Have you ever encountered a situation where the internet stops working every time it rains? If your feet are too close to the router, will the speed slow down? It takes four hours to load Evangelion AMV? Maybe you’ve never encountered such a bad situation, but most of us have endured junk Internet connections at some point, whether it’s because of the service provider that turned out to be useless, or the strange data in that house. -Transfer the dead zone.
Eventually, you are used to installing games the night before you want to play, and either endure delays for your favorite online games or give them up altogether.
What is the worst internet connection you have ever encountered? How does it affect your game?
This is our answer, and some from us forum.
News writer Nat Clayton: Before going to university, I spent a few months doing volunteer work in Northern Europe-one of which was caring for 60 sled dogs in an isolated kennel in the Norwegian fjord. At the time, I was traveling with an American I had known from the (no, really) Super Monday Night Fight scene, and despite being dying, there was still a very close community. We previously managed to play a few games while working on a bamboo/Christmas tree farm in the Netherlands, but in the cold north, we are struggling with a ping rate normalized to 1000 milliseconds. When trying to play some SMNC customs with friends, we often see us teleporting on the map and falling to our death place. An ill-considered attempt at the Lost Coast event in Guild Wars 2 made us wait a few minutes at a time to update a single frame. It can be said that we quickly gave up the idea of filling the long night with online games.
Sarah James, guide writer: I really liked the original CoD: Black Ops and spent a lot of time in multiplayer games, even though the connection speed was ridiculously slow at the time. For most of the day, I can boast of an amazing 3Mb download speed, but it is usually limited to around 500kb at night. Surprisingly, it did not actually have a big impact on my game. I mean, there are some nights where Black Ops cannot be played, but most of the time my slow connection is not particularly noticeable-either it is that way, or I am just used to it. Although it is painful to install the game. I think it will take more than a day to download the Cataclysm extension of World of Warcraft.
Robin Valentine, printing editor: I had a terrible internet connection when I was in college, which only made my already sleep schedule at night worse, because it was easier to download and play games when everyone else was asleep. I remember that I wanted the game to enter Bioshock 2’s unreasonably excellent multiplayer mode, but between my cunning connection and the wild instability of Games for Windows Live, only one-tenth of the game would be low enough The delay made me really kill.
John Strike, Print Art Director: From 2000 to 2005, I used a dial-up 56k modem to play games online because I lived in a remote place, where there were more sheep than humans in the county. “Fortune Warrior 2” and “Operation Flashpoint” can almost be played on British servers, but my three-figure ping is so bad, I was even kicked out of the competitive clan game midway through the game, because obviously I am like Leonard Nimoy just wandered around. People can teach you how to be a better player, teach you how to play as a member of the team, but no one teaches you how to endure the shame of being a dull asshole. My first day in college came for a long time, and when it came, I started the game, but found that multiplayer games could not be played on the college’s proxy server. Fact-finding mission.
Brand Director Tim Clark: It was in 2002, and it was my first time to participate in E3-high-speed Internet is still in its infancy, and screenshots are still being distributed on the CD. In the panic, I think it is a good idea to send everything back to the UK via a 56k hotel connection, I think it is because the CMS cannot work remotely or something crazy. I remember this clearly because 1) I had to plug in the cable through the socket on the light, 2) it took me a whole night to send back six screenshots of Toby Gard’s Galleon, 3) at the checkout, I received a 500 Bills above US dollars, because the hotel was charged by MB at that time. My fee was approved, but we can only say that the website in question no longer belongs to us.
Jarred Walton, Senior Editor, Tom’s Hardware: Does the pre-Internet BBS count? We bought a Commodore C-128, and they were basically brand new at the time-twice as much memory as C-64! This was in 1985. As an added bonus, it includes a 300 baud modem. I don’t even know how I found this information (I am already a nerd at 11 years old), but I got some numbers for the bulletin board system, where you can play some basic word games. In my memory, the most prominent is the ASCII art screen that appears on a line of 40 characters per second. A BBS had a welcome picture about 120 lines high, even though most computer screens (actually TVs) had only 40×25 characters at the time. So it takes more than two minutes to scroll the picture, and I can only view about one-fifth at a time. However, I still think it is great! When we upgraded to a 2400 baud modem and the welcome page was compressed in about 15 seconds, I was stunned! Those are exciting days.
