Let me start by saying my views below are intended to help make online multiplayer a better experience for everyone and please do not take any of these thoughts and ideas personal if you are someone who quits games often. I think there are solutions to this problem that a majority of the online community would be happy with. As a huge fan of COD multiplayer I want to continue playing for years to come and I only want the experience to get better for all of us. IMO, there is a problem that if fixed would move the community into the right direction.
I was going to post this on the above thread (link provided above) but figured I would start my own thread. You may want to read the other first.
I couldn’t agree more with the original poster on this issue. IMO, it has always been a major issue with COD and it getting worse and worse to the point it has ruined the game for a lot of us. However, unfortunately, most people who play this game quit. I give you exhibit A (this thread) most people who are reading this reply with a justification as to why they quit games instead of agreeing with the original poster that it is an issue. This is not an attack on you but my views on the subject so please don’t take it personal. I don’t see this is an occasional problem where sometimes a person here or there quits, it’s MUCH more than that. I can go games and even hours where a handful of people in every game quit out. Host migrations, drop loses, entire teams quitting, you name it, it’s almost unplayable at times.
All due respect, IMO, I believe it is naive to think everyone is simply quitting because of lag. I have approximately 100 days played of COD multiplayer the past 2 years (embarrassing I know) so I have experienced and have seen it all. I can speak on this subject like no other.
Let’s be honest, people also quit when they are losing, worried about their KDRs or getting worked which is going to happen to roughly 50% of the people during each game. Half usually do well while the other half do poorly. Losing or having a bad KDR is not a valid reason for quitting. Additionally, if lag is the sole reason people quit why are so many hosts quitting? From my experiences the hosts are quitting because of poor KDRs and/or they are getting worked. Host migrations, drop loses. Heck, I have seen 5 host migrations in a single game! Myself and several of you reading this have been cheated out of several wins from the host dashboarding or shutting off their XBOX even during final kill cams. IMO, in some cases, I think some will recognize they are host and do this intentionally just to cheat others.
I don’t disagree that people see lag issues or have unfavorable connections at times but you also have to take into consideration there is an element of skill to the game. You can’t simply assume you are losing gun fights always because of lag. Hand and eye coordination, guns, perks, and gun skills also contribute to losing and winning gun fights. Sometimes, unfortunately, some are quick to site lag as their issue and not recognize that sometimes the other team is just better. Instead of playing, trying, getting better and going out fighting, some take the easy way out and quit.
This isn’t fair to
-Their teammates left behind
-The people they were playing against, who are now left running around looking for 1 person
-Or the poor folks who are unfairly thrown into a BS match to fill the spots of those who quit.
I understand this is just a video game but these same concepts can be applied to important things in your everyday life. When things get tough you simply won’t succeed in life by quitting.
If you feel like you are on the unfavorable side of lag, finish the game trying your best and when the game returns to lobby simply back out and find a new lobby. No need to quit mid game and ruin the game for everyone else involved. This also starts a chain reaction of quitting throughout the entire lobby.
To date, I am disappointed they have never implemented a true solution to this problem. My thought, maybe they don’t want to because if most everyone is doing it why upset the masses who buy the game. IMO, there are ways they could resolve this issue and make everyone happy and it starts with changing the mindset of the “its acceptable” to “rage quit” community.
The fact that BO2 has implemented a probation system (although it’s not doing its job to date) gives players like myself, those I play with, and other players like us hope that they actually do see it as an issue and this is their first step toward fixing it.
This isn’t a problem COD will ever be able to completely resolve but there are things they could implement to help resolve or better the issue. They need to start by changing the culture of the COD community. Right now, unfortunately, quitting almost seems socially acceptable by the community, heck there is even the term for it “rage quit”.
They need to implement things into the game where finishing games you are rewarded. Keep a % of games quit stat just like they keep KD stats and WIN%. If you could view someone’s combat record and see how often they quit games this could help change the culture. After all, who is going to take your playercard serious if you quit a large percentage of your games but have a 3KD? The quit game stat can also be used as a way to determine host. Obviously, reward those who don’t quit with host more often. This will help prevent host migration and dashboarders because the person pulling host doesn’t quit out.
This is just a small sample of ideas they could implement to help contain the problem. I have other ideas I could share with anyone who would like to see this issue resolved. I could and can go on and on about this issue.
Anyone else who recognizes this as a problem have any ideas how we can get our voices out and share ideas on a solution to the problem?
Also, if you have read this far, play to win and never quit let me know. I can help you meet others like us. We are currently a minority in this war, unfortunately, but until our voice is heard nothing may change. I know from playing and talking to people online a lot of us are frustrated with this problem so let’s start sharing our thoughts on it.