"In the last couple of weeks work has been undertaken to address issues we have been facing with routing and broadband speeds on our ADSL network. While improvements have been made, some changes in settings have unfortunately led to a few problems for some customers running applications such as games as these have conflicted with a router software upgrade. Virgin Media is working to address these issues as soon as possible and apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused."Statement from Virgin Media spokesperson
We have been assured that the current gaming problems do not relate to any traffic management changes, so it looks to be a case of those affected waiting for this router software upgrade issue to be addressed. With the Christmas holiday season almost upon us there will be many receiving a games console for Christmas and if a game has an online component to it this could bring disappointment for some.
Gaming all to often carries an image of teenagers glued to their games machine for days on end who complain about the slightest rise in latency - but the reality is probably that there are many more occasional players who have yet to complain about any actual problem. Those posting on our forums are talking about a total inability to play rather than just bad lag and jittery game play.