what is a dedicated server for video games?

Question by greg: what is a dedicated server for video games?
i have been hearing a lot of talk about bringing back something called a dedicated server to Modern warfare 2. i have also heard that COD4 used a dedicated server, but if it did, then i like the modern warfare 2 servers better because you don't time out all the time. can someone please explain to me what a dedicated server is, and how it is compared to another server like the one currently in use by Modern Warfare 2. thanks for all the help!

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Answer by Brand_man
a dedicated server is one that runs at all times, has no down time, and has least lag.
dedicated servers don't host all of the consoles on one.

exact definition from wikipedia-

A dedicated hosting service, dedicated server, or managed hosting service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc. Server administration can usually be provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment. Dedicated servers are most often housed in data centers, similar to colocation facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. In contrast to colocation, the server hardware is owned by the provider and in some cases they will provide support for your operating system or applications.

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