Picture this. You are playing your favorite online shooter with your friends, maybe a handful of you. You encounter a squad who took you out days earlier and is still gloating. You ready your team and come at them with all you got. It is a fire fight for the ages. It is coming down to one guy on your team left and one on theirs. You find a sweet spot and nest for a bit, setting up your sniper rifle for the kill shot. Suddenly, when you have the perfect moment to take it, LAG. Your server is slowing down because you are playing at “peak hours” and suddenly, you go from being one shot away from revenge to being another notch on the other team’s kill board. Is it your fault? No, but this is the EXACT reason all gamers should play on private servers. Makes all the difference in the world when you need it to most.
Private vs Public Servers
The main difference is exactly what you would think. A private server is, well, private, and a public server is open to the public. As you can imagine, this can affect many aspects of online gaming. The biggest difference being traffic and speed. While it could be said that not all private servers offer the safety of public (as some say private servers are more likely to get hacked or messed with, which isn’t the case), the reality is, that is exactly why you get a private server to host for you and your friends online gaming sessions. It makes all the difference, and it puts YOU in control.
There are far more options out there that make is affordable, safe, and far easier than people assume. You will realistically being paying LESS in the long run than you would for playing on public servers anyway, plus NONE of the hassle or problems associated with open servers.
Location of Hardware
Another interesting aspect of hosting a VPN (virtual private network) is the actual physical location of the hardware. Believe it or not, people do not understand just how much proximity effects online gaming and MBPS (megabytes per second). Having direct access to hardware (or being closer) makes a huge difference.
The best way I can explain it to someone is the highway metaphor. Imagine, if you would, that you had two highways you could take to work. One had traffic on it everyday, and one was just a highway made for you and four of your friends. Which highway do you think is going to get you to work on time? Which highway will NEVER have traffic jams?
Now you are getting it.
Better Server, Faster Gaming
The thing too few people talk about when it comes to online gaming is the reaction time. Reaction time is everything. A tenth of a second can mean the difference between a win and a loss. So why bother playing on a server that makes you a worse gamer? That reflects itself in your gamer tag, gamer score, achievements, and overall kill streaks.
The truth is, once you play on a private server even once, you realize how magic it is. The problem lies in the fact that many gamers convinced themselves that hosting a VPN is too expensive or confusing or intense, when it is, in fact, none of those things. On the other extreme, it is more inexpensive and easier to pull off than many of us assume.
And you know what they say about assumptions, don’t you?
Private Servers of GTFO
So do yourself a favor. Do some research and figure it out for yourself. Tread around the web a little bit and listen to some testimonials. You take your gaming serious enough, lag is not acceptable. And the glaring reality is, any of those minor inconveniences go away on a private server. Take my word for it. If you wanna game online, at least do it right.
At the end of the day, if you take online gaming seriously enough, it is not even a question. Again, use the public highway or the private one to get to work? Well, game the same way. In this case, YOU have the opportunity to build your own proverbial private highway for your gaming, at a very reasonable rate.
So get to it!