As the number of people who play games online is on a steep rise, the demand for robust, highly scalable servers for compelling gaming experiences is on the increase. Gaming has gone from a few people sitting on their own computer systems after school to now, millions of players worldwide, competing, picking teams, beating scores & saving lives. What must be done to handle this much traffic and data usage? Dedicated servers are the answers.
Dedicated servers have taken the gaming scene by storm, creating a big & potentially positive impact. These servers have the architecture ideal for quality management, great flexibility, superb administrative support, high speed & outstanding performance – the kind of support a high traffic website would require. We tell you how these beast machines & the gaming universe combine to make a winning team!
Geo Located Servers
Geo-located dedicated servers are even more beneficial than foreign servers. Local servers decrease lag due to the proximity between the source of high traffic and the server location. It’s no wonder why Ubisoft, creator of the hugely popular games like Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs & Tom Clancy’s video game series, has announced their decision to have local dedicated hosting servers when Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege releases on December 1. The game will use the Microsoft Azure data centers in Australia so gamers in the country can enjoy optimal online experience when the game does launch. “Local servers have been a priority from day one.” Said Ubisoft Australia MD Edward Fong. “It is essential that Australian gamers get to experience the same online environment as players across the globe.”
Following suit, creators of Black Ops 3 have recently expressed interest in setting up local dedicated servers in South Africa for the three versions – PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4. The server is rumored to be based in Cape Town.
Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs)
Dedicated servers have also enabled the mammoth shift from gaming with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs). Examples of these type of games are Dungeons & Dragons, Ragnarok Online, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft. The superior architecture, powerful data processing capacity & extremely high bandwidth and RAM make dedicated servers a choice perfect for MMORPGs.
Purchase Your Own Server
Going one step further, YOU can purchase your own dedicated server if you’re serious about gaming & have a network of dedicated gamers you’d love to game with. It was after groups in South Africa collectively purchased servers for Black Ops 3 (out of no choice), & online petitions to have the creators set up a dedicated server in the region gained momentum did the creators express interest in doing so.
You can host your own “dedicated” gaming weekend instead of flocking to commercial open servers, with interruptions from unknown users. You can choose the game options you want, change the default configurations and even catch the cheaters. You can configure a Value Anti-Cheat (VAC) to detect the cheaters even if it is with just your friends. And while the downside of dedicated servers may be cost & management, the benefits far outweigh the cons. There’s no sweeter victory than defeating your buddies on your ‘own turf’.
We share with you a list of the Top 5 games you can play via your dedicated server (Courtesy www.gtcomm.net)
5 Most Popular Games via Dedicated Servers
2) Sid Meier’s Civilization V
3) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
4) Serious Sam 3: BFE
5) Dota 2 (Not MMORPG)
Dedicated servers are powerful, heavy duty machines that are changing the gaming scene & stirring up a storm – both with big gaming corporations as well as at-home gaming. The physical engineering, the massive amount of data tracked, the high caliber processing & heavily intensive applications all point to the only type of server that can hold its own – the Dedicated.
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