When i host games i typically like to keep everyone <225 ish (only b/c of personal preference and past problems) I basically pulled that number from what i usually see happen, that's all
Fair enough. In my personal experience, <350 and I'm ok. Obviously, as some have pointed out, there are quite a few factors outside of ping that result in horrible connections/lag. I'm pretty sure this post is just about reminding people that a ping of <350 does NOT necessarily indicate lag. Someone with 90 ping could lag as well for other reasons.
I've also noticed that people will immediately kick someone that starts with a HIGH ping without giving them a chance to settle to a lower ping, which i think is obviously unfair to those people that run decent machines but just ping HIGH while they're connecting.
I've seen that too. Their reason is typically that "when they see a high ping like that and it settles, it typically lags the game." Which might be true in their experience (of the 3 or so games that it happened to them in before they decided to start booting on a regular basis). So, its all based on experience - and in mine, its not usually the guys with 220-350 ping that cause me issues. Its the people with 90 ping to me who have connection issues, download things while playing, etc. All that said, I've met and enjoyed playing with several people because I was willing to give games a shot that had a little under <350 pings. Nothing incited at all.