10 most frustrating things about gaming online

Online gaming is completely different to offline play. There's a tangible buzz and quickening of the heart-rate when you're leading a race on the last lap or sniping some guy in Australia, which you simply can't get from a single-player experience. But this experience can be so easily ruined by a few small things. Technical or man-made, these obstructions threaten to tip otherwise well-balanced men over the edge of madness and into the pits of frustration-fuelled rampage mode. And these are they.


1) Not being able to pause

The phone's ringing. Your girlfriend's at the door. The cat's brought in a live bird. You've got an itch. You need to pee. There's a swarm of bees and the window's open. Your pizza's ready. Your baby brother's reaching for the flex that dangles from the still-hot iron. There's a UFO hovering outside the window and the aliens are posing for a photo.
But you can't pause the game! What's it gonna be?


2) Other people's crap connections

If there's one technological issue even more frustrating than the game taking ages to create a match, it's lag. This is where players with a slow internet connection jump around the screen as the game tries to calculate their position and actions in relation to everyone else. Modern games are very clever in their methods of concealing lag, but these often compound the issue. For instance, driving behind a laggy car, you'll see it flicker around, jumping from a short distance ahead of you to about a mile down the track, and back again in a second.

This is fine, until it materialises halfway through your own car, immediately making the game think you've hit it at 3,000mph and destroying your vehicle. Keeerrrunch!

Above: The mystery is finally solved. This Ferrari was the victim of lag


3) Lobbies emptying just before a game

We've got a full game – this is it. 8 vs 8 team deathmatch. All players are ready. Let's start the countdown. But wait - people are dropping out. Where are they all going? Now it's 4 vs 5 and we need another player. Nope, now it's three on three. Game starts in 5… 4… Oh, now it's 2 vs 3. Someone leaves. Game starts in 2… two more leave and now it's just us. Game start? Yes. Let's play single-player team deathmatch.


4) Shooting someone a zillion times doesn't kill them, but one shot from their gun kills you instantly




Above: GamesRadar, I've told you a MILLION times not to exaggerate


  • RedhawkAce - March 4, 2011 5:28 a.m.

    Oh man this is so true I love this article it describes every little annoying piece of crap there is to playing online yet we still do it "hhmmmmmmmm smart we are No!?"
  • AuthorityFigure - August 11, 2009 8:33 a.m.

    You don't have to convince me that online gaming sux. I never go online anymore because of all of those reasons you've mentioned (and more). NPCs are always there, they don't trash talk, glitch, cheat or quit. Ever.
  • disturbedanomaly36 - August 10, 2009 5:11 p.m.

    i dont have that much of a problem with 10, me and my friends usualy play either local or on the same Xbox also, 4 5 and 9 are always bitches cause of those effing hackers and those dumbasses killing people on THEIR OWN TEAM
  • Cwf2008 - August 9, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    Ah yes the one about the DAMN PEOPLE WHO SPEAK IN OTHER EFFING LANGUAGES WHEN OBVIOUSLY EVERYONE ELSE IN THE LOBBY SPEAKS ENGLISH! Ugh that pisses me off so much. Especially the French. Bastards are so cocky always making fun of the Americans. Guess they forget who saved their asses and whos still better than them. Oh and their accent...dont get me started on them. I always make killing French people a priority...even if their on my own team
  • The_Lurcher - August 8, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    What annoys me is when people give you negative feed back on xbox live because you won't accept their freind request. Just because I dont want everyone I've ever talked to online to be my freind doesn't mean I'm being inapropriate or unsporting maybe you need more freinds but I have plenty, now leave me ALONE!
  • doomdude - August 7, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    dude yall are right and for the record I HATE LAGGERS and stupid noobs, not the ones who have a brain just the stupid ones
  • RandomIdoit - August 5, 2009 10:37 p.m.

    wait I just remembered something from when I did have online. I was playing Mario kart on balloon fight and EVERY TIME I got a mega mushroom, so did my opponent, EVEN WHEN HE WAS NO WHERE NEAR AN ITEM BLOCK, when I got a shell, he got a mega mushroom altough he did not touch an item block since forever. I THINK HE WAS CHEATING!! Just wondering, is that anyone here at gamesradar?
  • reyalejandro13 - August 5, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    yeah, I hate the one kid who thinks he's hot sh*t in the lobby, but when the game's done and he's been thoroughly destroyed, he starts making up reasons for loss. That, and when losers quit. especially when they're on MY team!
  • Rhesus - August 5, 2009 7:28 p.m.

    #2 Nuthin' worse than a laggy match on GOW2
  • LittleTaco - August 5, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    most of this crap happens 2 me on battlefield all the time i hate it when the thousand bullet 1 happen thank god it doesnt happen often
  • J-spit - August 5, 2009 6:37 p.m.

    I hate it when a**holes spam me in SF4 & Blazblue and then quit when I kick their asses! RRRRGH!!!
  • NovaProspekt - August 5, 2009 5:26 p.m.

    hahaha I love how they show HALO for the "shoot ppl 100 times and it does nothing" bit. ...So true, I hate that game...
  • Unoriginal - August 5, 2009 2:41 p.m.

    The language problem is even bigger on Europian Servers seeing as how one in every 3 persons doesn't speak English.
  • Auron - August 5, 2009 12:06 p.m.

    People (kids, weird me saying it since I'm 14) quit when they lose are my number 1 enemies. I get that alot when I feel like playing good old Dead or Alive 4.
  • Tofu - August 5, 2009 8:09 a.m.

    i have learned to play rockband wile on the phone with my girlfriend... much more difficultthan it sounds
  • Stupidturkey - August 5, 2009 7:21 a.m.

    Don't forget the joys of setting up a home network with more than one computer and multiple xbox's
  • waynski1457 - August 5, 2009 6:54 a.m.

    Sure you listed other people, but as was said, cheaters really needed a mention. Cheating online is never, ever, ever a good thing.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 5, 2009 6:31 a.m.

    I don't have a new console (rocking a PS2), but after reading this, I'm going to scrounge my money, buy a 360, buy a multiplayer game (any will do for this), and yell crazy shit in Russian. Strangely I never thought of doing that.
  • Christrigg1 - August 5, 2009 5:22 a.m.

    that thousand bullet thing pisses me off. i was playing call of duty world at war i was online shooting this guy for 5 seconds with a full auto gun right in the head, he shoots me in the stomach once or twice and im killed instantly!
  • Fizzmonkey - August 5, 2009 2:53 a.m.

    I don't know how many times i experienced each of these online problems. And yes, other people are the worst part of online play.

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