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DICE threatens permanent bans for users of color-editing Battlefield 3 mod

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Tinkering Battlefield 3 soldiers released a mod today allowing tweaks to the displayed color levels (opens in new tab) , with the most dramatic result involving the suffusion of the pervasive blue-tinged gradient into supposedly more natural colors. The sample photo album (opens in new tab) and comparison video (opens in new tab) definitely show a stark difference between stock and modified visuals, but when asked for his input on the mod, Battlefield 3 gameplay designer Gustav Halling said it was " too colorful (opens in new tab) " and warned of possible permanent bans for users.

"[It's] too colorful," Halling tweeted. "Also, I wouldn't use those hacks if you don't want a permanent ban on your account. FYI warning."

A few posters on a reddit thread discussing the mod claim they've already met bans (opens in new tab) for using the program. Although the notion of DICE hefting its ban-hammer over Battlefield 3 becoming too colorful seems absurd on the surface, the company is clearly adamant about protecting the competitive standards set in the unmodified game, where filters and gradients could potentially figure into each map's overall balance.

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?