Who's your wireless carrier? Not all 3g networks are created equally.
From Blizzard: "Bandwidth usage varies significantly in World of Warcraft depending on what your character is currently doing in game.
While Idle, the game will typically use between 1 and 7 KB/sec Downstream (depending on how busy the area is) and less than 1 KB/sec Upstream.
While being more active, bandwidth usage is typically between 10 and 20 KB/sec Downstream and 1 or 2 KB/sec Upstream.
As a rough guide, an hour of typical play will result in around 40MB of data being Downloaded, and 4MB being Uploaded. These numbers will be higher if the hour was spent in busier group activities such as Battlegrounds or Raids.
Additionally, if your game client is currently streaming additional game data (as indicated by the streaming icon in the top centre of the screen) your Downstream bandwidth will be dramatically larger. This increase in usage is due to the game downloading missing game data and is only temporary; when the game client is fully up to date and all required data has been downloaded, the streaming will stop and bandwidth usage will return to normal.
It should also be noted that the use of UI Modifications or Addons will increase the game's bandwidth usage significantly."
A 3g connection should easily be able to handle that kind of bandwidth. Average 3g speed is what, 1MB/s?
I can download at 1.5-2mb/s just fine. And the ping is not too bad. Going to do more research soon about my 3g. Testing the speed requirement on Fiesta mmorpg it was using upto 5x dial up doing minimal things lime fighting 1 creature. Need to text during a higher end event like kingdom quests to see how it spikes.
Several people who monitored their bandwidth usage while playing D3 noted that the game averages around 4.2kbs (about 15mb/hr) while online. Some have reported more or less depending on the type of game.
Then you have people posting information like this:
According to the data he collected, he spent 13 minutes and 48 seconds online and used 4.57 mb of data for the duration. That averages out to 4679.68kb of data over 828 seconds, or 5.65178kbs. That's a similar finding to what was in the reddit post. This was during a full 4 person party.
Wow's usage fluctuates, but if you like PvPing or raiding you can consume as much as 30kbs. Only in areas where literally no one is around you will you get something that approaches the 5kbs or less that people are seeing in D3.
In a larger town its not bad, i got some lag in fiesta but not much. But where I go the service is not as good since it is a town of 600 people. So they do not have the cell towers such a priority there.
So your on a trip visiting family and you have down time at night while you wind-down, so you want to play diablo 3, oooops they forgot to put in a offline mode so i cannot play it single player. No priorities required.
As much as I agree that this argument needs to end... I must point out, to those saying there is reliable internet all over (except for the woods)... I have found too many places in my travels where there is no internet or very slow internet at best. These are places where you would expect there to be good internet just based on the area. One example is, the places I found in the business district of Rome had extremely slow internet, keep in mind this is the district (in Rome of all places) that most of the hotels are in, where majority of traveling business people would be trying to use the internet for work related tasks and find themselves unable to do so. Imagine trying to play an online game in that situation. Obviously the better option would be to hang out in the historic area all night, but in the Navy, we unfortunately have to be in our hotels by a certain time (generally midnight) and you will want something else to do once you are in the hotel. As K. Griffing said, this would be a great time to play your PSV, but most of us are burnt out on portable systems by that time as those are what we play when we are underway and we just want to hang out and relax and use some quality internet. That is Rome, a large, highly developed city, I have been to many cities that are less developed and the internet availability reflects it perfectly. I realize this is mostly specific to the military, but the slow/no internet fact still remains. I am really over arguing the offline/ online mode (and I think Sudeley has made his reasoning quite clear and is now going to be argued with on the principle that he is still going at it), I just think people should educate themselves on what the worldwide internet availability actually is if they are going to try and use it in their arguments. Just because you haven't been without internet for the last 10 years, doesn't mean that everyone has high speed internet or any internet for that matter.