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

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

Postby VirtuaIceMan » 2018-9-28 @ 14:48

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...i ... ation.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/4510 ... ars_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?

p.s. I've also asked this on AssemblerGames (https://assemblergames.com/threads/race ... xed.69914/), but wondered if there's any tecchie hackers over on VOGONS too, perhaps?
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Re: RaceRoom The Game 1+2, Ferrari Virtual Academy, Wincars Racer - can these be fixed?

Postby VirtuaIceMan » 2018-10-12 @ 10:41

No one got any ideas?
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Re: RaceRoom The Game 1+2, Ferrari Virtual Academy, Wincars Racer - can these be fixed?

Postby Davros » 2018-10-12 @ 18:04

All your problems seem to be games need to connect to a no longer running server
your only hope would be to emulate that server.

VirtuaIceMan wrote:As the web domain is now a different game,

It's still there
http://game.raceroom.com
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Re: RaceRoom The Game 1+2, Ferrari Virtual Academy, Wincars Racer - can these be fixed?

Postby VirtuaIceMan » 2018-10-12 @ 18:11

The current RaceRoom is a new entity with new software, the games I mention were short lived freeware titles that used the URL before it moved on to the new game.
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