Remember the old days of Ten and MPlayer? Yeah, those were the good ‘ole days… except, of course, for the $10 a month service charge. Anyway, GameRanger wants gamers to rekindle the fun from their multiplayer gaming experiences by bringing a convenient way to find and play games online with other players.

"Although digital distribution has increased the shelf-life of PC games, little has been done to boost their multiplayer shelf-life and dwindling online-gaming communities," observed Scott Kevill, president of GameRanger Technologies. "Now with GameRanger, the Long Tail doesn't need to be a Lonely Tale."

Good riddance to lonely multiplayer gaming. I, for one, never understood why, after the MSN Gaming Zone became Windows Live/Xbox Live, another service didn’t take its place? I’m glad GameRanger is going public and going big. PC Gamers need a big, online-gaming service for alerts, etc.

For those of you who don’t understand how it works, it goes a little something, something like this: GameRanger lets players establish a friends list and will alert them when they’re online or willing to play the game. So how does this differ from other messenger services?

“GameRanger's new notifications mean that people can be always ready for a game even while occupied with other PC activities by simply having the GameRanger icon in the system tray. This increases the pool of available players for all games at all times.”

Yeah, so even if someone isn’t on your friends list you can be notified about a potential gaming experience for a selected multiplayer-enabled title. That’s kind of spiffy and long over-due. But as the old saying goes, ‘tis better a service arrive late, than to let Microsoft pwn you out of cash.

You can learn more about GameRanger and their service by visiting their Official Website. For more gaming news, info, updates and insight, be sure to stay tuned in with Blend Games.

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