Games often require you to have a fast computer. Especially newer games. If you encounter 25 FPS or lower in your games, then something is slowing it and affecting your game performance. You should (if possible) be running a minimum of 30FPS at all times or else it will be difficult to play the game smoothly. The following steps will help you to increase your game performance: 1) Check your process list before starting your game. Often anti-virus software and other applications that read or write to the hard drive will slow down your game performance. Especially applications that defrag it, they really slow it down. 2) Defragging. Not only does it increase the life span of your hard drive, but it also makes games run faster. Why? It because it puts all the files that the game needs to run in one continuous space instead of spread out all over the hard drive. You should defrag at least once a month, but better yet is daily (preferably during off hours like at night). The defragger built into windows cannot be scheduled so you'll either have to remember to run it periodically or use My Defrag. It's a freeware defrag tool that can be scheduled. 3) If you did the two things above and your games are still performing poorly. There's a few things you can do in-game to improve your game performance:
- Screen Resolution: extremely high screen resolutions will really hurt game performance. : try reducing it to 1024x768.
- Shadows: sure they add realism but they really put alot of strain on your video card. Try putting them at low or even off.
- Aniscopic Filtering: this makes objects ahead of you more clear. It's a real game performance hog though so you should leave it disabled.
- Anti Aliasing: this makes the edges of objects slightly blurry. It also puts a lot of strain on your video card and unless you're really paying attention, you wont notice it most of the time so just leave it disabled for that extra performance boost.
- Texture Quality: the last thing you can try is reducing texture quality. Higher textures take up more video card memory.
If you tried all these things and your game is still performing badly than your only course of action is to upgrade your computer to increase your game performance. First look at your video card. How much memory does it have? If its less than 256MB, you really should upgrade it as most games today require at least 512MB to run smoothly with higher settings. Also look at how much ram you have. You should have at least 2GB on 32-bit windows. Don't get higher than that on a 32-bit operating system because 32-bit windows is unable to enable more than 2.2 GB. The best thing you can do is get 4GB but only on 64-bit windows (all the memory will be usable). If you want to run your game server as a Windows Service you can do so with FireDaemon Pro and Manage via the web/iPhone/iPad with Fusion. If you have any other tips on game performance, feel free to share them in the comments below.