I read the online experiences of an editor over at Gamespot playing NFL2k3 on his ps2. Quite funny and a little disheartening. Here's the article. "NFL 2K3 Online--Three and Out Recently, fellow GameSpotter Ryan Mac Donald and I were discussing the online functionality of NFL 2K3. At the time I actually hadn't had the chance to play it online yet and was asking him how his experience with it has been, as far as people quitting out on him when he was up big. He mentioned that not many people had actually quit on him, but instead they would just pause the game and leave it paused in the hopes of him just quitting himself. It turns out that if the game is paused during an online game and you exit out, you register a loss while the other player's record is unaffected. One little flaw ruining an entire experience. How typical.When I finally got a hold of a PS2 network adapter, the first game I tried out was NFL 2K3, and it didn't take long for me to encounter the same type of people Ryan had referred to. In the very first game I played, I was up by 20 points at halftime. Midway through the third quarter, the person I was playing against decided to pull off the pause-and-leave tactic. Unwilling to concede, I decided that I would just let my PS2 sit there paused, as well. The next morning when I woke up, the game was actually still paused. Ryan had mentioned to me that one of the guys who paused on him kept the game paused for over a day before finally giving up, but I never thought I would see something like that happen to me. Anyhow, I was hoping that when I got home that night, the other person would have given up because I wanted to play someone else in a game. But when I arrived home from work, the game--you guessed it--was still paused. For those keeping score, this was about 20 hours after the game was originally paused, and the guy still had the stamina (or whatever) to keep it paused. When I checked again about two hours later, he had finally given up. I won. I guess you could say the game went into overtime. As soon as I saw that the other person had quit, I decided to find someone else to play against. A few minutes later I found myself in a pretty competitive game that was close until the fourth quarter when I scored a touchdown with about a minute to go and was up 41-30 while preparing for my extra-point attempt. At that time, I was appalled to find that the person I was playing against decided to pull the same stunt as the person the night before. He paused the game and left it there in the hopes I would give up. Once again, I refused to concede. I sat my controller down and proceeded to just watch some TV before going to bed. When I woke up in the morning and checked on the game, the other person had already given up and exited the game, allowing me to claim another needlessly hard-fought victory. When I got home from work that night, I quickly found myself getting back online in the hopes of finding someone who wouldn't actually pause the game (or quit on me) if he was going to lose. Within a matter of minutes I was in a game playing against my toughest opponent yet. Everything was going well, and at one point I thought I was actually going to make it through the whole game. Key word: thought.With a little over two minutes left in the game, I scored a touchdown to pull ahead 28-24. After my opponent got the ball back, he started to drive the ball on me steadily down the field and was around my 30-yard line with 40 seconds left and no timeouts. At that time, he decided to throw a deep pass into the end zone, where I was fortunate enough to intercept the ball. Right when I intercepted the ball, the person knew he had absolutely no chance of winning and promptly paused the game. When this happened, I became so frustrated that I didn't even think about waiting it out. I simply went over to my PS2, turned it off, and vowed to never play another online game of NFL 2K3 again. Who would have ever thought I would somehow play three straight games against players who would just pause the game because they were losing. I blame it on bad luck. On second thought, maybe I should blame it on the game and on Visual Concepts' lack of foresight in this important area. Gamers basically figured out a way to abuse NFL 2K3's negative remarks system the day the PS2 network adapter came out, so I'm scratching my head as to how not even one person from the NFL 2K3 development and QA teams ever discovered this problem. It basically ruined the experience of online play with NFL 2K3 for me. Chalk it up as a learning experience, I guess." End of Article. I have a feeling that setting up gaming clans is definitely going to be the way to go for online gaming.