Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

61 posts

Master Geek

Topic # 60034 16-Apr-2010 22:20
Send private message

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? 

Create new topic
80 posts

Master Geek

  Reply # 319561 16-Apr-2010 23:25
Send private message

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....

119 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 5

  Reply # 319625 17-Apr-2010 11:21
Send private message

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.


6433 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1571

  Reply # 319676 17-Apr-2010 16:13
Send private message

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.

18 posts


  Reply # 321245 21-Apr-2010 11:49
Send private message

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.


6 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 329464 12-May-2010 17:03
Send private message

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...

2260 posts

Uber Geek


  Reply # 330431 15-May-2010 17:20
Send private message

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. 

8020 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 386


  Reply # 330650 16-May-2010 16:41
Send private message

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.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted 13-Mar-2018 07:47

Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted 11-Mar-2018 12:25

New Zealand Adopts International Open Data Charter
Posted 3-Mar-2018 12:48

Shipments tumble as NZ phone upgrades slow
Posted 2-Mar-2018 11:48

Oppo R11s: high-end Android, budget price
Posted 27-Feb-2018 16:27

Samsung New Zealand introducing the Galaxy S9 and S9+
Posted 26-Feb-2018 07:00

Fujifilm X beats its best with new top of the range, high-performance camera
Posted 24-Feb-2018 14:05

One million kiwis affected by cybercrime
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:58

New Zealanders want to engage with government online and via mobile apps
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:56

Samsung launches Samsung Max
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:52

CPTPP text and National Interest Analysis released for public scrutiny
Posted 21-Feb-2018 19:43

Foodstuffs to trial digitised shopping trolleys
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:27

2018: The year of zero-login, smart cars & the biometrics of things
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:25

Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21

Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.