER EVER had a problem and a crash with those Video Ads? Don't know what happens for you guys?

Some servers just crash your game if you dont watch the MOTD ad. I have always been told (and indeed suspected) that it is a stealthy "quit" command added in by the server owner, either by choice or stipulated by the sponsor, because it has the same effect. (try typing quit in your console, that is what happens)

Kind of like a "F.U. if you wont watch our ad!" kind of thing.
Koreansk-Dansk Ryger (-。-)y-゜゜ Sep 15, 2012 @ 4:59pm 
Know that the i have used the command cnd_resetaudiocache i always use "quit" However i think that would be very possible to implent such a feature much like a key binding :) However i have not encountered this problem in all those years i have played l4d2 (2008) :P
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