Our very first hands-on with Cyberpunk 2077 -- can this game truly live up to the hype? Read on for our full thoughts...
Cyberpunk 2077 Hands-On - A Life More Complicated
From mash-up to sampling to festival culture and dance music, Harmonix’s latest puts player choice and expression front-and-centre.
FUSER - Harmonix Sets its Sights on Festival Lights
The latest June 2020 quarterly update on Diablo IV is a treasure trove of new info, so let’s break it down.
Diablo 4 Update – Open World, Events, Legendary Gear, and More
As the latest LG OLED, the CX presents a high-end display that takes OLED technology forward in meaningful ways.
LG CX 65-inch 4K OLED - A Stunning Next-Gen Ready Display
Post by trog @ 01:32pm 29/04/10 | 17 Comments
A post on the official Halo 2 forums shows the dedication of a slowly-vanishing small group of Halo 2 gamers who have kept their Xboxes running and connected to Halo 2 after Microsoft recently shut down the Xbox Live service.
Throughout the past week, a small group of dedicated Halo 2 players kept their Xbox's on so that they could enjoy the game for a while longer. (As long as we don't turn off our Xbox's, or lose connection, we can stay online. Our Xbox's have been on for nearly 14 days straight!) Each day the amount of people decreased, at a rapid rate.

A lot of us became really good friends, and it's almost like we're family now.
For a while, we had 'T0 Be Continued' Live streaming all of our games, until her Xbox regrettably froze while playing custom games. Then, 'Mr7ankjump' did a live stream, but he lagged out only 4 hours later.
A noble tale - but more importantly it's a crucial reminder of the difference between a closed platform gaming environment like Xbox Live or Infinty Ward's IWNet service, and an open, dedicated server model where the game can more or less live forever.

One day, whoever is in control of that system can simply pull it down when they want you to buy their next shiny version - and your game will effectively almost unplayable online instantly. Compare this to games like Quake or other dedicated server based games - you can still play them online today and almost certainly always will be.



halo 2dedicated server





Latest Comments
Mantorok
Posted 01:42pm 29/4/10
I don't understand why Microsoft and Bungie haven't just reworked Halo 2 so it runs natively on the Xbox 360.
Eorl
Posted 01:45pm 29/4/10
Because like it said in trog's post, they want you to go buy their newest, shiniest game. And I agree, dedicated servers pro-long the life of a game for an indefinite time.
Shufti
Posted 03:56pm 29/4/10
This makes me sad every time I'm reminded of it.
Since I had never gotten into multiplayer games on the PC, Halo 2 was the first game I ever played online.
I had more fun playing Halo 2 multiplayer than I've had with any multiplayer since.
I guess you could say it was my Quake. (Since I missed that boat)
Halo 2, you were my first. None shall ever compare.
MatchFixah
Posted 05:42pm 29/4/10
A noble tale
The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed.

Well that's what i was reminded of anyway :/
mrmatt
Posted 06:20pm 29/4/10
amen
Eorl
Posted 06:41pm 29/4/10
THUS IS SPARTA!
Mattressi
Posted 08:09pm 29/4/10
"A noble tale - but more importantly it's a crucial reminder of the difference between a closed platform gaming environment like Xbox Live or Infinty Ward's IWNet service, and an open, dedicated server model where the game can more or less live forever.

One day, whoever is in control of that system can simply pull it down when they want you to buy their next shiny version - and your game will effectively almost unplayable online instantly."

But they'll patch in dedicated servers and remove the DRM authentication before they shut down...right...?
Blue
Posted 08:23pm 29/4/10
Counter-Strike: Source is an awesome example of how the community is solely responsible for it's current state.

Creators never do DLC or patches, yet there are so many dedicated community members constantly creating new maps, textures, models, scripts. You name it.

What other games can boast over 20 000 user created maps?
Mantorok
Posted 08:24pm 29/4/10
What other games can boast over 20 000 user created maps?
Probably the early Doom and Quake games.
Warp
Posted 09:10pm 29/4/10
(-_-)7 We salute those disconected.
Fuzzy
Posted 10:07pm 29/4/10
*Manly tears*

Call the Halo fandom and the people involved whatever you want, but that's some true community spirit.
Josh
Posted 11:49pm 29/4/10
Indeed
iWhoop
Posted 11:56pm 29/4/10
A noble tale - but more importantly it's a crucial reminder of the difference between a closed platform gaming environment like Xbox Live or Infinty Ward's IWNet service, and an open, dedicated server model where the game can more or less live forever.

The ability for the community to run their own servers is moot if whoever made the game shuts down the DRM or activation servers and no one can even run the game anymore. These days even a dedicated server component is no guarantee the game will still be playable forever :(
Basket
Posted 12:17am 30/4/10
ahahah css sooo bad, 1.6 ;)
Tollaz0r!
Posted 08:22am 30/4/10
Take note people, when the zombie apocalypse hits. This will be what happens, until the last person drops.
tequila
Posted 08:34am 30/4/10
someone much smarter than any of us needs to write a dedicated server platform that can be easily coded/adapted to support new games
this sucks though, couldn't these people potentially get their money back because they are no longer getting the service that they paid for?
Gravy
Posted 11:57am 30/4/10
Can't they still play on Xlink Kai?? I havent used it for years but I assume its still possible as the website is still up. http://www.teamxlink.co.uk/

Basically it connects players via the net using the system link option of multiplayer games and its a free service.
Commenting has been locked for this item.
17 Comments
Show