Sonic

Lead Administrator
  • Content count

    14,373
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Sonic

  1. Yes. 2500 is a lot, not many newer members will get there. 1500 is probably a bit high as well, but I see it as a sort of halfway point.
  2. Our forums have seen a lot of changes over the past month. Another of the long overdue changes is an improved ranking system. We have just set up this one. It still continuing with a military theme, but this time we have new look rank icons for each one. [Icon | Number | Rank Title | (Post Count)] 0 Recruit (0) 1 Private (25) 2 Private First Class (50) 3 Lance Corporal (75) 4 Specialist (100) 5 Corporal (130) 6 Staff Sergeant (160) 7 Sergeant First Class (190) 8 Master Sergeant (220) 9 First Sergeant (250) 10 Sergeant Major (300) 11 Command Sergeant Major (350) 12 Warrant Officer (400) 13 Chief Warrant Officer W-2 (450) 14 Chief Warrant Officer W-3 (500) [At 500 content items posted you will be able to set up your own custom member title] 15 Chief Warrant Officer W-4 (580) 16 Chief Warrant Officer W-5 (660) 17 Officer Candidate (740) 18 Second Lieutenant (820) 19 First Lieutenant (900) 20 Captain (1020) 21 Major (1140) 22 Lieutenant Colonel (1260) 23 Colonel (1380) [At 1500 content items posted you will be promoted to the Veteran Members Group] 24 Brigadier General (1500) 25 Major General (1700) 26 Lieutenant General (1900) 27 General (2100) 28 General of the Army (2300) 29 Commander-In-Chief (2500) Share your thoughts, comments and general feedback about our new ranking system here.
  3. Right on time this week, its another edition of C&C Music Monday. And this week's pick is from the C&C Generals soundtrack. It's one of the Chinese themes, "Mother of All Weapons". Composed by Bill Brown. Don't forget to share this on social media using the hash tags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday.
  4. Back in February, GVMERS posted a video that looked at what happened to the cancelled Tiberium FPS. Today, they have new Command & Conquer video that dives into the entire franchise. The Command & Conquer franchise helped shape the identity of RTS games during the 1990's and would influence the designs of countless similar strategy titles in later years. Even though the franchise ended with a whimper instead of a bang, it managed to create an indelible impact on the history of videogames. Join the team from GVMERS as they take a look at the rise and fall of Command & Conquer.
  5. Old is new again with the announcement of StarCraft: Remastered. Releasing later this year. http://kotaku.com/blizzard-announces-starcraft-remastered-due-out-this-1793649497
  6. So do you ever get songs stuck in your brain? You can't stop listening to them? Ever since seeing Logan earlier this month I can't stop listening to this one.... Just as well is a good song
  7. The latest release of OpenRA has just release and it's available for download now. This is the most recent stable release, almost half a year has gone by since the stable version. As usual, this new release brings with it changes to the balance of both the Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn mods, as well as a huge number of new and overhauled multiplayer maps. In addition, it contains the following major fixes and features: HiDPI font rendering for players with high resolution displays. Fixes for several multiplayer bugs that could stall or crash games when a player disconnects. The Red Alert “shell map” background is now muted. New behaviour for the Red Alert Gap Generator and Tiberian Dawn Obelisk. Fixes for asset installation on 32 bit operating systems and from the original RA95 CDs. Visit the OpenRA site now for the download.
