Starcraft 2 will not have LAN support

July 1st, 2009

Starcraft 2 logoBlizzard has officially confirmed that Starcraft 2 will not be playable over a LAN connection.

The reason for this decision is primarily to prevent piracy, because the following statement is, in my opinion, not a valid reason to strip the LAN support:

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Half-Life 1 for under 1 Dollar

November 20th, 2008

Do you know Gordon Freeman? He’s the scientist you are guiding through his dangerous mission to save the world in Half-Life 1 and 2.

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How to install UT2003 on Linux

April 25th, 2008

After installing the brand new Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) yesterday I stumbled upon this post listing the top games available for Linux.

When I saw, that UT2004 was supported by linux natively I remembered, that I own the predecessor: Unreal Tournament 2003.

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How to fix Command and Conquer: Generals lag issues

March 7th, 2007

Some weeks ago I introduced C&C: Generals together with the add-on Zero Hour.

The only big problem that you can get with this game is the lagging, as soon as you add computer controlled players.

EA claims to not be able to fix this, so some guy called Johnwe found a solution to the problem.

To fix the C&C: Generals – Zero Hour lag issues, follow the following steps (Windows 2000/XP/Vista only):

  1. Start the game as you normally would. When it gets to the full boot
    screen hit the Windows-Key so that you get back to the desktop.
  2. Use CTRL+ALT+DEL to get into the task manager. We want to be on the
    processes tab.
  3. Find the following 3 files. “generals.exe” “game.dat” and “~e5d141.tmp”
    These are created by the Zero Hour Game.
  4. What we are going to do is change the way Windows allocates the resources
    to each of those files. This can be done by “right-clicking” on each of the
    files one at a time and selecting “Set Priority”.
  5. Setting Priority to each file as follows below:
    • “game.dat” – set priority to “Low”
    • “~e5d141.tmp” – set priority to “Low”
    • “generals.exe” – set priority to “High”
  6. Now the .tmp file doesnt take much resources and I have had it just set to default which is normal and havent really seen any performance difference. I just figured saving as much resources as possible is good. The file that hogs the resources is the “game.dat” file. It starts out at some range of 151,000 and eventually gets well above 250,000. thats what is eating up all the resources and lagging the game down. Thats why I set it to “Low” in priority to save alittle.

This step-by-step guide should minimize the lags as much as possible in your C&C LAN-games.

Battlefield 2

February 21st, 2007

Chopper shootingPicture this: You are the only one on the front. You are lying on the dust, waiting for a clean shot. Suddenly a tank appears in your scope! You request backup immediately, telling everyone that a tank is coming to your position.
The tank hasn’t spotted you yet, but he is moving to your position very fast. Suddenly a helicopter appears behind the tank and starts fireing at it. It’s your teammate! Sniper headshotYou take a look at the map and see that you have two soldiers in the area that are crawling through the jungle to help you.
Lucky for you, one of this soldiers is an anti-tank unit. Three clean shots from this soldier and the tank is history.
Now you can capture this spawn-point as a team!

Artillerie destroyedThis scenario is typical for an average Internet game. It is usually much better when you have enough players on a LAN party!

Battlefield 2 features big maps, team-play, vehicles, choppers, boats, and supports up to 64 players on one single server! This should be enough to guarantee you hours of fun with your friends.

BF 2 is not for old PCs

If you know that some of your friends at your LAN party don’t have the latest hardware on the market, you should rethink if you want to play Battlefield 2!

The minimum requirements are:

  • CPU: 1.7 Ghz
  • RAM: 512 Mb
  • Video Card: NVidia GeForce FX 5700, ATI Radeon 8500 or ATI Radeon 9500 with 128 Mb of RAM

If you know that you some of you will not fulfill these requirements, you probably want to take a look at Battlefield 1942.

Do you like Battlefield 2?

If your answer is yes, let us know why!

What maps do you like best and what modifications do you know of?

Leave a comment!

Command & Conquer: Generals

February 14th, 2007

Purple BaseDo you remember the last time when you’ve played a strategy game on a LAN party?

While I love strategy games I don’t think that they are perfect for LAN parties. The reason is, that players with experience in the game will always win.

Purple ParticleBut if you are able to define even teams, I advise you to try a strategy!

Command & Conquer is probably the most known strategy game series. The latest game to date is Command & Conquer: Generals. It features a 3D engine and many funny units like Hackers who “suck the internet dry” or Workers who complain about the “Hard work” you gave them.

Cyan Base Cyan gets nuked Another particle cannon attack at the purple player

LAN game without AI


It is possible to add a artificial players to your LAN game, enabling you to play against one or more computer-controlled-players. But if I were you, I would play human vs. human.

If you add computer-controlled players, you will have massive lag problems at the end of the game. My experience shows, that the interruptions will be gone, if you don’t include AI-players. Unless you haven’t any problems waiting 10 seconds during a battle, you should try to play with human players only.

Zero Hour Add-On


C&C: Generals is very balanced and I recommend you to take a look at the add-on called Zero Hour.

C&C: Generals – Zero Hour adds several new abilities to each side, including different Generals that have special abilities like General Tsing Shi Tao who specialise on nuklear weaponry, or General Alexis Alexander who brings weapons of mass destruction to the US-side.

The game on the right side contains both: The original Command & Conquer: Generals game, and the Add-On called Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour.

If you already own C&C: Generals you can buy the expansion pack Zero Hour in a seperate box.

In case you already played Command and Conquer, let me ask you about your opinion about the game. Please leave a comment and describe why you like or dislike C&C: Generals and what maps, mods or strategy tips you want my readers to know!

