Why VPNs are todays must-have tool for gamers


While games consoles and gaming PCs are both still popular, these days they are increasingly used as doorways to online play, often in multi-player games.  That means having a reliable internet connection between the player(s) and the site is a must.  Unfortunately this connection can be weakened by problems at either side.  Fortunately VPNs can help to solve them both.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are a major inconvenience to online gaming

Online gaming is now big money in all kinds of ways.  Depending on the game it may (or may not) be free to access, but either way there’s a good chance there will be the opportunity to make in-play purchases.  Then of course, there’s the money to be made on services such as Twitch, which have breathed new life into an already thriving sector.  With so much money at stake, the major companies tend to invest huge amounts of money in resources and security – and they need to, because they have become a tasty target for cyber criminals.  It’s not just the smaller, niche and/or new games which are at risk, both Minecraft and League of Legends have been targeted in DDoS attacks and certain, specific “pro” gamers (particularly Twitch partners) have also been on the receiving end of cyber crimes.  While the use of VPNs can’t (yet) completely eliminate the effects of full-on DDoS attacks they can help to mitigate them substantially.  As an added bonus, the nature of VPNs helps to preserve the user’s anonymity, which makes it significantly harder for attackers to single out specific targets.  It’s not just pro players who benefit from this, hackers and other criminals choose their victims on a logic which is all their own.  For example, they may choose to target players from a particular country for reasons which are either financial or ideological.

Bandwidth management is becoming increasingly important as the world goes online

The gaming community and ISPs have long had something of a love/hate relationship and while some lucky gamers have unlimited superfast broadband, many gamers have to make do with a lower-quality service.  This leaves them vulnerable to the “bandwidth police”, ISPs who throttle the connection of users whom they deem to be exceeding their “fair use” policies.  Online gamers very often fall into this category.  Even when they have theoretically unlimited connections, the fact of the matter is that the nature of the internet itself is, ironically, somewhat counterproductive to online gaming.  In very simple terms, even though the internet is sometimes called the “information superhighway”, internet traffic often acts like cars whose drivers are trying to navigate through a gridlocked city, sometimes darting forward, sometimes stopping, sometimes taking detours because the most obvious route is already jammed.  This is essentially the reason why users can experience latency and lag even on the best internet connections in the world.  The reason using VPNs is sometimes called “tunneling” is because it creates a single, virtual tunnel in which people can play together in peace, away from the chaos of standard internet traffic.

When it comes to online gaming, some VPNs are better than others

With so many VPN services out there, it’s hardly surprising that some offer better gaming performance than others.  It’s for this reason that many gamers are now looking for their VPN service via ANTA.NET to save themselves time and hassle.  ANTA.NET provides reviews and tips on VPNs so that gamers can speed through the process of finding the right VPN and get on with their gaming.

Ni No Kuni’s Villains – Part 1: Shadar The Evil Wizard

Ni No Kuni is a wonderful role playing game that is rife with plot twists and interesting characters. It employs a combat gameplay style that is reminiscent of both western and Japanese style Role Playing Games, and its beautifully animated scenes and incredible visual designs make this a game you certainly don’t want to miss! It’s not a very recent game (Although “recent” here is speaking in terms of video games, and that trend can change in a heart beat.) but it certainly packs a punch. And other than that, the video game’s plot and host of lively and intriguing characters is as engaging as any of the newest games that have been released. Continue reading “Ni No Kuni’s Villains – Part 1: Shadar The Evil Wizard” »

The Characters To Know In Ni No Kuni

Ni No Kuni

One of the best parts of ‘Ni No Kuni’ or ‘Another World’ is the fun host of characters in it. For the characters make the story, and the story was one of the main features of the game (other than the visuals and gameplay) that really earned Ni No Kuni its acclaim after the game’s release.

