If you're anything like us, the thing that frustrates you most about multiplayer latency is that you've no idea what's causing it. Is your connection to blame? Your host's connection? The game's server? Global warming? The Daedra? That measly five-bar indicator next to your Gamertag isn't much help.
Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling agrees that it's an oft-misunderstood topic. "Lag is an extremely sensitive subject in an FPS because every second counts when it comes to being in the firefight. There are definitely a lot of misconceptions about how the game works and how lag is taken into account.
"There's stuff we're doing at the back end at all times to tweak and optimise and improve the gameplay so it is a better experience, but I think regardless whether it's misinformed or not, that feedback is extremely important so we know that the tweaks and changes we are making an impact."
Bowling didn't discuss how developers might explain latency to afflicted players, but evidently, social media is an important line of communication. "I like to keep track of what people are saying. I pulled stats recently and I just the last month O received 240,000 Tweets about Modern Warfare 3, and we keep track of all of that to try to keep a gauge.
"Are the changes we are making having a positive impact? What are people saying? And that allows us to continue to make our priorities in the future."
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