Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to fix Warface plugin problems

Warface is a free to play game that has yesterday began it's public beta testing phase. I've been playing it for a few months now (being an earlier beta tester) and I do recommend it to anyone looking for a nice cooperative (or competitive) FPS war game. Best of all, you can play this "free-2-play" game inside your browser thanks to the Gface plugin.

Sometimes this plugin can be a bit annoying, presenting some strange error messages. Most of the time it only requires you to close and reopen your browser, or clear up your cookies/cache, or - in the worst case scenario - remove the plugin and delete your Warface folder, and reinstall it again. But yesterday, I faced a problem that wasn't fixed by any of these things. After months of gaming without major issues, whenever I tried to launch the game I got this error message:

"The GFACE Experience Plugin is required to play this game. Please launch the game again to reinstall it."

It took me a long while... but I finally found out what was causing it and how to fix it!

I like to keep my system tidy, and in Chrome I use the "click to play" option for the plugins.

This means that a page wanting to show "extra content" shows up a blank place holder, and I have to click on it to enable it first. This prevents spammy sites from playing annoying flash content, and for those sites you do really want to see (like YouTube) you need only add an exception.

Well, that's exactly what it was happening. With the public fase of Warface, the site url was changed from beta.gface.com to simply gface.com. And yes, my click-to-play exception was only allowing the gface plugin to run in the beta url. So, all you need to do is to add the gface.com url to you browser "click to play" exception list and you're done!

Hope that will help you save some time - as I wished it would have done for me!

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