I’m sure there is already a thread about this somewhere but I couldn’t find it. This is a bit long winded so bear with me.
Any other Australian players will agree that there is a huge problem over here with high ping players joining Australian servers. I don’t know how much of a problem it is on US and other worldwide servers, but here in Australia we get people constantly joining our servers from overseas. There are two main problems with it that I see:
1. They lag. Anyone with ~200 or over lags very noticeably. They rubber-band and teleport all over the place and their weapons hit you from meters away.
2. They take up spots that Australians could be using. We only have a handful of servers over here in Aus, and there’s usually about 5 servers with people in them at a time. If you want to join a team objective server you need to wait for one of 2 or so servers to have a spot available, which sometimes means waiting 5 or 10 minutes for a spot. This is in contrast to the US and Europe where they have dozens of populated servers at a time. There are servers in Brazil, Latin America, Asia and Singapore too so there’s no real reason for them to join Australian servers at all.
Usually it’s controllable by votekicking high pingers as they join, but since the sales there have been ridiculous numbers of people from overseas joining our servers (this happens every time there’s a sale but it’s been especially bad over Christmas). Basically any server I join now in Australia will be around half Australians and half foreigners. Because the ratio of high pingers to Australians is so high they are hard to votekick off, because they all vote no.
The problem is mostly that they’re mostly new players who bought the game during the sale and either don’t pay attention to ping, don’t know what it is, or just simply don’t care and join whatever server they see.
Here’s an example of what I mean: http://i.imgur.com/ppBMzqm.jpg
This particular server actually was actually mostly high ping players about 5 minutes before this, but I left for a bit to find another TO server and rejoined after I couldn’t find one, and when I came back a few had left or been kicked.
The point of my post is this: we need a working auto-kick feature, so that server admins can set their servers to kick anyone with anything over ‘X’ ping, whatever they set it to. You could make it similar to TF2 where you can join a server with high ping but it will give you 10 warnings that you have high ping before it kicks you. I think most people don’t even notice their ping until they are votekicked for it.
Anyway that’s it. Sorry if it’s been said before but I feel it’s one of the biggest issues in the Australian Chivalry community at the moment.