LANipedia v2 – Sneak Preview!
12-28-12: Initial release.
So these last few days I’ve been working on updating LANipedia v2, and I’ve added a whole bunch of new games since last time I had released the project.
But this time around, I’ve decided to change the way I am collecting and organizing my data. Using Evernote, it has made my life easier in regards to putting the data together, and it has the ability to export my notes into HTML format, which makes life so much easier in regards to making a final website product.
See below screenshot for sneak peak of how I’m using Evernote for LANipedia:
So what do we have? Left hand side you will see my notebook called “LANipedia”. In there, I have sub-notebooks from # all the way to Z.
In the middle, you see the “Notes” where basically each game is its own note. The right hand pane is the actual text information of the note, or in this case, a very specific game.
Next week I’ll make a new video and show off V2! Can’t wait!
This Is Why I Support LAN Gaming
So recently I was reading an article on Co-optimus.com where it said that Gamespy had decided to shut down several public game servers, which included Neverwinter Nights, Hidden & Dangerous 2, SWAT 4, and Star Wars: Battlefront.
To read more about the article, click here.
Of those 4 games, I know the first 3 has LAN. If some corporation shuts down your public server, does that mean you game is dead?
Hell no! Thanks to VPN gaming technologies like Tunngle or Hamachi, you can take your LAN game and put it online so that other gamers can join you. Just because another company decides to shut down your favorite game server doesn’t mean the game is going to die, and this is the very main reason why I support LAN gaming 110%.
In fact, 90% of my PC game library right now is games that has LAN. If it doesn’t have it, I don’t keep it for long term. Why is that? It’s because I love multiplayer, and I love LAN. There is something very fun and exciting about fragging someone in the game, knowing that they live in the same house, or in the same network.
If its a regular multiplayer match, destroying someone on the other side of the world doesn’t feel the same as if destroying your fellow gamer in a local LAN match. It just feels more…intimate in that regards.
Nonetheless, using VPN game solutions can help extend the life of games significantly. Unfortunately, not all games get LAN implemented into them. But at least the ones that do have them, you can be assured to have good times forever and ever. 🙂
Starcraft 2 LAN – Starfriend Method is Very Real and it Works! However…
7-12-11: Initial Release.
7-18-11: Updated comments.
Starcraft 2 gamers, its time to celebrate! My youtube friend Hidraga told me of a new fan site called http://battle4sc2.com, and this is a portal/forum site that talks about the latest development of Starfriend, which is a TW client that allows you to play LAN online with other people. Yup, and you don’t need to use Hamachi, Tunngle, or any other program.
There is only one caveat though: As of today (7-12-11), you got to download the Chinese version of the game, then download all the associated patches, and then you are good to go.
Don’t worry though, its really easy, and there are tutorials on this already. To learn more about it, go the following links below to get up to speed:
Tutorial for Starfriend 0.43 with game links and clients
Starfriend 0.44 with english links
It is unknown in the future if users will be able to use a new version of Starfriend to use with their existing English copies. Time will tell! Enjoy!
If you start to read the comments here on this blog, you really have to stop and question if the Chinese program is safe to use at all. The reason behind this move is that we know that China (just in general) is known to have caused global warefare in terms of cyber hacking. Although there is no proof yet that this Starfriend is corrupted, you just got to air on the side of caution. Since the program is closed source, you don’t really know what is underneath the hood.
As a skeptic, I may not believe what is truth or not in regards to the security of this Starfriend, and if it is trying to hoard my data in the background. Nonetheless, I am playing on LAN on a PC that has nothing to do with online financials and things of that nature, I will continue to use this program.
However, some of you might be weary of trying to play this, and I don’t blame you. If you do decide to try it out, then maybe what you want to do is keep an eye on your network activity and make sure nothing evil is coming in, or out of your PC. 😛
Portal 2 – Co-Op Launcher
4-30-11: Initial Release.
Since the release of Portal 2, there has been a lot of good work being done in the community. With so many gamers playing Portal 2 in LAN networks across the Internet, it is no surprise that several people have started work on their own special co-op launchers to make life easier instead of typing cumbersome commands through the console.
Dekart8111 made a special launcher of his own (see above screenshot) that he developed that is released as CS.RIN.RU. How it works is pretty simple. If you are the client, type in the ip of the host and click connect. If you are the host, then select the map in question and just host it after the client is connecting to you.
Pretty simple stuff.
To download the client, and read more about how to use it, see the link below:
Crysis 2 Beta – Tunngle Guide
2-19-11: Initial release.
Hey all, I was just browsing around online and my friend sent me a link to an article that shows how to play the leaked Crysis 2 online with your other friends. In this particular example, he is using Tunngle but you can easily use any other VPN program if you desire.
Please note that I do not condone piracy, and that I don’ have the leaked copy of Crysis 2 as I am waiting for the real game. For those that cannot wait, do as you wish. See the link below for the tutorial.
[How To] Play Age of Mythology LAN Online Using Tunngle (Forget Hamachi/Garena)
1-25-10: Initial release.
I was testing this game recently and discovered that by default when hosting a LAN game online using Tunngle, it likes to use your default IP address assigned by your router. An example would be 192.168.0.1. This is irritating because you want the game to recognize your Tunngle IP address. What to do?
[How To] Play Warcraft 3 The Frozen Throne LAN Online Free Using Tunngle (Forget Hamachi & Garena)
1-11-10: Initial release.
1-12-10: Added my youtube video.
