news of April 2002
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Today we got some big news promising new life to be added to our favorite game!
"Welcome to the open source project of FreeCNC, the SDL-rewrite of the classical real time strategy hit Command & Conquer."
There's a project running that brings C&C to other operating systems than the official supported ones which are MacOS "Classic", DOS, Windows9x, WinXP and some game consoles. The screenshots at FreeCNC look very good. You should visit FreeCNC! According to that site:
"FreeCNC has been reported to run under the following OS : Linux 2.2/2.4, Windows 98/ME, BeOS 5.x, FreeBSD 4.5 and QNX 6.2"
That's impressive. Also they say:
"Actually there is progressing work in the Solaris/Sparc and MacOSX (PPC)-Ports. MacOSX is compiling and running."
That could mean that we get a native MacOS X version of C&C too. Currently the original MacC&C runs perfectly on MacOS X, but it runs in classic mode and a native version would be cool. That was my thought.
Other guys will be happy that they get this game for their favorite operating system too of course! This is absolutely amazing!
There's only one little problem I could imagine: What about the online feature? Can you play FreeCNC over WChat with the other guys? According to an effort to make an improved version of WChat for Mac, Westwood declined to reveal the protocol for WChat. I guess they fear that some guys would abuse those informations to hack the online gaming.
As a follow up to the earlier news
I got an answer from Ted to my question that I mailed to him yesterday (that's a real fast response time!):
We are refocusing our efforts to try and make our newest games the best they can be. Our older titles which have been out for 5-6 years are drawing too much of our time to make this a reality. Therefore, we have had to cut back slightly on some of the services. This includes a temporary halt on contest prizes, champions pages for our older games, and any other maintenance issues which required us to spend time managing and updating.
The positive view: So, with some luck, we will see the champions page coming back and even the prizes some time.
The view for the next months: It's not hard to guess that Westwood will release more games year by year. I think the only way to keep up with all those ladders, prizes, cheaters and so on is to hire some guys more to do this work. Reliable sources confirm that some of the workers at Westwood "had moved on" (i.e. left the game, ahem, the company) these steps taken by Westwood are of course understandable and show some logic.
On the other hand we have now a crying C&C community, which is probably smaller than those for the newer games, but hey it still hurts us. By th way: I heard we got more players in March than we had in February :-)
What can we do to heal the pain a little bit? Well, I guess I will have to publish the winners of every month now. Westwood might forgive me that I will copy the images of the C&C hall of fame. I will look at the end of the month to the ladder and check the top ranked players. I will compare those guys to my reports and the black list and then choose the winners. And I will need your help, yes your help! We players know who's cheating and free win rushing and we will dq those guys on our own. I will need your informations to choose the right guys in the end. We did it already some time ago. Check this page.
I will introduce a new page called "hall of fame" and list the winners starting with March 2002 when Westwood discontinued their own C&C hall of fame. Question to you: Who won GDI and NOD that month? Who was 2nd and 3rd?
The faithful reader might have noticed the older news "Missing links to WW hall of fame". This is a follow up to it:
I got now an answer from Ted:
I sent back another question:
It looks like Westwood is working on the C&C part of their C&C universe of games page set finally - or they removed some important links just to annoy us :-)
Faithful reader NotGood7's comment on the forum was:
Westwood will still do something with the ladder but right now they are in the process of getting someone to do it. The previous person who was doing the ladder moved on!
Let's see what Ted will answer.
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