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  1. It's 11 December, and if you've been paying attention, you'll know that it's time for the Top 100 lists in ModDB's Mod of the Year 2018 and IndieDB's Indie of the Year 2018 awards! Here, the voting process for the mods which will reach the top 10 is even simpler - go to the main pages for the Top 100 mods and Top 100 indies, open the category you wish and click the big Vote button next to the mods you wish to support. As is tradition, Command & Conquer has numerous projects listed, which just goes to show how dedicated our community still is. In the Mod of the Year 2018, the following released mods have reached the Top 100: Tiberian Sun: Dawn of the Tiberium Age, Twisted Insurrection (both standalone) Yuri's Revenge: Mental Omega APYR, YR-Red Resurrection Zero Hour: C&C Generals Zero Hour Enhanced, C&C: Shockwave Chaos, C&C Untitled, Contra, Deep Impact, NProject Mod, Operation: Firestorm, Rise of the Reds, The End of Days Tiberium Wars: Tiberium Essence Kane's Wrath: One Vision In the Mod of the Year 2018, the following upcoming mods have reached the Top 100: Tiberium Wars: Evolutions: Real Time Strategy Evolved, Tiberian Sun Rising Red Alert 3: C&C Generals Evolution In the Indie of the Year 2018, the following released indies have reached the Top 100: Expansive Civilian Warfare Red Alert: A Path Beyond Renegade-X Tiberian Sun Reborn In the Indie of the Year 2018, the following upcoming indies have reached the Top 100: Battle for Dune: War of Assassins Red Alert 2: Apocalypse Rising
  2. In areas where it's past midnight (including most of Europe at the time of posting), Command & Conquer: Rivals is out on Android and iOS. For what it's worth.
  3. What you see in the screenshot above is the assets\published\layouts\layouts.sb file from the Command & Conquer: Rivals APK file (APK is the standard application package format for Android, for those who don't know). You're more than welcome to look at that file if you don't believe what we're about to unveil. "Hidden" between part-encrypted and part-plaintext data are some strings. Strings that read "Get ready for the biggest sense of pride and accomplishment yet! Lootbox with your friends! Lootbox with your friends' lootboxes! Lootboxes everywhere!!". This is a direct mockery of the public reaction to EA's lootbox-favouring practices, and a direct reference to the infamous "sense of pride and accomplishment" statement from the most downvoted Reddit post in history, made of course by a DICE developer late last year. I am afraid that I must say that I've received private messages with reports about this as early as the first pre-alpha release from 9 June 2018. It's really sad how AAA publishers see their consumers, and how they act like they can do anything without consequence.
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    Command & Conquer: Rivals Is Out

    Very odd. I am able to download it, and play it once I dismiss the 1000th warning that my phone is unsupported and performance might be affected. You may have to install Google Play Games if you've removed it.
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    Command & Conquer: Rivals Is Out

    My phone is still unsupported but I can still press Continue on the warning. "A fool and his money are soon parted."
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    Command & Conquer: Rivals Is Out

    Site staff, regulars and core community leaders who want to try the game out first hand (literally, lol) can join the "CNCNZcom Official" alliance. Don't take this as my personal or the site's support for the game, just as a space that you can use with at least one familiar face.
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    Now Playing - Games

    Removed posts advocating gray markets.
  8. Our friends over at W3D Hub have decided to celebrate the recent announcement of classic C&C remasters with a series of events this week. Finish among the top 3 players with the best screenshots in Interim Apex on the 7th, Red Alert: A Path Beyond on the 8th, or Expansive Civilian Warfare (ECW) on the 9th of December to win not only a copy of C&C: The Ultimate Collection on Origin, but also one of the six awesome poster designs of your choosing (first come, first served) by @CCHyper. More information can be found in this post on their forums.
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    Downloading in windows 10 ?