Foreword: There is nothing illegal about playing Warcraft 3 LAN online bypassing the Battle.net servers. I have a legit game, and I play on Tunngle with friends time to time. If you are a Hamachi user, I suggest you switch to Tunngle. There are more people and its easier to host!
I love DOTA. I love it so much that I play it when I am sick of playing other games. With that said, someone had requested a Tunngle tutorial on how to play this game online, so here is the tutorial. If you want to play DOTA online with me and the others, add my Tunngle username: Versatile.
1) First of all, make sure you have the latest game update. You can get the latest Warcraft 3 The Frozen Throne update here.
2) Download and install Tunngle. Make an account. Sign in. If you are having trouble signing into Tunngle, then you need to port forward UDP 11155 for your computer. Don’t know how to port forward? See my video below:
3) Go to the Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne network. Or the Dota Network. To get there, you need to login to Tunngle. Then do Community -> Networks -> Browser -> Strategy -> Forward (Press 4 times) -> Double click on the Warcraft 3 network.
[How To] Play Left 4 Dead 2 LAN Online Using Tunngle (Garena, or Hamachi)
Easy to remember URL = http://www.tinyurl.com/l4dguide2
Garena username = versatileninja, Tunngle username = versatile
Foreword: As we all know, L4D2 right now is an awesome game. Similar to last year, I was involved with writing Hamachi and Garena guides for L4D1. It was good for awhile, but in retrospect it was a pain and almost a mistake to talk about questionable practices. The tutorials got so popular that WordPress caught on and we had a 9 day suspension which turns out because we had links to so called “cracks” and the articles were removed to keep the blog alive. If you want to continue with L4D 1, see the unofficial L4D site here.
Now that L4D 2 is here, I am going to take a different approach. WordPress staff or other questionable readers I have this statement for you. No way does this tutorial indirectly or directly facilitate illicit methods or devious acts of behavior (also known as piracy). This tutorial shows legitimate gamers how to play Left 4 Dead 2 online without having to succumb to Steam and be forced to use it for their gaming pleasure. This tutorial shows users how to host and connect to LAN games online without having to resort to Steam. If you believe this is a mistake, search google and see how many gamers are resorting to other needs to play games without Steam. Now the tutorial has become more valuable. Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game. Support Valve. Support “innovation”. – Versatile
11-30-09: Initial release.
12-1-09: Added information on name changing method. Added some Garena items because honestly, they need help bad.
12-2-09: Did additional testing and simplified the hosting process instructions. Determined sv_allow_lobby_connect 0 and sv_lan 1 not required.
12-3-09: Added master patch to 2003. Rewrote the whole tutorial guide to make it even easier to follow and adding personal zing.
12-4-09: Added Hamachi 220.127.116.11 instructions.
12-5-09: Added stryder 2003 patch. Added 2004 incremental patch (tried a new one). Added subtitle/ammo files and more to the troubleshooting section.
12-6-09: Made note about revloader. Please get rid of it! Made all download links dropbox.
12-7-09: New links in download section for 2004 patch. The previous 2004 patch per online scan has a virus in it, and my local AV did not detect it. 😦
12-9-09: Added 2005 patch and stryder dec 8th update.
12-11-09: The master patch 2005 wasn’t working right. Fixed the download section and changed instructions. Added new stand alone. Added Tunngle instructions.
12-12-09: Added master patch 2006. Deleted name changing tutorial as it is now obsolete thanks to new standalone or stryder patch.
12-13-09: Added more links in download section and redone the instructions. Added misc. footage section, courtesy of Tunnglers.
12-14-09: Added different fix for the rzr-init file.
12-19-09: Added 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124 patch file.
12-20-09: Added master patch to 2007.
12-28-09: Added my youtube video.
12-30-09: Added new links for 126.96.36.199 and standalone.
1-7-10: Fixed link for standalone. New update for standalone.
1-14-10: Added link for 188.8.131.52.
1-16-10: New standalone version T9.
1-18-10: Fixed link for standalone version T9 rev 3.
1-20-10: Standalone was updated. Fixed link.
2-9-10: 184.108.40.206 files and standalone links updated.
2-17-10: Fixed link for standalone patch.
2-23:10: Added new links for 220.127.116.11.
2-26-10: Added new links for 18.104.22.168.
4-15-10: Fixed a command for hosting error.
4-27-10: Added 22.214.171.124 links!
5-13-10: Added 126.96.36.199 links!
5-24-10: Added 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 incremental links!
6-5-10: Redid the whole download section.
6-26-10: Added L4D2 tunngle download section.
Note: This is a warm hello to all gamers who are looking how to play L4D 2 LAN online. Props goes first of all to the Tunngle team and the community there. Garena and Hamachi get no brotherly love. Read the rant below to understand why. Nonetheless, I decided to put up a quick Garena setup guide because they need help irregardless what the VPN program is and I am a nice guy. 🙂
Read the rest of this entry
[How To] Play Call of Duty – World at War 5 Co-Op Online Using Hamachi (Tunngle Preferred)
Foreword: I’ve decided to put this tutorial back up, which was originally created by author Chyea for Call of Duty World at War. Please note that the preferred method is Tunngle. You need to update your game to the latest version. Please see my exclusive Tunngle video below.
Of course, this article is no way in shape or form created to promote piracy. There are legitimate players with legitimate users who want to play this game via LAN with their friends. This is an educational piece, and shall be treated as one. ~ Versatile
11-17-09: Re-release of an old article per indiscreet demand. MW2 is a better game. Does anyone care about this one? 🙂
1-22-10: Added tunngle video.