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Encyclopedia > Xfire
This article is about an instant messaging program.
For the web service tool, see Codehaus XFire .
For the British television programme, see XFire (UK TV Series).
Xfire

Main contact window on version 1.8 with the new default skin
Developer: Xfire, Inc.
Latest release: 1.82 / October 8, 2007
OS: Windows 2000, XP, Vista
Genre: Instant messaging service
License: Proprietary
Website: www.xfire.com

(Pronounced "Ex-fire", not "Cross-fire") Xfire is a freeware instant messaging service targeted toward gamers, that also serves as a game server browser. Its uniqueness lies in its ability to detect what video game a particular contact is running and allowing IMs to be sent and received from inside the game in question, eliminating the need to minimize the game window. It is currently available for Microsoft Windows only. The company is based in Menlo Park, California, United States. On April 25, 2006, Xfire was acquired by Viacom in a $102-million deal.[1] Support for Windows 98 and Windows Me has been discontinued as of January 2007.[2] On May 7, 2007, Xfire announced they have over 7 million registered users.[3] The W3C defines a Web service (many sources also capitalize the second word, as in Web Services) as a software system designed to support interoperable Machine to Machine interaction over a network. ... Codehaus XFire is a Java framework for development and consumption of web services. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... XFire, meaning Crossfire, was a TV programme, aired on Channel 4 in the UK. The programme was a sort-of game show/reality TV cross, featuring a team consisting of 6 players armed with paintball guns, trying to complete challenges such as defusing a bomb or rescuing hostages. ... Image File history File links Header_logo. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... “Software development” redirects here. ... A software release is the distribution, whether public or private, of an initial or new and upgraded version of a computer software product. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... // An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... Computer software can be organized into categories based on common function, type, or field of use. ... Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... A software license is a legal agreement which may take the form of a proprietary or gratuitous license as well as a memorandum of contract between a producer and a user of computer software. ... It has been suggested that closed source be merged into this article or section. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... The term Freeware refers to gratis proprietary software with closed source. ... Instant messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A game server browser is a software application that enables a user to easily find online multiplayer servers for the Computer games they are playing. ... “Computer and video games” redirects here. ... An example of a graphical user interface in Windows XP, with the My Music window displayed In computing, a window is a visual area, usually rectangular in shape, containing some kind of user interface, displaying the output of and allowing input for one of a number of simultaneously running computer... “Windows” redirects here. ... Menlo Park is a city in San Mateo County, California in the United States of America. ... Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios). ... Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft and the successor to Windows 95. ... Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me (IPA pronunciation: [miː], [É›m iː]), is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical operating system released on September 14, 2000 by Microsoft. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On June 13, 2007, Mike Cassidy, former CEO and co-founder of Xfire, departed the company to work for venture capital firm, Benchmark Capital.[4] is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Benchmark Capital is a venture capital firm responsible for the early stage funding of some of the most successful startups in venture capital history, including eBay. ...


Adam Boyden, VP Business Development & Marketing is temporarily managing the company.

Contents

History

Xfire was originally developed by Garrett Blythe and Chris Kirmse in 2003 at a company formerly called Ultimate Arena. A few dozen employees have contributed to its success since then, especially the former CEO Mike Cassidy[5] (former CEO of Direct Hit). Another notable founder of Ultimate Arena is Dennis "Thresh" Fong (former World Champion of Quake). Since its public release in 2004, it has attracted over 7 million users worldwide (as of May 2007). In September 2006, Sony was misinterpreted to have announced that Xfire would be used for the PlayStation 3.[6] Instead, only one PS3 game, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom will be using some of the features, with more game support planned for the future.[7] “Chief executive” redirects here. ... Direct Hit Records spawned out of the small independent record store of the same name. ... Dennis Fong, also known under the pseudonym Thresh, was a professional gamer best known for winning John Carmacks Ferrari 308 at the Microsoft-sponsored Red Annihilation tournament in 1997. ... A World Championship is any contest to determine the best in the world in a particular field. ... Zombies attacking the player at the starting of Episode 1, Mission 3: The Necropolis. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ...


