as has been stated many times the 64's dont seem to fill up...i dont think being hardcore helps either...you're catering to a smaller section of people and won't be getting much quickmatch love either...
and this > With 10,000+ servers, and 80% of them sitting empty, there is simply too much competition.
simple supply and demand
That may be true. I was just curious to see if anyone could point out a reason why we were packed for the first 2 weeks though.
my guess is that you were part of the Lucky 150 before they fixed the browser
Yep! The first few weeks, with any server filtering or none at all, there would be a select 150 servers that would pop up every time for everyone. So, whoever was one of those 150 servers did really well as those were always the only ones that could be seen.
Now, there are 300 servers listed rather than 150 and now random servers are returned to the browser rather than the same ones every time. I guess you were one of the lucky ones.
Later on, during the 150 static servers days, people found that changing your server GUID could potentially put your server in with those 150 servers. They would just keep changing their server GUID until they saw themselves in the browser with whatever filters they liked. Of course, doing so would obviously bump off a server from that list that was formerly there so there could always have been the chance that your server would be bumped off the list.