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Yikes: GameSpy Shutdown Will Affect A Lot Of Games

I always did enjoy how poorly drawn the GameSpy mascot was - Xs for eyes or not.

GameSpy, a relic from times long before the modern Internet – or indeed, games and spies – existed is closing down. This on its own is not surprising as the multiplayer service is, by modern standards, buggy and kind of a joke, but it leaves a startling number of games with their e-wings clipped and their online-heaving hams strung in its wake. How many, you ask? Well, Reddit’s /r/Games board compiled a massive list, and the results aren’t pretty.

Here’s the full thing, handily broken up into sections based on how doomed/un-doomed various games are:


  • Arma (Source)
  • Arma: Cold War Assault (Source)
  • Arma 2 (Source)
  • Arma 2: Free (Source)
  • Borderlands
  • Dungeon Defenders [PS3/Non-Steam] (Source)
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Saints Row 2 (Source)
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2
  • Stronghold 2 (Source)
  • Stronghold Legends (Source)
  • Take On Helicopters (Source)

Status Unknown

  • Alien vs Predator (Classic)
  • Alien vs Predator 2
  • Battlefield 1942
  • Battlefield 2
  • Battlefield 2142
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • Battlefield Vietnam
  • Call of Juarez
  • Call of Juarez Bound in Blood
  • Civilization III
  • Civilization IV
  • Commandos 2
  • Commandos 3
  • Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines
  • Commandos: Behind the Call of Duty
  • Crysis
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Crysis Wars
  • Far Cry
  • Hexen
  • Hexen 2
  • Jagged Alliance
  • Jagged Alliance 2
  • Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
  • Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
  • Medieval Total War
  • Medieval Total War 2
  • Multiwinia
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
  • Postal 2
  • Quake 2
  • Quake 3
  • Quake 4
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Shogun Total War
  • Soldier of Fortune
  • Soldier of Fortune 2
  • SWAT 2
  • SWAT 3
  • SWAT 4
  • Titan Quest
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
  • Tom Clancy’s HAWX
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent
  • Two Worlds
  • Two Worlds 2
  • Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War
  • Warhammer 40K: Dark Crusade
  • Warhammer 40K: Soulstorm
  • Warhammer 40K: Winter Assault

Probably Unaffected

  • Call of Duty (Source)
  • Call of Duty United Offense (Source)
  • Call of Duty 2 (Source)
  • Unreal Tournament
  • Unreal Gold
  • Unreal 2


  • Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead (Source)
  • Arma 3 (Source)
  • Company of Heroes (Source)
  • Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike Online Edition (Source)
  • Stronghold HD (Source)
  • Stronghold Crusader HD ((Source)

That’s quite a list, and the gray area in the center is especially worrisome. GameSpy doesn’t officially ride off into the sunset to join Geocities and AOL CDs until May 31st, so here’s hoping we hear something from pertinent developers and publishers soon.

I plan on reaching out to a number of them, and I’ll report back with what (if anything) I hear. In the meantime, you give that copy of Postal 2 one last hug, and you hug it tight.

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