Ah those were the days, logging into GameSpy (cue robot drone voice: "Welcome to GameSpy") and looking for the closest Quake II servers, and occasionally finding one or two servers for the really old legacy games. *sniff* *sob* If anybody needs me, I will be in 165.226.453.202 drinking ports.
[citation][nom]fractalsphere[/nom]I was still using gamespy for Quake 3 games, though few and far between. Glu won't be getting any of MY business.[/citation]
So that explains why there were no servers available when I refreshed the server browser today. Damn... guess I'll have to find the IP addresses and store those servers.
[citation][nom]DirectXtreme[/nom]So that explains why there were no servers available when I refreshed the server browser today. Damn... guess I'll have to find the IP addresses and store those servers.[/citation]
Nevermind... For some reason it didn't work on ioquake3 but it did on my Steam installation...
This is why multi-player based middleware is always bad in the end. Nothing lasts forever and it may cause the games in question to still be desired to be played but without a method to do so. When you pass the task off to a 3rd party and make your product completely dependent on them you're taking a huge gamble.
The best method to do it is the old way. With dedicated servers and a Master server. If the Master server support gets pulled it's always possible to replace it like in the case of Tribes 2. It went from a community yelling Shazbot out of frustration of the death of the best game ever to back to yelling Shazbot because the great player known as NuclearShadow hit them while in mid air with the Spinfusor as God intended. Everybody wins! Especially me.
GLU should die... since they do not know how to operate like the "industry-recognized leadership" they claim to have purchased.
And YES - this is exactly **WHY** I was rather upset that *I* was required to have a gamespy account in order to play UT3 multi-player. WHY WHY? What idiot thought this would be a good idea? Most UT players don't give a rats ass how they rate to others on the internet.