Solved Will There Ever Be A Cure For Lag?

July 7, 2016 at 00:20:55
Specs: Windows 7

Is it stupid of me to hope that, someday, there will be servers capable of evening out the problem of ping, so that anyone, no matter where on earth they live, might technically play a game, equally pinged, with everyone else?
For example, I have friends living thousands of miles away, who are willing to play with pings of 200 or more, just so I can have a better gaming experience.
They have been doing this for years, and I love them for it, but I always feel a little guilty about it, too.

So, are there any brilliant minds out there working on this?
And, if so, how much longer do you think it's gonna take?

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July 7, 2016 at 02:43:36
If anything it's going to get worse, not better, as more people get in to online gaming which puts more strain on the servers.

Combine that with more & more people using the internet for other stuff in peak periods and it becomes obvious that the future doesn't look rosy.

Needs massive investment in new equipment by the server operators as well as a whole new internet infrastructure.

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July 7, 2016 at 07:16:35
The problem is that the servers aren't the only problem. Some hypothetical super server might have sub millisecond response times during peak times, but it may not do you much good. Before the server can process your request the data must travel a long and often difficult path where many things can go wrong. During peak periods Internet routers can become overwhelmed by the volume of data they must handle. This situation is manageable but response times will inevitably suffer. Many of these Internet routers and communications links are aging and in need of upgrade but the money to do so is often not available, and it is unclear when it will be.

And all the while the demands on the system grow greater. More and more people are getting into on line gaming, streaming HD video, etc. This puts a greater strain on a system that is in many cases already strained.

For the forseable future I see the problem getting worse, not better.

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July 7, 2016 at 20:36:17
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The distance alone (as mentioned above) is not the problem since electrons travel at the speed of light, namely 186,000 miles per second so a even a few thousand miles is still very little (so much for Verizon's commercial claim that they operate at the speed of light). It is the switching, traffic at key points, etc. that slows it down. A single signal over a length of wire or fiber optic cable travels at the same speed but it is the amount of individual signals that the hardware can handle over those distances and the time it takes to direct it to its destination at each juncture, possibly waiting for an opening in the traffic so it can be sent along to the next point.
Clearly, with faster internet speeds being offered to homes and businesses, infrastructure will have to be upgraded at all points in the near future or we will all be in trouble.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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