Variety is the spice of life. That statement rings true in real life as well as our virtual endeavors. So why spend thousands on a top-of-the-range gaming unit, hours setting it up only to be shackled in by the pre-prescribed server offered out the box when you buy a game? The point of gaming is to break out the box, to escape reality and indulge your wildest imaginations. The point of gaming is to break out of the box, to escape reality and indulge your wildest imaginations. However, such is life, unfortunately, any flight of fancy or expression of imagination must at some point be rooted in reality. Ask yourself: Can it really deliver?
Drawbacks of the Listen Server Model
Why run the server on your LAN instead of remote hosting (rental server)?
Learn how to build a multiplayer game server that, while inexpensive, is powerful enough to manage both first-person combat games and competitive role-playing games. LAN-based game servers are also a popular alternative offering for conventional arcades, and an entire business is springing up around the "PC room" and "LAN arena" concepts. In this TechBuilder recipe, I'll show you how to build a multiplayer game server. Most game servers are rated to run on any version of Windows, even Windows But for stability purposes, I recommend that you consider Windows Professional the bare minimum requirement. I used Windows XP Professional. Linux is also supported by many, but not all, game servers. But I won't cover Linux here.
Half of the top-ten most-played games on Steam come with the option to customize your entire gameplay, right up through running your own dedicated server. Are you going to sit back and play the game how somebody else envisioned it, or are you going to grab the goat by the horns, run your own server, and make it personal? There are many reasons why people rent a server from a remote provider; ranging from bandwidth availability, dedicated support, or even to eliminate any latency advantages between player and host.