Comcast Wants You To Be Amazed That Offline Games Have No Lag On Xfinity Service

June 2, 2014 - E. Zachary Knight

We have all had problems with lag. That annoying phenomenon that results in your character continuing to run on your screen but standing perfectly still, and thus a sitting duck, on the screens of your opponents. However, there is one place we don't normally see lag, games without an online component. 

Comcast is hoping that the gamers they are targeting with their latest Xfinity advertising campaign don't know that. In what appears to be a booth at a mall, they pull in gamers to ask if they experience lag and then have them try a game. The ever so helpful Comcast salesman asks the gamers if they notice any buffering, to which the gamers reply they don't. Why? Because they are playing Trials Fusion by Ubisoft, a game with no online mode.

Mr. Comcast gets the gamers playing Trials Fusion. The game is indeed a shiny new title, released on PC and for the major gaming consoles (Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4) just a few weeks ago. The motorcycle tricks-and-racing game launched to generally positive reviews that lauded its mechanics and features. But reviewers also mentioned one notable feature that the game does not have: an online multiplayer mode.

No online mode, no net connection. No network connection, no network lag.

“Do you notice any buffering?” Mr. Comcast then asks.

The gamers happily reply that they do not!

So I guess the moral of this story is, if you don't want your offline games to lag, then get Xfinity. Else, get the best, or most likely only, option for high speed internet in your area.

Source - Reddit via Consumerist via Techdirt

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Re: Comcast Wants You To Be Amazed That Offline Games Have ...

Now, hold on a sec, guys.  "No multiplayer" is not necessarily the same thing as "not online".  There have been quite a few incidences lately of single player games running online for no good reason.  Before we get carried away, is this one of those?

 

Also, fuck Comcast.  Just...  Just because.

Re: Comcast Wants You To Be Amazed That Offline Games Have ...

Diablo 3 and Sim City are not 'quite a few'. They were also absolute disasters that have shown just how stupid an idea it is.

 

So yeah, this is essentially false advertising.

Re: Comcast Wants You To Be Amazed That Offline Games Have ...

The problem here is that you're assuming that "proven to be a stupid idea" means they're going to not do it anymore.

Re: Comcast Wants You To Be Amazed That Offline Games Have ...

There was also Miner Wars 2081, as well as a good number of Ubi games that ran on UPlay, but the online connection needed for SC2013, MW2081, and Uplay games were for the most part taken out, as MW2081 only did it for the steam version and Uplay games do get cranky if there are server issues, if any of the launch day problems of Watch Dogs were anything to go by

Re: Comcast Wants You To Be Amazed That Offline Games Have ...

the watch dogs issues were easy to fix by just turning off the online component. The only drawback is the inability to hack/be hacked by other players and gain the bonus skills.

basic online server issue hiccup on release, not even close to the terror that is/was Simcity/Diablo 3/Assassins Creed 2

mostly it was limited to the same problems Borderlands 1 and 2 have when trying to ping online, or someones trying to link into your game, where it'll suddenly lag out despite you aren't openly online. It almost acts like massive FPS drops, or freezes (and can lead to crashes)

Or the download problems AIRC that some had with UPlay in general.. but thats a whole dif story.

Re: Comcast Wants You To Be Amazed That Offline Games Have ...

Truth be told, I've not had any real problem with latency on my end with Comcast. I've have beef with some things they do, so don't get me wrong.

I absolutely despise that they don't let anyone who isn't the account holder themselves see updates on if the service is down intentionally or not for example. I'm the one in the house that troubleshoots the computers, but I'm not the one with my name on the account. So that sudden internet downtime could be my modem dying, it could be the cable (least that's easy to test), it could be their servers exploding, or it could just be a scheduled outage to do maintenance on the systems. Won't know unless I call them (and they frequently won't tell you dick without the SSN of the account holder), or wait until said account holder returns home...

That said, I think it is a pretty misleading commercial, but as stated I've not had lag problems before with them either.

Re: Comcast Wants You To Be Amazed That Offline Games Have ...

Hrm.  You should be able to designate secondary account owners, the back end support stuff has that at least.  Accounts have a primary associated with them but support multiple people.

 
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