Time Warner Cable’s the least of your gaming troubles.
4 New Video Game Realities That Will Kill the Industry

#4. Persistent Connectivity
First and foremost: It’s not a matter of if our connection works, it’s whether or not yours works. My bandwidth just has to deal with connecting to your servers to get your information whenever I want to play your game. You’re right: Supposing everything goes according to plan, my Internet connection can probably handle that. But you? Your servers have to connect to millions of games simultaneously, across millions of systems, at all times, forever.
Your responsibilities are much more prone to dramatic failure than the meager shit I’m tackling. Look no further than the launch of SimCity 4 for proof of that concept’s failure — or actually, don’t bother. I don’t think it’s online yet. I think we’re all still waiting in the lobby for Maxis’ servers to be constructed.

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Time Warner Cable’s the least of your gaming troubles.

4 New Video Game Realities That Will Kill the Industry

#4. Persistent Connectivity

First and foremost: It’s not a matter of if our connection works, it’s whether or not yours works. My bandwidth just has to deal with connecting to your servers to get your information whenever I want to play your game. You’re right: Supposing everything goes according to plan, my Internet connection can probably handle that. But you? Your servers have to connect to millions of games simultaneously, across millions of systems, at all times, forever.

Your responsibilities are much more prone to dramatic failure than the meager shit I’m tackling. Look no further than the launch of SimCity 4 for proof of that concept’s failure — or actually, don’t bother. I don’t think it’s online yet. I think we’re all still waiting in the lobby for Maxis’ servers to be constructed.

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