Category Archive: Internet

The Growing Business of Game Server Hosting

Many people (myself included) have always wondered what the story behind the game server is, and how they operate with so many players from different parts of the world. Game servers have come a long way. They have gone through a lot of changes over the years, and to be honest the tech behind this is extremely impressive.

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The History of Dedicated Game Server Hosting

Dedicated game server hosting is the place where online gaming started. Those days, the online gamers used to play on the internet by hosting the games in their standard home machines. First of all, the player had to buy the game of their choice then create a server that was supposed to be hosted and also played at home. All these happened simultaneously in the standard home PC through a dedicated server application that is similar to the one used today.

However, the home computers of users had low speeds and technical specs, and this would put a lot of stress on the machines, leading to poor server performance and gameplay. The internet providers decided to offer better and higher connections like faster broadband and even more bandwidth so that the gamers could keep up with server load, but this didn’t help a lot. This is because the data that was required for computerization was too much for the average home computer to handle comfortably and plus Australian ISP’s are among the worst performing in any developed nation.

During these first stages in online gaming, all the home computer lacked the power necessary to process the high speeds and detailed data that is needed for the online gaming and the dedicated hosting. As the games improved, other factors emerged that couldn’t be possible for home computers to handle. 3D graphics, network data sorting, and game physics couldn’t reach the players connected to the game server.

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The servers used the dedicated server application, which was hosted from the home PC. The application was designed to host servers from the gamers PC. Its primary task was to collect and distribute data from all the players who were connected to the server. The information would then be sent to other players using the game server displaying all the available players and images.

The Growth of Game Servers

With the enormous growth taking place in the online gaming industry, the gamers had to look for permanent solutions to their server problems. There were LAN events taking place, Leagues and even gaming teams were now forming. The teams had players from all parts of the world, so there was a great need for fast and reliable hosting solutions. There was a lot of need for game server hosting solutions that could offer real performance using low ping. The home computers could not provide this performance so the industry adapted. The need was too large because of the size of files that online game servers were required to handle. During those times, only a maximum of 20 players could use the game server.

Currently, the number of people who can join just one online game server has significantly risen with time. Some games can now go up to 1000 players in a single game and 500,000 players on a cloud server! As time goes by, these numbers are expected to go even higher because of the growth in the industry. One game hosting provider we spoke with – Brink Hosting who specialise in Minecraft hosting told us they forecast an expansion of their server centre by five times its original capacity by mid June next year.

Minecraft server hostingDedicated Game Server Solutions

The only solution for the problems facing the online gaming industry was getting professional servers. The professional servers were specially made to read data and also transmit vast amounts of the information faster so that the gamers can play without facing any troubles. The game hosting companies decided to buy rack servers, and they co-located them in various data centres all over the world so that they can host online games. In the beginning, the prices for this luxury were very high, but with time, they have dropped significantly. The prices are expected to fall even more as the industry grows.

Online game hosting has come a long way. New and improved servers have been developed, making the online games enjoyable. Whether this new technology like cloud gaming is the future for gaming is still up for debate. But for the end user, it all points to easier and cheaper online gaming, and the players do not have to deal with slow unreliable servers.

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Web Development

Seven free tools that will make your agency more efficient

Running a web development or marketing agency can be hard. Dealing with clients, their expectations and the development are all tasks that we are expected to master. So when someone tells us about a nifty little tool that can help make one aspect of business a little bit easier, we feel like giving them a hub. In this post we will explore seven tools that will make each aspect of your business just a little bit easier.

1. CloudFlare

If you’ve ever developed a website for a client and not has control of their DNS, you’ll understand why CloudFlare is so brilliant. By pointing your client’s NameServers at CloudFlare, you will have full control over their DNS. Changing the A records over to the new server is as simple as pasting the IP address in the A record field. Not only will CloudFlare help you control the DNS, it will speed up your client’s website by serving cached versions where acceptable. CloudFlare has a paid version, with extra security and speed benefits.

