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From tech tv's the screen savers

 

You're ready to take your Xbox online, but you don't want to spend $100 plus per year for Xbox Live. Not a problem. XBConnect, a Windows-based application, allows multiple people to connect and play Xbox games on different network segments. Long story short, I can now play Xbox games with my good friend in Switzerland.

 

 

How does it work?

 

On tonight's "Screen Savers" I'll show you XBConnect in action. From a high-level view it tricks the Xbox into thinking it's on a local network segment, enabling Xbox system link games to connect and play against each other.

 

 

Although the site doesn't list the details of how XBC accomplishes its great feat, we can assume it creates a small virtual private network between several clients, analyzing packets in real time and forwarding them to the appropriate IP.

 

 

How do I set it up?

 

The simple and easy setup amazed me.

 

 

Install the software.

Turn on your Xbox. You'll find an XBC interface similar to that of any online gaming network.

Start gaming!

 

If you use the software, support its developers. After all, XBConnect only sets you back $14.95.

 

here is the link

 

http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/answers...3516799,00.html

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...and it sucks because you can only play with a few people at a time (unless you all have really fast connections). I managed to get in a 3 person game that was fairly lag free once. It just wasn't worth the effort.

 

How exactly does XBL cost $100 a year?

 

Good question...two accounts? ;)

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I've been playing Halo using GameSpy for a while now. Yeah, a lot if not most games are full of lag, but not if you host. There in lines the challenge... It's no fun hosting and winning, since the host has a big advantage - but it's no fun not hosting and losing all nite.

 

I've found that asking people to switch off hosting is a decent compromise. Sometimes I've been able to do 4 vs 4 matches when joining where the lag isn't all that bad.

 

But it can take a long time to have that happen.

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Hmm. I wanted to try xbconnect. But I guess I better get XBoxLive right away then.

Live sounds really fun although I'd really like to know how the ping/connection quality is when I as a European play with American gamers (when possible, e.g. the Sega sports titles don't allow that). I read quite often that for many games there's still not enough European players to make it fun so a good connection to the US Servers would be important for me.

 

Michael

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Mike, one of the things I really enjoy about Live is the fact that even when I'm not managing to catch the guys here servers feel so international. The last game of Midtown I had involved two other UK guys, a Dutchman, a Canadian, a Frenchman and two Americans, one from each coast.

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Mike, one of the things I really enjoy about Live is the fact that even when I'm not managing to catch the guys here servers feel so international. The last game of Midtown I had involved two other UK guys, a Dutchman, a Canadian, a Frenchman and two Americans, one from each coast.
Definitely sounds great. Since you didn't mention any slowdowns or lag I assume that gameplay was smooth.

I guess I'll have to get live soon.

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Any lag issues would depend on the game. If you were playing RTWC or GR with a host from the other side of the world, you would probably have some issues.

 

The racing games are pretty good though since they don't run on a server/host type of connection, and when there is lag, the other cars/bikes just jump around the screen a bit which doesn't usually interfere with the actual race unless they pop up right in front of you and you crash into them (which could be a good thing in MM3 depending on the mode).

 

Lots of UK players in MotoGP.

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