4 Essentials For New Online Gamersposted on 14 February 2012 | posted in Hosting General
Successful online gaming requires more than a bloodlust for orcs and trolls. You need the right hardware and software to make sure that your games run smoothly and you get the most out of what you pay for. And being web hosts, we know very well that these days onlyine gaming is very much to do with ping rates and bandwidth too.
1. You need speedy broadband
To enjoy online gaming you need decent broadband. It needs to be fast of course - but how fast? To be competitive in games like World of Warcraft you need to be on at least 4mbps (or mega bits per second). If you don't know how fast your broadband connection is, use a broadband speed test to find out.
2. You need a fast computer
Truly dedicated gamers build their own customised machines from scratch. However if you don't have the inclination or the know-how, 800Mhz (such as the Intel Pentium 3) is the recommended speed from most games manufacturers. You also need a lot of space on your hard drive.
3. Sound and graphics cards
You need high performance sound and graphics cards in order to get the best experience out of your game. The makers of World of Warcraft Blizzard recommends a 32MB graphics card with Hardware Transform and Lighting which allow you to see fully crafted fantasy worlds as the designers of the games intended.
4. Adjust your firewall settings
Anti-virus and firewall protection is crucial for gamers as malware has been on in the increase since 2008. Luckily there's anti-virus software available which won't disrupt your gaming experience at all and at the same time makes sure there are no nasties on your computer.
If you take your time to choose the right setup, then hours of online gaming are yours for the taking! You will be able to explore multiple worlds and play with people from all over the globe. Make sure you carefully read the specifications of each game that you purchase and you should have no trouble enjoying your games.