In the newest release of MW3 on XBox, and presumably all platforms, I get the message "Warning: Searching for DLC is taking some time. Do you wish to continue?"

Does this mean I am host? I see the message, but at least one other person in my party does not, and I'm trying to figure out why. I often struggle with lag, so if it is an indicator of host, that would be awesome.

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Yes, when MW3 says that it is searching members of your party for DLCs, that means that you are the party leader, otherwise there would be no need to know if other members of the party had DLCs, because the party leader would figure that out. The host hosts/runs the game on their machine, so they lag a lot, but they do not have the DLC message, because they aren't predetermined as the party leader.

Hope this helps!

  • Well that's what I was guessing, but the other alternative is that it tells me that because I'm the party leader, but not actually the host. Are you speculating, or is this known for the PC side or something?
    – EBongo
    Mar 22, 2012 at 2:51
  • The way that I determine whether I'm the party leader or the host is if I lag a lot, I'm the host, and if I don't lag much, I'm leader but in both scenarios you're going to have the Scanning for DLCs thing happen.
    – Portali5t
    Mar 22, 2012 at 2:53
  • So I think you are confirming my suspicion that it means you are party leader not host. I guess I should have known that. Your answer actually says you are host. Do want to modify it and then I'll mark it accepted?
    – EBongo
    Mar 22, 2012 at 3:12
  • Ok, done. I fixed the information so it makes sense now, you can accept the answer
    – Portali5t
    Mar 22, 2012 at 12:55

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