Downloading games CompuServe
Downloading games CompuServe
Many games are available on CompuServe in the form of program files. You can actually download these to your PC and play them offline! Because most of these files are in ndividual forum libraries, you’d normally have to hop from forum to forum to find the game you want. However, CompuServe has created a way to search all the game-related forums for specific game files. The tool you use to do this is called the Games File Finder (GO GAMESFF); it makes finding game files as easy as clicking your mouse. (See Chapter 9 for more information on File Finder and downloading files.)
GO GAMESFF and then select Access File Finder. CompuServe displays the Select Search Criteria screen shown in Fig. 17.2. Unless you know the precise file name you want to search for, it’s best to search by keyword. Select Keyword, and you’re prompted to give up to four words that describe the game. Enter the keywords and click OK to begin the search. File Finder searches and returns a list of files that match your criteria. Choose the file(s) you want—and let the downloading begin
Another place to look for games to download is CompuServe’s Hot Games Download Area (GO HOTGAMES). This area contains some of the most exciting and entertaining new game files and demos from the hottest profes-sional game companies.
Note that when you download some of these games, you are charged the game’s full retail price. (It is added to your CompuServe account.)
Games on the Internet
If you can’t get enough games and gaming info on CompuServe, you can always venture out on the Internet for even more game resources.
Newsgroups for garners
Let’s start by looking at game-related newsgroups (GO USENET). The following newsgroup areas contain many games-related groups:
- alt.games.* This area contains newsgroups for just about every major game, including Descent, DOOM, Mortal Kombat, and Tie Fighter.
- comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.* This area includes groups for major PC-compatible games such as Flight Simulator.
- comp.sys.mac.games This newsgroup is for all Mac-compatible games.
- rec.games.* This is the main gaming area on USENET; it offers dozens of newsgroups for such traditional games as Bridge and Chess, as well as state-of-the-art Internet MUDs, exciting trading-card games, and all the major video games.
Games on the Web
Newsgroups offer great interaction with other garners, but you can find more cool stuff at key game-related Web sites, like these:
- BradyGAMES’ Gamer Connection (http://www.mcp.corn/brady/ connect!): A great place to exchange gaming tips and meet other online garners. (Sponsored by BradyGAMES.)
- EA Online (http://www.ea.com/): The Web home of Electronic Arts.
- Games Domain (http://www.garnesdomain.com/): Links to hundreds of Net-based game sites, walk throughs, home pages, electronic magazines, and MUDs.
- MUDs (http://draco.centerline.com:8080/-frartl/mud.html): Lots of info about MUDs and MOOs.
- Nintendo Power (http://www.nintendo.com): Nintendo’s supersite on the Web.
- NUKE (http://www.nuke.com): Perhaps the best site on the Net for games of all shapes and sizes. Recommended.
- Outland Online Games (http://www.outland.com/): A place to play graphical, real-time games with other Internetters.
- Yahoo’s List of Game Sites (http://www.yahoo.com/Entertainm.ent/ Games/): A really big list of game-related resources on the Internet.
- Zarf’s List of Interactive Games on the Web (http://www.leftfoot.com/ games.html): A very comprehensive list of all sorts of Web-based games—from online chess to trivia quizzes, to MUDs and MUSHes.
MUDs, MOOS, and MUSHes on the Net
|In addition to newsgroups and Web sites, the Internet gives you the capability to play games in real time. You play the game live against other Internet users. These games are called MUDs.|
A MUD (Multiple User Dimension) is more or less like a big text-based adventure-type game that’s accessible via the Internet. You log into a MUD and take control of a computerized character. You can walk around, chat with other characters, explore dangerous monster-infested areas, solve puzzles, and even create your own rooms complete with descriptions, characters, and objects. In short, a MUD is a virtual world that you explore online.
There are thousands of MUDs on the Internet—way too many to list here. Each has its own atmosphere and community that should be judged individually. Some MUDs are purely games that reflect some sort of warfare between garners and virtual enemies. Other MUDs are more
sophisticated role-playing environments. And still others attempt to reproduce aspects of the physical world in the virtual medium of the Internet.
There are also variations on MUDs. They go by names like MOOs (MUD Object Oriented), TinyMUDs (a more social MUD), MUCKs, MUSHes, and ad infinitum. They’re all basically MUDs organized in slightly different ways.
You connect to a MUD using Telnet (GO TELNET). Chapter 24 explains how to use Telnet with CompuServe, but there isn’t enough space in this book to go into all the details you need to fully participate in MUDding. If you’re really interested in MUDding on the Net, I recommend that you check out two books from BradyGAMES: Online Games and MUDs: Exploring Virtual Worlds on the Internet. If you’re interested in creating your own MUD, look for Sams’ Secrets of the MUD Wizards