Sorry for the late reply
As some of you know, I camp non stop on the irc kickoff channel, helping the newbies when I'm around and leaving messages to tell them when I'm back to help or play. I was planning to announce the arrival of this new utility to advertise online kick off once more
hoping it would convince a few people to give it a try at least
The fact that every attempt of telling people in this forum that kick off online DOES WORK WELL (not to say perfectly) always lead to the same discouraging answers from the same people doesn't really make me want to advertise it here anymore. Even if these people have surely considered that the survival of this game goes with online games (just take a look at the effectiveness of the sensible soccer online community). I'd just answer the scores in online games are the same than in real kick off games... you can score over 12 "skilled" goals per match. Well back to the subject...
I tested this new utility called KCS, made by the sensi team. It has a lovely Bubble Bobble icon to be launched. Here are the pros and cons for kick off:
- no need for servers anymore (which means that anyone can play with anyone without needing a third person work / help, or using other people servers)
- direct connection (in some cases
itcan greatly decrease the ping delay while playing. It is mostly useful to play against people who live in a far country from yours. The western Europe players are likely to see no difference compared to the server version. Note: the response delay isn't proportional to the ping. You can have a faster response with 60ms on p2p than on a server with 35ms. The reason why i say it's the same is because the response delay is so low that it's not possible to notice any difference.
- option to record matches on videos (i have not tested it yet)
- no real big improvement
- it needs a specific set up with some firewalls, which may annoy the unexperienced users of these firewalls, as they would meet problems to allow an IP to IP connection. (it's the reason why the "server" version will still be more popular in the future).
All in all, it's just a good additional tool to play completely independantly with anyone.
If you want to test it, you know where to find me
just type "rayge" in the #kickoff channel and I'll come to you shortly.