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I heard about a Modern Warfare 2 ping stat like thingy which you can apparently tweak from the options menu, but I can't find it. Does anyone know where/what it is? The tool is supposed to display all the players' pings in much greater detail than the current 4-bar counter.

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In C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\call of duty modern warfare 2\players there is a file called config_mp.cfg. Open it with Notepad/Wordpad. There are two values you must tweak, namely cg_ScoresPing_Interval and cg_ScoresPing_MaxBars. You have some discretion with the former; the latter should be set to 10. I use the following:

seta cg_ScoresPing_Interval "30"
seta cg_ScoresPing_MaxBars "10"

This is how it works. Where the number of bars shown is >1, the ping lies in the following range:

(maxbars-shownbars)*interval to (maxbars-shownbars+1)*interval-1

For an interval of 30, this means:

  • One bar: >270 ms
  • Five bars: 150-179 ms
  • Nine bars: 30-59 ms
  • Ten bars: 0-29 ms

Knowing this, you may want to assign cg_ScoresPing_Interval a lower value.

There are also tools available that purportedly unlock the hidden developer console, with which you can enable a numeric ping display. Personally I wouldn't trust programs of this nature because of the small risk that they may be malicious or result in a VAC ban. With that said, you can read about one here.

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Actually, according to Steam regulations, if your 'hack' affects everyone on the server in the same way it's not considered to be a bannable offense. IE: low-grav mods etc are not VAC-Banned, even though IWnet technically doesn't allow them. –  Mechko Jul 28 '10 at 3:08
    
@Mechko I know that's what they claim, but there have been false positives in the past (e.g. X-Spectate) and it's not worth the risk for me. –  Lee Jul 28 '10 at 3:26
    
@Lee yeah that's true. I just find people willing to risk it and add them on steam. That way if I feel like playing mods, I can do it without the danger of being banned. I do appreciate the guys who tell you what mods are running. I hate being insta-prestiged. It takes away the sense of achievement. –  Mechko Jul 28 '10 at 3:39
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