To my great disappointment i had to note today that ID Software has turned off all the master server for "Return To Castle Wolfenstein" and "Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory".

I have to say that i am really disenchanted of ID Software, given the cult status of those games and the fact that there are still many servers online for the games i cannot understand this decision.

Anyhow, there is hope, some hardcore fans have built their own master server for the games, so you can still play if you add the following lines to your "hosts" file:

Here is how to edit your hosts file:

  1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories
  2. Right click Notepad and select "Run as administrator"
  3. Click Continue on the "Windows needs your permission" UAC window.
  4. When Notepad opens Click File -> Open
  5. In the filename field type C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts
  6. Click Open
  7. Add the lines to the end of the file
  8. Save

After that you should be able to play both games like nothing ever happened. Have fun!