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  1. I am having this problem. About 4 months back I was having this issue 3-4 times an HOUR on PS4. Then, about 3 months back the update around then seemed to resolve it, I had 3-4 hour long sessions for about a month... with no issues. After a two week hiatus, I tried logging in 3 and 2 weeks ago after another R* update. (I may be off a couple weeks in either direction). Since then, I cannot log in at all. I have tried all the typical things in the articles, posts, etc. No dice. I either fail to connect at all, or, I disconnect after 3-5 seconds of the screen loading up. The P2P aspect of this game’s design have been a disaster for me. Whereas NO other game I play online (Battlefield, CoD, Battlefront 1, Battlefront 2, No Mans Sky, etc etc) have ANY issues. They are all smooth as silk, with my nice Internet connection servicing me daily. PS - I work out of the house doing web conferences, etc for hours on end and have NO issues. Every day. This isn’t me. This isn’t my ISP. This isn’t my PS4. It is R* and something about their P2P architecture being not suitable for prime time real world use in all ISPs and regions. I’ve had to step away from the game a 2nd time now, perhaps for good. Very disappointing.
  2. I’ve played a LOT of games over 30 years of MMOG/FPS/Flight Sim/RTS/RPG/etc/etc/etc gaming. I’ve tried many multiplayer games in many modes. Ladder. Casual/Open world. Story. Unguided. Hardcore. Care Bear. Solo. Multi. Guilded. Unguilded. As such, I’ve learned to somewhat accept the game FOR WHAT IT IS. Don’t constantly try to make it something it isn’t. But give your feedback, and be pleasantly surprised if the developer acts on it. Otherwise? Move on. Maybe in 6 months, they’ll decide they want people like you back and the changes were made in your absence. Maybe not. But don’t keep grinding based on aspiration that “if only I get those top levels the game is suddenly what I want.” Not what you wanted on the way up? Probably won’t be up at the top levels, either. I think the issue is that while you can argue you WANT a different game play style, there are only limited things you should EXPECT to be done in a mode to alter game play before you yourself are meta-griefing other players. (AKA Nerf Wars class-on-class, weapon-on-weapon, etc). In RDR2O Free Roam? I don’t have any issues at all with people killing me. I don’t have any issue at all with there being a cost for death and me losing my horse contents (but not my satchel, that’s a nice balance IMO). It invents a little care, and some tactics. (Don’t just ride STRAIGHT IN to the butcher, etc). This is the game. I think it is reasonable to say people playing the seams of the game to essentially exploit, or block another player from really playing altogether... that is griefing. The game now gives a pretty solid way to avoid some of the worst examples. Don’t think being killed 5-7 times in a row qualifies as fun game play? Yeah, it’s kind of lame if you didn’t sign on for it... Parley fixes it mostly. Changing it so Parley addresses an entire posse isn’t unreasonable, it allows killing, but not repetitive ongoing forever GRIEFING that stops another player from proceeding to the next chapter of the game, so to speak. Another example: I think it is reasonable to argue that in a game that has pvp specific modes, giving pvp bounty / daily incentives in Free Roam is kind of a mistake. Another examples: It seems clear the missions ARE where R* wants structured pvp interference to keep it fresh and different. Blaming people who avail themselves of what R* INCENTS them to do very specifically is wrong. Players to interfere on missions are not “Griefers”. They’re an agent of R*, doing what R* wants done in that scenario.
  3. I was able to get back online the last couple weeks again after about a 2 week period of constant crashes which kept me out of RDO. I don’t exploit, I play pretty casually and solo. Nearly all in Free Roam. Hit rank 64 early last week. I’ll admit, I have little interest right now in all but 2 of the quick join / competitive modes. I wasn’t even going to log in this week, Hitman 2 managed to get my full attention as R* has been dropping the ball here a bit. But I suppose this will get me to log in. I’ve got enough $’s and naturally gained (spent $0 so far) gold to buy what I want in this discount week. We’ll see if that makes me want to play dozens more hours to play with my new toys. Or, if I’ll peter out after another 10 or 15 hours and back to stagnation. RDR2 story mode is looking good to me again, if I’m going to resume RDR at this point with regularity...
  4. Yes I have carcasses disappear even though I have them on my radar. Also, since the last 2 patches, I have something new. I’ve had LIVE ANIMALS disappear, as I’m looking at them. (Not just bison). I have this happen about once every 2-3 hours of hunting. For example, yesterday. I ride up on 3 rabbits. All are easily in visual range. I shoot the first rabbit. I auto-target with the varmint rifle on the 2nd rabbit. it auto-targets. Then, sometime in the milliseconds between me targeting and firing, it fails to fire. I see a rabbit image, but it is frozen. I can’t shoot it. I un-target and try to re-target, and can’t. Then, after a few seconds the after-image of the rabbit blinks out while I’m staring right at it. <poof!> A disappearing rabbit trick. :=)
  5. This whole scenario in the OP isn’t limited to games. It is a primary reason many oppose women serving in combat in the military. Men, culturally and perhaps even genetically, are ‘programmed’ to protect women. They tend to ignore orders, lose discipline, relegate to secondary the assigned mission to ‘go to the aid of’ women. Whether they need it, or not. (Although, just limiting it to when a woman soldier, like any man, WOULD get injured and need help — it is a kind of valid point, from what I’ve seen of men and of soldiers).
