i am on big time plan but haven't played any pc game online (y'all know the reason: no cd key). currently thinking about buying COD MW2 and starcraft II is coming so will start online gaming soon, anyone has any comments on that?
i'm currently on big time plan and what i can tell you is that it veries with games. For example, I can play cod4 without a problem (of course on busy times it gets a bit laggy) however, with mw2 it is quite different story. it takes about half on hour trying to get into a server and even when i do, the high ping usually occurs. If you are switching for mw2, i would advice not to.
but actually loading steam or downloadingpatches through steam takes aaaaaaaages.
Likewise when I play MW2 (on PS3) the game itself works great once you are playing it, but actually downloading the list of servers takes 15-20 mins. I switch on my PS3, start up MW2, watch Tv for 20 mins and when I come back it is ready to rock.
As with any rate-shaped plan (and big time is heavily rate shaped), performance will vary dependent on activity and load.
If you are heavily into online gaming, then I would recommend against Big Time. If you are not downloading much, then I would suggest one of the other Xtra plans. I personally use Xnet as my ISP simply because that has historically given me the best performance.