Shareware that helps you find game servers and game-playing friends online
Windows XP / Windows NT / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows 95
If you can visualize all your friends playing different games while chatting online in one place, then you've imagined the world that GameSpy Arcade has offered to its subscribers. GameSpy started out as a gaming portal for Quake. It started as a place that Quake users could find a server that was active and functioning. It eventually grew to incorporate other games too. It unites the PC gamer with all his or her friends in one portal.
There are hundreds of multiplayer games online where gamers can connect with their friends. GameSpy will allow you to track friends, drop in on them and voice chat or instant message through the integrated communication system.
There are hundreds of games in the GameSpy Arcade. Once you download GameSpy, it will scan your computer to find the downloaded games that it supports like Counter-Strike, Age of Empires or Assassin's Creed. It allows the player to test free demos and find other games that their friends are playing too. It's meant to be a hub for communicating and gaming with friends.
As long as you have buddies for the buddy list, you'll never play alone. Players logged into the system will show on your buddy list so you can drop in on them any time. The engine that makes it all possible is called PlayerSpy. It shows your friends that are online, the chat room they are enjoying and the game they are playing. From that section, you can message your friend, join the chat room or invite them to a game.
SmartSpy is another feature of GameSpy. If you play a game that has hundreds of servers, this will help you choose the correct one for your location and connection. The player chooses the game, and SmartSpy will test the servers for that game for ping and download data.
If you find that you're spending all your gaming time trying to find another player to group with, then GameSpy will make connecting a lot easier. Even if none of your buddies are online, there's an entire community of people to play with, and there are tons of games if you're searching for a new challenge too.