How can you tell what online game servers are still available when buying used games?
I'm new to online gaming but, have always been someone who buys used games. Is there a website or way of knowing what game servers are still running before wasting money buy the game. Going with a game like Madden or NBA Live is easy because the previous years server is shut down shortly after the new release but what about games like SOCOM where each title is not neccessarily a continuation of the previous one.
In general, unless the company that makes the game has gone out of business, there is no reason to stop hosting at least one server for online play (the exception being yearly installments like you already identified). For example, Left 4 Dead 2 has come out but there is still server support for Left 4 Dead 1. You can also go to the website for the game and there is usually a link showing server status for online games. Checking gamer forums is another way to find out if there are people still actively playing. Finally, choose where you buy your used games carefully. GameStop has a 7-day return policy for used games, in case you take it home and it doesn't work. If you buy from a store with a similar policy, you can see if the online play is available and return it and get something else if it's not.
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