IMG Archives
Archives  News  Ryan Gordon Speaks Out On GameSpy Mess  

Thursday, December 9, 2004
Ryan Gordon Speaks Out On GameSpy Mess
8:17 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Following up on the recent issues surrounding GameSpy and its inflation of prices for the Mac version of its SDK, Ryan Gordon has updated IcculusFinger with several significant points and possible solutions on the matter. As most readers are aware by now, some future games are dependent on GameSpy for full network play, and the lack of GameSpy support would be a considerable loss for them.

One of the things Gordon points out is that GameSpy cannot simply be removed. He notes that folks have pointed him out to alternate solutions, but that since many PC clients "speak" GameSpy, that an alternate solution wouldn't work unless the PCs also supported it.

He also notes that CD key activation may also become an issue:

Some games use GameSpy for CD key verification. These games are a total loss without the GameSpy SDK, since even if you can get a server list, the server either won't know what to do with you, or will boot you for not providing a "valid" CD key. In these cases, you will _never_ be able to have Mac-to-PC compatibility. Most games I've worked on don't use this piece of GameSpy. Men of Valor does, unfortunately.
Another point he makes is that for the current build of America's Army for the Mac, the current GameSpy issue is the only thing holding it back from release.

As for possible solutions, Gordon points to both long and short term solutions. As for the long term, he theorizes that a small company could step up to the plate, create an alternate networking solution, and gain enough popularity to shunt GameSpy aside. In regards to the short term, he notes that either GameSpy and Mac developers come to some sort of agreement, or that network compatibility will suffer on upcoming titles.

Those interested in seeing his thoughts can find them at the bottom of Icculus.


Other Mac Games News for Thursday, December 9, 2004

IMG Posts uDevGames 2004 Favorites11:30 AM
IMG Store: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ships9:57 AM
DOOM 3 For Mac Goes Beta8:17 AM
Mac PlaneShift Closed Alpha, Development Progresses8:17 AM
Neverwinter Nights 1.65 Beta Patch Released8:17 AM
• Ryan Gordon Speaks Out On GameSpy Mess8:17 AM
View all of the Mac games news for Thursday, December 9, 2004 on one page

Mac Games News for Wednesday, December 8, 2004

IMG Posts Profile of DanLab Games2:51 PM
Inside Mac Games Forum Expansion11:29 AM
World of Warcraft Bot Bannings, Realm Patch11:28 AM
Aspyr's Brad Oliver On GameSpy, MacCentral Report10:41 AM
IMG Store: Order 3 Games, Get Activision Anthology for Free10:05 AM
Two New Developer Journals Posted8:48 AM
The Labyrinth of Time Adventure Released7:46 AM
Shadowbane Expansion Lauches, Includes Full Game7:45 AM
uDevGames 2004 Contest Winners Announced7:45 AM
View all of the Mac games news for Wednesday, December 8, 2004 on one page

Recent Mac Games News

Tuesday, December 7, 2004
Monday, December 6, 2004
Friday, December 3, 2004
Thursday, December 2, 2004
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Search for other Mac games news stories or browse our Mac Games News Archive.

Archives  News  Ryan Gordon Speaks Out On GameSpy Mess