What Makes RTS Games Fun


 

A new video series has been started by GGTheMachine from GeneralsGentlemen. This new series takes a look at what makes Real Time Strategy games fun and why we play them. Basically breaking down the RTS design philosophy. The first one starts off with why GGTheMachine enjoys RTS games.




Latest Playtest of OpenRA Released


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After a busy month of development the OpenRA team have resumed testing with the release of a new playtest build now available for download. The major changes this time around include:

  • A whole new in-game map editor, with many benefits over the old editor.
  • Improved system integration with openra:// server join URLs. Give it a try from the live server list!
  • Implemented production building upgrades that unlock additional technology for Dune 2000.
  • Several enhanced classic missions have been added to the Tiberian Dawn mod.
  • In the Red Alert and D2k mods you will now be notified upon encounter of enemy units.

Full details about this release can be found here. Visit the OpenRA site for the download.




Kane's Wrath 2v2 Championship Tournament - $500USD Prize Pool


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GameReplays.org will be hosting the Kane's Wrath 2vs2 Championship Tournament on May 31st at 12:00 GMT on C&C:Online. So what prizes are up for grabs in this tournament? How does some cold hard cash sound. There is a massive $500US Dollar prize pool plus a random prize of 20US Dollars. Sign ups close at 11 AM GMT on May 31st. If you want to get involved check out the all important information right here.




Throwback Thursday for 21st May


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Another week has gone by, its Thursday again, so that means its time for another edition of Throwback Thursday. This week we go back to the early days of Command & Conquer Renegade from 2002. Technically we are going further back than that, back to a time when C&C Renegade was called C&C Commando. And Havoc didn't look like Havoc. Westwood's first design for Havoc was outrageously different to what ended up being in the game. The first Havoc was more punk rock looking, with his spiky hair, dark face paint around his eyes, and his tattoos. Because tattoos equal toughness I guess. I'm glad Westwood came up with a better looking Havoc. But the original Havoc design was not lost. He was basically recycled and became another character called Logan. His only role in entire game was to take you through the training course at the start of the Renegade single player campaign. And then he's never heard from again.

 

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Renegade X SDK Tutorial Series: Rigging a Custom Vehicle


 

The latest video in the Renegade X SDK tutorial series has been posted. This new tutorial explains the process of rigging a custom vehicle, so becomes available in the game or your mod. If you want to try this for yourself, you will need the Renegade X SDK. Like Renegade X, it is 100% free to download and be used anyone.

 

 




Community BattleCast Primetime - Episode #28


 

It has been awhile, but Community BattleCast PrimeTime has returned with a fresh new episode. This episode, which is number 28, includes the usual news round-up, mods, some excellent fan art, and the always popular BattleCasts. There also an interesting interview with some former Westwood Studios developers. So you should check it our for that. Watch the new episode above. Click here to subscribe to Community BattleCast PrimeTime's channel to stay informed of new episodes. Past episodes can also be found on this playlist on the CNCNZ.com YouTube Channel. You can also visit the Community BattleCast PrimeTime site.




Throwback Thursday for 14th May


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Just a bit late in posting this weeks edition of Throwback Thursday. This week we look back at Red Alert from 1996 and the interesting design of the Power Plant. For those who haven't noticed the Power Plant in the original Red Alert bares a striking resemblance to the real life Battersea Power Station located on the south bank of the River Thames, in Battersea, an inner-city district of South West London, England. I guess its safe to assume that Westwood used this building as inspiration for their Power Plant design. The Battersea Power Station has become an iconic structure, being featured in or used as a shooting location for many films, television programmes, music videos and video games. And its cool how we can tie in some Command & Conquer nostalgia to it these days.

 

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Zero Hour Premier League 2015 Announced


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GameReplays have invited six of Zero Hour's top players to play in the Premier League 2015 on C&C:Online. The contenders will play each six matches against each other, with every win counting for a point. Who ever finishes with the most points at the end will declared the winner. Three rounds will be played each week. Be sure to follow the action and watch out for the casts. More details about the Zero Hour Premier League 2015 can be found here.




Red Alert in PC Gamer's Best Strategy Games on PC List


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The classic Red Alert has been included in the 2015 edition of PC Gamer's Best Strategy Games on PC List. Many of the usual suspects are in this list, but there are a few surprising omissions as well. Here's what they said about Red Alert.

 

Command & Conquer: Red Alert

Samuel Roberts: Red Alert is possibly lighter on strategy than any other game in this list. Were you the first to build a tech centre and send 25 mammoth tanks to the enemy’s base before they could do it to you, or to dispatch a Chinook full of Tanyas behind their construction yard? Congratulations, you’ve won every skirmish ever! In a way, the lack of balance is part of the appeal of this ’90s peak for the Command & Conquer series, but the escalating chaos of its battles, on land, air and at sea, also ensure that it’s still worth a play today. Plus, it’s freeware now.

 

Click here if your interested in seeing the full list, And just as it says above, Red Alert is available as freeware these days so download it for yourself.




Throwback Thursday for 7th May


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We are really rolling back the clock for Throwback Thursday this week, back to the beginning of it all. In the original Command & Conquer there was always this mysterious and strange looking object that could been seen on the maps during the single player campaigns. For years fans debated, speculated and theorised about what this object was. It basically became known as the "crashed UFO". Years later many people believed it was an actual UFO or a Scrin ship. Turns out it wasn't either of these, Westwood didn't think up the Scrin idea until a few years later anyway. The mystery was solved as far back 2007 by a former Westwood artist, he confirmed that it was simply a canopy of a wrecked helicopter. It was also said to be "a crappy piece of art and doesn't even fit in with the art style". More info about this can be found here (English Translation). So in the end it wasn't much of mystery, no conspiracy about it or fore-shadowing the storyline of later Command & Conquer games in the Tiberium universe. It just some out of place art. But we still consider it part of the Command & Conquer nostalgia.
 
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