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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:10AM Icemasta said

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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:14AM Baby Choo Choo said

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I'm rockin FiOS over here. Suits my needs perfectly. I can play the most taxing of online games while downloading like a mad man and not experience any noticeable lag.

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 12:40PM drunkingamebar said

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@Baby Choo Choo

I HATE YOU - I don't sorry about that, but you did make me sad...

Comcast here, slow about 75% of the time. Fast, Mmm wouldn't call it fast, but yes, it's fast for Comcast.. I'd say the service is down more that it is fast..

I wan't FioS, only area that has it around me I think is Hartford and Greenwich. Unfortunately FioS can't seem to get here fast enough!

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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:22AM Mynsc said

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That study and bandwidth (speed) in general have little to do with gaming quality. I can have a 40 Mbps connection (which I actually do, since it's pretty cheap here in Romania to get one), but still not be able to play games like WoW or Team Fortress.

Latency is the critical stat when it comes to online gaming and it is usually fully independent from bandwidth. It mostly depends on the quality of your in-house network hardware (router, modem, cables etc), your ISP and how far the server you're communicating with is. This last factor is one of the main reasons each game has different servers for US and EU.

Anyway, it's hard to imagine someone not having enough down / up speed to play an online game these days. Pretty sure a 512Kbps connection is enough, if it's not simultaneously used for anything else. The main thing is the latency.

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 9:35AM Nandini said

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@Mynsc

I agree. While less bandwidth means a longer initial download for the game, latency is what has the more noticeable effect in the game. There are more than a few MMOs whose bandwidth while playing can still be accommodated by a dial-up modem.

And latency will always be limited by the pesky speed of light, whether it takes the form of a radio transmission to a satellite, electrical signals on a copper wire, or light impulses in a fiber optic cable.

Even under perfectly ideal conditions (which we can't even produce in a laboratory), it would still take more than 50ms for a signal to travel between Sydney and New York and another 50ms to travel back. That's a tenth of a second already, well within the range of human perception.

"Government restrictions, lack of proper infrastructure, and a general lack of technological understanding and foresight all contribute to the slow speeds that plague the rest of the civilized world."

All these things boil down to money. Fat, fast pipes are expensive. If you're willing to pay enough, you can connect any two locations on the planet with one.

And what's "the rest of the civilized world," anyway? Those other countries who execute innocent prisoners, invade sovereign nations, and spy on their own citizens? Are we more civilized because we do these things with a greater degree of technological prowess?
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 10:29AM DeadlyAccurate said

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@Nandini "And latency will always be limited by the pesky speed of light, whether it takes the form of a radio transmission to a satellite, electrical signals on a copper wire, or light impulses in a fiber optic cable."

Meh, the speed of light isn't the hot shit it thinks it is any more. Neutrinos were all, "Pshaw! I spit on your light speed. 299,792,458 meters per second? I can do that with one muon tied behind my back." http://reut.rs/ncQRgn

As the for answer to the question. My connection is fine. About 17 Mb/s according to Speedtest.net. I'd get FiOS if it were available, though.
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 11:36AM Nandini said

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@DeadlyAccurate

I read that article about 20 minutes after making my post. I also sheepishly forgot about quantum entanglement.

It's already possible to transmit really small pieces of information really fast. Now I just have to figure out how to sign up with CERN or Fermilab as my ISP.
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:23AM (Unverified) said

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6 megabytes per second, could be faster. Especially when betas are weighing in at 40+ gig. >

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:23AM Orotase said

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Mine is great, have a 200 Mbps connection, so I can game, my wife can game, and we can download to our hearts content.

Our only issue is living in Hong Kong, along way from servers equals a highish ping normal around 200ms.

So yeah better global infrastructure is needed.

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:30AM GrumpyGnome said

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I live in the United States, of course it's too slow...

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 12:06PM Saker said

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@GrumpyGnome Compared to -REAL- first world countries, yes you're completely correct! Also we pay too much for it in comparison. That's what you get with laissez-faire-style-capitalism, congress little more then paid employees of big-business. Companies (like the filthy monopoly comcast) continually go to congress wringing their hands, "we need tax breaks to upgrade our services, to stay competitive, and on the cutting-edge of technology" (because we're the US, and always the -best- in everything! (/em takes out flag and waves it) and if you deny that we're the very gleam in gods eye you're undoubtedly a commie-socialist-pinko-liberal (so "they" say), their bought and paid for servants give it to them and they turn around and take profits (even more), and at best buy some new advertising pr-bs with a current WhoreyWood celeb. Turn around, rinse/repeat.
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:43AM InfinitasX said

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25/25 FiOS and some days that feels too slow...

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:47AM Fabius Bile said

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ummmmmmmm?
wasnt this very same post made not long ago?

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 8:54AM Khalus said

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US here, but in a state with an average speed of about 580-650mbps. Never had anything higher to compare it with but this has been enough to DL even 30-40gb files in less than a day, so I'm not complaining!

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 9:02AM rockman0 said

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I get about 1.3 MB/s. After reading the other speeds on here, that doesn't seem like much.

I'd get FiOS is it was in my area, but I'm stuck with Comcast at the moment.

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 6:42PM drunkingamebar said

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@rockman0 On Comcast I usually pull about 1MB for a day or so, sometimes I have to reset the modem frequently to half that speed. Occasionally after a reset I will be getting 3.75MB, but very rare, and even more so, it is short lived.

Probably has something to do with getting higher than quoted speed plus the temporary 'power boost' BS.
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 9:11AM (Unverified) said

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i don't think it's as bad as the dial-up days of the 90's... but then again, it's still the same phone network i have to deal with.

i have around 5mbit on ADSL2+, due to a screwup in the wiring, where i used to have 14mbit on the same line, and a 10 year wait for fibre :)

also, for nostalgia value http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtOoQFa5ug8

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 9:13AM pcgneurotic said

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I remember when we were playing these things on 56k modems. Hell, I remember having a 28k modem and DROOLING over a 56k in a Tandy catalogue. You wanna know how utterly bat-shit-insane-wet-the-bed nuts I went when 512k broadband launched? You wanna know how produ I was when I upgraded *that* to a 1mb service? Heh, those were the days my friends, those were the days... USENET porn baby, it came in pieces yo uhad to stick together yourself! :D

Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 10:47AM ndessell said

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@pcgneurotic
>< constuct-o-porn, back when you could walk to the store and buy a mag faster.
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Posted: Sep 23rd 2011 12:11PM Saker said

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@pcgneurotic I remember it all so well! Oh the nostalgia, the nostalgia! You earned your porn in those days! :)
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