  8. Added a few new tips to the list above. Marked them with [NEW].
  9. Our new forums are sort of the same, but they are really different than before. There are many new features for our members to discover. Perhaps you have found them all already. For those who haven't, I will highlight a few of them in this topic. This is based on my experiences with the new forums. New Posting Options The post editor is leaps and bounds ahead of the previous one. Its rather powerful now. Posting an image or video - Just copy and paste the link to your image into the editor box, the forums will display it for you. For images, you can double click on them to get all sorts of extra options. You can share content from the likes of College Humor, Facebook, Flickr, Gfycat, Google+, Hulu, Instagram, SoundCloud, Spotify, Ted, Twitter, Vimeo, Vine, YouTube, and internal links to content within our forums. If you paste in a link to share or embed the forums will by default automatically display the content. Just as you paste the link you will get a small prompt at the bottom of the post editor asking if you want to display the link instead. You can type the shortcuts for emoticons, the actual images will appear in the post editor as you type. Quoting other posts is easier now. You can still click on the Quote link or MultiQuote button (plus icon). A new way is highlight a selection of text and you will see a small prompt appear just above your selection asking you to "Quote This". Click on this and the quoted text appears in the post editor at the bottom of the page. Quick Tip: When you quote some text is best to leave a break (empty line) below the quoted text box. Make things easier to read. If you paste text with any extra formatting in it you will get a small prompt at the bottom of the post editor asking if you want to remove the formatting. As you type another members name start with "@" symbol before their name. You will be prompted with a sort of auto-complete menu to enter their full name. This will also highlight their name and they will get notified of your reply. See below. Press and hold the CTRL key and right click in the post editor on various elements like quote boxes, images to get more options. Remember, there is no "code" or "source" editing mode in the post editor anymore. [NEW] When viewing a particular forum, hover your mouse pointer over a topic link for a quick preview of the first post or latest post. [NEW] If you want to add the name of a Command & Conquer game as a topic tag, just start typing the first few letters of the name and you can finish it by selecting the complete name from the list that appears. Notifications There are improvements to the notifications system. The original system is still present of course. Here's a summary of the new features. It is up to you to enable or disable any notifications as you see fit. Browser notifications. If your browser is open but you not on our forums you will get a notification appearing in the bottom right corner alerting you to something. Only Chrome and Firefox support this feature I think. You can get notifications when someone "@" mentions your name in a topic. Main Index Sidebar We have changed the sidebar since the previous version of the forums. There is now two topic feeds. The first one shows the latest news topics posted in the Command & Conquer News forum. The second one is the latest topics from all of the other forums. Calendar events will appear only when they are approaching their specified date. Status Updates no longer show. Since we have the Chatbox we see them as irrelevant. You can use them, they appear on profile personal feed and the Activity section. Chatbox [NEW] You can reply directly to another user's entry in the Chatbox by left clicking on their name. Miscellaneous Stuff When you click on a topic to read, all unread posts appear below an orange line. Check out the Staff page for an expanded view of the team who runs our forums. Thats just some of the new features and things since our new forums have arrived. This will be update as more things to mention are found. If you know of something or have a problem with something else please post about it here. We need your feedback all of the time to make things better on the forums.
  10. New unfixed bug discovered. If you share a link to another topic or post in your current post a preview box will display, The box is mostly unreadable though. Until this can be fixed please click the "Your link has been automatically embedded. Display as a link instead" prompt that appears at the bottom of the Post Editor box.
  11. I had a topic like this that I started at the time of our last major from transition. As I've mentioned, I'm still tidying up and fixing colours around the forum theme. So I will keep a running list here of changes I make (from today). It's mostly for me so I don't loose track of what I'm working on. Also look out for another topic that I will be posting soon to highlight some of the cool new features we have on this version of IPS. There is all sorts of quirky little things that you may not have discovered yet Items Fixed/Changed/Added Fixed many of the blue link styles, removed underline formatting Changed the emoticon icon in the chatbox, it's no longer the big ugly yellow icon Unread content should now display as bold text Made the small pagination in forum view (1 2 3 4 5 etc....) easier to read. They will highlight when you hover over the row Fixed reputation point counter box You should see a bit more separation in forum and topic view. Basically darkened the line the provides the separation Fixed the C&C Profile Icons. You will have edit your profile and reselect your favorite game though Added dark border to quoted text boxes Change the tag colours to a lighter grey Restored bottom banner ad Moved "Leaderboard" and "Chatbox" menu links to "Browse" submenu One small change to the how the Post Editor works when you press the ENTER key. It will now start a new paragraph as the default action. If you want to the cursor to move to the next line (as in not start a new paragraph) simple press SHIFT + ENTER. Fixed the Post Editor colours. Especially for the tag entry field. Text is now readable when you enter the name of a C&C game. All C&C games have been stored in the tag system. So just start typing a name of a C&C game and the correct one will pop up in drop down menu Fixed colours for the small reputation counters on each post Removed the white backgrounds from avatar images that have transparency Fixed a bug that prevent user hovercards from displaying on certain text links Made some layout changes to the main index. Member Stats, Forum Stats, Who's Online are now on the right sidebar Added the Popular Contributors section to the right sidebar To Do List New look rank images New look for CNCNZ.com team badges Current Bugs If you share a link to another topic or post in your current post a preview box will display, The box is mostly unreadable though. Until this can be fixed please click the "Your link has been automatically embedded. Display as a link instead" prompt that appears at the bottom of the Post Editor box.
