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24-Jun-2009, 06:33 PM #1
Running Multiple Instances of Games and Playing LAN With Them
Hello all,

Firstly, I would like to point out that I am quite computer savvy, so you wont need to give me tedious and detailed instructions, just point me in the right direction and I'll find my own way.

Anyway, onto my problem. I've been searching for a way to run multiple instances of PC games on seperate monitors, and then playing LAN with them. I realize that I would require two keyboards and two mice, I've already taken that into consideration. Additionally, I also realize that running two instances of a graphically intense game (in this case, Halo 2, Team Fortress 2, etc.) would be quite heavy on the computer. Not to worry however, the computer I'll be running it on is brand new, top of the line, and made from custom parts ordered off Newegg. Also, the computer is running Windows 7 Ultimate RC.

So, what do the users of this forum suggest? Is there a specific program made for allowing two instances of a program and changing the input devices for each one? If worst comes to worst one of them can use a gamepad while the other uses the mice and keyboard, however I'm hoping this won't be neccessary.

I appreciate any feedback on the matter!

Thanks,

-Joe

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24-Jun-2009, 07:04 PM #2
I have yet seen a game or hardware that can perform this.
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24-Jun-2009, 07:17 PM #3
One phrase: Console games.
Honestly, build two mid-range PCs if this is the primary function designed for it, if not... Ehm. Hmh.
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24-Jun-2009, 07:19 PM #4
actually thinking about this....

wouldn't Virtual Machines work? I know that I tried to play some games through VMs but it didn't like it due to the video card (possibly the coding to know it's there or something)
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24-Jun-2009, 07:30 PM #5
I'll look into the virtual machine idea, my main problem I've realized is finding a way to keep the focus on two windows at once, something I'm not sure is possible in virtual machines.
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24-Jun-2009, 07:40 PM #6
They are usually windowed, so you should be able to.

Microsoft has a free one, but I would recommend VMWare.

Just curious, why would you need two?
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24-Jun-2009, 07:48 PM #7
The two windows would be the instance of the game running normally and not in a virtual machine, and the other one would be the virtual machine, I just wasn't sure if you could input directly into both at the same time. Thanks a lot for the suggestion, I'll definitely try it!
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The two windows would be the instance of the game running normally and not in a virtual machine, and the other one would be the virtual machine, I just wasn't sure if you could input directly into both at the same time. Thanks a lot for the suggestion, I'll definitely try it!
Probably not if you are trying to do a 2 man match.
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25-Jun-2009, 10:57 AM #9
Yeah, isnt it easier to just hook up another machine for a LAN network?
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