BitTorrent used by MekTek to distribute game

mechwarrior 4

Mechwarrior 4 was released this week for free by MekTek in an effort to revive the series. After the game was released there were over 100,000 people that tried to download the game which caused the distribution system used by MekTek to crash. MekTek uses a distribution system they created called MTX.

"MTX was developed out the need for a centralized distribution and patching point for all of MekTek's software currently being developed. The MTX software has been in development by our studio since the announcement of the FREE MechWarror release and has now successfully reached public beta status.  MTX is a free desktop application which will connect you with the MekTek.net community as well BattleTech.com and the rest of our partners."

According to TorrentFreak, MekTek's solution to the problem is to distribute the software using BitTorrent and spread the load and bandwidth across all the users to get the game out as quickly as possible.

"Once this new version clears our beta team, it will be made available for download in your BitTorrent client of choice. Please be patient as this may take a few days.
We will continue to work on ironing out the bugs in MTX, until then, we will provide an alternate way to acquire the game and updates through the self installing executables.
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As more and more games are distributed online it makes sense to take advantage of BitTorrents distribution advantages. It minimizes the bandwidth that is needed on the distributors end and it spreads the load across all the peers.

 

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Mektek should realize that in first place ...
not using Bittorrent for such popular free product was sucidal mistake ...
sometimes i wonder if common sense is so rare these days

Downloaded the game using BitTorrent. Installed and updated the game using MTX. But it doesn't run. it just crash to desktop. I will try to run it after work and/or try a workaround.

ISP's don't really care, they're going to throttle even if every game company used torrents, because in most places of the US there's just not enough competition (cable) and they can get away with it.

Since this is a legal (and free) torrent going from the news post, can someone or the original author put a link to the game?

Anarkii said,
Since this is a legal (and free) torrent going from the news post, can someone or the original author put a link to the game?

follow the first link in the news post to MekTek they have the download link and all the info you need for the game

Brandon B. said,

follow the first link in the news post to MekTek they have the download link and all the info you need for the game

Doesnt that link to the exe that is having all the current problems thou?

ryupg said,
Blizzard has been using Torrent since the start of WoW to distribute patches. Nothing new here.

It ****es me off too because RR throttles my speed way down when ever i launch a torrent...

LaP said,
I say we should put MekTek employees in jail for warez activity.

I say you "shut up." I'm trying to download Mechwarrior 4 here....

LaP said,
I say we should put MekTek employees in jail for warez activity.

This is good news, if more companys do this, itll make it harder for ISP's to throttle BT traffic

LaP said,
I say we should put MekTek employees in jail for warez activity.

I think you completely misunderstood Torrent then!!!!
Torrent is not always about piracy!!!!! It a nice technology but its being misused to a larger extend. Linux and many freeware are distributed using torrent. btw, this game software is free so putting it in torrent is not warez.

Edited by still1, May 6 2010, 2:23pm :

LaP said,
I say we should put MekTek employees in jail for warez activity.

This is a legit release, there not warez anything.

still1 said,

I think you completely misunderstood Torrent then!!!!
Torrent is not always about piracy!!!!! It a nice technology but its being misused to a larger extend. Linux and many freeware are distributed using torrent. btw, this game software is free so putting it in torrent is not warez.

And I fear you may have misunderstood LaP... he was obviously joking... you were joking, right LaP?

Chsoriano said,

And I fear you may have misunderstood LaP... he was obviously joking... you were joking, right LaP?

sorry Lap if it was just a joke but it sounded as if you were ignorant.

Edited by still1, May 6 2010, 2:48pm :

Chsoriano said,

And I fear you may have misunderstood LaP... he was obviously joking... you were joking, right LaP?

Of course it was a joke

My stance on torrent is ISP and torrent clients should not be more liable fior illegal activities using their products and services than gun makers. Guns are used for both legal and illegal activities. This is not gun makers duty to catch people using their products for illegal activities.

Torrent is just a protocol. Nothing illegal about it.

still1 said,

I think you completely misunderstood Torrent then!!!!
Torrent is not always about piracy!!!!! It a nice technology but its being misused to a larger extend. Linux and many freeware are distributed using torrent. btw, this game software is free so putting it in torrent is not warez.

I think you completely misunderstood LaP then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He was using sarcasm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sarcasm is not always about being mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It a nice way to be funny, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited by rheostat, May 6 2010, 4:14pm : Structural inadequacies

LaP said,
I say we should put MekTek employees in jail for warez activity.

they ain't doing warez you funny clown,bittorent can be used legaly and this is a legal way to solve there problems, how about you do your research first before saying that mektek should be put in jail,they ain't doing anything wrong but you are so off to the jail you go lol.

still1 said,

I think you completely misunderstood Torrent then!!!!
Torrent is not always about piracy!!!!! It a nice technology but its being misused to a larger extend. Linux and many freeware are distributed using torrent. btw, this game software is free so putting it in torrent is not warez.

!!!!!!!!

Anyways, you seem to be getting heavily offended by such a small bit of sarcasm. Seems fishy to me.