Last night, I figured I would help my daughter ( who is 8 ) gold one of her guns. I usually only play with her in local matches against the bots, never tried playing together online.
The first thing I noticed is I was completely ahead of the game play, every match I was the only one in the lobby with double or triple the score of everyone else, high score streams every match, it was "easy" to play, I was almost tempted to create a youtube channel for the amazing game plays.
Under my gamertag, playing produces results where I feel I am instakilled, now you see him, now your dead, the game play is on drugs, super speed, it varies match to match if I can get a kill or not get a kill, camping, rushing or other wise, the same thing many complain about. ( Lag Comp, a second behind, can not kill to save our own life, etc )
If the game was moved from Skill based match making in core to ping based, why the huge difference? Her account playing, the game is in slow motion, like I am playing the bots.
I am still under her and I join her under my gamertag and play some split screen, she is the host of the matches, same thing, everyone is slowed down, every kill is easy and I am dominating the match.
I call a friend who has multiple gamer tags, ask him to take one of his accounts that does not play black ops and party up with me, he is the host.
Again we dominated every single match ( I am playing with him as my gamer tag, not my daughters ) ,literally every match is easy kills, ahead of the game play in every match.
My conclusion is, match making is not ping based at all, it is 100% skill based, ping is not even taken in to consideration at all. What seems to be done with ping, is lag comp tries to balance the pings in the match after the lobby has been selected based on skill.
Her gamer tag experience *should be no different then my experience, the connectivity *should be the same as if it was my gamer tag.
Does this account the wide range of lag, lag comp, drastically different experiences within the match making many experience, complain about? I will tell you now, If my friend hosts a match with his entry level gamertag and you end up in my lobby, you will not pull a positive score period. You do not have a chance if he searches for a match and I am partied up with him.
The confusion comes, if as I said above it seems to be 100% skill based match making, how do you end up in the lobby where the entry level gamertag is the host? ( it does happen, for me playing with my gamer tag partied up with this low level gamer tag, I can dominate the match ).
Any ideas? Anyone set me straight? Very odd.
In my mind, regardless of the gamertag I use to play the game or party up with, the game should provide a relative similar experience in connectivity and match making. It is up to me as a player to learn how to play, not the game deciding for me if i can play it or not by changing the speed, connectivity in the game.