Originally Posted by IcyBlueAce
Then they should have made it optional.. I doubt more people have slow internet than people with fast, $25/month (sometimes less) is all it takes for high speed.
Well, first, there's still a ton of internet customers -- especially in rural areas -- that cannot get high-speed internet. They're stuck with dial-up, cellular, or satellite, none of which are spectacular in terms of speed, latency, and reliability at times.
But that aside, you have to consider the bottleneck from *their* standpoint. They have to dump a ton of data from their network out to tens or hundreds of thousands of players constantly, and they pay for that bandwidth. Working in the IT field as I do, I can certainly understand their attempts to minimize unnecessary data transfer where possible.
FTP Doug said it was too much data to be passing constantly, and they had to address it. Right or wrong, we're stuck with it, although he said small tweaks like noted earlier might be possible to ease the pain. Let FTP Support know how you feel about it, and FTP Doug as well. If they get enough input, they may come up with something better.