Tyler Colp, Associate Editor: My poor internet connection once killed 25 people. I played World of Warcraft in the era of the “Burning Crusade” expansion. I am a necromancer among 25 marauders, fighting a warlock leader in Tempest Keep. She has the ability to plant bombs randomly in the group. Our order is to take it away and leave where other people are standing to minimize the loss. My 2008 1.5Mbps Internet had a better idea, and once I was marked as a bomb, it gave me a latency spike. Everyone in the raid was wiped out. When the voice chat failed, I only heard a lot of yelling and scolding. Thankfully, everyone forgave me, but that moment still bothered me. Thanks to the internet!
maze: In Australia, it is difficult to say the best Internet connection I have ever had, but I would rather complain about dial-up Internet. Of course, it’s slow, takes up the phone line, and requires you to sit in the sound of a thousand demons receiving casual Tabasco enema before going online, but on the other hand, it’s also expensive.
But I do like to dial up directly to my friend’s computer so that we can play Street Fighter II on ZSnes, which is very interesting. Trying to see naked ladies is less fun. Each still image takes about 8 minutes. If it weren’t for the hard-core grip of adolescence, I wouldn’t have the patience.
main: When I first used AOL to enter PCs and games, the worst-case scenario was to go back to the era of dial-up connections. This is completely unreliable. I may be connected for a few hours, or it may randomly disconnect at any given time.
Since then, Time Warner Cable has become Spectrum. Although download/upload speeds are reasonable and fairly stable, customer service is a farce, and the monthly cost ($84.99) has risen to an absurd level.
ZedClampet: My Comcast/Xfinity was out of service a few months ago. This is an ongoing problem, so while I was waiting for AT&T to install the fiber, I activated a hotspot on my Verizon phone. Unfortunately, there is a data cap, and it flies quickly. After reaching the data limit, the hotspot enters the “emergency use” state, which is 3 KB. This is unavailable for anything related to games, so all online games are stopped (except for rare cases when Xfinity is working).
Two days before ATT came out to install the fiber, Comcast put their nonsense together and solved the problem, but I’m really happy to work with them. They are a nightmare in many ways. In addition, I now have a faster Internet, no data cap, and I pay $100 less per month. It was so stupid that I was still with them at first.
crude: Although technically this is not my “worst Internet connection” (because it would be 2400 baud in the early 90s), I was stuck on 56k dial-up for a long time because we live in a DSL dead zone , Although we can move two miles* in any direction and get DSL, the wired internet was too rich for our blood at the time
(*-Except up or down.)
So when everyone else is enjoying broadband and digital downloads, every time I buy a physical disc that must be updated online, I curse in a low voice. The worst part was in 2008, when I purchased Portal (yes, it was still dialing at the time) and found out that I had to download nearly 2 GB from Steam for me to play, even though it was a single player game and shouldn’t have to be updated . I ended up borrowing someone else’s Internet to get the files instead of taking up our phone line for two or three days in a row. (We were still talking on the landline at the time.)
Yes, for a while I was very opposed to “digital download only” games.Then in 2009 we finally I got a lot of benefits on the high-speed wired Internet, and my tune quickly changed. But by then, even if the game requires an internet connection or a big patch, I am a bit personal. (Actually, I am still annoyed when single-player games keep me online or I update, just in principle. This is why I keep Steam in offline mode as much as possible. Although it still seems to be connected and update Steam, this if you Ask me if I am cheating.) Now git off a mah lawn!
Alm: I am another person with dialing memory. If we pick up the phone line to play Doom, it will really annoy my best friend’s parents (luckily for me, my dad has a fax line, so I’m much less likely to be caught) so we only Can play until we are discovered. In contrast, CS 1.6 on 128k broadband seems to be a dream.
Zlos: Well, Genie is not really “Internet”, so I think the worst thing I have encountered is dialing to the university with some VT100 emulation software. It didn’t really hurt my game. Empire, Hack, Zork, and DND do not require much bandwidth. If SOMEBODY answers the call, they can recover well.