Online gaming can be a fun way to pass time, especially on a portable system like the Nintendo Switch. But data caps are an unfortunate reality for mobile — and even some home — Internet plans. That doesn't mean you can't game if you have a data cap, but it's good to do some research before having to pay a fee because you went over your month's data. Fortunately, there are tools available to help you find out just how much data online gaming uses. Even better, we've done the tests on the most popular game today — Fortnite. Read on to find out how much data online gaming uses! How we tested If you want to verify our results — or just test this with your favorite game — the setup is simple: Download Wireshark for Windows or macOS. Wireshark is a free network monitoring tool that shows how much data each device on your network is using. Make sure your Nintendo Switch is connected to the same network as the computer running Wireshark. While this isn't a … [Read more...] about How much data does online gaming on the Nintendo Switch use?
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It's hard enough for a parent to keep track of what their kids do on their phones in the house, but it gets even harder to control what they do online when they leave or use a different device.On Monday, T-Mobile announced its FamilyMode service. FamilyMode works in two ways: it gives parents control over what their kids do online with cellular data in or out of the house, and it lets parents control their kids' WiFi-connected devices like phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, and Smart TVs.The service costs $20 upfront and then $10 per month. This includes the home WiFi device that monitors all sorts of internet-connected devices, and the FamilyMode app that lets you control internet usage.Some things you can do with the FamilyMode app are:Set daily internet limits on certain apps or platformsChoose what apps, platforms and sites your kids can access on their phones or tabletsPause and resume mobile internet accessFilter inappropriate contentReward kids with bonus … [Read more...] about T-Mobile lets parents control what their kids do online in or out of the house
Raph Koster has a lot to say about making online games, as he’s been working on them for more than two decades. His new book, Postmortems, debuts on Monday at more than 700 pages. And that’s just volume one. Many of the essays in the book have come from his quarter century of writings and talks, though about a third of the material is completely new. The lessons focus on game design, online community theories, and candid self-evaluation from working at companies such as Origin Systems, Sony Online Entertainment, and Metaplace. In a quarter-century of writings and talks, he has offered up game design lessons, online community theories, and candid self-evaluation. The book from Altered Tuning Press has a foreward from Ultima game designer Richard Garriott. Some of the historical posts were written for players, chat logs, speeches, design sketches, and more. Koster hopes they will illuminate the history of virtual worlds and inspire more people to create new ones. Above: Raph … [Read more...] about Raph Koster’s Postmortems helps online game devs avoid past mistakes
Custom router settingsRouters like Netgear's Nighthawk line offer customizable settings to ensure your PC and consoles get bandwidth priority over others on your network. It's usually just a matter of turning the features on. Once you're logged into your router, look for something called QoS (quality of service). Set whichever console or computer on your network you want to have top priority over everything else, and the router should do the rest.If not, you might have to set a static IP address for your device of choice and then set the priority level. This will ensure that no matter if you have a roommate watching Netflix in 4K UHD, your PC, PlayStation or Xbox will take precedence. The WRT32X gaming router from Linksys enables these settings by default, and if you're an Xbox fan, it has a router specifically made to prioritize the data coming in and out of Microsoft's latest console.You can also set up port forwarding, which will affect your NAT type. Ideally, your NAT will be wide … [Read more...] about How to optimize your online gaming setup
Any gamer who came up in the ‘90s or earlier remembers StarCraft. Even you didn’t, there’s no way you haven’t heard of it. That’s because Blizzard Entertainment’s seminal sci-fi, real-time strategy game changed the landscape of online and competitive gaming forever.This year, StarCraft turned 20 years old, and to commemorate Blizzard released a remastered version of the game this past April that painstakingly recreated it – weird quirks and exploits and all – for HD screens and modern operating systems.If you’re a competitive online gamer worth your salt, you owe quite a bit a to this game regardless of whether you played it back in the day, as so many of today’s online multiplayer games rest on this one title’s massive shoulders.To ring out TechRadar’s fourth annual PC Gaming Week with a bang, we chatted with Blizzard Entertainment Vice President of Technology Strategy Robert Bridenbecker all about the original … [Read more...] about Remembering StarCraft’s Battle.net – the service that sparked an online gaming revolution