Roger Wilco (software)

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Roger Wilco
Roger Wilco software logo.png
Original author(s)Resounding Technology
Initial releaseMay 3, 1999; 19 years ago (1999-05-03)
Last release / July 8, 2003; 15 years ago (2003-07-08)
Operating system
Size790.7 KB (installer)
Available inEnglish
TypeVoice over IP (archived)

Roger Wilco is one of the first voice-over-IP client programs designed primarily for use with online multiplayer video games.[1] Roger Wilco enables gamers to talk through a headset or other handsfree device instead of typing messages to each other.

Roger and Wilco are procedure words which, in radiophone communication, mean "I understood your message and I will comply".

Development and release[edit]

Roger Wilco was developed by a US startup company called Resounding Technology. Three of the company's four founders were roommates when they were undergraduate students at Princeton University: Adam Frankl, Tony Lovell, and Henri de Marcellus.[2]:14

The company began publishing pre-release versions of the software in the autumn of 1998;[2]:16 the first general availability release, Roger Wilco Mark I, followed in May 1999.[3] The company distributed both the client and server as freeware. The server software, Roger Wilco Base Station, was developed for Linux, FreeBSD, Windows 9x, and Windows NT.[3] Development of a client for Mac OS never progressed beyond the alpha phase.[4]

Mpath Interactive, a startup company in Silicon Valley, acquired Resounding Technology later that year, and renamed it to HearMe, Inc.[5]

In December 2000, GameSpy bought the Roger Wilco intellectual property.[citation needed] In early 2001, they integrated an updated version of the client software into their game server browser, GameSpy Arcade.[citation needed] Players could use the Roger Wilco software if they bought a subscription to GameSpy's Game Tools suite.[6]

GameSpy published the final version of the Roger Wilco client for Windows on July 8, 2003.[6] That year, a vice president of consumer products at GameSpy Industries told The Boston Globe that Roger Wilco had about 5 million users.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bray, Hiawatha (October 29, 2003). "Players Add Verbal Jabs to Their Arsenal". Boston Globe Media Partners. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  2. ^ a b Tooke, Wes (February 24, 1999). "Three Game Guys: Former Roommates Give Cyberplayers a Voice". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Princeton University. Retrieved 2017-05-28 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b "Roger Wilco". Resounding Technology. Archived from the original on 1999-05-08.
  4. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". GameSpy. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Mpath Acquires Resounding Technology, Changes Name to HearMe" (Press release). Mpath Interactive. Business Wire. September 28, 1999. Retrieved 2017-05-28 – via FindArticles.
  6. ^ a b "Roger Wilco". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2017-05-28.

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