I’d rather have a map that loads one minute than a map that loads fifteen minutes. And as long as people from different regions show up as ghosts (or not at all if the whole thing gets too full) I think it’s a good change.
One thing that has been bugging me for years now though is having a server browser easily accessible from the main menu. It has ruined everything I liked about queuing up for games in Gmod Tower.
There’s no point in going to the gameworld ports, you can just join any game you like from the server browser. And that’s not very social if you ask me. Get rid of the server browser, optimize the shit out of the gameworld port map and you have a nice, centralized meeting point that’s quick to load.
But hey, that’s just my 0.02€.