Game Over… Soon.

MSNMicrosoft announced this week that they are going to shut down the servers that support on-line games for Windows 7, XP, and ME.  These include:

  • Internet Backgammon (Windows XP, ME, 7)
  • Internet Checkers (Windows XP, ME, 7)
  • Internet Spades (Windows XP, ME, 7)
  • Internet Hearts (Windows XP, ME)
  • Internet Reversi (Windows XP, ME)
  • MSN Go (Windows 7)

I have read a number of articles on this pending closure (July 31, 2019 for Windows XP & Windows ME, January 22, 2020 for Windows 7) claim that this may not be sitting well with gamers who will lose their platforms.  To this I ask two questions:

  1. Is there anyone out there who cannot find a free Internet site on which to play these games; and
  2. Is this really a proper usage of the word ‘gamer’?

I understand that people who like having the game client on their system (as opposed to playing in a web browser) will be a bit put out… they may have to look slightly harder for an alternative.

Yes, I understand and hear your complaints… but to quote Q from Die Another Day (ably played by the amazing John Cleese): “Yes, but it’s called the future, so get used to it.”

I don’t know that I truly “mourned” the death of many of the applications that Microsoft has retired over the years… the closest was probably Live Writer (see article), which they actually released to the open-source community.  It has been years since I played Internet Backgammon (the only title listed that I was interested in).  I still play backgammon on-line occasionally, and have found many alternatives.  I suggest, if you are mourning this news, that you do the same.


2 responses to “Game Over… Soon.”

    1. I suppose they are shutting them down because they run on older operating systems that will be end-of-life in January, and they do not want to continue to support them. Thanks for reading! -MDG

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