Modern Warfare 3 – Will Lag Issues And Connection Failures Be Its Cause Of Death

Posted by on November 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3 or COD – MW3 as it is commonly shortened is yet another in the long list of first person shooters holding the Call of Duty moniker.

The Modern Warfare franchise has a long history of connection issues and lag, in the first few days after a release but with the newest entry into the series, those issues have continued on for many players and, for some, has caused them to walk away from the game entirely.

Read on for more.

If you search on google, you’ll immediately find thousands upon thousands of results pertaining to lag and connection issues with MW3. Video after video and forum post after forum post highlight the issues Activision is having with its multiplayer servers. Players are complaining of the game completely freezing for up to several seconds at a time, right in the middle of multiplayer matches, as well as other issues like random, loud noises and disconnects.

Also, same game is the same.

There is also the issue with the “Call of Duty Elite” service. This was designed to help players connect with others who share their play-style and skill level, so that each person can have the best experience possible. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work yet.

Players have described a number of problems with the Elite service on console – mostly, it seems, with not being able to log in – and the PC version of the service has been indefinitely delayed.

One has to wonder if all of the issues they are having, and have had in the past, could cause a drop off in popularity for the mega-hit franchise. I think it may ; I know dozens of people who play Modern Warfare and have been fans of the Call of Duty series since before Modern Warfare was even a twinkle in Infinity Ward’s eye and many of them are calling it quits.

When I ask them why they’re walking away, they generally site one of two issues as being the sources of their consternation. 1) Connection issues and lag and 2) 12 year olds playing the game and acting like fools. I can agree with both of these.

I wrote an article a while back about what to expect when you play MW3 online and it seems that my prophecy has been fulfilled as, once again, uninformed parents have decided to let Modern Warfare babysit their kids while they do god knows what…certainly anything BUT paying attention to what their kids are doing. So that’s a big problem for a lot of people because, really, who likes getting called a fag (or worse) by a little kid? I don’t. Of course, we can’t blame this on Activision…They have no control over what stupid people allow their kids to do so our only choice is to put that one on the parents and hope we run into some of them in the store someday, so we can slap the shit out of them.

When we look at the connection issues, though, we have to wonder. Activision DOES have control over this and they’ve known about the issues for…well…years. They know that with every release the players end up having massive issues with connecting and staying connected to multiplayer games but they don’t seem to have learned anything from that, yet.

Why is that?

I’m not sure if we should be pointing the finger at the developers, who could probably do something with the network code, the server teams, who could probably do something to optimize the way the servers run or the myopic executives, who could probably stand to give up a little bit of the money in their bank accounts for the cause of adding some servers to the farm and then tell the devs and server teams to clean up their shit.

Regardless of who is to blame, I know it is safe to say that these issues are starting to wear on people’s nerves and if Activision doesn’t sort out it’s problems, C.O.D. may just end up being short for “Cause of Death” in the future.

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