Or H2H, sounds like a formula.
Human against Human.
Anyone who would like to try making head2head working?
So we can play a few games? survival of the fittest.
I did that about 15 years ago with a friend, at my home(local connection) 2 pc's connected via the game.
And probably also via "Internet TCP connection" my pc connected with a friends pc over the internet without any need for the official lobby.
But I'm not completely certain if I played H2H via the internet, my memory is vague about that, lets say I'm 70% certain.
I play for host, you are a client.
This is how it works:
1) I send you my IP address to your messagebox in this forum.
2) Startup your game,
3) When you see your pinball table then
4) press your Escape or Esc button
5) A menu pops up, select head-to-head and enter.
6) A window pops up, click on "friendly" in the direct play area.
7) A new window pops up,
....choose "Internet TCP/IP-connection for direct play"
....Then click on configure, choose "Client Only"
....Then click next.
8) Two windows pop up
....One window needs a computername or IP address.
....Enter the IP address I've send you.
9) In the second window you have to enter a name, any name you wish.
....If everything goes according to plan, you will also see my name, select my name and click on connect.
....Now the race can start.
However, one thing is very important, I have tried several versions long time ago, no direct connection possible with them, but one of the oldest version, 1.01 works perfect.
I searched for several weeks for a solution till I installed the old version, problem solved.
So both PC's should have version 1.01 installed in order to make direct play possible.
Which is very easy, and installing the old version is only once needed, your records and settings are not touched, they stay the same, cause the installler checks for missing files, and installs only what is missing, BigRaceUSA.exe, version 1.01 is only 725kb
So when you later want to play a normal game you only have to activate you updated version, all records and settings are the same as before when you played H2H with the old version.
Here how it's done,
Go to the folder where BigRaceUSA is installed, the name of the folder is "Pro Pinball"
Change the name of "BigRaceUSA.exe" into "BigRaceUSA.normal"
Now go to your CD and start it or double click on AUTORUN.EXE
This tries to start the game, which it can't, so you get a window that ask you if you want to install the game again.
Click yes or OK, then it installs version 1.01 provided that you have that one on cd.
You can check the version you have installed when you start the game, then go to the options of the game, and click on "credits" use the right flipperbutton to go to the next pages till you are at the page with the version number.
If you don't have this old version, I could send it to you.
Then you only have to copy or to drag it to your install folder.
Later on you can rename BigRaceUSA.exe into BigRaceUSA.h2h
And BigRaceUSA.normal into BigRaceUSA.exe
Now you can play the newest version as before with all records and settings intact.
For playing Head-to-Head direct play you do it in reverse.
Rename BigRaceUSA.exe into BigRaceUSA.normal
Rename BigRaceUSA.h2h into BigRaceUSA.exe
But not sure if it all works, we only used this method with WIN98 second edition, now we have WIN 7, 8 and 10