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Master Geek

Topic # 60034 16-Apr-2010 22:20
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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? 

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  Reply # 319561 16-Apr-2010 23:25
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it is not suitable for gaming because of traffic management and high pings (high latency)
best is to get like the adventure plan or pro plan....

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  Reply # 319625 17-Apr-2010 11:21
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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.

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  Reply # 319676 17-Apr-2010 16:13
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yeah, it vaires (in my experience)

playing steam games, for me, has been fine.

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.

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  Reply # 321245 21-Apr-2010 11:49
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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.


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 329464 12-May-2010 17:03
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dont use it rather use the 10gb plan... the big time only has like 3 hours where the net speed is normal and that during around like 2am...

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  Reply # 330431 15-May-2010 17:20
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depends what games:

Battlefield BC2 seems alright
COD5 = bad
MW2 = bad
updates = bad

I switched to the Pro 40gb plan and haven't looked back

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 

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  Reply # 330650 16-May-2010 16:41
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All these are fine in my experience:

Street Fighter IV against other people NZ
Company of Heroes game hosted by someone in NZ or AU
Left 4 Dead 2 on NZ or AU servers
GTA IV games hosted by someone in NZ

Haven't really tried any US hosted games recently as have mostly been playing with local friends.

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