My father once told me “Sometimes you have to learn despite your teachers.” In a similar way, sometimes you have to enjoy a game in spite of itself. I’m having a good time playing BF3 with my friends, but not because of the unlock system. And certainly not because of those damned flashlights! For me, dangling a carrot in front of the player is not a good replacement for game design that feels rewarding. Luckily, I find the time spent chatting, joking, complaining and occasionally winning with my friends incredibly rewarding, so I don’t have to worry about that carrot.