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|LeroyPeterson wrote: |
|Hunter wrote: |
It was a sad time when the H&D2 server shut down.
The steam (and maybe GOG version?) got rid of the gamespy thing and added a server list. So you can play LAN or online with friends, obviously no dedicated servers.
Gamespy was a host. They had their own browser which allowed you to enter your various games' multiplayers without configuring a match first. Therefore the game itself always let you do that, but the master server was, for Gamespy games dependent on the Gamespy service.
Point being the only thing that changed is players can't find servers any more, so only hardcore people doing LAN groups or "pseudo LAN groups" (it's a server but it's the same people every time and guess what, the same maps, the same settings, there's much less on offer than originally) play. No fun. All the independent, non high effort participation dies off.
|mammix wrote: |
|I usually play with my friend on LAN (gameranger) or by myself with bots. |
I couldn't do that. I'd rather watch grass grow than play with bots. Though that does remind me, in the days before the RtCW server was ended, most servers were infested with bots. Maybe that's how it should be, when there are only several dozen players left. I left countless years ago, who am I to bemoan that...
I did run Gameranger for AOEII in 2008-2009. Worked nice, mostly I just played path blood with guys from Brazil I'm sure that's all died out now, if not from time than from that "definitive" crap they've done, *sigh*
Truly, though, I bitterly miss those days in RtCW, in H&D2, and even Giants. Nothing really replaced it. I really loved Gamespy for that reason - to me it seemed like an ideal thing, to keep master servers running and keep communities alive. I didn't subscribe or anything, but the Gamespy games were by and large the best supported MP games until the service shut down.
Unsure to what extent services like Gameranger replaced it.