RaceRoom The Game 1+2, Ferrari Virtual Academy, Wincars Racer - can these be fixed?

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  1. VirtuaIceMan

    VirtuaIceMan Rapidly Rising Member

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    What have these 4 racing games got in common? They all try to connect to an online server which no longer exists, preventing the game from working.

    I know there was progress with Motor City Online and Need For Speed World, to enable them to still be playable (to a degree) even though the servers are gone, so I wonder if these games can too be fixed? Here's the details:

    RaceRoom The Game (SimBin) - this was a free game (rFactor engine based) that pre-dated the current RaceRoom Racing Experience site. As the web domain is now a different game, this no longer works, as it can't connect any more. Get the game from here if you would like to have a look into it: https://games.reveur.de/de/raceroom...ingle/189/RaceRoom-The-Game-Installation.html

    RaceRoom The Game 2 (SimBin) - an enlarged version of the previous game (more cars/tracks), again tries to connect to non-existant server. Get it here: https://raceroom-the-game-2.fileplanet.com/

    Ferrari Virtual Academy 2K10 - a hotlapping game made by Kunos Simulazioni, in-between netKar Pro and Assetto Corsa. This was sold on Ferrari's site http://www.ferrarivirtualacademy.com/ but despite being briefly down in 2015, it was working as late as 2017 and even early 2018. However now the game can't find the server, so I assume it's been removed, meaning you can't get into the game at all. It has a laserscanned Fiorano track too. This one is less easy to find; if you'd like to investigate it, get in touch and I can supply the files.

    Wincars Racer (DragonJam Studios) - this is still available to purcase on Steam over here https://store.steampowered.com/app/451060/Wincars_Racer/ but no longer works, just showing a black screen when starting the game. If you contact Steam about it, they say to contact the devs, but the devs are non-responsive and many seem to have new jobs, meaning it's probably dead. But can it be hacked to work offline perhaps?
     
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    VirtuaIceMan Rapidly Rising Member

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    No one got any ideas?
     
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    VirtuaIceMan Rapidly Rising Member

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    A little update on this, using Wireshark I can see that FVA tries to connect to fva.3d-game.com, whilst RaceRoom The Game (1, at least) tries to reach rrgamesrv.race-game.com

    I tried redirecting both to 127.0.0.1 but it didn't help!
     
  4. Borman

    Borman Digital Games Curator

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    MCO only exists nowadays because of a debug EXE that was sent around, no real progress was made in terms of any online connectivity. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like many people are interested in racing games.
     

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