  6. I had the same thought as you. I'll be aggressive/offensive flag most of the time, except when I'm testing something like a bug (happens a lot), or fishing perhaps. Or trying to take a picture/movie of something in particular. I may even stay on aggressive/offensive when I go into town, I've never objected to a little challenge in scoping, angling in, using some care when getting into the more populated areas.
  7. The last update a couple weeks back. Instead of helping my connection issues, it made them massively worse. I think now that was doing me a favor. I like the game, so I’m now playing the local story to get to things I didn’t do there. That is, I am enjoying local mode, instead of wasting major league time figuring out Online Mode connection problems, or recovering from (Actual) griefers, stacked upon server drops, stacked upon inventory losses, stacked upon stupid re-spawns after disconnect that drop me into the middle of spawn campers, etc. My level 55 toon will be ready when there’s some better connectivity and some more content On-line. I hope that’s 4-5 months from now. And I’m OK with that for now.
  8. I’m going on my 5th or 6th day now unable to stay connected... either it outright fails to connect, or I drop with the “Rockstar Server” error after 5-10 seconds. I’ll log a ticket next week, but it is ONLY this game. I’ve turned to several others now and they are working perfectly. (PS4). I really like RDR but I’m not going to change everything about my world to make it work. I’m already DMZ’d on the console for God’s sake. (Which, the more I think about peer to peer connection, I’m thinking I will UN-do). This peer to peer concept of theirs seems pretty flawed... given the evidence so far...
  9. I’ve tried getting to both the Prison island, and to the South Coastal area (Mexico?) about 8 or 9 days ago. I failed both times with the boat suddenly sinking, just as you describe. Once was with a steam boat and once with a canoe/outrigger. I believe they are blocked off intentionally by R*.
  10. Kewl @Kean_1.. good to know. I wouldn’t have been bent out of shape if someone had deleted it. It amounted to an “I wish I could play” thread and I get if a mod would rather have a few less of those cluttering up the place.
  11. As I mentioned in a post here yesterday (disappeared, unsure why, but not really important), I can’t even get on or stay on for more than 20 minutes at a time, since the big update. So I’ve had to hang it up, for now. (No, It isn’t my system or my Internet connection. I run a business out of the house and have a dozen other games on the same console that work great). So between issues with the game, and the ever-present connection issues which I’ve seen discussed by a ton of people... it is probably taking a toll. I’ve got no choice at this point for online but to lurk forums like this, wait to see if things improve in terms of stability and crashes. So I’ll be making a comment here or there, but not much since I can no longer get into the game to confirm anything or play, really. <sigh>
  12. Ayup. For the first couple days I could play, but it would drop me every 30-40 minutes. The last 2 days, I literally cannot log into Free Roam. At all. I’ve tried (I stopped counting) 25+ times at 4 different times of day, across 2 days. I tried 3 different locations each time... ‘Where you left off’, then New Hanover, then West Elizabeth. Each time I get one of two things... 1. The infamous “You have been disconnected from Red Dead Online due to a fault on Rockstar game services 0x20010006 or 2. I see the landscape, my toon is painted onto the screen. I can move for 3-5 seconds, then the game crashes and I see... #1, above. I’ve changed literally nothing about my network, router, or PS4 since the update. I’m DMZ’d on the console, on a 100Mb connection, etc. East Coast USA. Everything else works like a charm. Every app, game and streaming provider. Everything except this PoS game. I even tried turning every other device in the house OFF just in case it was bandwidth. Mmmmmmm... NOPE. So... yeah. One of the only two things I asked for in the ‘hopes for a new update’ thread was better stability. I sure as hell didn’t get that. Guess I have to move onto something less insanely masochistic for awhile. That Hitman 2 thumbnail has been staring at me for awhile now on the home screen...
  13. Confirmed... I’ve got plenty of wildlife to sling lead at today, in all the usual spots. And now I notice Bison are dropping FIVE cuts of meat instead of the old max of four. Sweet!
  14. Well to be fair, bats are kind of just flying rats anyway. So... understandable mistake. 😛
  15. I have 2 kids and I’d say this whole game is rated PG-13, at minimum. Just riding around the world gets you cussed out like a sailor... forget engaging with most of the characters in the world. The conversations also dance around prostitution and cutting off of various body parts, at times. There are some points in the open game play or story where I’m pretty sure a movie would be rated ‘R’ for violence. (Blowing someone’s head to pieces with a shotgun at close range, comes to mind... torture scenes in the story at least twice, for another). I won’t get more specific, but that’s my read. I let my 13 year old see most of it, mainly because he’s pretty responsible and doesn’t get out of control or agitated by more adult themes. But I don’t let my younger child see anything in this game... ever.
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