Reading over these posts for the last few months I see that most complaints are composed of phrases like:
"they are shooting around corners,"
"lost gun battle to SMG using my rifle/assault,"
"invisible players kill me,"
"instant death no bullets no red,"
"need more health dying too fast,"
"overpowered gun needs to be nerfed,"
"overpowered explosive needs to be nerfed,"
"lag in game - how do I fix my network,"
"lag in game after the patch,"
"super speed enemies,"
"kill cam location doesn't match what happened,"
"I shot first but the kill cam didn't show it,"
"I pre-fired but still lost gun fight,"
"shot him dead-on but got no hit markers,"
"0.3 K/D one game 5 to 10 K/D the next, same lobby,"
"when are we getting dedicated servers,"
All of these issues appear to be lag related questions that up until this point remain completely un-addressed in any of the patches. So here is a revolutionary idea that I suggest will change the COD gaming arena FOREVER and save the series from it's demise.
ADD LOBBIES THAT HAVE NO LAG COMPENSATION
This is perfect for those of us who fork out thousands of dollars to get the ultimate gaming rig setup. It's time that a gaming mode is created for actual hardcore gamers. 50MB connections with less than 15ms lag are quickly becoming common place among gamers. Many of us spend the big bucks on extreme gaming modems, routers, gold connectors, quad-shielded, cat6/7, 120hz+ screens, high-speed HDMI, controllers, true 7.1 surround headphones, etc. only to have all this hardware offset entirely by ridiculously gracious sums of lag compensation handicaps to the enemy players so that we still get dropped into lobbies with people sharing out their cell-phone WiFi while streaming videos or downloading torrents. This is completely unacceptable. For example, I flew down to Mexico, put my SIM card in a MiFi, shared the 2 bar 3G connection with my PS3 and 4 tablets yet still got an OPEN NAT?!!!
Lobbies with no lag compensation would be exclusively for players that like to play tournament style matches from the comfort of their homes. It would increase software and hardware sales because then those of us with money to spend would have reason to do so. Currently lag comp discourages big money players from purchasing high dollar games and hardware by slapping them with a huge handicap in the game.
Back when PVP FPS first arrived I remember saving up my cash for months just so I could spend to buy that faster modem, larger ram, faster hard drive, cool controller, or better monitor, but now that lag comp undoes all of those purchases there is no point in trying to play competitively nor making more big purchases. Every good match and every bad match depends exclusively on how much lag comp you got or did not get, depending on how well the lobby matched up. Is this why I only get really good matches while my roommates are browsing for porn or streaming pirated movies? Yes! Which is common knowledge now days, and is very very sad that every kid gamer knows it.
It is time for CHANGE. There would be no huge difference in the game code to add a NO LAG COMP lobby for us to try. Just comment out the lag comp code and stand up the lobby. If it fills with players then the entire gaming franchise would be changed forever. [The heavy duty & hardcore lobbies do not address the issue properly, respectively more life & faster death does not translate any way into less lag complaints, more than not it compounds the issue many times over, especially since closely matched players are rare in such small lobbies.] It's time to address the problem where it lies rather than continue wasting developer and programmer hours beating around the bush. Rather than thinking outside the box, stay in it, and address lag directly with no lag handicaps at all for players with terrible hardware and software setups. If they don't like playing without lag compensation then they can always go back to the standard default game modes.