Gaming Pro Tips

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Okay so I've been on this forum for a good while now and I've seen a bunch of people talk about video games and how much data they may take.  So, I've decided to write out some pro tips for how to game, but also not use up all of your data as well as some explanations for those new to satellite internet and also happen to be gamers. 

1: I've seen people talk about how some games take 50GB to download, well as a life-long gamer (I'm only 20, but still) I have come across relatively few games that have massive updates aside from titles such as Call of Duty and other large, triple A titles.  So, 1: disable updates, heck even disconnect your console from the internet if need be and if you use Steam/play on PC go into your settings and turn off auto-updates. Try to take your system over to a friend or family member's house who does have reliable, unlimited internet and do it there or wait until you're over your data limit and download your updates in the early morning/free zone depending on what works best for you.

2: This is super obvious, *don't* download games digitally, purchase a physical version if you can rather than download the entire thing.  Games such as Battlefield 1 take over 50GB to download digitally, but if you have a physical version all you'll need to do is get the inevitable patches for whatever game it is and refer to protip #1. If you use Steam, you can look down at the bottom of the store page and in the minimum/recommend specs section it also says minimum/recommend storage space required, which of course doesn't tell you how much the initial download will be precisely, but if a game takes a recommend 100GB of storage, it's probably a big download lol.

3: Satellite internet is inherently and for the foreseeable future, at least with Viasat*, ultra high latency. (*I say with Viasat because they clearly don't want to do LEO satellites, which are supposed to be much lower latency)  Latency of 600 is **standard** if you want to play games such as first person shooters, you very well may have a bad time.  Personally, I've played games like Monster Hunter World online with friends recently and had nearly no issues. Point being, expect multiplayer to suck and if it doesn't then be happy, not the other way around.


I can't think of anything else that might make for a good pro tip at the moment, if anyone else has non-sarcastic advice for modern gamers on satellite internet please comment it.  
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Marika

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Joy Freeman

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Good info. As you say, latency will undoubtedly be with us satellite customers for a long time. 

I was never a huge gamer (though I've sort of let a couple of games take over my life a couple of times, lol) and have fallen out of the habit of gaming lately, and perhaps what I have to offer is too simplistic, but my tips are:

As you say, one strategy is to pick games where latency isn't too fatal an issue (avoid FPS). Another is to choose roles in MMORPGs where coordinated timing is less of a factor. I had to switch from my preferred primarily healing roles because in a game where a medic/healer is expected to keep teammate combatants in play in real time, they can't be laggy. I found it better when I could be a solitary scout or fulfill some other role where I was less likely to put teammates at risk.

And then there's time-of-day. I know I get better speeds morning to early afternoon or quite late at night. So I wouldn't try to participate in timing-critical campaigns during prime time.

Looking forward to seeing what others might have to say.