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Tech Tips
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by Love2Play

GameSpy Arcade - The New Toy in Town 


What is it?!

 
GameSpy Aarcade - My kinda Toy!

GameSpy Arcade (GSA as we call it) is GameSpy Industrie's newest answer to the age old question "where can I find a game?"  Instead of hunting forums, or bugging ICQ friends, you now have the latest way to get online with hundreds of other users and have servers literally dropped in your lap 

Before we go on, you better go grab it up over at GameSpy Arcade's site.  You have your choice of downloads.  Either the smaller file for those with a speedy connection or the larger file for those who still struggle on 56k or less.  The small install will then download the files you need to complete your installation of GSA off the internet.  So already you have choices! 


 

Word of caution though, this is a beta.  While that may be scary to some, one thing you HAVE to know is that this team of programmers is listening.  They are working like dogs to bring you the best.  And the good thing is that as soon as a new version is done, all you have to do is start up GSA and it downloads it automatically.  Nothing to remember, no place to bookmark for future downloads.

One special note, GSA is not yet fully compatible to Window95 and Windows 2000.  So for those users we say - good luck.  But the programmers are working day and night to make it fly on those OS's too.

 

Another Server Browser?! Why?

GSA is special for many reasons. One that stands out to me is the chat interface it has built-in for every game room.  Instead of just getting a list of servers and blindly going in, you are in a chatroom full of other gamers who you can then coordinate a game with, find out in advance you have common ping, or figure out the guy is lame and have no desire to frag with him  ;-)

If you are new to gaming, there is not only your fellow gamers but GSA has put a staff of gamers in there to help you as well.  They are just waiting to answer your burning questions!  Live people with answers is what I'm talking about.

So much to choose from!


Another thing different here is the amount and the kind of games.  I know, I know... we are Quakers.  But if you're anything like me, while my favorite of all time and my heart and soul belong to Quake, I still buy every game possible - especially FPS games.  So, where do you go to play them?  GSA of course.  And not just FPS games.  We are talking about a HUGE list of games here people.  From Yahoo checkers to Baulders Gate.  And needless to say, all 3 of our beloved Quakes PLUS a special tab for Rocket Arena 3! How cool is that RA3 lovers?!

Now then there is a left menu that lists News, DemoSpy - the link to go download the best demos available, GameSpy sites like RPGPlanet and 3DActionPlanet, and of course - your games.  The other cool feature is that GSA also has skins.  Now there aren't a lot, but you can even make your own and submit them for use by others.

Take a scroll through this menu and see all that it has waiting for you!

 

 


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