  12. So who is opting in and taking the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it releases on the 29th of July?
  13. In a post on Ask Reddit asking if you could bring back any game from your childhood and have it re-mastered for today's graphics, what would it be? Some of the Command & Conquer games have been mentioned. And it looks like a former EA developer, under the name of "phpdevster", has joined the discussion and shared his thoughts on the cancellation of the Command & Conquer 2013 project. The original post can be found here.
  14. Thats great. But it helps if you post what you did so other people who have the same or similar problems can benefit from it as well.
  15. Thats a good idea, but I think the announcement on the main forum index will suffice for the time being.
  16. Its a bit later than usual, but here's this week's pick for C&C Music Monday. Its back to the Red Alert soundtrack with "Journey". A slow and atmospheric track that wasn't originally part of game in the early days. Another great track from Frank Klepacki. Don't forget to share this on social media using the hash tags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday.
  17. In a recent article on Kotaku's Steamed blog, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight has been included in their list of the five lowest rated games currently available on Steam. I guess it's no shock that the game rates lowly among the hard core Command & Conquer fans and the casual fans. This is what they had to say about it. If your interested, check out the full list right here.
  18. This week's pick for C&C Music Monday is from the Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight soundtrack. It is "We Rise". If there is one thing Tiberian Twilight got right, it was the music. And this track is perfect example of that. Ironically, this track was actually composed for the TIberium FPS game that got cancelled. It was meant to be one the Scrin themes. Don't forget to share this on social media using the hash tags #CnCMusicMonday and #MusicMonday.
  19. For an early teaser, it didn't really "tease" much it. But I don't care I will still go and see it in December anyway.
  20. DC have released early footage from the Justice League moveie that is due in November 2017. This is early stuff but it shows lots of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg.... but no Superman. Jason Momoa as Aquaman looks awesome. Ben Affleck returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman. It would also appear that Warner Bros have figured out how to make their trailers much better, since the first trailer they released for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year spoiled key scenes from that movie.
  21. An interesting topic raised by Frank Klepacki on his Facebook page a few days ago. So just as Frank says. One song at a time, or the whole album released?
  22. Oh wow, I was not aware of that. I don't have any C&C games installed (well any games installed at all) to check these things.
  23. Perhaps trying the compatibility settings and running Kane's Wrath as as older version of Windows. Of course with Windows 10 you can only go back as far as Windows Vista.
  24. The Tiberium Wars 10th Anniversary 1vs1 $650 Tournament gets started in about an hour from the time of this news update. You can watch the live stream in the video above or catch it later at more suitable time.
  25. The modding community for Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 is alive and kicking, and now another tool for all the map creators has been released by Starkku. MapTool is a small open-source tool designed to apply changes to tile, overlay and object data of map files of Tiberian Sun and Red Alert 2 based on predefined conversion profiles. It is capable of performing operations such as converting maps from one terrain theater or another. You can learn more about this new tool by checking out this topic.