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ONU Networks Unable to Handle "Destiny"

"Destiny," the highly anticipated new video game from "Halo"-developed Bungie, has caused headaches on college campuses nation-wide (Photo/ign.com)

On September 9, Bungie, the video game developer behind the globally popular series Halo, released their newest title, the widely anticipated Destiny. Unfortunately, students using Ohio Northern University’s wireless network have been left out in the cold, unable to access the game’s servers due to a connection restriction triggered by the game’s matchmaking policy. In order for a user to access the Destiny server, specific network firewall ports need to be adjusted or opened. Simply put, the game needs to have as open a network as possible in order to function properly, a feature institutional networks are unlikely to support.

Ohio Northern isn’t the only school where students are unable to access the network due to strangely titled “centipede” error. In fact, students from across the country are flooding the bungie.net forums and other social media sites complaining of their inability to properly use the game.

The national backlash prompted Bungie to publish the exact network ports that need opened in order to play the game. However, many students responded that, since they have no direct access to the network settings at their universities (a fact that is true at ONU), they are unable to actually implement any of the suggested changes. This forced Bungie to release a tweet addressing the overarching issue:

“We’re aware of issues with playing Destiny on college campuses. Stay tuned for information to share with your local network admins.”

ONU’s IT department responded in an email that they are aware of the Destiny issue and are currently looking for a solution.

“I pre-purchased the game about three weeks ago,” says Avery Sujkowski, a junior Performance major in Music and Voice. “I tried to play it yesterday after class, but the ‘centipede’ error continued to come up.”

Sujkowski states he has tried to access the servers several times since his first attempt with no success.

“It’s frustrating because this is an issue they [Bungie] knew about when they released the beta of the game,” he says. “I just hope ONU is able to eventually make the proper changes after Bungie releases them. This is an issue they should have seen coming.”

Destiny is an online only game, so if a user is unable to access the game, they are unable to access any content whatsoever. There has been no word on a timetable from Bungie, or any comment on why a issue so prevalent during the beta testing remained intact. Until Bungie works out a solution, ONU gamers may be forced to confront the reality that their investment will remain in limbo for the time being.

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