The other night I was playing CoD4, and realizing how populated it was I decided to do a little rough math to estimate the playercount. With my filters set to exclude only modded and empty servers, there were over 7,500 populated servers..
Now around 100 or so had under 15 players, but lets be generous and knock off 500 servers...
Most of them had between 15-30 players (with more than a few over 50+) but again lets be generous and round them all down to 15...
7,000 servers at 15 players per server is 105,000 players.... That's more than Black Ops 2 has ever had!!! and it was the middle of the night!!! (2:00 am PST to be precise)
At that same time Black Ops 2 had less than 300 players = meaning CoD4 had over 350 times as many players. (and that doesn't even count the 4,000+ modded servers!!)
105,000 players at 2:00 am without even counting modded servers.... It's highly likely that CoD4 breaks 200,000 players daily. Just imagine how populated Black Ops 2 would have been if it had the same style of servers as CoD4.
It appears that the population is actually peaking around midnight to 3:00 am my time (which unless I'm mistaken is primetime in the UK) -
I've yet to see less than 4,000 servers populated, which is around 60,000 players... Highest I've seen it since making this thread is 7,834 servers...
Safe to say it's peaking over 110,000 players daily.... and even during it's "downtime" there's still easily 2-3 times as many players as BO2.
Black Ops 2 is dead while CoD4 thrives... The PC community have quite clearly shown what it is they truly prefer. Matchmaking and it's supporters belong on consoles.
I don't know where you're getting your numbers from but it's closer to <5K~6K players and anyone can startup as a server. Also, prior to BO2 there was rampant piracy so I'd guess three-forth's of the 'players' aren't legit and are playing a pirated and often hacked game.
guess it depends where you look......Xfire still has pretty good numbers......and that doesnt include the ones that play without it.......
so his numbers may not be far off......BO2 is dying.....when i play in my evening time CST (9-11 pm) i am lucky to see the game show 4,000 players.....
I get my numbers from the server browser... It showed over 7,500 servers populated.. I could scroll down the list and see all the servers full of people. At the time I'm writing this it shows over 5,000 populated servers up... (still not counting the thousands of modded servers) Plus quite a few of them have over 40-50 players...
True anyone can start up a server, but then again I'm only counting populated servers, so people are playing on them.
I have no clue how you counted and only came up with around 200... Sounds like you were counting the population of WaW lol... Is your game patched up to date?
I'm sorry if 'Sorting' flew over your head, it was simple: if it had 33 then down 3 = 100, if it had 25 then down 4 = 100, if it had 20 then down 5 = 100, if it had 10 then down 10 = 100, etc and count. If you think I didn't just copy/paste ha! Most of the servers had 0 (zero) players, the whole process took ~ 2 minutes -- try it.
I'm sorry if 'Sorting' flew over your head, it was simple: if it had 33 then down 3 = 100, if it had 25 then down 4 = 100, if it had 20 then down 5 = 100, if it had 10 then down 3 = 100, etc and count. If you think I didn't just copy/paste ha! Most of the servers had 0 (zero) players, the whole process took ~ 2 minutes -- try it.
I've made it beyond clear that I am speaking of POPULATED servers... yet you saw fit to use EMPTY servers as part of your "sorting" argument...
There are 22 servers per "page" in the browser.. As of this moment, sorted by playercount, there's one full page of servers with over 50+ players... that's 22 servers at 50 players each (rounding down) = 1100 - and three pages of servers with over 40+ players... that's 66 servers at 40 each (rounding down) = 2640 -- That's 3,740 players so far and we've only counted 88 of the 4,500+ servers that are POPULATED...
The numbers speak for themselves. Anyone with an up to date version of CoD4 can open up the server browser and see thousands of populated servers FULL of players... If you're not seeing them then there's something wrong with your game.
Black Ops 2 is dead while Call of Duty 4 is thriving.
Sort them by player count and then LOOK with your EYES and COUNT. Your numbers are meaningless.
Yeah it would be a hell of a lot easier if there was a total player count -- I sure in the hell didn't program their stupidity.
BTW - In no stretch of anyone's imagination am I suggesting the BLOPS2 on the PC isn't dead and a fail. WTF do you think I purchased an Xbox copy?! The problem in your post are your OMG wrong player count numbers.
The vast majority of thos "populated" servers are populated by bots. Sorry to inform you. But yeah, there are probably more players. But that's been true with the last 4 versions. Plus you can play it on a 5 year old laptop.
I gave cod4 a try yesterday after reading this thread. It was really refreshing, and there sure are lots of people over there. However, in one server I joined I had a really good start, gong 10-0 or something within the first minute, and someone on the other team thought I was a hacker, So what did he do? He started full on aimbotting and walling me from across the map, saying that he was "punishing me for hacking". At least on blops 2 I dont have people walling against me because I do well, but cod4 sure was fun before that incident.