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Why Shooters Need Dedicated Servers

A post on BASHandSlash describes how to force Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to select you as the host for multiplayer games. This quite plainly highlights the obvious problem with the lack of dedicated servers, and though this is not going to be news to most of the folks reading this, it bears repeating if it can help future games avoid the peer-to-peer multiplayer mistake going forward:

Hosting the game on your computer puts you at a very great advantage. You will have the lowest effective ping in the game (approximately ~20ms). It's the host's computer that decides the outcome of every battle, which means that what the host is seeing on his screen is the closest to what the registration algorithm thinks is actually happening.

A week ago I tried an experiment with Whiskey, a renowned CoD gamer from British Columbia. We set up a private match and we played a 1v1 death-match on Rust.

When I hosted (I'm in Toronto) I completely pwned. I had a K/D ratio of three. Yet...when Whiskey tried to host, the tables turned. The host was getting that split second that separates fragger and fragee in FPS. When I was hosting I'd see the enemy's head suddenly pokeout around the corner just long enough for me to blast away, whereas my opponent would see nothing.

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14. Re: Why Shooters need Dedicated Servers Jan 5, 2010, 15:19 Dalumberjack
 
shuttleswo wrote on Jan 5, 2010, 14:57:
I also didn't buy this game because of this and other issues; however the biggest reason i saw with no-dedicated servers is the problem of the host suddenly ending a game for whatever personal reason (loosing, class, lunch, whatever); people come and go from games quite a bit for many reasons, being at the whim of the host just seems to lead to a lot of frustration.

But this is how everything used to be. Remember tom clancy Rogue spear? All hosted by players. now if they did something like rogue spear where players have a place to choose games and people they play with I'm fine with no dedicated servers. What was it called? Anyone remember?

But this randomized game / player BS is ridiculous. Something needs to change.
 
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