    https://cncnz.com/features/technical-support-help-guides/installing-command-conquer-generals/ https://cncnz.com/features/technical-support-help-guides/installing-command-conquer-generals-zero-hour/
  10. Everyone who follows mods remotely regularly knows that December means one thing - DBolical's annual Mod of the Year and Indie of the Year awards! The voting process is easy - simply go to the ModDB/IndieDB profile of the project you want to vote for, click on Vote Now, and you're done! You have until 11 December to do so, at which time the Top 100 mods and Top 100 indies will be unveiled, which will have their own voting process afterwards. On the 22nd, the Editors' Choice will be published, followed by the Players' Choice for unreleased projects on the 27th, and on the 29th, we'll know the Players' Choice for released projects. To reminisce 2018 in modding and indies, DBolical has prepared Year in Review articles on ModDB and IndieDB. Also, voters are eligible to win some games! So get voting, help your favourite C&C mod/standalone game get to the top, and you might just go home with an extra game!
  11. GenTool, xezon's extension for Generals and Zero Hour, has finally received a new update, 7.5 to be exact. Here's what's new: New Features 7.5 Enabled reveal of random colors and start positions with Random Balance Enabled extra camera height in singleplayer missions Enabled low camera pitch values in singleplayer missions CNC Online: Added 2v2 ladder scoreboard and points preview Added menu display option to disable ticker/event/ladder displays Added support for chain loading other d3d8 files (d3d8x.dll, -proxy custom.dll) Added MDS checks for detecting maphack with buildings during replay playback Added support for custom camera heights in mods and custom maps (singleplayer, online) Fixes/Improvements 7.5 Disabled GenTool initialization in WorldBuilder Changed scroll speed value steps in GenTool menu Changed the ini file validation to accept the modification of a variety of UI related files Improved the screenshot feature to allow taking images without limitations (F11 button) Improved Anti Cheat Improved MDS performance Improved internal memory management and performance Fixed a bug that caused wrong ticker event times for American time zones (UTC-x) Fixed potential crashes Refactored major parts of code You can get it from the official GenTool website, or here from CNCNZ.com.
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    Free giveaway on promotional game(s) -- post them here

    Outcast: Second Contact is free on the Humble Store until November 24th at 10 AM PST: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/outcast-second-contact
  13. Depends on how much they'll change the graphical system and the code. Good luck running Age of Empires II: HD Edition on a 2003 computer.
  14. This video alone will tell the story. C&C 1 and Red Alert 1 are the first to get remasters, Frank Klepacki is back, and Petroglyph Games is involved. More info here.
  15. EALA/Victory Games did have various VHS tapes from the Westwood-era FMV shooting sessions. We know those were thrown away, but we don't know if they were digitally archived first.
  16. You're supposed to use the actual KW XMLs (which you can get here), then replace all xi:include dependencies with data that the files mentioned in those dependencies hold.
  17. Of course, because you played it over two decades ago. You can only have one first impression. Storytelling and worldbuilding have come a long way since then, but when you touch anything related to that other than audio/video fidelity in an existing game, you change not only the canon, but the general feeling of the game. You have to understand one more thing, though - pretend-army stuff was pretty popular in media in the mid-1990s, likely because the Gulf War was still fresh in people's minds and the wars in Croatia and Bosnia were still going on (guess why Sarajevo was Nod's main hub?). You can't change this stuff just because it isn't topical anymore. Nothing really new... The remaster doesn't have to emphasise this because everyone will already know that it's a remaster of a 1995 game, and nobody except the thickest of people who don't understand that remaster =/= remake will understand that that means limitations have to be placed on how much can be changed before it stops being the same game and even the same canon.
  18. Sorry, but why would they do that? The "modern audience" doesn't know what an RTS is even, so why would anything of the sort be changed for an audience that won't care about it anyway? This is the one chance they have to satisfy millions of fans the series gathered over two freakin' decades who appreciate it for what it is after deciding to use "modernization" as an excuse to take a dump on the series. The stupid smartphone generation has Rivals already. Leave TibDawn and RA1 where they are.
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    List of fan-run multiplayer services

