Throwback Thursday for 15th February

Throwback Thursday for 15th February

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday feature, we put the spotlight on one of the most badass, albeit rather seldom used infantry units from Tiberium Wars – the Black Hand Troopers. Members of the Black Hand were no longer the sneaky bastards like they were in Renegade – by the Third Tiberium War, they decided to drop all stealth and subtlety and go to right into the front of combat. Their members were now primarily armed with flamethrowers, decent black armour, and a cape just to be sure (wonder how it never caught fire?). The Black Hand subfaction in Kane’s Wrath had them trained as veteran from the Hand of Nod and was able to refit their flamethrowers with so-called Purifying Flames, a special flammable mixture infused with Tiberium. Also, in Kane’s Wrath, Black Hand Troopers were “permitted” to use Black Hand insignia on their chests instead of the regular Nod emblem. Sadly, in practice, they were mostly seen transported in Reckoners.

Remember, you can click on the preview to see a larger and more detailed image. Don’t forget to check out the Throwback Thursdays archives if you’ve missed a week. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We also encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.

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First Version Of OpenSAGE Published

First Version Of OpenSAGE Published

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Today, one day before the 15th anniversary of the original release of C&C Generals, the first version of OpenSAGE, an open-source reimplementation of the venerable SAGE engine that powered EALA’s Command & Conquer and Battle for Middle-earth games, has been published. Since the engine has had many iterations, and since it this project has only been in development for 6 months, the current build (20180210) is NOT playable. However, it does do basic rendering (with some effects like Tiberium Wars-like clouds), some menu displays, and preview data. You can read more on this release in this dev diary, and download and examine the current build on this GitHub page.

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Throwback Thursday for 8th February

Throwback Thursday for 8th February

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This week, our Throwback Thursday segment features one of the first Hollywood stars that Westwood brought to their video game cutscenes. The role of GDI general Solomon was played by none other than the legendary James Earl Jones, best known for his voice work as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mufasa from Lion King, and the “This is CNN” ident. He’s also an accomplished theatre actor, and the only actor in history who has won two Emmys in the same year (1991). After all of these accolades, his first entry to the gaming industry was Tiberian Sun. In fact, Tiberian Sun is the only game not tied to the Lion King or Star Wars licenses that he has performed in, and for someone who was apparently in it for the money, he put a good performance and did justice to the player character from Tiberian Dawn in his older days.

Remember, you can click on the preview to see a larger and more detailed image. Don’t forget to check out the Throwback Thursdays archives if you’ve missed a week. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We also encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.

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Nmenth’s Research Lab: Electromagnetic Pulse

Nmenth's Research Lab: Electromagnetic Pulse

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It is the first Monday of February, so it is time for another article from Nmenth’s Research Lab. This month, we will explore the technology of the Electromagnetic Pulse and how its use in Command & Conquer compares with reality.

A new technology will be explored in Nmenth’s Research Lab on the first Monday of every month. Return next month on the 5th when I take a closer look at the Hovercraft.

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Obsidian Productions’ Hell March Cover

Obsidian Productions' Hell March Cover

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For a video game music track, Frank Klepacki’s Hell March sure has a lot of covers. Just to be safe, here’s another, this time a short but really sweet one  by Obsidian Productions, which you can also download from SoundCloud. This one’s worth a listen!

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Renegade-X Patch 5.31 Released

Renegade-X Patch 5.31 Released

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After quite a long time without an official release, Totem Arts released the 5.31 patch for Renegade-X. This patch adds the team commander mechanic, restores the old Field map and removes Valley and Glasses, updates the radio/vote menu, makes numerous balance changes, improves performance of the 64-bit client executable, adds a scope to the Laser Rifle, adds classic vehicles, and much more. Click here to read the full changelog, and here to download the game if you haven’t already.

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C&C LEGO: The Expansion Pack – Kane Lives

C&C LEGO: The Expansion Pack - Kane Lives

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C&C LEGO is back! And in this episode, we get to see the true fate of Kane! I’ll give you a hint: KANE LIVES!

After you’re done watching this, check out some of the previous episodes !

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Throwback Thursday for 1st February

Throwback Thursday for 1st February

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday feature, we continue with our Iconic C&C Units sub-series with the Terror Drone from Red Alert 2. This unorthodox spider-like mechanism was no joke – it was a blazing-fast vehicle that could be used for scouting and slowly dismanling enemy vehicles from the inside. Their drills could instantly kill infantry in the same way Attack Dogs could. However, their weaknesses were Service Depots and Repair IFVs, and if the infected vehicle would chronoshift (e.g. a Chrono Miner), the Terror Drone would be left behind. Enemies without the ability to repair an infected vehicle had to force-fire on it to destroy the Terror Drone that was inside at the cost of the said unit.

Remember, you can click on the preview to see a larger and more detailed image. Don’t forget to check out the Throwback Thursdays archives if you’ve missed a week. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We also encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.

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C&C Community News – January 2018

C&C Community News - January 2018

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Throughout most January, there haven’t been many news, especially not those that would warrant a full post. In recent days, however, this changed, so let’s quickly look at what’s been going on:

Upcoming tournaments:

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Throwback Thursday for 25th January

Throwback Thursday for 25th January

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we feature something from the cancelled free-to-play Command & Conquer, which we haven’t really covered in this segment. The star of this feature is the redesigned Dr. Thrax, a returning character from Zero Hour. His appearance changed dramatically, true to his original backstory that he frequently visits plastic surgeons to cover his tracks, but he appeared to act like a loose cannon in the few cutscenes that became public – well, more so than he already was. Already a sadist with chemical weapons, he turned his disregard for his enemies’ lives into fun and games, true to a more light-hearted approach that Victory Games was apparently going for.

Remember, you can click on the preview to see a larger and more detailed image. Don’t forget to check out the Throwback Thursdays archives if you’ve missed a week. Check back again next Thursday for another Throwback. Send in your ideas for future instalments. We also encourage you to share this on social media using the hash tags #ThrowbackThursday, #CnCTBT and #CNCNZTBT.

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