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GameRanger - anyone use it? Would it be suitable to facilitate FS2 multi?
Came across this as a way to play Star Wars Battlefront 2 online, noticed that they've rescued a few game titles that have had their servers shut down. 

After downloading and installing, I see a huge list of multi hosting, from Age of Empires 1 & II, Diablo 1 & II, FlatOut 2, Halo Combat Evolved & Custom Edition, etc etc.

Seems to be a no-BS, clean interface multi client with a bunch of stuff to make playing online easy (chat, hosted games lists, etc).

Thoughts?  Could we have a Hard-Light list of users so we could all play together? (whether or not we got FSO support in this thing, I'm sure a bunch of use occasionally and/or frequently play legacy games here)

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http://www.gameranger.com/about/

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About

GameRanger – the easiest way to play your friends online.


GameRanger is a free download for Mac and PC that lets you play over 600 games and demos online with friends and opponents worldwide. GameRanger offers features like profiles, friends lists, instant messaging, in-game voice communication, and competitive ladders/rankings/ratings.

Created by Scott Kevill and opened to Mac gaming in 1999, GameRanger is the longest running multiplayer online gaming service on any platform. In 2008, GameRanger expanded into PC gaming receiving widespread enthusiasm and acclaim.

GameRanger Technologies is located in Perth, Australia.

Press Area

Press Area - Press releases, recent coverage, assets.

Contact

User Support - Feedback or issues using GameRanger?

Press Enquiries - Media questions, queries, more information?

Game Developers - Want to provide your customers the easiest way to play online?

Advertisers - Interested in advertising on GameRanger?



http://www.gameranger.com/games/   <- 723 games including X-Wing Alliance and X-Wing vs TIE Fighter, Descent 3 + Mercs + more (bunch of old games like Civ II, Quake 1-4, Doom 3, Diablo 1&II, MechWarrior 3&4, MechCommander 1&2 etc - just Ctrl+F the list).  Also some ex-GameSpy games are on there as well.

http://www.gameranger.com/news/  <- you can see the announcements about rescuing games from server shutdowns

https://www.facebook.com/GameRanger <= their FB page

http://www.gameranger.com/forum/


 

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Re: GameRanger - anyone use it? Would it be suitable to facilitate FS2 multi?
Their page says nothing about Linux or freeBSD support, so no. Not going to happen.
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Re: GameRanger - anyone use it? Would it be suitable to facilitate FS2 multi?
Heh, some results from searching their forums for Freespace include references to FSOpen (but what's up with "Unfortunately there seems to be no response in general to new requests."?   Maybe they meant GameRanger?  Or were they requesting on one of our less-frequented sites?)  :confused:

Their page says nothing about Linux or freeBSD support, so no. Not going to happen.

http://www.gameranger.com/games/mac/

http://www.gameranger.com/games/pcmac/

They've got it running on Mac, means Linux / BSD shouldn't be too hard , right?

Hmm.

Searched the forums, apparently there's no support for Linux, only Win / Mac.  And the devs response was about as enthusiastic as the responses one gets here regarding DirectX support.  :P

 

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Re: GameRanger - anyone use it? Would it be suitable to facilitate FS2 multi?
It's great that their forum links go nowhere :P
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Re: GameRanger - anyone use it? Would it be suitable to facilitate FS2 multi?
It's great that their forum links go nowhere :P

Err... probably have to have an account, I can see the content just fine, and IIRC there was a blurb about needing to be logged in?

Anyways, it appears you can get GameRanger running on Linux with a bit of effort (well, isn't that about the Linux standard? "some assembly required"):

http://www.gamersonlinux.com/forum/threads/gameranger.1752/

https://github.com/chrismoos/gameranger-client   <- looks to be (unofficial 3rd-party) source there, could be used to make this all actually happen if one wanted to expend the effort?

https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=20206&iTestingId=85894

 
Re: GameRanger - anyone use it? Would it be suitable to facilitate FS2 multi?
I would also note that GameRanger blocks use of AI players. In Starfleet Command Orion Pirates, you cannot put an AI on a team and launch a game.
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