Bio Break Needs YOU To Help With An Experiment!

Hey everyone, can you help me out with something quick?

What I’d like you to do is to take a stopwatch or timer to whatever MMORPGs you have on your computer, and time how long it takes from clicking the item to start the program to when you actually get in game (i.e. you see your character and are in the world).

If we all band together to contribute some data for this, I’m hoping to see what games have fast “get in” times, and which are pokey.  Just leave a comment with the game(s) and time it took you — again, from clicking on the item (start!) to when your character finally loads in (stop!).

Thanks!

55 thoughts on “Bio Break Needs YOU To Help With An Experiment!

  1. canazza February 1, 2010 / 5:16 pm

    I take it this doesn’t count when the servers are down…

  2. Velzak February 1, 2010 / 5:18 pm

    For Fallen Earth I got: 2 Minutes 24 Seconds From clicking on Icon to getting into the character i wanted.

    Have to say that is actually a reasonable time to me.

  3. canazza February 1, 2010 / 5:23 pm

    WoW: 53 seconds
    Fallen Earth: 2 mins 25 seconds
    I’ll try STO in the morning when the servers are up 😛

  4. Ryan February 1, 2010 / 5:44 pm

    WoW – 35 seconds, with an iPhone authenticator

  5. Kemwer February 1, 2010 / 5:50 pm

    Allods Online: 51 seconds.

  6. Sunny February 1, 2010 / 6:13 pm

    WoW: 0.32 – Running about 100 addons, that slows it down.

    Fallen Earth: 1.53 – Down from 10m + last week, hooray!

    STO: 30m and counting. Server’s down again.

  7. Kyle February 1, 2010 / 6:31 pm

    Fallen Earth: 1 minute 40 seconds

  8. canazza February 1, 2010 / 6:37 pm

    Star Trek Online: 55 seconds

  9. PeterD February 1, 2010 / 6:41 pm

    Based on no empirical data whatsoever, I’ll bet that Allods online will be amongst the fastest, and STO amongst the slowest.

  10. Maladorn February 1, 2010 / 6:51 pm

    Fallen Earth: 1:50

    Not the greatest, especially since they require three separate user interactions (password, start update check, and launch).

  11. Hatch February 1, 2010 / 7:13 pm

    Lotro – 2m 42s

  12. musigh February 1, 2010 / 7:15 pm

    Allods Online: 32 seconds.
    Guild Wars: 20 seconds.

  13. Max February 1, 2010 / 7:17 pm

    Question: Many games provide a ‘quick’ login option, where it will select your character, server, etc. for you so you don’t have to spend time at the selection screen. Are we talking whatever means possible to get in game, or full selection process?

  14. battlechicken February 1, 2010 / 7:20 pm

    37 seconds from the time I click on the WoW icon to the time I get into the game.

    Funny, always seems like a lot longer than that.

  15. Syp February 1, 2010 / 8:04 pm

    Any quick login option, use — the quickest possible way to get into the game proper.

  16. Fuzzy February 1, 2010 / 8:10 pm

    LOTRO – 1:01. I’ve noticed that if it’s the first time playing since I restarted my computer, it takes an additional 15 seconds or so between selecting my character and loading the game world. Probably some caching going on with subsequent entries.

  17. Max February 1, 2010 / 8:20 pm

    Warhammer Online: 58s

  18. Sharon February 1, 2010 / 8:21 pm

    For WoW… 1 minute 27 seconds – includes an authenticator prompt and loading in Dalaran. Loading in other places is faster.

    For Fallen Earth… 1 minute 59 seconds

  19. Alcasm February 1, 2010 / 8:52 pm

    LotRO – 3:22

    LotRO always takes forever to load for me, and I was in one of the Homesteads for this load so you can probably tack on another minute and a half if I were loading into Mirkwood or Moria.

  20. Aillas February 1, 2010 / 8:54 pm

    WoW – 0:37
    LoTRO – 2:40

  21. Rog February 1, 2010 / 9:29 pm

    Just as a reference point on non-MMO games with online logins, logging into Steam + Left4Dead2 = 27 seconds.

    I wonder how much Readyboost would affect loadtimes? (I’m not using it currently).

  22. Rackham February 1, 2010 / 9:37 pm

    DDO: 1min 36 seconds

    WoW (with authenticator): 32 seconds

  23. kaldeem February 1, 2010 / 10:04 pm

    Global Agenda 45.95 sec

  24. Vesta February 1, 2010 / 11:01 pm

    Warhammer Online 1:02

  25. Alarmist February 2, 2010 / 1:24 am

    Fallen Earth – 0:01:18

    Eve Online – 0:00:29

  26. Harg February 2, 2010 / 6:08 am

    Champoins Online 1:34

  27. Brian 'Psychochild' Green February 2, 2010 / 6:45 am

    LotRO: 1 minute 53 seconds.

