Official Infinity Ward Response
I'm actually pro-matchmaking. I've played games that have had matchmaking before and it is enjoyable to play with your casual friends online. Also if this improves the games anti-cheat capabilities at all I would be pleased. Both of those I see as wins for the PC community.
Now the things that piss me off.
1.) Why the heck did they wait until now to inform the PC community? To me the sensible thing would have been to reach out to the community ahead of time and explain everything. I think the response they would have received would have been much better.
2.) The excuse they give for not supporting Dedicated and Matchmaking together is a farce. They state they don't want to "bifurcate(separate)" the community. What you mean the community you have totally ignored up until now? I highly doubt that is the real reasoning behind the decision to not support both. I say that because in that article they state they are aiming to please the "vast majority". Well if the decision to support both dedicated and matchmaking separates the vast majority from the tiny modding and competitive community who really cares.
Secondly I think they want to get all PC gamers playing under their control so they can more easily charge us for things like map packs similar to how they handle Console gamers. If PC gamers can't make our own content (Maps and Mods) we'll be forced to buy theirs. So MONEY is definitely a driving force.
To be perfectly honest I'm not totally against the decisions they have made up to this point. I just can't stand the way they have handled the whole situation. If anything this fiasco is a prime example of how not to treat a community. I'd really like to slap someone at IW but all I can say is I hope they have learned from this situation. As annoyed as I am about the whole situation I'll still be buying the game. After all if I don't school Jock in MW2 who will?