Created By: DracMonster on December 7, 2012 Last Edited By: DracMonster on December 7, 2012

Player Disconnect

How an online game handles player disconnects

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Dont seem to have a page for the ways that online games handle player disconnects. Is it worthy of one? This was kind of a hot-button issue back around the time of The Great Player Versus Player Debate. ("I dont want to be penalized for my bad ISP" vs "I dont want you disconnecting before I finish killing you")
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  • December 7, 2012
    Seems like a valid Video Game Culture Trivia article, but I'm not sure it's technically a trope.
  • December 7, 2012
    There is a trope in a game punishing the player for disconnecting the game rather than shutting it down properly. Sub Trope or related to No Fair Cheating.

    There are many games where e.g. a player who disconnects from a PVP match receives an automatic loss on their record, and everyone gets an automatic win. Other games may even record # disconnects as a separate stat.
  • December 7, 2012
    I've also seen a few media having stories about playing online. A disconnect at the worst possible time is a stock part of this.