Destiny Blocked On Some College Networks, Students Get Mad
Some college networks block access to Destiny servers; Bungie aware of issue, but no fix available yet.
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Due to network issues, some college students are having a tough time playing Bungie's just-released shooter, Destiny, and they aren't happy about it.
Bungie writes on Twitter, "We're aware of issues with playing Destiny on college campuses. Stay tuned for information to share with your local network admins."
The issue has a name: Centipede Error. As detailed in the Bungie forums and through the Twitter hashtag #fixcentipede, the issue pops up when college networks block access to servers, which is a major issue for an online-centric game like Destiny.
Bungie has published a list of instructions for how to remedy the problem, but affected gamers have pointed out that they don't have permission to change network settings. While users are able to reconfigure port ranges and other network setups easily on a home network, colleges and universities don't often allow students to change these settings.
Even if Bungie can provide the "information to share with your local network admins," there is no guarantee a college's IT team would allow the network changes.
The Centipede Error is causing quite a backlash on Twitter. The #fixcentipede hashtag is flooded with responses of outrage and heartbreak. Players are reporting that they can view the title screen and create a character, but can't actually play the game.
We will continue to monitor this story as it develops. Are you in college and having issues playing Destiny? Let us know in the comments below.
Destiny launched yesterday for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. It could sell as many as 15 million copies this year alone, according to one analyst. For more on the title, check out a replay of GameSpot's Destiny livestream marathon, and our review-in-progress.
Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch