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Make Sure That Your Internet Is Ready For Gaming

The world of online gaming introduces amazing ways to work together and compete with gamers across the world. While not all games require lightning-fast reflexes and elite computer specifications, any attempt at competitive gameplay can end early if the Internet fails. Internet failure is actually a complex pit of errors, disconnects and misunderstandings, so take the time to understand what to go wrong before wildly striking at techniques and services that won’t help you.

Lag, Bane of Online Gamers

Lag is something often discussed within online gaming worlds, but is often misunderstood. For the most part, lag is understood to be anything that slows down a gamer’s playing performance.

The term comes from computer networking in general, which is the backbone of how online gaming works. When information is delayed in any part of the network, the information is considered to be lagging behind. This could be caused by anything from Internet connectivity issues to an overload of Internet traffic, or even hardware failure.

Online games exist on top of network servers and other network systems. Although the game is the main feature, a game is still simply a service that runs on a complex system of network areas that could slow down for various reasons.

For players, lag manifests itself as spells that won’t cast in the right amount of time, abilities that fail to execute even after multiple button presses and running in place. The lag could be with your character’s performance, or you might be watching another character run in place.

What Causes Lag?

Although there are multiple causes of lag, focus on the causes that affect you the most.  When lag happens, there are two areas that need to be checked: the game server and your Internet connection. Although on drastically different sides of the Internet, these two basic areas can give you quick answers with little effort.

To check the game server’s lag issues, visit the game’s official website. Look for any announcement of server issues and check any forums–namely technical support or customer support–for server problem reports from other players. The players are likely to discover these issues before the employees, as lag impacts the very second that players are engaged in the game–periodic checks from technicians are not so instant in terms of reporting.

To test your own connection, visit any speed test website and perform a test. If your Internet speed isn’t at the level you’re paying for, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) as soon as possible. There could be a local issue or a complete regional failure that you should request compensation for once the network issues are resolved.

There are other problems outside of slow Internet speed that could lead to lag. The term disconnect is understood to be a complete loss of connection from the game, the Internet at large or any web service, but disconnects can happen so rapidly that you never lose a full connection.

Intermittent connectivity is a term used to describe connections that disconnect and reconnect so fast that your game or network doesn’t register the failure. In intermittent cases, information is still being delayed by the flickering connection status, which results in lag.

Speak with an ISP technician as soon as possible to discuss any Internet issues you may be having to keep your gaming experience efficient and fun.