Ping tools (what I call them) or game VPNs are getting pretty common nowadays. There are several different ones you can choose from with varying degrees of success. I hear you asking, what is a ping tool and what does it have to do with the Philippines?
Well, a ping tool is a piece of software that improves and stabilizes your ping in games. Think of it like a GPS system for your car, now GPS usually tells you which ways are clear and would take the least amount of time to take. That’s kind of what a ping tool does, routes your game’s connection through the quickest and least congested route. As for what this has to do with the Philippines? Well, a lot of people here play video games, and in a lot of cases, if the game server isn’t in the Philippines (or even if it is), the ping will be too high and too unstable to actually enjoy said game.
That’s exactly what happened with me, I couldn’t really enjoy Blade and Soul (the MMO I play), so when I asked my fellow SEA clanmates, they said they use a ping tool called Pingzapper. I’ve heard of Pingzapper and a few others like WTFast, Mudfish, etc. but the one time I looked into them was when I was in the States and my ping was good enough to not need a ping tool. Obviously, I didn’t see a difference so I chalked ping tools up as useless. After talking to my clan though, I decided giving it another shot wouldn’t hurt. Pretty much every ping tool has a one-week free trial anyway, so I didn’t have to worry about losing money or anything.
I decided to try Pingzapper just because it was what my friend was using and she highly recommended it. It actually worked really well, I went from about 400-500ms with constant spikes down to 300-350ms with really small spikes that are bearable. To say I was happy is an understatement, I don’t have to worry about getting disconnected anymore and I can actually do stuff in a game. The true test for it though was gonna be a raid. Raids in BnS are 12 people going into a dungeon with 4 stages that get harder the higher the stage. You need communication and to do a bunch of stuff right. The reason why I need good ping? I’m the shot-caller and leader for our raid, so if I mess up or miss a call, we basically have to redo the stage. In a raid environment, it was actually really good, so I’m glad.
The only issue I’ve noticed is once in a while, my chat will be bugged and not show anything which is a small inconvenience but it seems like restarting my pc fixes it. The only other issues I’ve encountered are usually because my internet is being dumb or something. Which brings up a point, ping tools aren’t gonna fix the bad internet, just help. If your internet goes out often or is just too slow, it won’t help much. Also, your mileage may vary, just because it worked for me doesn’t mean it’ll work for everyone and one program might work for me but not for you. Pingzapper works for me, so I’m sticking with it. I haven’t tested any others but I’ve heard WTFast and Mudfish are popular as well.
Anyway, if you live in the Philippines and wanna play some video games based int he States, I highly recommend checking out a ping tool. It helped me and it might help you.