Gaming Thread, LAN Gaming at school in Fun Stuff; We just happen to have a "spare" server and I suggested the idea of making a local games server.
28th January 2009, 11:44 AM #1
LAN Gaming at school
We just happen to have a "spare" server and I suggested the idea of making a local games server.
Before I do this... has anyone tried it before and had any problems with parents or other staff?
What are the rules on licensing? Is it possible to just buy one game (Unreal Tournament GOTY edition for example) and play it on 16 or so machines?
Or if we install it once on this server and then use Terminal Services to access the server and only allow the game to run in the terminal services session? would they be able to set up and LAN game with terminal services?
And just any other views or information on the idea? Would be much appreciated
Last edited by rolfea; 28th January 2009 at 11:54 AM.
28th January 2009, 12:00 PM #2
Be careful when playing games with the students because of age restrictions on the games!!!
28th January 2009, 12:02 PM #3
terminal services won't work. End Of.
Steam license is good, if you can get the ports opened.
Watch out of the PEG rating.
Look out for bulk discounts on old ish games.
28th January 2009, 12:05 PM #4
Any free games?
So if I wanted Unreal Tournament GOTY Ed. I'd have to buy one, or one license, for every machine its going to run on?
28th January 2009, 12:08 PM #5
We have an internal and external server for multiplay gaming, the internal server is only ever used for basic development and is only accessible by the appropriate student user groups (and during specific times) for classes where 'online gaming' is covered in the courses modules.
The external server is used for CS:S, DoD and CTF2 Steam games but is only fired up outside of office hours (and is always password protected), we also run a 24 hour TeamSpeak2 server for our clan members to keep in touch
All hardware is ex-production server kit, home-made too! The internal box is a Dual AMD MP 1.7 Ghz with 3 GB RAM and the external box is a Intel P4 HT 2.2 Ghz with 4GB RAM running Win2k8.
Best bet is to look for all the free games, anything that is open source if Okay - We do have a number of copies of Unreal Tourny but to be honest the students are usually more interested in making their own maps then testing them out!
Last edited by Zimmer; 28th January 2009 at 12:14 PM.
28th January 2009, 12:08 PM #6
I have thought about this in the past as well, but never known how to start!
or if it would even work in this school
28th January 2009, 12:09 PM #7
Yep, if you wanted to run a game you have to pay for licenses for each machine.
You can get GTA for free now... But that's an 18, so not much use to you.
28th January 2009, 12:11 PM #8
You may end up with parents being concerned about the use of 'violent games'...
You would also need a licence for each copy - I'd be amazed if you got this running with a single copy of terminal services.
Try Paintball 2.0. It's free and no-one dies
28th January 2009, 12:30 PM #9
I shall be looking into it!
Originally Posted by westleya
28th January 2009, 12:38 PM #10
I run NetPanzer on a bunch of dual booting boxes (WinXp/Edubuntu local login)
Good fun isometric tank battle game, no resources just attack and conquer, if you lose all your units.. you get 9 new ones to start again. The kids love it.
It's available through Apt and there's a Windows version too. Usually get one of the workstations hosting and the rest to join. I've avoided putting it on Windows so then they can only access it with my permission.
28th January 2009, 12:51 PM #11
Just put restrictive NTFS permissions on the game exe then use a special games account and change the password after every session.
28th January 2009, 12:56 PM #12
also look at trackmania united nations (or something from that series) as they did a free full game version.
Also consider just using game demos, as the kids will most likely get bored of the game in about a month anyway.
28th January 2009, 01:01 PM #13
Heres a few games which may be free (they are free to you and me but possibly not schools);
Track Mania Nations - my current fav game
Quake 2 engine - iirc you need to find the textures
Enemy Territory - another one of my fav games
28th January 2009, 01:03 PM #14
Big fan of Trackmania - install to clients and they talk over a LAN. Amazinig user created tracks out there. Kids love it.
28th January 2009, 01:10 PM #15
have a look at [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_games]List of open source games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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