No one likes lag. Nothing is more frustrating than freezing up and being logged out only to come back and find yourself dead.* Even when lag is occasional skips and pops, it drives us all crazy.
*Ok, yes, some things are more frustrating, unless one limits the world of possible frustrations to only those that may occur in game. Within that context, lag frustration reigns supreme.
Last year’s version of the Mabar event induced lag that was so ultimately stultifying that I never actually saw the Spectral Dragon move, not even once. Most of the time I didn’t get to see him at all, we would enter the summons area, take up positions at the altar, and then five minutes would go by before my screen completely redrew. By the time it did, it was over.
This year it is much improved, but still, not smooth. The animation skips and pops and the frame rate drops. I do actually see the dragon, every time! There is movement and everything.
But still, skips and pops and chatter, even though I am on a pretty decent rig with a very good connection. Playable, and much better than last year, but the lag is still noticeable.
I wonder what it is about the event that is so hard on the game? The number of players in each instance? Generating so many Night Gargoyles on the fly? Something about the dragon itself? It is really large and really translucent and maybe that makes for a bad combination?
Too bad really, it is a fun event, but the lag gives it a bit of a negative image.
The Spectral Dragon
Brings pain and death to all things
Even the servers
MajMalphunction promises even less lag next year. Yay!
🙂 😀 🙂