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Mon Macutay (GM Tristan), Marketing Manager for Level Up Philippines, on online games, MMORPGs, Gamer Babes, Level Up and Infotech. News, reviews and more!

Author: gmtristan

How to Combat Lag

Posted by gmtristan Sunday August 10 2008 at 12:50PM
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This is an old, original article of mine reprinted here. It was first posted at my original blogger site March 24, 2007. Am reposting it here since I just got a lot of complaints about lag and connectivity issues. I hope this will help.

Picture this:

You and your buddies just visited your local, boring NPC to stock up on pots and stuff and head out to the spot where the Boss respawns. It’s 5 minutes till the bastich appears… a few noob groups are hovering like vultures in the horizon.

The boss appears… right on time!

You pound at the big monster and score crits while your supports debuff and heal the tanks. A few more hits and this sucker is dead!

And then it happens.

It just happens.

The stuff every online gamer dreads - LAG!

OMG! (now the noobs get your loot! Argggghhh!)

Let me share a few tips to avoid (and maybe even just lessen) this nightmare:

1. Get a better connection - faster is better. Period. If you play at home (and can afford it) getting the best DSL package will be a big boost. If you play in a cafe, make sure the MBPS is fast enough (and yeah, do look out for youtube addicts, they suck up bandwith like hell!!!)


Akkuma writes:

Perhaps the game mechanics could you know be a lot better and not garbage that a scenario like that could exist. Almost every game now has such mechanics where the loot you get is either automatically distributed, automatically locked to you for a certain amount of time, or some other system.


The scenario you presented is a game people should probably avoid, since lag and loot issues have already been solved in the industry.

Sun Aug 10 2008 1:02PM Report
XZiS writes:

it isnt just the connection that will cause lag. graphics and processing speed can cause a much worst lag. with a poor graphics card, it will slow down your computer and a slow processor will take more time to load and run the game. games doesn't use a lot of bandwith nor need a 20mbps connection to get smooth playing experience. i used to have a 512kb broadband and i can still play every online game smoothly without lag with a high spec pc. i currently have a 8mb connection and still it doesnt make any difference from my previous connection.

Sun Aug 10 2008 4:49PM Report
andeemann10 writes:

Worst thing is when you're in a situation where the best thing you can get at your house is satellite. Makes me cry daily.

Sun Aug 10 2008 11:31PM Report
redcap036 writes:

It also has to do with the distance between you and the game server.

Mon Aug 11 2008 12:31AM Report writes:
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