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  1. "The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy." Despite that sentiment, EA has decided they will be shutting down online servers for 50 games on June 30, 2014. This is due in large part to the shutdown of Gamespy multiplayer servers where EA games were hosted. All is not yet lost, however. EA gave hope saying, "We know some of these games are still fan favorites, including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games. We are still investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer. Significant technical hurdles remain, and at this time we don“t have anything to announce." Hopefully these games can be saved for the sake of the gamers who still play them! Below is a full list of the titles affected: Battlefield 1942 for PC and Mac (including The Road to Rome and Secret Weapons of WW2 expansions) Battlefield 2 for PC (including Special Forces expansion) Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for PlayStation 2 Battlefield 2142 for PC and Mac (including Northern Strike expansion) Battlefield Vietnam for PC Bejeweled ® 2 for the Wii Bulletstorm for PlayStation 3 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars for PC and Mac (including Kane's Wrath expansion) Command & Conquer: Generals for PC and Mac (including Zero Hour expansion) Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 for PC and Mac Crysis 2 for PC Crysis for PC Crysis Wars for PC Dracula - Undead Awakening for the Wii Dragon Sakura for Nintendo DS EA Sports 06 for PC F1 2002 for PC FIFA Soccer 08 (KOR) for the Wii FIFA Soccer 08 for Nintendo DS FIFA Soccer 09 for Nintendo DS FIFA Soccer 10 for Nintendo DS FIFA Street 3 for Nintendo DS Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers for PlayStation 2 Global Operations for PC GREEN DAY: ROCK BAND for the Wii James Bond: Nightfire for PC Madden NFL 08 for Nintendo DS Madden NFL 09 for Nintendo DS Master of Orion III for PC Medal of Honor: Allied Assault for PC and Mac (including Breakthrough and Spearhead expansions) MySims Party for Wii MySims Racing for Nintendo DS MySims SkyHeroes for the Wii and DS NASCAR Sim Racing for PC NASCAR Thunder 2003 for PC NASCAR Thunder 2004 for PC Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for PC Need for Speed: ProStreet for Nintendo DS Need for Speed: Undercover for Nintendo DS Neverwinter Nights 2 for PC and Mac Neverwinter Nights for PC, Mac and Linux (including Hordes of the Underdark and Shadows of Undrentide expansions) SimCity Creator for Wii Skate It for Nintendo DS Sneezies for the Wii Spore Creatures for Nintendo DS Spore Hero Arena for Nintendo DS Star Wars: Battlefront for PC and PlayStation 2 Star Wars: Battlefront II for PC and PlayStation 2 THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND for the Wii Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for Nintendo DS Source: EA Blog
  2. In a tumultuous start to the day for IGN, the company is undergoing layoffs with Joystiq also reporting that its sister sites - 1UP, UGO, and Gamespy - are all expected to shut down. "We are focusing on our two flagship brands, IGN and AskMen. Unfortunately, as a result, we have made the decision to close sites and restructure our teams accordingly," a company spokesperson confirmed to Joystiq. Among those affected by the IGN layoffs is Colin Campbell, the ex-Senior Features Editor. Campbell's work has been critically lauded and has won several awards over the last few years, which makes it all the more surprising to see that he was let go. This news comes not a month after IGN was purchased by Ziff Davis through its parent company j2 Global. Game Podunk wishes the best to those affected by the layoffs. Source: Joystiq, Colin Campbell
  3. Marcus Estrada

    GameSpy Responds to Server Shutdowns

    Just earlier in the week we became aware that many old GameSpy-powered multiplayer games were losing their servers. It appeared that GameSpy's new owners, GLU, were taking the axe to anything old, although not necessarily unpopular. This is all true, but today GameSpy has made their own response to what has been happening and why. As you might expect, it's a little complex. For one, apparently there are two entities known as GameSpy. There is GameSpy.com and GameSpy Technologies. As far as GLU is concerned, they only bought GameSpy Technologies and not the other, larger entity. So, while "GameSpy" is shutting down servers, it is not exactly the same company that we may all have in mind. In fact, GameSpy was also unaware of these server shutdowns until it broke the news. Now that we know what GameSpy has to say, what of GameSpy Technologies? They have posted their own explanation via Facebook. Here's what they say: "A number of our publisher partners elected to allow their contracts for GameSpy Technologies“ services to lapse by not continuing to pay for these services. In some cases this lapsing ranges back as much as four years. GameSpy Technologies has continued to provide months, and in some cases years, of service support for free. However we cannot be expected to provide a service free of charge to publishers who choose not to renew their service agreements and in some cases remain delinquent in delivering payment for past services. In each case reported in the press where there was a discontinuation of GameSpy Technologies“ services, the applicable publisher was well aware that they had not made the required payments under their agreements with GameSpy Technologies." Now it's a case of who you choose to believe. This is because at least one developer with an affected game, Rebellion (Sniper Elite), previously said that the "decision by Glu [to turn off servers] was not taken in consultation with us and was beyond our control". Later they said that the fees asked for by GLU have suddenly increased. However, GameSpy Technologies refuted that their rates have changed at all... Basically, this is big mess that will hopefully be resolved in time.
  4. Over the years GameSpy has provided online server service for handfuls of games. Instead of having to develop their own online infrastructure, developers could just ask for GameSpy implementation, cutting down on their own workload. However, GameSpy's recent acquisition by Glu has now caused an unexpected termination of service for many games. Many titles have been affected so far. They include the likes of Hidden and Dangerous 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2, Sniper Elite, Star Wars: Battlefront, SWAT 4 and others may still be getting the ax soon. Some may counter these games were "dead" anyway, but it's fair to say at least a few were still quite alive. For example, the SWAT 4 community in particular has continued to live on as both old and new fans played together. This does not necessarily mean the end for online gaming in these titles, but it certainly is the end of conveniently browsing games. So far, many will still connect if you have the IP of a game to join. It's not convenient but should serve players who still desire to play their favorite games with others.