    Fast computer, but I have high resolution textures enabled.

    Meridian 59: 20 seconds.

    Half that time entering my lengthy password. 🙂

  28. Eric February 2, 2010 / 7:55 am

    Fallen Earth – 0:50
    Wizard 101 – 0:42

    I should note that I’ve got a pretty fast PC, and probably more importantly, a solid state disk.

  29. H00LiGAN February 2, 2010 / 8:27 am

    Anyone have the numbers for AoC? I remember it having a lot of splash screens.

  30. Fuzzy February 2, 2010 / 9:02 am

    @Psychochild
    Meridian 59? Gold star for you 😀

  31. Hal February 2, 2010 / 9:03 am

    Lotro 2 min 53 sec

    Wow 43 sec 🙂

  32. Dyssent February 2, 2010 / 9:45 am

    EVE Online: 23 seconds

  33. theerivs February 2, 2010 / 3:06 pm

    My gaming rig is down, or I could help you with more MMO’s, but right now with a slower machine WoW takes 46 seconds

  34. Carson February 2, 2010 / 3:16 pm

    WoW: 57 seconds (but this was first login after the 3.3.2 patch so I had to spend a few seconds accepting the terms of service)

    Atlantica Online: 1 minute 15 seconds

  35. Barona February 2, 2010 / 6:37 pm

    WoW: 47 Seconds from Clicking Launcher to Playable character. On a two month old Mac

  36. Spice February 2, 2010 / 6:57 pm

    WoW – 26 seconds (No authenticator & loading into lvl40 areas)

  37. Draginfaerie February 2, 2010 / 7:09 pm

    Guild Wars: 22 seconds
    Fallen Earth: 1 minute 27 seconds
    Aion: 2 minutes 20 seconds

  38. Capn John February 2, 2010 / 7:14 pm

    WoW – 22 seconds

  39. Daria February 2, 2010 / 7:48 pm

    WoW = 1 min 1 sec.

  40. Llokki February 2, 2010 / 8:45 pm

    WoW (with authenticator): 1:08
    Champions Online: 1:41
    EverQuest 2: 2:15

  41. kaozz February 3, 2010 / 12:46 am

    Everquest- Roughly 2 min 55 sec.
    That is from Station Launcher, scanning and loading up the game.

    It can be longer considering if my connection is being craptastic that day or not.. I’ve had to wait five minutes to log in but that is more or less on my end 😦 I cannot wait to move and change providers ><

  42. Sven February 3, 2010 / 4:26 pm

    DDO – 0:53

    hmmm… I was hoping to see someone mention FFXI. Last time I played that game I would have pegged the log in at around 20minutes.

  43. Xapur February 3, 2010 / 4:33 pm

    LOTRO : 2 min 30 s 😦

  44. We Fly Spitfires February 3, 2010 / 4:59 pm

    Forgot to say that I noticed load times in WoW really depends on what area you’re logging into. My time was for logging into Shattrath. I’d reckon a newbie zone would be a good 5-10secs faster.

  45. fedfierce February 3, 2010 / 5:01 pm

    Fallen Earth – 2 minutes 5 seconds.

  46. Mike February 3, 2010 / 6:05 pm

    1:39.86 – STO

    Would have, could have been better, but the client crashed the first go-round.

  47. Ryver February 3, 2010 / 6:40 pm

    EQ2: 1:18

    Used the launcher with auto play enabled. Running on Win7.

    Global Agenda, not already logged in steam: 42 seconds
    Global Agenda, already logged in steam: 26 seconds

    Each game was already loaded once to speed things up 🙂

  48. Aggronaut February 3, 2010 / 6:41 pm

    49 seconds- WoW Dalaran High Pop

  49. Charlotte February 3, 2010 / 8:50 pm

    Counting from hitting play on the patcher:

    WAR North American version: 50 seconds
    WAR European version: 1 minute 12 seconds

  50. Feljin February 3, 2010 / 11:07 pm

    Star Trek Online: 59 seconds

    (Note: since official launch, it has been remarkably stable compared to the headstart weekend. Good sign, in my book.)

  51. Jb February 4, 2010 / 6:33 am

    wow : 27 sec outside Dalaran, about 42 inside. But after patch day it takes abit longer.

  52. royale February 4, 2010 / 8:10 am

    WoW: 1 minute 6 seconds

  53. Pid February 4, 2010 / 9:17 am

    Allods beta: 36 sec

    Champions: 1 min 5 sec

    Will try to do DDO later as the servers are currently down

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