Why do console games not use numbers to represent ping?

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Re: Why do console games not use numbers to represent ping?

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Cause its easy to determine the connection strength with the color codes rather than an unknown number on screen.
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Re: Why do console games not use numbers to represent ping?

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Coaran wrote:

 

i would really like to see numbers instead of bars as i am used to them from UT99 if i was getting like 100 or more ping it was sometimes unplayable and i would spectate and talk. also someone said that 4 bars mean 0-150 ping! so if your spiking from 89-150 you would have 4 bars but would be lagging.





This is why I would love if IW used numbers instead of bars. And add local search because for us in Puerto Rico we are lucky if we get 3 bars steady. We rarely get 4 bars and if 4 bars is somewhere between 0-150 ms its a sucky connection. A good connection should be less than 80 ms.
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Re: Why do console games not use numbers to represent ping?

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it's okay tho. some how 3bars beats 4bars. as ever time i have 4bars and i shoot a guy with 3bars i have to dump 7-10 extra bullets into him.
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Re: Why do console games not use numbers to represent ping?

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Well how about people do the UNTHINKABLE *gasp* and take 1 minute to LEARN what those itty bitty wikkle numbers mean.



But I have wondered this too for years although never brought up the question. However my guess is that with console players being more casual in general (at least in the past) and also with matchmaking systems that console games mainly used, that a numbered ping display would cause players to constantly leave a game because they would become aware that anything over 60ms is bad (to play a console game with anything under is VERY rare) and demand better quality.



So in essence what console dev's have been doing for years (and still are doing) is insulting your intelligence and giving you a sub par online experience by hiding your disadvantage behind pretty green bars.



I imagine them to say: "Just give em a bar graph for ping, the idiots won't know any different. Heh heh heh!" *Rubs baby oil over himself and rolls around in the bathtub full of money, cackling manically*
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Re: Why do console games not use numbers to represent ping?

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Its because 80% on xbox live are noobs that dont know what ping is and dont care if the join a Mw2 game with crappy connection,as long as they get to play.My connsern is why do i with 0,40mb up get host and the game says that this gives the Americans 2-3 bars in connection when they get about 150-170 in ping from my connection.So srew the 4 bars connection for next CoD and give us ping nummbers
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Re: Why do console games not use numbers to represent ping?

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CriticalAsh wrote:

 

Well how about people do the UNTHINKABLE *gasp* and take 1 minute to LEARN what those itty bitty wikkle numbers mean.



But I have wondered this too for years although never brought up the question. However my guess is that with console players being more casual in general (at least in the past) and also with matchmaking systems that console games mainly used, that a numbered ping display would cause players to constantly leave a game because they would become aware that anything over 60ms is bad (to play a console game with anything under is VERY rare) and demand better quality.



So in essence what console dev's have been doing for years (and still are doing) is insulting your intelligence and giving you a sub par online experience by hiding your disadvantage behind pretty green bars.



I imagine them to say: "Just give em a bar graph for ping, the idiots won't know any different. Heh heh heh!" *Rubs baby oil over himself and rolls around in the bathtub full of money, cackling manically*





haha the worst part of what you said is that it may be true.
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Re: Why do console games not use numbers to represent ping?

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Because console gamers can't count above 59.99.

Oh sorry i thought this was a joke and you we're looking for punchlines.

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