A file repository website run by the clearly evil GameSpy Industries
. Their stock in trade (provision of all the latest game demos
and other tech toys
) naturally requires huge amounts of bandwidth
space, which naturally costs a great deal of money
. As an upshot of this, they have tried everything in their power to make their site a horrible, money-grubbing ordeal. (Kind of like Penny Arcade
in fact. Hmm.)
If you are unlucky enough to need a file that they host (that for some reason isn't on WinMX / Morpheus / Gnutella yet), you get the option to use one of their "public servers" (which can entail queueing - but these days usually doesn't, as most people have gotten wise to FilePlanet's awfulness) or if you fill in a length registration form all but selling your soul to their advertisers, you get to use a supposedly faster "personal server".
It was all so simple in the old days. Come back FTP.CDROM.COM, all is forgiven.