When people think about a game like Minecraft, they tend to focus most on what imagination went into making it and what technology helped further realize it. But Minecraft fans rarely talk about just how important the game servers are to the way the game plays. A bad server means lag, it means problems with draw-in and distance, and it can cause an over all headache and make the game you are playing a mess. So is there any draw for hosting a server yourself? While it can be a lot of work, there are some things that can make it a whole lot easier and worth looking into.
First Things First
What do you want? Do you want to run a Minecraft server that can also host mods, or are you just looking for a Vanillaware place to host the game itself so you can ensure your game is always running fine. What most gamers do not understand is just how essential these two questions are.
In other words, you will need a slightly more complicated set up than if you were just setting up a basic Minecraft (or other game) server. We are using Minecraft as an example as it is the most common and well known in server and mod community currently (outside of everything Bethesda).
Minecraft’s Education Edition
It may sound derivative to fans, but this particular version of the Minecraft game is great for people who want to learn more about Minecraft (creation, hosting and so on) while still playing the game. While most hardcore fans of the game will tell you that it isn’t needed, they may not be aware they are talking to someone who wants to host.
And outside of that, it gives you a better understanding of the brand and what goes into making it work (technically).
What many gamers do not know about Minecraft and many games of the ilk is, Mojang themselves offer up basic Minecraft servers that are fairly easy to access, even for noobs. But what one must be aware of going in are the elements outside of that. How much will you be paying? Will you be getting help and backup with that? An even more important question:
How much is all this going to be put me back in the long run and is it worth it?
Not as Bad as You Think
The trick in this aspect of setting up a server is setting yourself up with a host who is reliable. While this will take some time and research on your part, there are some very reputable companies offering assistance in that area if you just know where to look and read into who is reputable. The reality is, the most daunting thing about wanting to run a server is the thought itself, especially at first. Don’t worry.
Unlike most undertakings this size, there are people who can help you along the way.
Don’t Let the Fear Hold You Back
Once you find a reputable host and have some basic ideas about setting the whole thing up (there are thousands of relatively easy to understand tutorials for this all around the web, thankfully) you just need to follow through with your vision. The biggest problem for our nerd demo is that we often say we want to do something, and rarely follow through. If you want to run a Minecraft server, you have to understand…the only thing holding you back at this point is you.