Technology

By analyzing running processes, Xfire can detect active games and send that information to Xfire clients with the current player as a friend. For many games, it can detect which server people are playing on, sometimes detailing which level is running, ping, and more. The program also supports instant joining for many games, which means the user can join their friend in the game in the same server with just one click. Xfire also allows users to send in-game messages to other players without joining the game, as it is an independent application. In computing, a process is an instance of a computer program that is being executed. ... In computing, a client is a system that accesses a (remote) service on another computer by some kind of network. ... A player of a game is a participant therein. ... In information technology, a server is an application or device that performs services for connected clients as part of a client-server architecture. ... In computer and video games, a level (sometimes called a stage, course, episode, round, world, map, wave, board, phase, or landscape) is a separate area in a games virtual world, in modern games typically representing a specific location such as a building or a city. ... For other uses, see Ping (disambiguation). ...


Xfire logs what games users are playing, how many hours they have played them, and saves other information (such as scores) from game servers. This information can be converted into a PNG image by the server via PHP for every user to use as a signature. PNG may stand for: Persona non grata, literally meaning an unwelcome person, is a term used in diplomacy with a specialised and legally defined meaning. ... This article is about the scientific discipline of computer graphics. ... For other uses, see PHP (disambiguation). ... A signature block (often abbreviated as signature, sig block, sig file, or just sig) is a block of text automatically appended at the bottom of an e-mail message, Usenet article, or forum post. ...


Xfire currently supports over 900 games[8]. These supported games are of many different genres and include such highly popular games as Counter-Strike: Source, Battlefield 2, and Call of Duty 2. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Counter-Strike (CS) is a popular team-based mod of Valves first-person shooter (FPS) Half-Life. ... Battlefield 2 (abbreviated to BF2) is a computer game in which players fight in a modern battlefield using modern weapon systems. ... For the GameCube, PS2 and Xbox game, see Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. ...


With version 1.43, released August 2005, Xfire, Inc. added a beta voice chat feature using Voice over IP technology, similar to, among others, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo, GameStreet Talk, etc. Recently, Xfire, Inc. has also added a feature that allows users to take screenshots inside games and then upload them to their online profiles. Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Voice chat is a modern form of communication used on the Internet. ... An overview of how VoIP works A typical analog telephone adapter for connecting an ordinary phone to a VoIP network Ciscos implementation of VoIP - IP Phone Voice over Internet Protocol, also called VoIP, IP Telephony, Internet telephony, Broadband telephony, Broadband Phone and Voice over Broadband is the routing of... TeamSpeak is proprietary Voice over IP software that allows users to speak on a chat channel with other users, much like a telephone conference call. ... Ventrilo is a popular proprietary Voice over IP program with clients for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Most users of Ventrilo use a headset or microphone and use the program to talk freely to each other, similar to a telephone conference call. ... GameStreet Talk is proprietary Voice over IP and Instant Messaging software that allows users to speak in channels that can be defined by each user, much like a conference call. ... Screenshot of a KDE desktop. ...


The Xfire Game SDK was released with version 1.56 (May 2006). It offers game developers an interface to expose some of the game data to the Xfire application. A software development kit (SDK or devkit) is typically a set of development tools that allows a software engineer to create applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system, or similar. ...


With the growing number of Macintosh gamers, there is a growing demand for an Xfire application compatible with Mac OS X[9]. In February of 2006, a Mac developer group called Pinkslip began their attempt to make a Mac compatible Xfire client. [citation needed] Xfire, Inc. has no official word on supporting other operating systems as of yet but does not deny the possibility of one being developed[10].


Xfire Clan & Guild System

In version 1.63, Xfire released a beta clan system. This allows users to create clans or guilds on the Xfire website and invite members (recruits can also ask to join). Also, setting up ranks and many other features still being released such as favorite games and how many hours everyone has been playing. This service does not automatically add clan mates to your list. Rather if you have them added they will be in another group as well, most commonly on the top of your list. It shows some the people's names even when they are off line.


Yahoo! lawsuit

Yahoo! filed a lawsuit against Xfire, Inc. on January 28, 2005, claiming Xfire has infringed Yahoo!'s U.S. Patent No. 6,699,125, for a "Game server for use in connection with a messenger server". Xfire, Inc. filed a countersuit against Yahoo! on March 10, 2005. The countersuit was eventually disqualified by the judge. There has been a settlement between the companies as of January 31, 2006. More details were posted to Xfire's forums, though terms were not disclosed. “Yahoo” redirects here. ... It has been suggested that civil trial be merged into this article or section. ... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... For other uses, see Patent (disambiguation). ... A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in which the party commencing the action, the plaintiff, seeks a legal remedy. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In law there are two main meanings of the word settlement. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Xfire Events

Xfire hosts events every month ranging from chat sessions with the program's developers or game developers, debates, game tournaments and machinima contests. A scene from the popular machinima series Red vs. ...


