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    PlanetQuake | Features | Rants N' Raves | Ping Equalization
   

Ping Equalization
This week's Rants N' Raves feature is about equalizing the ping.
  — by Pappy-R

Uh oh, things are not looking good for Mr. SQUID_squidly finding a kindred spirit here. Let's see if Spyke, grand master of all things PQ Reviewish can lend some support to our friend in need.

Bah, I say! I've heard talk like this before, and I know for a fact that there's some secret stuff in Q3A that lets the server adjust the latency of the clients, but what's the point. As broadband becomes more commonplace, don't punish the players for what they do have. Are low and high ping servers once again to become the order of the day? I don't think so. I've seen instances where high ping players can still whoop the pants off inexperienced low pingers. It's not THAT difficult.

As for those who don't have high-speed access and cry about it: there's only one thing I can say.. boo freakin' hoo.

  — Spyke

I knew it was gonna get ugly as soon as I heard the "bah" to start that one off. Sorry there SQUID, but have no fear, I'm still looking around to grab you some support. Let's see what our newly designated Content Manager, Ash has to add on the issue. He's a nice guy...usually.

The plague of uneven ground in online gaming has been around ever since online gaming started, and SQUID_squidilly has an interesting potential solution. But it's just not the right thing to do. Handicapping in competition scenarios is very common in many sports, for instance bar-room billiards, where players are handicapped in such a way that players that are perceived as more skilled must make large number more balls in a series of games in order to win.

This isn't really what is being asked for in this rant; however. Playing Quake online is most like a pickup game of basketball down on the corner. Everyone just shows up, "come as you are," and gets some game on. Anyone that isn't having fun isn't required to stay, and if someone has got more skillz than you, you're just 0wn3d, and if someone can just plain afford nicer shoes, and an off-season coach, tough titty there too.

Official competitions are typically held at LAN events, with identical hardware, for just these reasons. But when you play online, everyone knows that they have their personal disadvantages and advantages, so only show up if you think you are going to have fun. And regardless of the problem you have with playing, eventually you can do something about it. It just depends on whether it's going to take a ton more practice, or just time and money for a better connection.

After all, don't forget, it's just a game. And it's a damn fun game at that. Don't let something as unimportant as losing get in the way of that. Just have a blast.

  — Ash

Well it started off not sounding bad, and it was put rather nicely, but I do believe our ranter has only one last hope for support in his cause. That would be me, your bartender for this event and the oldest living gamer to ever sit in my office and write for PQ. OK, that limits the possibilities, but it sounded cool for a sec. Now I guess it's my turn to speak up on the issue.

Being as how I spent some time behind the wheel of a 350 normal ping, powered by a kicking 33.6 modem for some of my Quake 2 time, I can understand where SQUID_squidly is coming from. It wasn't my play that held me back from the thousands of dollars in prize money at the PGL and CPL. It was my PING! I am a God, and if I had a 40 ping I could rail-ravage any LPB on the planet.

Oh please! First off let me just start off by saying the players you have over for a few brews and a game of Q3 on your home LAN, may not be the highest caliber players. There's a lot of talent out there, and to tell the truth, the ping has squat to do with it. I was a decent player with high ping, and am decent with a low ping, it really is based on what you're used to. When I play on my server with an 8 ping and then go jump on the web where I have an actual feel able lag, I'm screwed for a while. Notice I said "for a while", cause I tend to get used to a ping in a few minutes. I play the GSA challenges with one of the highest pings on the server, and still have managed to be a threat.

Now let me just say how excited I am about paying for all my bandwidth, so that jumping on a server could make me feel like my ping has at least doubled. NOT...not excited at all bud. I bought it, I pay for it and you're not going to take it away. Stop blaming other, more fortunate people for your woes. It's not their fault you "die by the sea". If you go on a server with nothing but LPB's, and you can't play your ping, leave or play to play. Don't bitch to people that you have been mistreated by the Gods of connection, ignored by DSL, spoinked by @HOME, nobody was born with a T1 up their butt ya know. I feel for ya man, I really really do, but suffer for you? Not gonna happen babeee!

  — Pappy-R

That's that, SQUID_squidly found zero support in the PQ crew, but that's not the end of it. If you have something to say, add or challenge in this piece, give us your feedback.

Wanna start your own issue? Be it Rant or Rave, just send it in to Rants & Raves. You could be next in the spotlight.


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