I know I am not OZ, but I certainly feel like most of you are nearly family. I put a lot of sweat into your server and enjoyed it immensely. Last summer, I started enjoying TF2 less and less, mainly because it is so hard to find a truly competitive game anymore. Everyone seems to be so enamored with congas and high fives and the like. I just want to kill people over and over and over and... well.. you get my drift. TF2 just wasn't satifying that competitive spirit any more. Compounding everything, my rig took a dump and once rebuilt, it never seemed to have the "Feel" of the old one. After a few games of hitch and stutter, I just got frustrated and decided to take a break. That break turned into months and then Fallout 4 came out. Since then I have been playing that when I have time, but work has been crazy this year and I mostly just work and sleep. I understand what it means to just be tired.
I said all of that just to get to this: Thanks PC for keeping the torch burning so long. Even when the game began to become less of what it started out as, people kept coming to OZ because of the community. I tip my hat to you for that.
As for your server issues, I had clan servers for years before coming over to the OZ servers. I experienced the same suckage from gameservers.com
and others. Finally, after years of being dissatisfied, I found nfoservers.com
. They are truly the best IMO, the machines/network are strong and the support is second to none. If you ever fire this thing back off at full speed, I strongly suggest using them.
So what game is the "Future"? I don't see anything out there that rings my bell. I tried the alpha of Doom, but it is so buggy and laggy I gave up on it. The atmosphere was certainly there, but they have a LONG way to go before that game might be fun/competitive. Hopefully a new FPS will come out that has less hats/party favors/random noobness than TF2, but until then I will just watch and see what you guys are up to. Never know when I might drop by.
Good luck and many thanks