If it’s game time, slow is not an option. There is no longer any excuse for guilds or clans to run a server so unbearable that by the time you’ve gotten off your shot or placed a block, the scene in front of you has radically changed. As games have evolved to make use of more substantial graphics hardware, gamers have become more demanding in what they want from their experience, along with the latency of their games, especially in large groups or when hosting an entire clan. While buying a dedicated server is a possibility, many groups are instead choosing VPS options to host their servers and get the most from their games.
Loading Up A Counter-Strike VPS
One of the most popular – and demanding – group of FPS gamers are those who play Counter-Strike. Gone are the days when a server could easily be hosted from a single, home computer; you and your guild now face the real possibility of dropped connections and poor frame rates if a less-than-optimal server is used. Fortunately, Counter-Strike VPS choices are now emerging on the market, giving you a viable way to host one or more servers for your guild, without having to pay the higher cost of a dedicated server. A 700 MB RAM, 10 GB hard drive slice of a VPS server will easily let you host one or two servers at a cost far lower than that of a VDS, and many providers will install all the game files and mods you want on your VPS before you even start. You can then choose to run only Counter-Strike on your VPS, ensuring that is has a clean space to perform, without possible negative interactions with other programs.
Building A Minecraft VPS
If you’ve got the Minecraft bug, chances are you’ve experienced the way the game’s public servers function. While these can be a great place to start, the lack of control over a public server makes it a difficult place to host a guild or clan. Minecraft can be easily ported to a VPS instead, and along with a cPanel or Plesk control panel, will give you complete freedom in how you choose to administer your server. In addition, you’ll want to download and install a program called McMyAdmin, which will run on Windows, Linux and the Mac OS. McMyAdmin not only allows you to manage the users and groups on your server at any given time, but also gives you information about your server status at a glance, meaning you’ll always be aware of how the game is performing.
Increasing Performance as Needed
One of the best benefits of a Counter-Strike, TF2, COD4 or Minecraft VPS is that it can be scaled as your needs increase. Your slice of the virtual server is yours and yours alone, and it is often possible to simply expand that space, giving you access to more storage space and RAM. Along with the right virtualization platform, you’ll always get the performance you need, and won’t experience the bottlenecking common to older server options.
In addition, a gaming VPS server makes it easy to add hosting for Teamspeak, Vent or Mumble, giving you an easy way to communicate backed by reliable uptime and the knowledge that multiple users on the same channel or playing the same map won’t slow down the game. While a gaming VPS comes with a cost, it is far less than the purchase price of a dedicated server and offers a serious upgrade in performance over public hosting.