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter

February 7th, 2007

The start of Serious Sam: The Second EncounterI discovered Serious Sam on our last LAN party. When we were all nearly sleeping, we needed a game that does require little to no attention. Serious Sam did fill this gap very well!

ChainsawWe played Serious Sam in Coop Mode, which was very funny. The advantage of Coop over Deathmatch is, that you don’t need to pay fully attention on aiming. If you already took a look at Serious Sam, you probably know that this game is all about shooting.

Serious wound!There are a large amount of enemies attacking you which are mostly dead with one shot. Because of the number of enemies you never become bored, there’s always another enemy standing right behind your back if you think that you killed all monsters near you.

Playing as a group, discovering all the enemies, weapons and simple puzzles is very entertaining. Even if you pass out for some minutes, you will respawn in the group as soon as you die. This gives you the chance to ignore some annoying puzzles while still be part of the group later.

The game engine is about five years old, making it perfect to play on nearly every PC. That said, you also benefit from the cheap price of the game, which mean you can play it online for nearly no money!

The sequel

If you now look at the screenshots, and find yourself asking if you really should try such an old game, I have a solution for you: The developers created a sequel, which is called Serious Sam 2. It is based on a better game engine and therefore looks much better! While I didn’t play the game yet, I can’t really tell you if Serious Sam II is the right game for a LAN-party.
Judging what all the gaming sites tell me, Serious Sam II has the same humor the first two games (Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter) have, along with new enemies and weapons.

If you already played Serious Sam 2, please leave a comment how you liked the game and if it is worth to play it on a LAN-party.

See you next week for my third LAN-game presentation!

Counter-Strike

January 31st, 2007

What is the most played game on LAN parties? You certainly guessed right: Counter-Strike! But why is this game so damn popular?

de_dust2 on Counter-Strike 1.5For those of you, who never heard of Counter-Strike I have a short description: Counter-Strike is a team-based multiplayer game, where two teams compete against each other. Players use authentic weapons and have either to kill all enemies or achieve a goal like planting a bomb in a special area.

That does not sound that bad, but what makes Counter-Strike the kick-ass game everybody talks about? There are plenty of reasons, but I think the best ones are:

  • The game forces you to play in a team, because you always spawn as a group,
  • it is very easy to make your first steps, but very hard to master Counter-Strike, giving you a reason to keep playing it and,
  • you can play it in every condition, especially when everyone around you is as exhausted as you are.

These three reasons make Counter-Strike a perfect LAN game!

No Internet? No problem!

There is only one thing you have to keep in mind: If you have no Internet-connection available, you should consider playing version 1.5. If you own Half-Life, you can download Counter-Strike officially as a modification on various sites on the net for free! Just make sure you download version 1.5 which is the last version that does not need the steam platform to run. Now someone will point a finger at me and say: “This guy does not know that Steam offers an offline mode!”

Well, as you might guess, I am fully aware of the offline mode but here are two reasons why you don’t want to use Steam:

  • Sometimes Steam crashes and forces you to go on-line. If you haven’t a connection, you can’t play any steam game, including Counter-Strike. (I can’t think of one single LAN-party where we did not have a problem with steam!)
  • You can’t share the game, because you have to own an official copy of either Counter-Strike or Half-Life to play the game with steam.

Now don’t forget to take a valid CD-key with you to the LAN-party, because you need one to start the game for the first time.

Make your Counter-Strike Special!

fy_iceworld on Counter-Strike 1.5Lets say you already know Counter-Strike like the backside of your hand and you can’t stand it anymore. Then you should try some fun-maps!

There are many, many maps floating around the net. If you just want pure deathmatch, try fy_* maps like fy_iceworld or cs_bloodstrike, for knife-only maps you should try out ka_* maps like ka_legoland. If you feel like playing Rambo, you can search for maps which only allow shotguns, or if you want to train your sniper skills look out for maps like awp_map. The list is nearly endless!

Believe me, these maps are fun to play, especially when everyone is half-asleep!

Participate!

If you already have experience with Counter-Strike on LAN parties, please let us all know what maps you are playing and why you think Counter-Strike is a perfect game for a LAN. (Or why Counter-Strike sucks and what games you prefere instead!)

I hope I could sease you to Counter-Strike (again) and you will have some fun hours on your next LAN party thanks to this post.

See you next week for a new LAN-game presentation!

What games are perfect for LAN parties?

January 27th, 2007

Have you ever asked yourself this question?

Well, I have. Everytime my friends and I plan a LAN party we come up with these questions:

  • What games do we all play?
  • Which of these games will run on everyones PC?
  • What games allow one key for more than one person in a network?
  • What games are fun to play for everyone, even if they don’t know the game yet?

If you aren’t a small group, these questions can be tough to answer. The first question is maybe the easiest one, but what about the rest? Does everyone has the latest hardware, or do you have some guys with old graphic cards that can’t play the latest action game?

Chances are, that you can’t give one right answer to these questions.

I started this blog to help you, to find the right answers. My goal is to present you a new game every week that does not require the latest hardware or a great knowledge about the game. There are many old games that are fun to play and some of them have mods (modifications) that make will raise your interests, even if you weren’t interested at the game itself.

For all those who are now disappointed that I don’t give them a list of games for their LAN party. Here are two games you probably know and maybe even love:

Both of those games are classic and should not be missing on any LAN-party!

My first game presentation will be sometime in the next week, so be sure you don’t miss it!