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Posts tagged “GameSpy”

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (the old one) online multi returns

Online multiplayer has officially returned to Star Wars: Battlefront II with the launch of a new update ripping out the Battlefield-y shooter's dead GameSpy techguts. The update is now live for Steam and GOG versions of Battlefront II -- no, EA don't seem to have released a patch for the CD version -- and the pair do support multiplayer between each other, as you would…

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Industrial Era: Civ III Switches To Steam From GameSpy

I thought we'd long since seen the last of the GameSpy refugees fleeing the multiplayer service's shutdown towards the welcoming embrace of Steamworks. If a developer hadn't switched their game's tech by now, I'd assumed, they'd left its multiplayer to die in the digital dust. Oh what a terrible cynic I am! There is still love and hope in the world, Alice! Have faith. Firaxis…

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Community Conquers: C&C Online Salvages Multiplayer

The Command and Conquer franchise is almost twenty years old and it may already be on its last legs. The free-to-play Generals 2 had been rebranded as simply 'Command & Conquer' when EA decided to pull the plug and it's all been quiet on the (formerly) Westwood front since then. Indeed, the cries of havoc and unleashing of time travelling, Tesla-faced dogs of war were…

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Purified: Dawns Of War Ditching GameSpy And GFWL

In the future of Warhammer 40,000, humanity cling desperately to faltering technology they no longer understands, knowing once crucial systems break they can't repair them and everyone will be doomed. Learning a lesson from all this, Relic is stripping out wonky old multiplayer tech from its WH40K: Dawn of War games, replacing GameSpy and Games for Windows - Live with warming Steam. And now I'm…

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Is It Bungie You’re Looking For? Halo Patch Drops GameSpy

Halo may be cock of the walk on Xbox but though the first two games were ported to PC, the series never really took off round our way. The ports were wonky and, well, the idea of an enjoyable first-person shooter was less of a novelty on PC. Still, the first Halo has spawned a small but devoted fanbase on PC who were less than…

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Battlefield 1942 Confirmed Among EA’s GameSpy Casualties

With the shutdown of GameSpy multiplayer services looming at the end of the month, EA have revealed quite what they plan to do. Not much, really. 24 games, including Battlefields 1942 through 2142, Star Wars: Battlefront, the two Neverwinter Nights, and a few Command & Conquers, will lose official online multiplayer and services support when GameSpy goes away. Unofficial tools and ways will keep some…

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Don’t Know Why You Say Goodbye: Halo’s Multiplayer Saved

Everyone, buckle up. It's time to feel old. Here's some history for you: Halo: Combat Evolved for PC has been up and running for nearly 11 years. Also, I had totally forgotten that it was handled by none other than Borderlands creator Gearbox back when they almost exclusively developed ports of games like Half-Life and, er, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. THESE ARE ALL TRUTHS,…

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Life After GameSpy: Civ 3, Civ 4 And Borderlands Go Steam

You might well cheer the demise of GameSpy Technologies, but an awful lot of games will lose official online multiplayer support when the service shuts down on May 31. Publishers scour the battlefield running triage measuring pulses peeling eyelids shining lights flexing smashed bones jabbing fingers in wounds licking blood. "We've got a live one here!" they cry occasionally and haul the game up on…

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Yikes: GameSpy Shutdown Will Affect A Lot Of Games

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…

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Powering Down: GameSpy Multiplayer Services Closing

"GameSpy Technologies' multiplayer servers are shutting down on May 31, and I'm glad," I could say as eulogy. "It was rubbish and buggy and terrible and ruined everything and I'm glad it's dead." But that would be an unfair summary of a complex and troubled life. When Steamworks was but a glimpse in Valve's compound eye, licensing the GameSpy suite let many developers simply make…

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The Spy Who Went Into The Cold: Gamespy’s Casualties

Once a rightfully-disliked multiplayer infrastructure for PC gaming, GameSpy of late is transitioning into whatever new, mobile-centric owners GlU intend for it since acquiring it a few months ago. It didn't take long for the first causalities to occur - the service has withdrawn multiplayer support for games such as SWAT 4, Neverwinter Nights and Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

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