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Haven Editorial: Running Red Alert on Windows 10

I love Command and Conquer, but EA shafted that franchise rather hard. Yet the games can be bought in a neat package at Origin. Electronic arts game platform. However making the older game run is a chore. 

Windows 10 64 bit is not the intended architecture at all. Even more problematic to record any gameplay what so ever. But I did find a workaround. One that can not be done with the origin version.

But first let’s look at the annoying issues.
Tiberean dawn can for the most part run, with the dangers of crashing. Compatibility mode is not very helpful here. Same rings true for Red Alert. Technically there exist an open Ra, which has a new engine and most of the missions. But I never got that bugger to work more than once.

There also exist a fan patch that even works with Dune 2. With custom resolution, but it crashed, then refused to start.

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Alt tab out of the games is a no go. The screen goes black with the sound still playing. I sincerely though the idea of using Origin was to make the games playable on modern systems.

Red Alert 2 has issues with a black screen that I fixed with a custom fan patch. It’s still very unstable and likes to tab out on its own and then refuse to enter the game again.

Multiplayer is no problem at all with Yuri’s Revenge, since CnC net fixes all of that. A quite good fan fix. Does not with well with the story mode though.

Command and Conquer renegade was an almost flawless experience. But as we all know almost is seldom good enough. It decided to crash after a while and the game could have been a bit better in the first place.

I have yet to fiddle around with Tiberian Sun, which is a fantastic game, but a bit poorly programmed and almost as neglected as an orphan.

The easiest way is to install Virtual Box, get Windows XP, then set it up to run virtually with Windows. In window mode, then record the window. For this to work I had to install the disc version of the games. Because the Origin version refuse to let me play then without the software itself installed.

This solution allows software like Obs (open broadcasting software) to record and stream Command and Conquer games without too many problems. It took me a lot of time to find the solution, but it works wonders. Or you could emulate the PSX version of Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert, which runs at 15 fps, but has superior audio quality on the music.

Njål Sand

Haven Editorial: Published Broken Promises and Lies

Haven Editorial: Published Broken Promises and Lies

crashI’ve hung around the gaming scene for a long time and it’s jungle out there. A wild overgrown forest filled with vicious predators, known as fake promises and lies. Gaming companies seems to live in the legal twilight when to comes to people taking action. There are a lot of expensive products, that just flat out fail to work or have missing features. Most of the time it’s the big AAA publisher that is to blame, since they usually want to push the game out as fast as possible.

Here is a list of games. Products that would have been illegal if it was anything but a game. As far as I can see there are no real regulations. It does not help that most stores will not accept refunds on an opened game, where the plastic has been unsealed.
There is only one way to show the big companies what does and does not work. The shareholders only look at numbers and trends, so talk with your valet and listen to reviews. Due to personal preferences I will not do a top list, I find them rather stupid.

Hellgate London is rogue like 3rd person game with random drops, cool classes and flashy skills. Much like Diablo. However at launch is was a broken mess of bugs and glitches. At one point I ran into a wall that could not be passed to complete the level. Players could not see each other and a bucket load of things to be worked out. Eventually they got around to fix it, and got shut down about a year later. I wonder what EA was thinking when they allowed the game to be punished.

Saints Row 2 on PC is a horrible, horrible port that should never been sold to the public. At a certain point the save file got corrupted and the game got unplayable and such cases are well documented.

Batman: Arkham Knight is a story of its own, especially on PC. Good luck making it work. If nothing else there was a serious market backslash. They ought to fix the framerate drops at some point right?

ET on the Atari. They just did not care. They got blinded by money and everything around them turned to a pile of poo. It also fucked up the gaming industry hard.

Driver 3, another well documented case of releasing a faulty game. At least they got a real good kick in the bollocks. But I don’t think they have learned much since then. Anoticable bug includes driving under the city.

Anachronox: A fun game, with a fantastic setting. At some point Eidos got tired of the developers taking too long. Which meant they published a half baked product that is still buggy. At one point movie sequences started repeating themselves when backtracking.

Dai Kantana got hyped, promised a lot and failed to deliver anything remotely close to what was expected.

Aliens Colonial Marine is also a very notorious example. Just look it up on Youtube and marvel at the false promises and the bugs.

Sonic 2006 sucks more than a two legged donkey and runs like one. I wonder why it got published at all.

No man’s Sky is the latest thing we love to hate. Which encapsulate all the issues of broken promises and a buggy sub par product at launch.

Duke Nukem Forever became a mediocre first person shooter. Where the gameplay was boring and the player could pick up shit and throw it at the wall. Not to mention that it took ages for it to actually be released at all.
Mind you, this also holds true for indie developers. If your product is a steaming pile of manure, expect harsh criticism!
Njål H Sand