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VU Games Gives Away Ground Control, Soundtracks 30

Posted by simoniker
from the excellent-tactic dept.
Thanks to an anonymous reader for pointing to the free download page for PC RTS title Ground Control over at FilePlanet, "released for free" to help promote newly released Ground Control II, in a similar move to the recent free availability of VU Games' Tribes I and Tribes II. VU Games has also released the soundtrack to The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay for free download, as composed by Gustaf 'Lizardking' Grefberg, and previous free MP3 soundtracks have included Metal Arms: Glitch In The System and The Hobbit.
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VU Games Gives Away Ground Control, Soundtracks

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  • by nacturation (646836) <nacturation AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:44PM (#9539034) Journal
    Lots of companies that offer demos are moving to bittorrent. The only problem is there are zero seeds and zero peers. For something like this, a full game being given away for free, I could see using bittorrent.. One existing problem, though, is most people who are downloading have upload speeds that are just a fraction if their download speed. And there's no real motivation (other than "You Just Should") for sharing after your download is done.

    I don't know if this is supported by the bittorrent protocol, but combining bittorrent with freecache.org would be ideal. The freecache service allows for caching of files over 5MB in size, and works by prefixing your URL like so:

    http://freecache.org/http://gamez.com/HalfLife2Dem o.exe

    After the freecache system downloads it itself and seeds it to multiple other high-speed servers, an end-user can click on the link and their browser will get redirected to one of the other servers.

    If bittorrent allows for HTTP redirects to be used in combination with the URL for download, this would be a perfect solution.
  • No, it isn't free (Score:2, Interesting)

    by grotgrot (451123) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @08:23PM (#9540171)
    You are required to hand over personal details and get some sort of Gamespy ID. My personal details are not free

    I sure as hell am not jumping through so many hoops to see if I might like it. (Just because others do like it doesn't mean I will).

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