Sins MP is not dying because of MDs or desyncs those problems have been here since day one. ico is dying because 90% of the games you play are decided right from the start because of team stacks. its not fun playing if you know from the start that you will lose.
Smurfing isnt the problem its the people who smurf so they can play with their clans even if the teams aer stacked then trash talk the other team when they win. im tired of this happenning. which is why i am gonna quit sins, it has now just become a huge waste of my time and i gain no enjoyment from playing a game that is predecided.i dont think i am alone i have seen many other people complain about this attitude but im sick and tired of fighting. Now come DT and trash talk me in this post because we all know its what you are good at.
have fun everyone
The simple solution is to host your own game with a password and invite/accept only those whom you wish to play with. that's why the feature is there.
And smurfs are yotz's...I agree.
I think that the Trinity/Entrenchment split is what has really hurt the online game combined with the separate Diplomacy server. Before Trinity was released it was possible to find several 5v5 games every night. Now it's difficult to find more than one or two.
You would have a few more SP players join yall on ICO, if smurfs didnt invade our causal games, trash talk us, then ruin our fun. Also if the current MP croud would branch out and use more than Single random map and fastest settings. Yeah I know alot of yall feel that SINS is too slow as is. *shrugs*
Its the players IMHO that are strangling ICO. Yes desyncs, split lobbies, and other problems have not helped. But there has been other games with other problems that have decent communites with 'buggy' games.
I'm still of the opinion that the main reasons are of the technical, game-breaking variety:
3) Sub-optimal random map generation (no-asteroid starts, annoyingly overlapping grav wells, etc etc)
5) Hosting problems (what other online MP game regularly crashes when the host kicks a player?)
7) One game and two expansions on two different servers; no communication between the two. Why exactly is it two again? Instead of one? Or (god forbid) three, which would at least be neatly one per game installment?
If the above didn't exist (at least not all of them), then maybe Sins MP wouldn't have been thinned down to a such a flimsy player base, leading to all the aforementioned player-related problems.
Side note -- The game concept itself is brilliant, but I'm not sure what to do with it anymore w/o functional MP and no SP campaign. If this were more of a 4x game and less RTS (like, say, Civ4), then maybe playing the AI over and over would still be fun.
I really think there is a need for player websites promoting specific maps, mods and game styles would help. Sort of "communities within the community".
On the other hand, when I log onto smurfville--I mean ICO--I leave immediately when I see: random Map, 5v5, all settings fast.
QFT. Playing at the fastest settings alone prevents me from playing online. Why? It's boringly lame.
As opposed to what? Boringly lame and slow?
I really wouldn't mind playing games w/o quick start, with pirates, or on one of the premade maps. However, I don't see a reason to not play on the fastest speeds -- the game is already far on the slow-paced end of RTS games.
There's also a limit to map variation, since player-created maps can't be transferred via ICO. It's really too much of a hassle to download a wonderfully player-made map, then tell enough other players about it (and make them listen) in order to get a decent game going, only to repeat the entire process every time the map gets tweaked for improvements or a completely different map gets made.
U dont know who i am but i will miss you noob
**hint.hint "google it"
oh and responding to SIN-Imperian there are not enough players online to do anything you are suggesting LOL
and to VarekRaith ... are you implying that long/slow games are exciting and not lame? if so then also LOL
Would be nice if the devs could fix all the goddamn problems with ICO that is the main reason why the community is so small... -maybe strong language will get their attention lol
Sadly ICO games is difficult now.However when devs fix to desync bug,I hope you guys return back...
Since Diplo and Trinity release I noticed influx of new players online. They weren't smurfs.
The problem was and still is that in most games there are able to join in against skilled there was at least one player that insulted their playing style and lack of skill, some even went so far that they insulted their intelligence. PLEASE DON'T DO THAT (yes u are better but thats obvious isn't it)
I always opt if i see a noob on my opponents team and there is one on my team to try to convince other players captains and skilled players to let them live so they can get longer reply. After the game i advice them to go watch reply and point out how skilled planets colonize and what they research at start. If they make noob mistake in games i point it out to them as well and give them alternative what they should do in my opinion.
The thing is if we try to teach new players eventually they will get better and more better=skilled players means bigger community and better team games.
Sins of a Solar empire is a game where it is really neither a single player or mulitplayer game, it is more like a single player skirmish game.
