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.
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*
Because console gamers can't count above 59.99.
Oh sorry i thought this was a joke and you we're looking for punchlines.