Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172762/how-to-play-old-lan-games-over-the-internet/
On a PC, you can still play old games — not like on consoles. You may even find yourself actively buying these old games as they show up on great sales on Steam and elsewhere.
Two programs that also provide this functionality are Gameranger and Tunngle, both of which are more game-oriented.
Gameranger is similar to the old Gamespy client, and has support for a lot of older games, while Tunngle appears to act more as a straight VPN, but with the ability to set up custom rooms. I've only used Tunngle a couple of times, and had no issue with it, but someone with more experience might be able to add more about it.
I agree with @cadunbar78. Back when I used Windows 7, I used to have loads of fun playing Midtown Madness 2 on my laptop with my friends, while we sat at our separate homes. Alas, the game doesn't work on Windows 8.
Tunggle is the way to go. Way simpler to use than Hamachi and actually works.
Tunngle http://www.tunngle.net/ I've used it for a couple years now over at least a dozen games and it works great. This isn't the first time HTG has ignored it in articles about gaming or VPNs. As someone with technical know-how, Hamachi is the worst choice for gaming, and then maybe is only a second choice for file sharing. Tunngle is just a bunch of chatrooms, one for each game, you join the room and can talk to other people who might want to play with you or hook up with your friends you planned to meet. Once you launch the game and go to LAN options you'll see everyone there who's hosting, or you can host. Once you learn how the program works it really is the easiest to setup and use. Rooms for popular games like Diablo 2 are always full, rooms for lesser known games like SimAnt are there but usually empty, but at least they exist.
You know, that sounds a lot like GameRanger, which I used to use for internet old-age gaming.
The main problem I have with Hamachi is that it always runs. Theres no option to turn it off on start up, which makes no sense. There are hacks to make it so it only runs when you actually need it. Because it acts like spyware, its hard to accept it as legit. I havent tried Tunngle. Ill give it a look.
Just a quick note, not sure if you're aware but if you just want to play a game with your friend(s), as long as you're in the same room you can play. So you all can join "Torchlight" room and play Age of Empires or any other game, since you're on the same network. The advantage to using specific rooms is that a lot of times they post instructions in there how to get the game working. And of course, you can find people online who want to play the same game.
Thanks for the post @ChrisHoffman but can you please write a post on how to do this at the router level (DD-WRT) so it can be used for consoles?
I've been meaning to look up the VPN settings myself but haven't had the time. Really what I want to do is play Halo CE with friends (like the good ol' xbconnect days).
Will depend on your router, of course. I don't have an Xbox and don't use DD-WRT, so I'm not the best person to tackle that!
Although Hamachi is certainly a good LAN software, many times there are issues with it, be it compatibility or otherwise, not blaming the software but it's kind of picky for some users.
Since I was one of them at some point I looked at alternatives, and ended up with Tunngle, which I was sad not to see mentioned in this article as it's kind of Hamachi biased and doesn't explore other alternatives besides user comments mentioning them.
Would certainly have deserved a mention IMHO
Everyone would have to be running a compatible IPSec VPN router, and you would all have to set up endpoints. Also, you would have to have original XBoxes... overall, it's an expensive and complicated process.