Battlefield 1942: Not Dead Yet!

Life took an abrupt and uncomfortable turn when the game tracking service GameSpy was retired, which effectively punctured the gaming experience for Battlefield 1942 enthusiasts. Suddenly our games would go hang, and it was no longer possible to find servers to play on.

Fortunately someone had the initiative and the means to do something about it. The link below goes to a forum thread which tells of a new master list server, and what you can do to connect to it.

forum.bf1942.sk/gamespy

The solution I went for, and which works beautifully, was to modify my HOSTS file, which forces the game to contact the new server instead of GameSpy’s old one. Simply add the following line to the HOST file:

109.71.69.254 master.gamespy.com

And this is how you do that:

  • Right-click on the Notepad icon and select “Run as administrator”.
  • When asked “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?”, answer “Yes”.
  • Go to the “File” menu and select “Open”.
  • Copy and paste the following line in the “File name” box and press “Open”.
    c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
  • Add the following line to the bottom of the text and save the file.
    109.71.69.254 master.gamespy.com
  • You’re good to go!

Big thanks to the people at –=[ aX ]=– for taking the initiative to keep the Battlefield 1942 gaming community running!

Edit: I’ve heard that users of Avira antivirus may not be able to edit the HOSTS file due to security restrictions.

For Origin players, although Battlefield 1942 was removed from the game shop, I’ve been informed that those who purchased the free edition will still keep that in their library.

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