No, no, IRC-Junkie won’t go into politics. This is about a game, trust me! The users of IRC that go back a few years might remember the game Tanks for mIRC. Development was halted for quite some time, but recently the game has gotten a new share of fans.
“It has become a success on Beirut network in early 2006 when I have included the game in my script which is used by the majority of the users. And since 2005 we reached around 18.000 downloads which has boosted the tanks players,” said Stefano, network founder, in a reaction to IRC-Junkie.
“I assumed interest had faded since every time I checked the server list recently, nobody was playing,” said Andy to IRC-Junkie, the developer of Tanks. Andy was contacted by Stefano that the game was far from dead and still in use on his network. “I suppose it was dead only in my mind.”
The game has been used in inter-network battles, such as between Beirut and Rusnet. But also DALnet and Undernet channels have came by for a small tank battle now and then.
The renewed interest have so far not led to new development into the game itself. Other then a bugfix no other development has been planned. “The only other change is that I have provided a link to the channel #games on the Beirut network. This will allow players to find others interested in Tanks and start up a game or even play some other game together.”
Andy is almost done getting his Master’s degree in Computer Science and has little time to put into the game. “What I would like to do is make it a Windows program instead of an mIRC script so it will run faster. I expect some day I will find the time.”