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RIP Gamespy: impending shutdown is the end of an era

Jonathan Lester
PC games, PC gaming

RIP Gamespy: impending shutdown is the end of an era

Ah, Gamespy. Once upon a time, their server listings and client were the be-all-and-end-all of PC multiplayer (ever since the original Quake, as I recall) while even numerous console games relied on their infrastructure over the last few years. However, they'll be shutting up shop as of next month.

Many games have already made alternative arrangements well ahead of time, so will not be affected, but even a cursory examination of the hundreds of games that used the service brings back fond memories; everything from Serious Sam to Red Dead Redemption and Mario Kart Wii.

Gamespy pulls the plug on May 31st. Any memories you'd like to share - or are you happy to be shot of it?

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Anarchist  Apr. 4, 2014 at 20:49

Ahhh, gamespy.

Or Quakespy, as I fondly remember you as before you went and changed your name as you branched out beyond the fancy quakeworld server browser you humbly started out as.

This used to be *The* server browser, and I remember downloading it alongside my quakeworld 1.5 client, way back in the day. I guess it has kind of outlived its use, most new games have their own server browser/matchmaking (or just use peer hosted ala CoD so have no use), and most of the old games that relied on this, people grew beyond needing a server browser as they only had one or two servers still servicing their game.

I doubt anybody will be shedding any tears. Must current gamers would probably have never had any use for it, or even knew it existed.

CarlPhillips  Apr. 5, 2014 at 11:47

Man, Gamespy Arcade used to be my virtual stomping ground back when I was an avid RTCW player. Between that and Quake 3 I made quite a few friends in the chat rooms of that client. Oh, happy days, those were.

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