Online gaming gets more and more popular every year, and even console systems like Xbox and PS3 are cashing in on the action, allowing gamers to connect to the Internet and challenge or play with gamers from around the world. However, there are a number of problems you can run into when gaming online, some of which can be solved by changing IP address. Getting banned from gaming networks can happen to even the most honest of gamers. Accessing games region specific games can also be achieved by an IP change. You can also create multiple accounts as well as change language and other regional options.
Accessing a game you've been banned from
I've hopped around a few forums researching for this article, and I discovered that most of the people who've been banned from an online game felt that it was unfair, or don't know why they were banned. One user was accused of "exploiting" Grand Theft Auto, and he doesn't know why he was banned, and of course, support is now ignoring him. Another user was playing Fallen Sword, and got blocked for having a clone identity, because his brother has an account as well. I have been banned from forums before, and regardless of why the ban happens, I know that it usually means support will ignore even the most polite of emails. If you feel you've been banned unfairly, or even if you know why you've been cut off, but want to turn over a new leaf, changing your IP address basically gives you a new identity online.
Accessing region specific games
Everyone knows that the best online games come out in Korea and Japan first. Well, maybe the Japanese and Koreans say that the best ones appear in The US first, but either way, there are many regional restrictions for gaming online. Whether it be accessing foreign leagues, or playing a game that hasn't launched in your region, an changing your IP address solved this problem easily. After all, the only indicator of you actual location is your IP. Dungeon Fighter Online, Counter Strike, and World of Warcraft 3 are just some of the games that you'll be able to play, no matter where you are in the world.
Creating multiple gaming accounts is also an option. Though this is usually associated with being dishonest, or gaming the system, there are some legitimate reasons why you may need multiple accounts on one IP. As with the example above, it maybe be that you live in a play where more than one users plays. It doesn't have to be at home - it could be a school dorm, or in some other communal living situation. You may also find that accessing your account from other countries or IPs can change certain settings. Maybe you're studying abroad for a year and hate that you options are showing up in Russian instead of English.
Whatever your specific problems with an online game is, if its regarding IP address, then a VPN is what you need to change IP online. Though proxies change or mask your IP address, most online games are no longer browser based. Proxies only change the IP of your browser. This has been discussed many times over the years in multiple forums, so if you're planning on purchasing software to change IP address, be sure that it's through a VPN, and not a proxy. To get a secure and reliable connection, with a new IP address, virtual private networks (VPN) are your best option. Multiple security protocols means that your connection is private and secure, and the majority of firewalls will not be able to see that you're using an IP changing tool. You also have the option of getting a static IP address, which will eliminate some of the problems associated with frequently changing IP while gaming online.
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