Can I still play Age of Empires 1 or 2 online? The GameSpy room for AOE 1 is always empty.
You may have some better success finding games to play on GameRanger. I just logged on and saw 250 rooms for Age of Empires 2. For Age of Empires there were only about 30.
- Voobly: They got a rating system where you receive and lose points for each battle win or loss. They got some nice features like download of recorded games of other games played. Maps for custom scenario, random maps like Michi, Land Nomad, Arabia and Black Forest usually played there.
- GameRanger: Very fast client software (faster than voobly). They usually play maps like Black Forest, Arabia and custom scenario with rules like NR (no rush) and Diplomacy (you choose allies during gameplay).
- Garena: never played there. Another option.
Age of Empires II : Conquerors has been re-released as Age of Empires 2 HD on Steam. It includes all the usual Steam-based matchmaking features and runs on Win 7, 8 and 10. You're going to find a larger player pool if you don't mind paying for it again.
I don't know about Age of Empires I, but people still play Age of Empires: Conquerer's Edition online, on Tunngle.
It's available here: http://www.tunngle.net/index.php?l=en
Just register with a username, download the software, login, join the network of the game you want to play, go to LAN connection section in the game to view servers and start playing.