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High latency issues in online games causing lag!


  • 2012.10.10 05:53
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Latency in games is the reaction time from the moment a player interacts in a game till an in-game mechanic like action, sound, or graphic command gets processed.

If the latency is high, such interaction, action, sound, or graphic commands can be delayed to a noticeable degree. In some cases high latency can cause video games or online games to stop, freeze, crash or disconnect from a server.

High latency in games and online games can be caused by:


latency issues A. High latency caused by hardware
latency issues B. High latency caused by software & system
latency issues C. High latency caused by internet connection and services

A. Hardware latency issues in games
If one of the hardware parts needed to have a game run proper has malfunction or does not meet the system requirements, high latency can be caused! The communication with the malfunctioning or not supported hardware part can delay or stop (crash).

Major noticeable high latency issues caused by Hardware are: - Player actions are delayed or not performed
- Sound or music is stocking or not performed
- Screenplay is stocking or freezing
- The mouse courser is stocking or freezing
- Delay by data synchronization of online games
- Computer crashes (blue screen)



Ad. A.) What Hardware parts can cause high latency?


1. Processor
2. RAM
3. Graphic card
4. Audio card
5. Network card
6. Hard disk
7. CD/DVD
8. Mouse
9. Keyboard
10. Modem / Router
11. USB device
12. Motherboard
13. Other gaming device

System RAM

 

B. Software or system latency issues in games

Same as with hardware latency, software or system latency cause a delay of player interactions, actions, sound, or graphic commands to a noticeable degree. Installed 3rd party applications on a player's computer or operating system processes, settings and protocols can be corrupted, not configured properly or can be infected.

Also drivers and firmware can cause high latency if they are not compatible, supported or updated regularly. The same applies to updates of the operating system!

Major noticeable high latency issues caused by software or system latency:

- Player actions are delayed or not performed
- Sound or music is stopping or not performed.
- Screenplay is stuttering or freezing
- The mouse courser is stocking or freezing
- Delay in data synchronization of online games.
- Computer crashes (blue screen)



Ad. B.) What software or system issues can cause high latency?


1. Drivers and firmware (updates and settings).
2. 3rd party Applications (like Flash player, web browser, firewall, virus scanner…).
3. Plug-ins, toolbars and add-ons.
4. Registry entries.
5. System processes.
6. System settings
7. Protocols.
8. System Services
9. Balance of system memory.
 

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C. Internet latency issues in games


Latency in online games is majorly important and causes most of the troubles online gamers can get with their game performance. Every online gamer knows how frustrating it can be if he experiences high latency.

Online games depend on the communication between the player's computer and a game server located somewhere in the world. Data packages are sent and received, and if there is a delay then usually an online game is lagging. The symptoms are: not performed or delayed player interactions, action, sound, or graphic commands, login issues, freezing and disconnections. These are all caused by high latency!
Online games communicating trough (raff) 3 ends. The player's computer, the ISP and the game server. If one of the 3 ends has issues, the online game won't work as it is supposed to.
 

Major noticeable high latency issues in games caused by internet latency:


- Player actions are delayed or not performed.
- Sound or music is stopping or not performed.
- Screenplay is stopping or freezing.
- The mouse courser is stopping or freezing.
- Delay in data synchronization of online games.
- Computer crashes (blue screen).
- Disconnection from the game server.
- Login problems.
- Game related uploads and downloads are delayed or not performed.
 

Ad. C) What can cause high latency on the internet?


- All causes from point A.)
- All causes from point B.)
- Your Internet Service Provider (weak signals or bad lines)
- The game server
- A mobil device
- In-game mechanics

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