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Setting Up Your Server
Why Host Your Own Dedicated Server?
One aspect of Ark: Survival Evolved that often leaves players scratching their heads is what server they should join. There is really no explanation in-game as to what they mean or which ones are made for beginners or more advanced players. Unfortunately, this can be a game-ruiner if you constantly find yourself in servers where you are killed by anything and everything without a second thought. There are both servers and modes which can change how the game is played, and it is geared to allow players to decide what they want their experience to be.
A game server also sometimes referred to as a host is a server which is the authoritative source of events in a multiplayer video game. The server transmits enough data about its internal state to allow its connected clients to maintain their own accurate version of the game world for display to players. They also receive and process each player's input. Dedicated servers simulate game worlds without supporting direct input or output, except that required for their administration.
This opens a map called CityLvlPers that has two streaming levels, a loading screen which would just put up a circular throbber, and the actual city level. Since the loading screen level is just a UI thing, I skip it if the dedicated server opens it. This seems to work fine as I have no errors in the server log and a print to log shows that it is in the right level. The client opens initially not connected to the dedicated server.