I got trash talked in this game, but not as much as on CODMW2 on the xbox 360. Someone threatened me with an complaint if I camp again, this was because the same idiot kept coming out the same walkway every game. waiting for me to shoot him, I ended up getting 27 kills , no deaths, and then ended up getting trash talked by the silly amercian, and a complaint for me (unsportsmenship behaviour).
At the end of the day, smurfing and trash talking, or making games longer on purpose is horrible, and that is destroying the community as well as dysyncs and minidumps. Sins was never really made for online, but, never really made for single player experiance. Playing skirmish is fun, but playing it after a while is a bore.
Would anyone want to play a game at which he sucks and in addition to that gets insulted????
I think thats main reason why online community is so small. Yes all MDs, desyncs play a role in that but in my opinion it's not the biggest problem. I think it's even below smurfing problem.
Lately I hear that even some regular and skilled players are going to quit SINS because of smurfing and team stacking.
Lets face it we all like to win. It's in human nature. And if u stack teams the other one gets owned in 30 min. Where is fun in that. When I joined sins I heard people saying What a great game so many ups and downs in one game. Now I don't recall I've heard that in last 2 or 3 months. The team thats on top early in stays on top. And I wonder DOES IT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH SMURFING???
the reality is people play sins to have fun and it isnt fun waitng 20 mins in the lobby to pick teams just to play a game that is horribly stacked and predecided. almost every 5v5 i play in is stacked now. even combined the community is far smaller than it was previously. there aer many reasons but i think that unsportsmanlike conduct is paramount.
All i can say is Have fun team stacking DT when you are teh only ones left.
So many people saying the same thing, so many people saying that smurfing has caused them to quit the game. DT and the other smurfs continually deny that its their actions are doing it so they can at least partially try to rationalize their actions. As annoying as minidumps, desyncs and such are, it is the smurfing that bothers me worst and its the problem the community has the most power to do something about. Soon there will not be a community left to smurf and screw over but it would seem that most of them could care less. I honestly believe that a lot of them are in fact DT players(at least the skilled smurfs that are out there). The actual presence of 9 or 10 of them tagged the other day as was demonstrated in another post here tells me that they are actually still active but only in blue form. I truly wish they would see the error of their ways and stop smurfing but at this point I see it as doubtful. At this point it may be closing the barn door after the horses have all escaped anyways.
Ive stopped playing onlin just because of desyncs. both 1.01 and evtrenchment still desync within 15 minutes for me... Of course me and my buddy only do compstomps but he has now given up and uninstalled it. Entrenchment 1.041 was the only build we could make it through.. Still desynce after 3 hours in that build but we could deal with that now it sdoes it before the first auto save whcih makes it unplayable.
Not everyone enjoys the faster pace. Sure its slower but IMHO the rewards are greater. Its much harder to recover from a loss when its on slow, Tactical placement of ships during battle is greater b/c they dont fly as fast. I could go on with a few more examples.
Problem is that most everyone now a days is use to fast paced RTS...Starcraft...C&C... they expect that same pace in every RTS they play.
Just b/c the current majority on ICO enjoys fastest settings, no pirates, and single random....doesnt mean there isnt a huge group of us that would get on ICO more often or log on for the first time if there was more diversity in game play online. Currently I only get on ICO to play the random DS game. But mostly play SP and LAN b/c well your verison of 'fun' sucks IMHO.
20-1 hour to pick teams. Anywhere up to 2 hours to get a game even hosted at times. Oh, you gotta prove your not a smurf...and if your happend to be new you usually get kicked for a clan member or other player. And if you do get a game started its one sided b/c someone knew who the smurfs where and stacked teams. Oh and there are the same settings every game. Its counter productive for me or anyone who is a casual MP player to even attempt to waste our time on ICO.
So yeah...its the community that is shooting itself in the foot.
Oh you know there is a save feature....sure its can be a pain to you get everyone back together but if 1000's of people can organize time do stuff in MMO's....FPS tourny....etc etc etc...I dont see why the MP community cant grow up and do the same.
i'm not gonna waste time teaching new players. its not worth it.
here are the reasons, people are stupid, and it takes too long to teach people in sins.
and even when you are going to try and teach them, 50% of the time the game you host minidumps or desyncs. and because they don't understand why this keeps happening they will get discouraged and leave just as soon as if we stacked the teams and rolled them.
this game is going to do die because ironclad/stardock never really cared about ironclad online. they were profit hungry, went for the money they could get from single player, and never made a decent effort into solving minidumps and desyncs. it was their own poor planning and lack of problem solving and common deductive reasoning over the now 2 years they have had to fix technical problems. I have never seen such a lackluster performance to fix technical issues.