User extensions

Many Xfire users have increased the program's functionality through extensions, including the following:

Gun's Ammo Crate (home page) 
A site designed to let you find an Xfire skin for your favourite game, brand, or even for a clan. You can also find infoview skins and tutorials on how to make your own skin.
Xfire Plus (home page) 
A compilation of extension programs and files that allow you to enhance your Xfire client. Programs such as the Music plugin allow you to display your currently playing music from 10 different players, whereas the Xfire Web Messenger allows you to chat with your Xfire friends anywhere in the world, from any Java supporting operating system.
Gfire (home page) 
An open source Pidgin plugin which allows you to add Xfire as a service to the user's Pidgin client. It will allow the user to chat with their friends and see what games they are playing. Pidgin support is available through the plugin's snapshots.
Trillian Plugin (plugin page) 
A plugin for Trillian which adds Xfire as a medium. It allows the user to chat and see the status of their friends.
Xfire Music Plugin (plugin page) 
A public domain standalone plugin for Windows Media Player that sets the user's status to a customizable string based on the media they are currently playing. The source is provided with the plugin.
Xblaze (home page)
Is an open source plugin for Adium that allows communication over the XFire protocol . It is the first Xfire client for Mac OS X.

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Java platform is the name for a bundle of related programs, or platform, from Sun Microsystems which allow for developing and running programs written in the Java programming language. ... // An operating system (OS) is the software that manages the sharing of the resources of a computer. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... Pidgin (formerly named Gaim) is a multi-platform instant messaging client that supports many commonly used instant messaging protocols. ... Trillian is a multiprotocol instant messaging application for Windows created by Cerulean Studios that can connect to multiple IM services, such as AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, Jabber, and Skype networks (the latter four with Trillian Pro which allows for additional plugins). ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... Adium is a popular instant messaging client for Mac OS X that supports multiple protocols through the libpurple library. ... Mac OS X (IPA: ) is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ...

Open Source protocol implementations

A number of attempts have been made to reverse engineer and implement libraries to access the XFire instant messaging network:

OpenFire (home page, Google code page)
An open source (LGPL licensed) Java API and suite of tools for accessing the XFire instant messaging network.
xfirelib (home page)
An open source library written in C++ which implements the Xfire Protocol. Based upon it is a Jabber gateway to Xfire (XFireGateway) which also implements GOIM extensions to the Jabber protocol.

Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... GNU logo The GNU Lesser General Public License (formerly the GNU Library General Public License) is an FSF approved Free Software license designed as a compromise between the GNU General Public License and simple permissive licenses such as the BSD license and the MIT License. ... Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... Official logo of the Jabber Software Foundation Jabber is a collection of open, real-time communication technologies built on the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP). ... GOIM (Gamers Own Instant Messenger), is a OpenSource instant messaging client based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=16332
  2. ^ http://www.xfire.com/download/
  3. ^ XFIRE ONLINE GAME COMMUNITY CONTINUES RAPID GROWTH SURPASSING SEVEN MILLION REGISTERED USER MARK. GamesIndustry.biz (May 7, 2007). Retrieved on May 7, 2007.
  4. ^ Interview: Mike Cassidy on Leaving Xfire, Joining Benchmark Capital. GameDaily BIZ (June 13, 2007). Retrieved on June 13, 2007.
  5. ^ http://www.michaelcassidy.com/
  6. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/news/6157494.html
  7. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/news/6159631.html
  8. ^ Xfire - Supported Games. Xfire (Oct 9, 2007). Retrieved on Oct 9, 2007.
  9. ^ Xfire forums topic requesting Mac OS support.
  10. ^ Xfire FAQ. Xfire. Retrieved on Oct 9, 2007.

External links

  • Xfire Official Site

  Results from FactBites:
 
Xfire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (944 words)
Xfire is a freeware instant messaging service targeted toward gamers, that also serves as a game server browser.
On April 25, 2006, Xfire was acquired by Viacom in a $102-million deal.
Xfire also allows users to send in-game messages to other players without joining the game, as it is an independent application.
Raible's Wiki: AppFuseXFire (1935 words)
My motivation to use XFire instead of Axis 2 is, that I started using it, was successful in short time, and just stuck with it, becoming a committer of the project.
Actually there is no way to ignore a method of an exposed interface in xfire as of version 1.0 like the @xfire.property ignore="true" that exists on the model objects (we'll com to that later), so having a second interface is probably the best way to distinct at the moment.
This is because xfire is all about document/literal style of webservices which just has no notion of object references because of interoperability issues.
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