Ok so my OS (Win2K) went through an automatic update and since then my piing shot up by 300. I don't know where to look for more counter strike servers anymore that have a low ping.
Also I have Cheating Death installed. The latest one. But for some reason some servers cannot detect it. Whats going on? Any help! Thanks
I'm not sure on all the specifics about why Pings can appear to be so random (especially changing throughout a single session). I know physical distance, the amount of routers you have to pass through to connect, the actual speed of your local network, and what you have running in the background can all lend to a variety in ping times.
The other night playing on a pub, there was a point when everyone started to suffer from massive network hiccups. I hit TAB to see if it was a ping thing (to see if maybe it was just me) and I noticed that there was a player with a ping of over 800. As soon as he disconnected, everything was fine. Other players noticed it too. Then he hopped back in and it happened again. Eventually things balanced out.
I've never played a game, though, where my ping was anything significantly over 100-120. MOST servers I've been in I've managed the 20 - 80 range (averaging 50-ish).