    Added BF2142 Hub
  20. In the past few years, we've seen a lot of community-run multiplayer services for old games, either because the games lost their official online servers, or the official ones fell to disrepair. I'd like to make a list of active and popular community-run services for these titles. Add the ones you stumble upon in a reply, and this post will be updated. Do not post links to services which: cost money to access offer full game downloads for titles that are still sold by their publishers/developers (e.g. non-Blizzard World of WarCraft servers) are individual dedicated servers (such as the ones for FPS games) - link to master server replacements instead are generic LAN emulators (LogMeIn Hamachi, Evolve, Tunngle, GameRanger...) Without further ado... - --=[ aX ]=-- Supports: Battlefield 1942 Stats: not available - Battlezone1.com Supports: BattleZone Stats: not available - BF2Hub Supports: Battlefield 2 & Special Forces Stats: available - BF2142 Hub Supports: Battlefield 2142 & Northern Strike Stats: in development - C&C:Online Supports: C&C Generals & Zero Hour, C&C 3 Tiberium Wars & Kane's Wrath, C&C Red Alert 3 Stats: available - visit Shatabrick.com - CnCNet Supports: Command & Conquer, C&C Red Alert & Aftermath, Dune 2000, C&C Tiberian Sun & Firestorm, C&C Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge (vanilla RA2 is supported through a heavily modified YR) Stats: in public testing - DarkReign.ws Supports: Dark Reign: Rise of the Shadowhand Stats: available, but abandoned - Forged Alliance Forever Supports: Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance Stats: not available - HelloClan Vietnam Supports: Battlefield: Vietnam Stats: available - iCCup Supports: StarCraft: Brood War (only version 1.16.1), DotA Stats: available - Infinite Rasa Supports: Tabula Rasa Stats: ? - Medal of Honor Reborn Supports: Medal of Honor: Allied Assault & Spearhead & Breakthrough Stats: ? - Net-7 Supports: Earth & Beyond Stats: not available - RenCorner Supports: C&C: Renegade, Renegade-X, ARK: Survival Stats: available - Star Wars Galaxies (server list) Supports: Star Wars Galaxies Stats: ? - T3A:Online Supports: Battle for Middle-earth, Battle for Middle-earth II & Rise of the Witch-king Stats: in development, manual ladders available here - War2.ru (with a backup server at War2.me) Supports: WarCraft II: Battle.net Edition Stats: not available - W3Arena Supports: WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos & The Frozen Throne (only version 1.26a) Stats: available - XWIS Supports: all multiplayer-capable titles by Westwood Studios except Earth & Beyond and C&C: Sole Survivor Stats: available for C&C: Tiberian Sun, C&C: Red Alert 2 & Yuri's Revenge
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    Free giveaway on promotional game(s) -- post them here

    https://www.humblebundle.com/store/sins-of-a-solar-empire-rebellion Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion is free until 18 November at 10 AM PT.
  22. Depends on whether they've woken up from their 8-Bit Armies/Forged Battalion phase and whether EA's budget will affect the quality of the remasters. The art will be done by Lemon Sky Studios (who did the same for StarCraft: Remastered) and they're working on remasters and not new games after all, so if they manage to botch this up with all those things considered, then they should finally close. If they don't, then they might be redeemed after a few such projects. Too early to tell. At least they seem genuinely invested from brief communication.
  23. https://www.reddit.com/r/commandandconquer/comments/9x1zcz/cc_remastered_announcement_from_ea/ https://www.ea.com/news/details-command-and-conquer-remastered Just for referencing
  24. The mobile game Command & Conquer: Rivals has just been announced to launch worldwide on Android and iOS on 4 December 2018 according to EA's press release, which will make its quaintly named "pre-alpha" period last approximately 6 months.