Which video games work on Exede Satellite Internet?

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As many of you know, satellite internet is not usually an ideal choice for heavy video gamers. Still, many customers have asked us: If I really want to game on Exede, will it work at all? What can I expect? Are certain games better than others? 

Here's the first of several blogs we plan to write on this subject. We talked to Matt Ahern, a YouTube streamer who has had good results with many (though not all) of the games he's tried on our network. In his videos, Ahern gets into the details that can help gamers understand what impact satellite internet might have, and even how players can compensate for the extended ping.

Of course, your experience may vary, and this is far from the last word on this topic. But we hope this helps to answer some gamers' questions, and to spark a conversation.   

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I played wow no problem anything but fps make sure you download at night during free time but it i had np with any mmos
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Some games do work well with Exede and, even WildBlue legacy (meaning even at slowed Liberty Pass speed, they are very playable.)

I play a few MMOs that work well. Most of those are from a game publisher called Trion Worlds. I also voluntarily (not for pay) beta test some of their games and, I and a few other satellite ISP players work closely via email and in game live chat with the developers to resolve the issues our high latency connections cause in new content. Those issues are compensated for in ways that work for us as well as DSL players before the new content goes live. We test it, note where the problems due to lag/latency are and, the devs make adjustments that allow us to play virtually lag free.

Yes in one game, Rift, where there is a PvP tournament with three teams and 60 to 80 players per team, if the majority of us get into a battle at one locations, there is lag, but there is lag there for DSL players as well, ours is just a bit worse. Still playable but, you do notice the lag in that situation. 20 man raids, no problem, smooth as silk as long as I don't run voice chat in the raid (only need to do that if I'm the raid leader. Listening is fine, speaking slows it down to where I see a bit of lag during combat.) Most of the time in 5 man groups or solo content, even 40 man PvP there is no lag for me.
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So here's the answer in short, ANY game that requires a reaction in less than half a second you just need to avoid.

A good rule of thumb for a MMO like final fantasy 14 would be to know that anything extremely end game you need good internet for but, anything else you'll probably be fine. Loading everyone elses animations and information in a raid is typically more of a hardware issue than a latency issue, so really that's not a problem in most mmo's. The issue is when the game devs give you a total of 1 second to do a thing and the thing takes .75 seconds to do and you don't get the action until halfway into the quick time thing because of latency causing a team wipe. 

MMBOA's like League of legends are "ok" if you are doing low level games and/or playing only with friends but, you will never be able to make quick plays and as such ranked play would be extremely ill advised. 

FPS are possible but, just like everything else you will be at a disadvantage in any pvp situation.

I could go on but, I think you see the pattern here. If reaction time is important consider saving whatever game it is for a time when you can be on a different internet source if possible. If reaction time is not important you'll probably be fine. 
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!Best Answer! If you can live with the delay (latency), then games can be "playable".
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EverQuest and EverQuest II seem to work....
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Hello Monte, thanks for the input on EverQuest. 
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     For most MMORPG's the graphics are Local so aren't downloaded as game play is happening. I play an extensive list of games over Exede and even Tank/Heal raids on World of Warcraft (while on VoIP) and do well.

     The games I play and the platforms are: PC: DC Universe Online, Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Diablo III, Overwatch, Hearhtstone, Heroes of the Storm, Rift, Defiance, Devilkin, Black Desert, Wildstar, Firefall, Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2, Tera, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Neverwinter.

     PS3: Defiance, DC Universe Online, Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny.

     VoIP Programs I use while gaming with guildies and friends: Ventrilo, Mumble, TeamSpeak, Discord (have even used the in game Voice  on DCU).

     Hopefully this information can help you decide what games are viable for you. Many offer trials so you could test them out before investing a lot of money in them. Just remember download them during your free zones and to set up your PC/System to work with a metered connection to prevent overages on your data.

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Update: Elder Scrolls Online is playable on PS4 and PC ( I do disconnect a bit on PC but might be due to server issues between  Exede & the game severs (as i won't lag with guildies on VoIP).
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How do you set up a metered connection?
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I did a simple easy to follow video showing some basic steps users on Limited Data Plans can use  to keep from going over their monthly data caps. You will need to be using a wireless connection for the Metered Connection Setting. Hopefully this will help fellow Exede/Wildblue Customers with better data management. Please, watch if you have been having data overages and want to see how to better manage usage: https://youtu.be/n6SIJXEPMqY
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How do you set up a metered connection?
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I did a simple easy to follow video showing some basic steps users on Limited Data Plans can use  to keep from going over their monthly data caps. You will need to be using a wireless connection for the Metered Connection Setting. Hopefully this will help fellow Exede/Wildblue Customers with better data management. Please, watch if you have been having data overages and want to see how to better manage usage: https://youtu.be/n6SIJXEPMqY
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call of duty black ops 3 onto xbox one doesnt work on the xbox one. but minecraft mini games work WONDERS!!! :D ive tested it and also ive putted up a youtube video of me playing the minecraft mini games :3
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Tirzy, can you share the link to your video? 
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yes. but i didnt record the call of duty black ops 3 one cause i forgots :( but the minecraft one i did record 

here is the link for the minecraft one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc3B99jphsQ
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i can also do an video onto the call of duty 3 for the xbox one so there can be proof of it if ya want me to??? :3
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Very nice video Tirzy.  I really enjoyed it!
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why thank you jim16 :3
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Haven't had any problems with Solitare.
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I play gta v and elder scrolls online using an Xbox one gta v will sometimes randomly k8ck me out of lobbies but esoteric seems to work fine the only real problem is they eat through quite a bit of data
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I just saw this thread.  I've played WoW since BC and I really enjoy PvP (no arenas).  I did okay when the speeds were 15-18 download and upload was 2+ to 3,  ping was always in the red at about 650-700.   Now I can't do anything but pick flowers and pet battle, pings are up to 800s to 900s.  I'm really frustrated and I hope it changes.  I appreciate all the info here about the timed responses and limitations.  Is there anyway to improve the ping? I don't think the developers try to compensate.  I wished they had a realm for people with slow response times.
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I'm still kicking. I hope to upload another gameplay video of Elder Scrolls Online to my channel soon. Might try this week.

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