2. Dropbox

Syncing designs with your developers has never been so easy. Dropbox offers 2gb of storage for free while 1TB is just little over $10 per month. Dropbox allows you to share files with other Dropbox users, or share the link to a folder with a client. The application is available of your desktop, your smart phone and even through a web browser. Files can be synchronised through the internet, or via a Local Area Network (LAN).

3. BackWPup

If you’ve ever been at home on a Saturday morning and has a call from a client saying “my website is down”, you’ll understand the importance of backups. BackWPUp is a powerful WordPress plugin that gives you several options for backup your complete WordPress installation. Combine this plugin with Dropbox and your downtime will be reduced to almost nothing. You’ll save time and your client will be much happier with their improved uptime.

4. Codeanywhere

As the name suggests Codeanywhere lets you write clean code anywhere, straight from your web browser. After signing up for a free account, connect to your server via one of several available options and start writing code through their well-designed text editor. The editor supports more common languages and is extremely easy to use. While live edits to your website aren’t recommended, this easy to use tool will help you cleanup your CSS on the fly and make minor changes in a hurry. Codeanywhere is just one of many cloud editors that offer free trial packs. From experience, this is easiest to use.

5. Absolute Centering in CSS

If your heart sank when you were first told that the <center> tag is depreciated and should not be used, then this neat snippet of code will help you centre your HTML elements both vertically and horizontally. Absolute Centering in CSS has a series of CSS snippets that will help you get the job done and they even explain how they work.

6. YouTube

I know ! YouTube is nothing new, but you probably don’t get as much out of it as you could. YouTube has literally thousands of channels that will train you in almost every aspect of your business. With channels from some of with world’s most famous universities, such as Harvard & Berkley, you can get a world-class education for free. YouTube is an extremely powerful education tool, it’s not just for funny videos of cats.

7. Google’s Web Designer

In late 2015, Google’s Chrome browser will stop supporting Flash graphics. That’s good news for website users who never have to load anoter Flash graphic, but its bad news for those that were using Flash for banner ads. Luckily Google has released a desktop application called Web Designer that will help you make beatufil HTML5 websites and animations thatt are supported by all browsers (maybe not IE). The tool is completely free and easy to get the hand of.

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Steam Statistics show the Sad State of Australia’s Internet

Valve has just added a new feature to their Steam Stats page, showing the data rates for various ISPs around the world.

While it may not come as a surprise to many, Australia isn’t ranking so well in comparison to the rest of the world. For a country that ranks at the top end in GDP per capita, literacy rates, and standard of living; thanks to the shambled NBN, our internet speeds are comparatively lagging.

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Over the last 7 days the Australian average download speed was 6.6 Mbps. This is a far cry from the average in the USA of 16.7 Mbps, and even further from the incredible average speeds in Japan and Korea which sit at a phenomenal 33.5 and 49.8 Mbps respectively.

Even New Zealanders get to laugh at our appalling speeds with their average of 9.4 Mbps.

Australian ISP TransACT had the highest average download rate amongst the nations Steam users, followed by Optus at 8.1 Mbps and Telstra at 7.1 Mbps.

Bringing the Australian average down we have the slowest ISP M2 delivering a measly 4.3 Mbps for their customers, closely followed by our wooden spoon runners-up Primus Telecommunication with 4.7 Mbps and equal third last going to TPG Telecom and iiNet at a paltry 5.1 Mbps.

Here is a full list of Australia ISP’s and their respective average download rates:

Network Average Download Rate
Telstra 7.1 Mbps
Optus 8.1 Mbps
Internode 5.6 Mbps
TPG Telecom 5.1 Mbps
M2 4.3 Mbps
iiNet 5.1 Mbps
INTERNETPRIMUS-AS-AP Primus Telecommunications,AU 4.7 Mbps
EXETEL-AS-AP Exetel Pty Ltd,AU 5.3 Mbps
AAPT AAPT Limited,AU 6.1 Mbps
TRANSACT-SDN-AS TransACT Capital Communications Pty Limited,AU 9 Mbps

If you’ve ever been sitting around wondering why your downloads are taking so long, this is why. If you would like to see the Steam Statistics for yourself, you can check out Australia and every other country’s stats here. Just remember to click on Average Download Rate under the map, or you’ll be looking at Total Bytes downloaded.

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