The main (hero) characters that any gamer should know about if playing (or planning to play) ‘Another World’ are as follows: Continue reading “The Characters To Know In Ni No Kuni” »

‘Another World’ Boasts Of An Impressive Combination of East and West Gameplay Styles

Ni No Kuni

‘Ni No Kuni’ is a video game that is also known as ‘Another World’, ‘The Other World’, and ‘Second Country’. ‘The Another World’ is a role play video game and falls into the action and adventure genres of video games. It received critical acclaim for its animated scenes, graphic design, and great gameplay. The thing that most impressed critics (OK, the thing that most impressed critics according to us) is that the gameplay for this video game is an engaging and intriguing mix of both Western style and Japanese style role playing game combat techniques. This game also won a slew on awards for the best RPG (Role Playing Game) video game category. Different versions of the game, depending on when and where it was released, have voice tracks in both Japanese and English. Some versions offer both as well and is even considered collectors items (in the category of video games). Continue reading “‘Another World’ Boasts Of An Impressive Combination of East and West Gameplay Styles” »

‘Gone Home’ is a Video Game Adventure Story that Revolves around Family Secrets

As a first person, role playing game, ‘Gone Home’ deviates from the norm by basing its premise on an adventure than unravels at its own pace in the form of a story about the family members of “The Psycho House”. However, this deviation hasn’t reduced anything from the game, if the great critic reviews about the game is anything to go by. If anything, this video game purports the importance and power of a great story line in a video game, and also shows that it isn’t only blood, gore and shooting that rules the show in the gaming world.

Continue reading “‘Gone Home’ is a Video Game Adventure Story that Revolves around Family Secrets” »

‘Gone Home’ – An Interactive, Investigative Story Game that Highlights Relationships

Gone Home

‘Gone Home’, like the title of this article states, is an interactive video game that investigates the story of Kaitlin’s family. The game works by the player guiding the main player character ‘Kaitlin’ through her family house and look at objects that slowly unravel the story and various details of her family, along with information about the house itself. The game received critical acclaim for its engaging story line. And the relationships hinted at and described in this game are touching, mesmerising, and even tragic, depending on how one sees it. This is truly interactive story telling at its finest! Continue reading “‘Gone Home’ – An Interactive, Investigative Story Game that Highlights Relationships” »

Questionable And Ridiculous Things That Some Games Make Us Do

Playing video games is a wonderful activity and one that we won’t give up except due to cruel torture and pain of death. (And some won’t give it up even under those threats!) However, as fabulous as the gaming world is, one sometimes must pause and consider some of the things certain games ask us to do. For they are ridiculous to the point where you wonder what on earth the game developer was thinking!

Here are a few instances alone where we might find ourselves blinking at the game if we paused long enough to think about the question. Continue reading “Questionable And Ridiculous Things That Some Games Make Us Do” »

Video Games – A Potentially Great Tool For Teaching Skills For Real Life Application

With the domination of zombie apocalypse and fighting games that are available in the video game market, it is perhaps not so surprising that video games are valued for nothing more than their entertainment value. However, video games have often proved to be wonderful teaching tools for a variety of real life skills, applications, and subjects. In that spirit, this article is going to deal with all the ways video games can be a wonderful teaching tool. Continue reading “Video Games – A Potentially Great Tool For Teaching Skills For Real Life Application” »

Great Games Releasing For Your Gaming Pleasure In January 2015!

2014 was no doubt a rocking year for fabulous video game releases. But considering the rumours for games in 2015, this new year promises to be even more exciting for the gaming community. And one of the best things about video games in the year 2015 is that gaming fans no longer have to wait for the holidays for the new game release! In fact, according to the video game release schedules mentioned so far, video game enthusiasts might be able to enjoy their favourite and most anticipated new releases of video games practically every month! Looks like this entire year is going to be a series of monthly adventures for gamers. Way to go 2015!

In that spirit, we’ve put together some of the great new video games that are going to be releasing this very month of January 2015! Continue reading “Great Games Releasing For Your Gaming Pleasure In January 2015!” »

The Batmobile – Possibly the most Anticipated Feature of Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman Arkham Knight Batmobile

Since its announcement in 2014, Batman: Arkham Knight is quite possibly one of the most awaited video game of 2015. (It is scheduled to be released in June 2015.) But the most anticipated feature of this third installation of the video game trilogy is undoubtedly the Batmobile! For, from what little glimpse we’ve had of it (because no amount of sneak peaks and glimpses will be enough, and we won’t be satisfied until we can play it ourselves), one could opine that the Batmobile alone might be enough to ensure game sales as we really, really, really want to drive the beaut! (Even if it is virtual, we don’t really care. We’re gamers, after all!) Continue reading “The Batmobile – Possibly the most Anticipated Feature of Batman: Arkham Knight” »