Computer and Internet connection make a big difference.
I don't think I can blame my lack of skills on that (my net sucks, my PC is ace*) but to me that's the aspect that gives people an advantage that doesn't require skill.
Draco wrote:A statement that I see made every now and then:
"You don't need any skills to press your WASD keys and your mouse a bit. It has nothing to do with 'skill'."
Glaucon wrote:Probably. But give me a super connection next to Linden Labs and a 200 frames per second PC and put me in a metered fight, and I will still suck donkey balls.
Glaucon wrote:Yep. I'd say skill is still the biggest factor. Location on the planet doesn't make a huge difference (despite some people from Europe claiming it does... when they lose). Connection speed only makes a marked difference up to a point. PC power makes a significant difference, but that can be compensated for by using lighter rendering settings/lighter viewers. What remains is being good at the thing (which I am not, though I once was alright but not great) and knowing and being able to use the tricks (which I don't anymore).
I will insist though... in fights between groups with similar skill (and assuming reasonable connection, PC-power, etc. of the participants) the group with superior tactics as a group will be at a huge advantage. People often forget that, because most groups never really try to go beyond individual skill and individual tactics. But a set of meter combatants that know the terrain and know what they are doing and how they can support each other certainly has a major edge over group that just does the random engagement thingy, even if they bring less FPS-power to the table.
Glaucon wrote:Not sure I agree with you, Blackwolf. If the sim lags badly... server-side... does it really affect your FPS, on your end? I think they are really unconnected. Of course, with lots of avi's running around, your PC will have to do more work rendering all that. But that would be the case if the sim wasn't lagging at all (server-side) as well. And if you have a great PC, and you lag, you may be able to look around without any loss of FPS, but you 'wade' just as much as everyone else, and you may shoot/swing many times, but most of that won't register server-side.
This is my understanding, anyway. I could be totally wrong.
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