No sense in complaining now, the folks at ironclad will read this, and not post back because they are too afraid to make a stand, and even if they aren't too afraid, they just don't care enough to help us out. case closed.
Except the game isn't going to die beacuse 100 or so ICO players leave. It's really funny the ICO community thinks the game will die without them, but the other 100,000+ people who bought Sins are just fine with single player and TCP/IP. Yes, that other multiplayer option that hasn't desynched or minidumped on me in over 30 games. I regularly play multiplayer games with 3 friends without having to deal with the ICO smurfs, trolls and inflexability (Carbon already covered this problem). Games take longer? Sure. But guess what, you can *gasp* save it, and pick it up later. You don't have to play Sins like it's C&C, and most people not on ICO don't want to play it like C&C.
Imperium nailed it on the second post; play private games with people you trust. There's no ladder in Sins, and the stat tracking is irrelevant since everyone has 7 smurf accounts. Why even play public games at this point, when even long time veterens are sick of it?
The technical issues killed online? Trinity killed online because new players can't see Entrenchment games? They didn't help, but if the community is awesome people will put up with bugs and imbalance. ICO is dying because new players take one look at the community and want no part of it. Deny it all you want, but ICO didn't have a large base even when the minidumps didn't occur every other game.
I must say I agree there have been issues with sins MP from day 1 that have yet to be addressed. I had 2 games of Diplomacy MP, both ended with a crash of sorts, and there is no way to rejoin ater that so GG indeed. I also been playing League of Ledgends lately, and there you cannot leave a game. If you try to go play another game while a game u left is in progress, it will connect you back to it It's kinda awesome, punishes quitters at the same time
Why play against strangers? Because sometimes you might want to play the game when your friends aren't around. Sometimes you want to play when you're available and not when your buddies are available. Also, some people might get bored playing against the exact same people continuously, using the same non-innovative, stale strategies. (You get to see new strategies and tactics when you play against the general public.) It's also possible to play 4v4's and 5v5's unless you have a lot of friends who can get together at one time.
I think they cared enough about multiplayer to enable it and make a pretty decent user interface for it. However, I do agree that they may have had a, "Why spend 33% of the development budget on a feature that only 1% of the purchasers will ever use," type of mentality. The problem with it is that it is a self-fulfilling prophecy or a vicious circle in a sense. By not fixxing and promoting online multiplayer problems fewer people play online, which makes fixing and promoting the online multiplayer game less worthwhile.
Unfortunately, TCP/IP wasn't an option for me because I have too few friends/family into games. So pretty much my only option was playing public games
I've always detested the maxed-out speed settings, too. You don't have time to do any real planning or strategy, you don't have time for smart tactical maneuver when the game is flying 90 to nothing. But I had no choice but to play with these speeds. Diplo made it even worse, so I haven't logged in for a couple of weeks now.
Generally speaking, this is true and why I like to play RTS' competitively online. The problems arise when balance is poor and/or the online system isn't healthy. When playing friends, you don't have to worry about them abusing the OP strategy of the patch, stacking teams, or quitting early. Sins has always had weak balance, and ICO has suffered from minidumps for a large chunk of Sins existance. The lack of an automatcher never helped either. There's always been at least one unit heavily imbalanced to the point that dominates all games. Early on it was LRF spam, then carriers, then back to LRF, then scouts, now carrier caps. We tried to play against strangers online, but 9/10 times people online would just spam the flavour of the month imbalance. Sins is still a fun game when played without being a cheesy asshole, so we just abandoned ICO and played with each other. And with 4 people, you can simply mix up the teams and get very different strategies; people work differently with each other.
As for 4v4 and 5v5, none of us have ever been interested in that format in any RTS. There's absolutely no skill required when every player can just specialize and spam one thing because their teammates will cover the rest. Nothing of value lost to us there. 3v3 is about the largest limit at which you can still get a somewhat interesting game in an RTS.
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