bgarcia Posted October 13, 2004 Report Share Posted October 13, 2004 Last year, I had problems getting any type of smooth online gaming with ESPN Football. I'd been having problems with my isp (which is a wireless, T1 based service) delivering consistent bandwidth. This showed up through bandwidth meters which showed severely inconsistent results, with upload mostly suffering ie. upload readings frequently <100kbps. And ESPN Football would frequently go to the black 'waiting on opponent' screen, which really sucked. BTW, I played a couple of Madden games on PS2 around this time with no problems, and smooth gameplay, so I was really puzzled about what the problem could be. I just couldn't believe people could enjoy the type of gameplay I was seeing in ESPN live. About last May, I switched to a new provider, with the same T1-type setup. Although his bandwidth seemed more limited, bandwidth meters would consistently show dl of ~500kbps and ul of ~300kbps. I challenged my old foe to a quick game of ESPN Football and we managed to play mostly trouble-free. So I blamed my old problems on my old ISP, though I wondered if the smoother gamepaly was due to playing off-season. This all leads to ESPN Football 2k5. I'm back to having terrible gameplay. My bandwidth meter results show consistent >1mbps both ways (seems my ISP has made some improvements). So I have no clue what the problem is. I can't believe the masses play under these conditions! I play other online games like RS3 and Burnout3, and they run beautifully smooth. So what gives with football? Any ideas, feedback? Last night we played pretty much a whole game in slow motion (I did get the 'network conditions might affect gameplay' message as a warning, but I seem to get that often) till it finally disconnected with 2 seconds left in the game! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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