Many of us grew up playing 2D TV games, like Super Mario and Tetris, which was one of the coolest things to do during the nineties. Fast-forward twenty years and the gaming industry has turned into a world of its own with thousands of consoles, PC and mobile games available at the click of a button and being played by millions across the globe.
When working in the technology industry, you’re bound to meet some gamers passionately playing until the wee hours of the night. At RSAWEB, this is no exception. Adding the fact that our network was built for gaming with steadfast connectivity, and you’ve absolutely hit the jackpot. We chatted to our most enthusiastic gamers and this is what they had to say about their favourite games, the gaming community, and what to consider when choosing an internet service provider (ISP) for the purpose of gaming.
Meet our gamers:
Which games currently keep you glued to your screen?
Thurston: Apex Legends, GTA V, FIFA ‘22, Fallout 4, Watch Dogs 2 and NFS Heat
Phillip: Grounded, Valheim and Deep Rock Galactic
Brandey-Lee: COD Mobile, Pokémon Fire Red and Among Us
Jean: Escape from Tarkov Q4.
Brandon: Apex, League of Legends, Warzone and Team Fight Tactics
Morné: Apex Legends, Diablo 3 and Elden Ring
Sergio: Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Fifa 22 and Forza horizon 5
What do you enjoy most about the gaming community?
Thurston: The fact that you can play with friends living in different towns or even with strangers across the world. The number of available resources, guides and playthroughs for when you get lost is a significant plus. The reviews available before you commit to purchasing a game are a win. And last but not least, the competitive nature gaming has brought with E-Sports is amazing for the community.
Phillip: Collaborating and engaging with friends online.
Bradey-Lee: The support the community provides.
Jean: In my experience, it has been the possibility to meet some very interesting people and make some great friends.
Donito: The advice you get, A great space to share and relate, and even mostly, relax. The best communication even if your teammates are from another part of the world.
Brandon: The competitiveness of the gaming community is the thing I enjoy the most as it’s a good way to get better at a game, especially if it’s an FPS(First Person Shooter) game.
Morné: The coolest thing about the gaming community is the camaraderie and the willingness to help others. Starting a new game can be daunting, but you can easily find a discord channel for your new favourite game, and find hundreds of like-minded gamers willing to help you through your journey.
Sergio: Everyone knows who’s who in the zoo.
When choosing an ISP with gaming in mind, what are the most important factors to consider?
Thurston: Latency to UK servers is important to me for seamless Apex gameplay, download and upload speeds and bandwidth.
Phillip: Latency ─ your speed is not what’s important here, it’s the actual quality, especially when playing with friends.
Bradey-Lee: The sheer quality of the game and what the games give off the network you’re using. Each game played is different.
Jean: Low and stable ping and jitter.
Donito: Latency, ping, upload speed and download speed.
Brandon: Most of the gaming servers I use are in the UK, so I would like to know what the ISP’s ping would be like when routing to the UK.
Morné: Network reliability and performance. Stable speeds and low latency is key for online gaming.
Sergio: Ping rate must be low to ensure smooth transitions while playing games online.
Which games are you most looking forward to being released over the next few months and in 2023?
Thurston: The Saints Row reboot, Pac-Man World Re-Pac, Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed, Marvel’s Midnight Suns, and a release date for GTA VI!
Phillip: Darktide and Starfield
Bradey-Lee: GTA 6 and The New God of War
Jean: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 (2023)
Donito: GTA 6, Saints Row, Call Of Duty, Modern Warfare 2 and Lara Croft
Brandon: God of War and Saints Row
Morné: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, God of War Ragnarok and Diablo 4 (2023)
Sergio: FIFA 23
As the gaming world evolves, so does its lingo. But what do these frequently used terms mean?
Latency: More commonly known as “lag”, latency is the reaction time of your internet, in other words, the time it takes for data to travel from your device to the server.
Ping: The delay between your actions during a game and the response to these actions from the server that hosts the game. When there is a lag, it will take longer for an action to reach the server and vice versa.
Jitter: Also known as “ping spikes” or “stuttering”, jitter is the time delay of the data packets across your network.
“We maintain low latency and jitter routes to local and international gaming servers. This gives gamers a predictable and reliable experience,” ─ Koos Myburgh, head of engineering at RSAWEB
These gamers also concur that the RSAWEB network is the best for gaming compared to other top-tier ISPs. The network has been problem-free without any ping spikes or disconnects and has a fast and stable connection to servers.
So, if you’re considering joining the gigantic gaming community, this list of games is a good starting point, especially when it’s played on the RSAWEB network.