Video shows shocking Call of Duty: Black Ops host advantage, reinforces value of dedicated servers

MEDIC! Come patch this game up or I'll shoot your balls off!

A Call of Duty: Black Ops player has made a video showing the huge advantage that hosting players have in Call of Duty: Black Ops. He and a friend face each other on a server and open fire at the same time using the in game clock. The hosting player wins. Every time.

The most shocking part of the video is the fact that from the non-hosting player's perspective, he's fired several bullets, but from the host's kill cam we see that the server hasn't registered any shots at all, showing that the lag between difference between the host and other players is slow enough to cut shots out of the game. In an arena as competitive as Call of Duty: Black Ops where every millisecond counts, hosting players have a startling advantage. Check out Holiday Doc's video below.

Fortunately dedicated servers cut out the problem. The video above is another example of how important dedicated servers are in keeping a multiplayer game competitive. Black Ops' dedicated server system may be restrictive , but we're getting a fairer game because of them. Console gamers aren't so lucky.

[via Reddit ]

Tom Senior

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.