End of Days - GameSpy's forgotten game!

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GameSpy began in 1996 as a fan offered server for the original Quake. By the early 2000s, GameSpy launched End of Day a game about Survive the End Days. More than 800 games GameSpy used to make players and to manage servers. GameSpy well produce dozens of offshoots like Planet Half-Life and FilePlanet. Even in the age of steam remains GameSpy catalog an extensive library of great multiplayer games over the past 15 years. That all ends tomorrow, as GameSpy closed.
Newer games, popular favorites and games with even a minimum of popularity is steam-based servers, their lives continue to be supported. This is not a story about these types of games. This story is about the games that have become museums life on the road Gaming War-out before Call of Duty has an annual deductible, and pay someone a Microtrans horses weapons for the rise and fall of rock band. Games of this period is based on GameSpy for their multiplayer server, and many of them will die if these servers go offline on 31 May.
I wanted the people, the games have for the rest of our games speak nothing but good memories. My anti-virus on a high alert, I dived into the sea creature corners of the Internet to old installation files dredging, looking for the last guardians of playing a dying era of the computer, and ask: Why this game? Why now? Why not?
They also know that the end?

Scott Kevill worked multiplayer servers set up since 1997, which actually makes him a contemporary of GameSpy. While GameSpy high and crashed, it is only recently that the company Kevill, Australia-based GameRanger kicked into high gear. GameRanger now has more than five million members, serving connections to over 120,000 players per day. The pay big hits of his accounts, but it is the older gems Kevill row.
In recent months, GameRanger work overtime to provide support for GameSpy games otherwise the annals of pixelated YouTube Let us want to forget or play an abandoned Wikipedia stub. Halo: Combat Evolved, and Star Wars Battle 2, two new high-profile additions. The Service now hosts nearly 700 games, of which 325 are set to their GameSpy-based multiplayer modes, the Avatar go tomorrow. I asked him why people still care about old games.

"Nostalgia is a big," he says. "The games have an influence on it at some point in their lives." Support for adding these games are "a lot of work for little reward," and the players do not always make easy. "Nostalgia is a double-edged sword that people are upset that the online experience is not as big as it was in climax of the game. As if to bring back the original server eventually could bring back all the old players and old experience and it works like that do not work. "
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I recently took a tour of the GameRanger Server for Halo: Combat Evolved. On an average weekday, I see three full server and a dozen others with increasingly smaller populations. Overall, about 100 people were still large-Grandaddy Halo franchise in September 2003 to a computer, when a half million people play sign in Dota 2 every night, it takes two games capture the flag and four pairs of friends significantly relativized.
Still to play, though, because of nostalgia. , Every player I spoke with nostalgia as their first reason for the registration in Rune, a hack-and-slash multiplayer melee game of 2001, two players stopped chop off heads long enough to tell me explicitly: Always still playing for they still fun with friends they met in the game. "Friends and sweet communion", a player of the date of Gamora told me about the in-game chat. "When they go, I will not stay in the game for a minute."
Gamora friend Pan told me that the group does not play games, but they play rune because of the memories still want. They also play a knighthood, medieval warfare, but they are more fun with Rune outdated combat systems. As I with Pan and Gamora, a total of six people were reported Rune servers.
Star Wars: Battle 2 has an active community on the Memorial Day weekend last full weekend the game will be on GameSpy Live. I found Lucas VERDUGO and his friend a battle on Hoth with 20 other players. I joined a Skype call, using Lucas, chat with friends while playing, to ask him about it.

"It was a nostalgia purchase," VERDUGO told me. He originally played on his long-lost PlayStation 2 and bought recently, a copy for PC. "I love Battle so much, because I am able to create my own story when I [in the Galactic Civil War]." Battle Front 2 was the first FPS game he ever bought. "Star Wars is my favorite franchise of all time. When I first started playing this game, I was excited."
VERDUGO have not actually heard that GameSpy is closed, until I asked him how he felt about it, which I find terribly immediately. There was a silence as a web search for articles about the shutdown. His recent purchase and again enthusiasm for cutting a game of his youth was too short, and I'd accidentally dropped the news. While Battle on life thanks GameRanger, the still active community is likely to be much smaller and fragmented.
Keep New Games
Players still think of this aging games as they did when they had a new, with the love she felt for them when they were young and in love. I'll be honest: a lot of these games are not good ages. For someone who is not a game played since Battle Episode 3: The Return of the Sith was in the theater, the graphics are sloppy and the game is floaty. For fans, they are the characteristics of a golden age.
"This is the first multiplayer game I ever played, so nostalgia is part of it," Dylan Mason said about Battle 2. I met him and his friend, while I shot in 2005 Graph Ewoks delivered stagger gray turds with spears consultation Endor's forest moon. Mason took me on a Skype call that he was disappointed that shut down the server for the new game rumors shown at this year's E3, has a chance to come online. He jokes that if the servers go offline, he will probably cry a little and then play against the bots for the next week. But he is also a bit antagonistic about the modern games. "None of them had the same feeling as Battle," he said. Front fought his most important game for multiplayer.

His friend, Bill Bish, chimes in: "I have as a child, and it is one of the best Star Wars games ever." He hopes that EA and DICE the next game Battle incredible will make, but he was skeptical. "I really hope it," he says, "but you know ..."
I do not know. I know exactly what he means, as a fan of DICE other multiplayer shooter franchise, perennial rival Call of Duty battlefield, almost exactly the same thing told me a week earlier. The player whose day is RIICKY, part of a group of modders together to save Battlefield 2 of the storage period. He still plays the second entry in the Battlefield series all the time with a large community of friends. He has the same nostalgia that I have seen in all my interviews: "For me, I was raised somehow with the game." RIICKY force also a time for battlefield was "down to the masses dumbed" to address a wider audience. "Business is business, and I understand, but it is sad to see, aside to preserve the fundamental values ​​... I can not even the latest battlefield game to be a substitute for Battlefield 2 be"
I ask Kevill on this corner, and he agrees that he is a very GameRanger audience members. "Sometimes it is the game is not associated with new victims, although the graphics are not as new and shiny," he said.
Art History
Picture of GameSpy.com concluded early 2013.
The mega game is the biggest ever been. The Games of the GameSpy flower generation created by smaller teams as the modern Call of Duty films, but they are still the work of hundreds of artists, programmers, writers and entertainment. If even the oldest, least popular B-movies can a house be found on Netflix, worthy of artistic achievement of these developers to be saved?
I asked RIICKY if he thinks that he will save a piece of gaming history. "I'm definitely. Even though it's not really that much of a popular game compared to other titles that were active at the time. It formed definitely made the path of the new Battlefield games, and I'm sure that, just like the Call of Duty series and many others responded. "
Half a world away in Australia, Kevill think. "For me it is really a big part of it, he says." It's one thing to get the games themselves years later, but multiplayer was part of these games also. If the trend shifted to the online experience is interwoven with the rest of the game, more and more, the games useless without these online services. They are a part of history that should be preserved. "
Kevill has a soft spot for unloved technology. He collected old computer hardware, including a collection of TRS-80 computer that I would like to visit. He sees himself as a collector by trade, but it's just that the more popular things already someone looking for it.
"[With these old games] it's kind of the feeling that, if I was not, otherwise no one will. And it would be a shame to the story disappeared."

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