i didnt found a topic about that issue...so i will create one
Isnt there a possibility to implement a map downloader inGame?
I was thinking of sending download links over Gamespy protocoll or coding the no-cd crack.
The original Gamespy.com domain is still used or?
it would be nice to have a brainstorm about to make a function to download a map without to have an extra tool.
for the most people its not that easy to find or to use that.
That whould be amazing i play cod for example and enemy Territory it has this feature also moh which doesn't have it some one long ago made mod for it so everything possible only that i guess download files outdated so its not working now but it do was about hd2 hd2 use now mostly qtracker game spy shuted down sadly for all games(((
That's a magnificent idea, Jonny. They have this feature in Vietcong and maybe it's possible to we can do something about it too.
GameSpy dropped support for both H&D2 and Vietcong. I have been in contact with some of friends from the Vietcong community since this summer and they have implemented their own masterserver than emulates GameSpy. I have already contacted their engineer and he is looking to help us with our own masterserver as we speak. Thomas Tailor here has volunteered to help hosting the masterserver. I'm only thinking if it's possible to connect your idea with downloading maps with the possible new masterserver
it doesnt need to be a professionell overview.
i just thinks its important for normal users to handle with that
i got 3 different ideas
-cracking the hd2 exe and optimize the data of gamespy protocol between server and client ...there should be 3 different types of protocol.
-use a (maybe) allready exists alert message of hd2 to open a link with the browser
-discover the allready exist hd2 autopatcher to give them function.
the last one would be my favorite.
but i dont know all 3 ideas about the copyrights...but the studio give a shit since years so
This plan is nice it solver many problems..
I kind of remember in Vietcong it had automatic download... and i had to search missions one by one for HD2 in around y2010
But can it be separate EXE file that manages download and executes game.
It should check if the map on the server exists in clients game files...
Then it should check the file versions... some Hash can help or just compare file size/mod date...hash is accurate !
Some hash functions are built into Delphi.
Current map running in server can be checked by query request to that server.
byte = ($FE,$FD,$00,$43,$4F,$52,$59,$FF,$FF,$FF);
But it can give different name for same map.
Currently loaded mission folder name can be found in Game memory:
"HD2_SabreSquadron.exe"+004AEA10 offset1:( 38 ), offset2:( 8 )
This doesnt help !!!
Folder name and file names should be sent by the network, then Game can load all given files from correct location.
(Maybe should check it with Wireshark to see how its done).
Then some secondary info should be sent to client to compare files( if exist) =, you dont want to download every time all mission files you already have !