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The State of OMGeek

[OMGk] Not-so-ninja update: Fragnetics released its server pricing for BF3 soon after I published this post. I had to close the tab upon seeing the astronomical pricing to avoid an acute aneurysm. I'm very disappointed. Go on. Click on the link. I'll make it open in a new tab for you.

Rest assured that nothing will stop the OMGeek Battlefield 3 server from going live. We're working on a solution at this very moment.

 

It's serious time, gamingfriends, and as you can see, I have my poker face on. Today, we're not going to talk about time travel, mutant penguins, or lesbian mermaids. Today, I'm going to share some things about OMGeek, our community, and the direction we plan to go in the future. Mike did a post about the state of gaming in Southeast Asia yesterday. Now, we're switching objective lenses and zooming in to see just the OMGeek side of things.

Farewell, Sweet Princes You might have noticed that we have dropped the Red Orchestra 2 server. We're also closing down our Terraria server very soon. The reason is simple and quite obvious, really: no one has been playing these games. There's just not enough demand for them. We also want to make way for the games that we ourselves want to play: Minecraft and the mighty Battlefield 3. We'll bring Terraria back if there's enough demand for the game. We did listen to you guys about Minecraft and its many virtues.

I'm not saying that we're forgetting all about Red Orchestra 2 altogether! Surely, RO2 vets will know the infinite satisfaction of shooting Fritz in the nuts. Provided that we can get a sizeable group organized for a game, we can still play online. gamers.com.sg continues to host Red Orchestra 2.

I will be Advising You Now Battlefield 3 is still coming out, last I checked. We will be hosting a server for it, no question, but there's still the issue of from whom. We'll be very transparent with this, as we are with all things. Fragnetics is our most likely choice. The only thing holding us back is their elusive server pricing for Battlefield 3, which up to the time of this writing still hasn't been released.

Now, Look to the Right, and Scroll Up a Little Yes, we have started placing ads on the site. A project like Omgeek doesn't come cheap, and we've been paying out of our own pockets to support the site and the servers. Omgeek is a Labor of Love! A little revenue-generating service helps a lot to recoup [some of] our losses and continue to provide a quality community and gaming experience for everyone.

No, we haven't "sold out". And I'm not quite sure if we've sold in, either. Uhh, what was the question, again?

We Welcome Your Help If, out of the kindness of your heart, you'd like to show your support to OMGeek, we are accepting donations! There's a big orange button under the words "Support OMGeek" over there on the right. There's no obligation, no minimum amount, and no begging. Give if you like what we're doing. We will be very grateful.

Donations aren't the only way to help, however. The easiest and arguably the best way to help the community is to spread the word. Tell your gamer friends about OMGeek, and tell them to tell their gamer friends to check us out too. Tell your girlfriend. Tell your grandma. Any level-headed individual who appreciates pc games is welcome in the OMGeek community.

We'd also appreciate some feedback about the articles we've been putting out. What kinds of articles do you enjoy? Which ones did you hate? Do you want to propose to ban me from using keyboards forever? We'll listen and respond to all your thoughts.

Finally, here's one last request for all of you who wish to show your support: turn off your ad-blocker. We only get paid if people see and read the ads. We try our best to monitor the types of ads that we host so that they will always be appropriate and interesting to you, so don't worry! This is a tiny gesture of support that anyone can do, and it goes a long way.

And That's All She Wrote I'll get off my soapbox for now, but I hope you learned a little something about the stuff going on inside OMGeek today. Hey, read our About page if you can spare a couple more minutes. Thanks for your attention, everyone. I shall get back to those lesbian mermaids very soon.

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The State of PC Gaming in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian ISPs are not interlinked and peering with each other due to political or business reasons.Like many pc gamers in the region, I long for low ping servers and the accessibility to hop onto a populated server with a decent crowd. However, the reality we face in our region is that of fragmentation. Spread across the archipelagos, Southeast Asian ISPs are not interlinked and peering with each other due to political or business reasons. James pointed this out last week in his article with how the Philippines is suffering from this problem. Case in point, I live in Singapore, and a lot of my pc gaming buddies are in the Philippines. The issue we have is that their ISP, PLDT does not peer directly to Singapore, which prevents us from playing together with decent ping.

In looking at the US and Europe however, you have a situation where bandwidth is relatively cheap, and most countries are interconnected via an internet backbone/exchange that has good peering with each other. This means ping to neighboring countries is a lot lower, and allows for hassle free gaming with sub 100 latency.

As such, computer hardware enthusiasts and pc gamers like us have evolved and adapted to the situation. We have formed individual pockets of communities each focusing in our specific countries where we know pings will be low enough to enable lag free gaming. Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, etc have their own servers and play amongst themselves. What we have seen over the last 5-10 years is the explosion of many pc gaming oriented communities in SEA -- off the top of my head, Lowyat, GameAxis, Hardwarezone, VR-Zone and XJZ -- all catering to specific countries pc gaming crowd. I myself am a member of all these communities and they are superb because they have enabled like-minded gamers to interact in forums and play together on game servers.

As a follow up to the exponential growth of the pc hardware and pc gaming communities in the region, I personally feel we need to move a step further in linking us all together. I know this is a long shot but in the very near future I envision a time when pc gaming in the region will no longer be hindered by peering issues. We don’t have our own data centre or dedicated servers; in fact we just rent ours from well known GSPs. But I think what we have to offer is the strength of an idea, a concept of unity for all of the SEA pc gaming community. We want to work with everyone involved, from as high up as the ISPs, GSPs and data centres down the line to the forums and communities, across the region because we know we can’t do this alone. We here at OMGeek are passionate about this, and hope that setting up this community is a small step in the right direction. We hope you feel the same way.

We have big plans in the coming months for pc gaming and Southeast Asia, and we want you to be part of these plans. There's no question of whether it's possible to have a truly interconnected Southeast Asia that allows all of us in the region to play pc games with each other. We simply need to ask ourselves if we want this badly enough. We can be content with what we have, or we can push for a better gaming experience for everyone.

Do you have any thoughts on pc gaming in Southeast Asia? Have you ever been a victim of abysmal ping and other connection problems? Share your thoughts with us in the forums.

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