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Will they fix lag issues in cataclysm?

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My big problem in wow has always been lagging. Everytime a horde comes everything lags! That is why I always ended up dieing. I don't know if its my computer has the problem with it, but if so I hope they have done something in Cataclysm to make it less laggy.

It is the reason I quit wow, but I hope in Cataclysm they have fixed it because I really want to go back to Azeroth and play again :)

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More info on lowering latency: http://epicadvice.com/questions/5113/tools-for-lowering-latency -- More info on addons that might cause lag: http://epicadvice.com/questions/3443/help-for-add-on-disconnect-issues – ♦♦gnarf (Jul 16 2010 2:36 PM)

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There are many different reasons that you may be experiencing "lag" issues, with many of them relating to things that you may be able to address. To give you an idea of what sort of things may introduce lag into your game that you might be able to address, here is a list:

  1. Poor or slow internet connection
  2. Slow CPU in your computer, or one that is inadequate for the current state of the game.
  3. Memory (RAM) errors on your computer or video card, which can be from damaged memory, corrupt files, etc.
  4. Slow GPU or not enough graphics memory.
  5. Slow Hard Drive (note: a 7200 rpm drive should be adequate, but a 5400 rpm drive may cause issues with access speed).

There are also some issues that might be outside of your control, such as:

  1. Traffic depending on your time of day.
  2. Server load (how many people are playing at a given time).
  3. The amount of data being transferred between your computer and another player's.

An additional place to look into, is if you play with a lot of addons, you may experience lag, because many addons query other players to obtain their information. However, even if you use no addons, you may experience lag that is introduced by other players sending queries to your computer for information about your character.

Some additional information that may be helpful is that Blizzard recently made a change to their API which limits the number of queries that can be requested in a given time frame for certain information, so you may have recently experienced a reduction in the amount of lag while you are playing.

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In addition Spazmoosifer's answer, Wrath design leads to a very high traffic load because the majority of the population being concentrated in one place (Dalaran). Come Cataclysm, server populations will be spread across the main Horde and Alliance cities so city based lag will be improved.

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Very good point, this was also an issue in Burning Crusade w/ Shattrath. I do suspect though, that the older cities will experience additional lag, simply because more people will be around in them once again (instead of hanging out in Dalaran), though because of personal preferences, some people will head to certain cities, while others will head to different ones. – Spazmoosifer (Jul 16 2010 4:21 PM)

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Very good point, this was also an issue in Burning Crusade w/ Shattrath. I do suspect though, that the older cities will experience additional lag, simply because more people will be around in them once again (instead of hanging out in Dalaran), though because of personal preferences, some people will head to certain cities, while others will head to different ones. This will ultimately lead to the lag being evened out a bit more between places, and you won't notice it as much. – Spazmoosifer (Jul 16 2010 4:22 PM)

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