COD4 too many players...

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COD4 too many players...

Postby dyn » Sat Aug 22, 2009 16:37 UTC

Many times we have ~200 players and burning 70-80 GB traffic on each physical server (2 COD4 with 50 slots on each) daily. Problem is servers come with 2 TB (2000 GB) bandwidth per month and estimates on both are around 2.5 TB for August, so in order to avoid extra fees we reduced number of players from 50 to 28.

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US
  20.08.     19.31 GiB |   59.17 GiB |   78.48 GiB  %%%%%:::::::::::::::::
  21.08.     18.20 GiB |   61.85 GiB |   80.05 GiB  %%%%%:::::::::::::::::

UK
  20.08.     18.39 GiB |   51.54 GiB |   69.93 GiB  %%%%%%::::::::::::::::::
  21.08.     18.93 GiB |   53.33 GiB |   72.26 GiB  %%%%%%::::::::::::::::::


Few interesting things i noticed:
- when server is running with a lot of players for 2-3 weeks it may show 999 ping during the game for all players, but ping is not affected
- DOM (Domination) server tends to crash with 50 players, safe zone for COD4 is 48 or 49 players, anything more that that can crash your server, FFA seems to run fine with 50 players -- max i got was 62 players, after numerous crashes when pushing it towards 64/64
- best games are with less than 30 players, anything above 35 for FFA is very crazy and people tend to spawn-camp a lot
- teamplay games are filled almost all the time, during off-peak hours it is not strange to see 45+ players on
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Re: COD4 too many players...

Postby SD » Sat Aug 22, 2009 16:43 UTC

Yeah COD4 sure is popular! Avoiding the extra charges from the hosting company by reducing the traffic is wise.
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Re: COD4 too many players...

Postby dyn » Sat Aug 22, 2009 16:47 UTC

It may also open new dimension of sane games, for those few remaining sane players.

We made 50 GB on each today already. Expect it to be around 60 GB today and around 40 GB tomorrow.

We could reduce rate/fps instead, but then game doesn't feel right. Rate 15000-20000 is still playable however.
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Re: COD4 too many players...

Postby SD » Sat Aug 22, 2009 16:48 UTC

lol I don't know how people can even play on 50/50 full to capacity server, but obviously a lot of people enjoy the insanity!
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Re: COD4 too many players...

Postby dyn » Sat Aug 22, 2009 16:52 UTC

50/50 with FFA IS INSANE. And not only that, some people enjoy playing like that on smallest maps. Like on that stupid shipment map; imagine 50 players here and NO teamplay, just FFA:
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Re: COD4 too many players...

Postby SD » Sat Aug 22, 2009 17:04 UTC

Yeah, I think a map like that would probably be MORE fun with less players, but at the same time still intense. 5 players could make for a fun tactical game but 50 would be bonkers, surely you would just die pretty much instantly after spawning, don't see how you could defend your self with 50 in there!
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