So, I've been beta testing the new upcoming hyped PC game, Battlefield 3, and got pretty miffed when I found out about how the system works. Everything, all game menus, are done within your browser of choice using a browser plugin. Installation of the plugin is required if you want to play the game, no matter what browser you use. If we ignore all the privacy and potential tracking issues with this... ...what about the security issues? We've just broadened our browser attack surface yet again.. imagine a few months from now some poisoned Google battlefield 3 links pointing to malicious sites loading up this plugin, are we going to be updating this every month incase we feel like playing it at some point? Another issue is that it only comes in 32bit flavour. Flash x64 is releasing in October, Java x64 is available, and for whoever actually uses Silverlight, a 64bit plugin is coming with the next major release. So, 64bit browsing is now fully plausible, until this plugin comes along. I need to switch to 32bit IE just to play this game, and back to 64bit IE when I'm done. The final issue... the ideal world of "pluginless browsing" takes a step further away from us. Ultimate failure or what?