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GameFront is closing on 30 April 2016. This means that many years of productive modding will go to the Recycle Bin of Time. According to the Star Trek Armada modding community I've spoken to, since the closure of their FileFront network last July, certain files made in the past few years are gone because they weren't mirrored on the main GameFront page, as the site was restructured a few times since 2011.

 

Here's where you can get the rest (the directory structure should be the same as on the old FileFront network - this list will stay after GF closes to help traverse the Archive.org copies of the site):

 

COMMAND & CONQUER SERIES

BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH SERIES STAR TREK-LICENSED GAMES NOTE: ST Armada I and II had their files already salvaged by the very dedicated Fleet Operations team at http://www.armadafiles.com

 

STAR WARS-LICENSED GAMES

AGE OF EMPIRES / MYTHOLOGY SERIES SERIOUS SAM SERIES CALL OF DUTY SERIES BATTLEFIELD SERIES UNREAL TOURNAMENT SERIES STALKER SERIES QUAKE SERIES WOLFENSTEIN SERIES BLIZZARD GAMES HALF-LIFE SERIES OTHER VALVE STUFF GRAND THEFT AUTO SERIES WARHAMMER 40.000: DAWN OF WAR SERIES COMPANY OF HEROES SERIES SUPREME COMMANDER SERIES THE ELDER SCROLLS SERIES FALLOUT SERIES METRO SERIES PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER SERIES THE SIMS SERIES DELTA FORCE SERIES MISC.More links may appear during the day, so check back. To the right sidebar in this 2012 snapshot of Armada II Files, you can see which games/series you can check in hope of finding that one file you remember.

 

NOTE: For most of these links, you can just replace "www.gamefront.com" with "gamefront.online" (without www).

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Holy

 

Someone should dd all of them and reupload to other site fast D:

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There's so many files that you need an entire team just to archive those, let alone reupload.

 

Save what is important to you, and pray there are others who do the same...

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I'm told this has actually happened: the Archive Team has been doing much of the archiving work since the FileFront network went down last year. Curiously, I tried to use Archive.org for testing whether I can get some files through there, and the Download Now button would be unclickable. Guess you have to pinpoint a file and a recent-enough date to get what you need.

 

http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=GameFront

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Does anyone know any dedicated teams working on saving specific filefronts? PW, if you find out someone has an operation for a specific game, try and list it in so we know not to worry "too much" and can prioritize on other less popular ones.

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I know of no specifics at the moment. If anyone is doing anything, they are either trying to get as much as possible as quickly as possible or just isolated projects (I assume).

 

The Archive Team did put their archival source code up on GitHub, though. https://github.com/ArchiveTeam/gamefront-grab

 

There's also this tracker, you can notice how much is still left to store (fairly little compared to the sum of all files). http://tracker.archiveteam.org/gamefront/

 

 

EDIT: A guy salvaged most of CoD 4 at 1.38 GB. Noice. http://www.moddb.com/games/call-of-duty-4-modern-warfare/downloads/big-cod4-modpack

 

I'm personally mostly done with TD, RA1, TS and FS. I'm gonna get some loose tools from there, then I'll proceed with RA2, YR, SFC2/OP, then we'll see.

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I will peek in KW and TW, Most of what we have there we can get through moddb/PW mediafire links/ other sites (aside many random maps)

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I mostly have official files on my Mediafire archive, it won't do you much good in this case.

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Im Download every Medal of Honor Allied Assault Mod takes soo long i will be finished(i hope)in 1 week

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Everyone make sure to reupload anything you save to ModDB since they're offering such a service to rehost files.

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(Hopefully) covered all Red Alert games, plus TD/TS/FS, minus those obscure tools.

 

I'll dive into TW, leftover KW maps and (hopefully) Renegade. Generals/Zero Hour will be nigh-impossible in just a day with those two.

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Meanwhile, some ex-FileFront/GameFront staff members have created FilesNation, which should go online on midnight CEST tonight. They say they've completely archived the GameFront forums and have displayed a prototype visage for game file portals on the example of Star Trek Elite Force. Should be a good place to set up shop!

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While FilesNation is still not online, as they still didn't manage to merge the old GameFront database with their own, http://gamefront.online/ should be up in about 2 and a half hours as of posting this. Fingers crossed, this might help us salvage more.

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GameFront's domain now links to The Escapist Magazine, also owned by Defy Media.

 

http://gamefront.online is most likely a fake. It sure looks like GameFront, but I just downloaded CoD 4 patches - 1.6 is erroneous and 1.7 is a 98 KB bogus with the GameFront logo in its setup. AVOID!

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As far as I know, gamefront.online is supposed to be legit, but they sprung into action in the middle of the last day, so they probably screwed up their archival process terribly.

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Damaged/missing files I can understand, but fake ones...

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GameFront's domain now links to The Escapist Magazine, also owned by Defy Media.

 

http://gamefront.online is most likely a fake. It sure looks like GameFront, but I just downloaded CoD 4 patches - 1.6 is erroneous and 1.7 is a 98 KB bogus with the GameFront logo in its setup. AVOID!

Can you post links to files which are supposed to be broken?

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Broken (proper size and icon, but fails to initialize):

http://gamefront.online/files/10492517/CoD4MW-1.6-PatchSetup.exe

 

Fake:

http://gamefront.online/files/20222884/CoD4MW-1.6-1.7-PatchSetup.exe

 

Searched for more obvious examples, but these appear to be the only ones I can find on a quick scoop. Curiously, both on the same, very popular game (both files can be found here, if anyone is interested).

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Hmm... I tested both of them, out of curiosity.

The first file seems like a legitimate broken file. It fails to initialize, but it does not attempt to change anything on your computer, nor does it request any outside resources. It merely has an error and exits upon clicking to acknowledge the error.

The second one, that's a tough one. It looks like it is not a direct download, but rather a file downloader, in that you'd install it and it would download something from an external source. Virustotal gives it two hits, but again, upon testing it, it did not attempt to make changes to my computer, though it does try to grab an outside resource upon clicking "download." I think it is a legitimate downloader for the intended patch, as it lets you select a directory of where you'd like the downloaded files to be placed, etc. But seeing as how the file was built in 2011, I'm led to believe that the download server it is trying to connect to is offline, which is why the file as a whole does not work.

 

I decided to pick a couple completely random files just to see if there were other signs of corruption or misleading material, and one I came across was a .wmv file about something or another (I don't really care, just figured I'd test), another was an installation for Garry's Mod. Neither of these files showed any issues.

 

In any case, I'm not going to be bothered to test a whole series of files from that website, but while I could definitely call it an unreliable and vaguely suspicious website, I don't think their intent is malicious. I just think they attempted to archive what they could, and considering the sheer number of files, expedient timeline, and the fact that some of these files are easily over 10 years old, it's easy to see why some (or many) would be corrupt or just not work. Heck, even if there are some files with malware (not that I'm implying there are), it would take them some time to find them.

 

Certainly worth being cautious though, I'll definitely agree to that.

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Broken (proper size and icon, but fails to initialize):

http://gamefront.online/files/10492517/CoD4MW-1.6-PatchSetup.exe

 

Fake:

http://gamefront.online/files/20222884/CoD4MW-1.6-1.7-PatchSetup.exe

 

Searched for more obvious examples, but these appear to be the only ones I can find on a quick scoop. Curiously, both on the same, very popular game (both files can be found here, if anyone is interested).

Should be fixed now

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Indeed it is. I assume you're a gamefront.online operator?

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There still can be found some corrupt files, It would be fixed as soon as possible

 

Indeed it is. I assume you're a gamefront.online operator?

 

Yes, you’re right

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