C&C Labs News Wire

— Thursday, October 31, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 1:28:06 AM ET

Jeggurnaut Renders

Hey guys,

First of all i am not sure about the spelling of jeggernaut so pleeeeeez don't laugh! second of all the CNC Reborn site has got some neat renders of the jegernaut which you can find on the link provided...and i would also like to apolagize for not submitting wallpapers for a long time...it's just that i am doing my exams and hardly have time to breath! so it'll go on for 2 more weeks!

— Wednesday, October 30, 2002 —

Posted By: Mike at 2:11:13 PM ET

Gamers Infiltration

Gamers Inflitration is back online with a brand new layout -- in blue! They've also got a new wallpaper up, and are looking for staff to update news related to CNC Generals. So be sure to check em out!

— Tuesday, October 29, 2002 —

Posted By: Luckie at 12:17:01 AM ET

Some Random Stuff

CNC DEN and Red Alert DEN are having server problems. They hope they'll come back online soon!

There's been a bunch of updates about the MP test in the official generals message boards. Find out what's going on from Shanahan - EAP's latest post. You can find it here.

Update: Both CNCDEN and RADEN are back online!

— Monday, October 28, 2002 —

Posted By: Luckie at 12:35:04 AM ET

Unofficial Guide to MP Test

Phrekaly at CNCNZ.com has created a unofficial tester's guide to the MP test. Here is a clip:
A few other things a tester can do is to keep their eyes open for any remaining pesky graphical errors, like voids and clipping issues. Make sure you keep a screenshot utility handy to snap shots of anything you do come across (at least until the SS utility is activated in a later patch), all the better to show EAP what went wrong and where it went wrong. Sometimes the best way to test for bugs is to do anything that isn’t normally associated with playing the game like typing random keys ect… to see what happens. Always remember should you find anything unusual, be sure to write it down somewhere and then head to the official test site and report it using the bug submission form. Not everything can be tracked by the backend monitoring that will be going on during the test. This is only part of my job.

You can get the rest of it Here.

— Sunday, October 27, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 6:04:45 AM ET

Staff Wanted

Well people, CNC Detonation is in dire need of some staff...someone creative, a content updater and some more which you can find at their main page!

— Saturday, October 26, 2002 —

Posted By: Luckie at 2:28:51 PM ET

Faq. Updated

The Generals Faq. has been updated. Visit it Here.

— Friday, October 25, 2002 —

Posted By: Exoskaleton at 6:03:05 PM ET

Group Talk

 This is for all of those who want to actually "talk" to people about CnC:Generals--me and a friend have started a small "MSN Group" that has a build in "Chat room" so once we get more members, the more "chatting" we'll have. So go "Here" and sigh up. You'll have fun!

— Wednesday, October 23, 2002 —

Posted By: Mike at 3:43:08 PM ET

Multiplayer Test Information

Here's some information about the Multiplayer Test, sent out by Shanahan.

Welcome Soldiers!

All of the acceptance e-mails have been sent out, congratulations to those who made it!
As you know from my previous postings, it was a huge task just to sift through all the registrations, checking for bad information, multiple signups, and invalid mailing addresses, so thank you for your patience. Most everyone filled out the application correctly but there were a few that forgot vital information such as e-mail address or mailing address...DOH!
While I was narrowing down the final participants, I asked the team if they wanted some extra time to spit shine a few features and double time some last minute balance changes before the official public inspection by you, the newly recruited Generals. Being the passionate professionals they are, the resounding answer was "YES!", their dedication to give you the best possible experience has gone beyond the call of duty . Each and every one of the team members has been working through lunch and staying late on their own accord just because they really believe in giving you the best experience possible.
"So Shan, what does all this mean?"...glad you asked. What it means is while I finish up with the Senior Admissions Officer of the GIA (yes, those agency folk are slow) they are going to finish polishing/balancing a few things, so I will have the discs out to you a few days later than expected. I will keep you updated daily on the progress and let you know when the first stage of mailed discs is ready to go.
Once again, thank you for your patience and I know once you see the game you will forgive me for making you wait a bit longer! J

Top Secret Operative, GIA

Hopefully the wait for the test won't be too long. :)

— Tuesday, October 22, 2002 —

Posted By: Luckie at 3:23:26 PM ET

Good Q & A

Natoclan.net asked some questions to Delphi, heres the good stuff:
Q. Will we have to register our clans and if so, how will we go about it?
A. Through a system similar to what's in place for RA2/Yuri.
Q. Will there be fan ladder kits specifically for clan ladders or will the standard/only kit have support for clans?
A. The ladder kits will be a generalized kit for everyone, but you can customize it to your liking.
Q. Although 4v4 is nice, I was hoping for some 5v5 and 6v6 like in that War Ship, Crate, Crap, whats it's face game by Blizzard lol. So is the game still topped off at 4v4?
A. Yep, still 4v4

— Tuesday, October 22, 2002 —

Posted By: Deosl at 3:54:44 AM ET

Inbox Empty?

Today EA/WW sendt out e-mails to 3000 LUCKY C&C: Generals fans that signed up for the multiplayer beta testing of Generals.

Me you ask? Well I did'nt get in  Anyway my friend got in so I'll test it there. Wounder if anyone from the staff got in? Let us know guys!


PS! You could win a spot at the forums & contests. 500 slots are open


— Monday, October 21, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 6:19:50 PM ET


Hello People!
Another contest coming in at ww veteransWW Veterans. This one is for the best picture of the day...whoever get's their POTD selected as the prize winner recieves a prize (DUH!)
Here's what Aromanov posted:

As per the request of a few people, we have made an addition to the huge contest were hosting. We now have a Best POTD contest. One where you submit a picture from any Westwood Game, and the best one wins a prize! How easy is that? So head to the contest page for more info.

They are also looking for a newsletter guy like i have mentioned before and 1 specificly for earth and beyond.

So check it out Here

— Monday, October 21, 2002 —

Posted By: Deosl at 3:52:49 AM ET

Free Generals?

At Statikvision.com you could be the lucky winner of C&C: Generals. All you have to do is:

- Write a war story that is at least 3-4 pages long
-The story must take place in the C&C Universe. This includes Generals, the RA Series, Tiberian Series, and Renegade.

If you want more info click here

Good luck!


— Sunday, October 20, 2002 —

Posted By: Mike at 8:22:41 AM ET

Going Down on Monday!

Since it's sunday, I recon EA/WW won't be open. Who works on a sunday anyway?

When I checked out the official C&C: Generals forum and they say on monday. Yes, monday EA/WW will send out the E-mail on monday 21 October 2002. This ain't official but you never know.

— Sunday, October 20, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 2:39:45 AM ET

Renegade Skin Selector Released!

Hey, The renegade skin selector has been released at http://www.bfcommand.net/
Heres what they said:

So its finally done. The Renegade Skin Selector should now support all of the skins in Renegade (extras not included). With this latest release, which has been dubbed v1.3 Alpha Edition 2, all infantry skins are now supported, as well as all the weapon skins.

This project is more or less closed now, unless bug reports or new features (which are implementable, not some far out ones) are sent in or requested.

A big thanks goes out to Ash from CNC Series for pointing me to a list of all the .dds filenames at Renegade Skinners. It really helped finish the project.


— Friday, October 18, 2002 —

Posted By: Mike at 12:35:11 PM ET

New Content Pages Online

I've just finished adding a few new content pages to the site. They're all under the "Other Information" category. The new pages are a page about The Sides in Generals, and a few FAQ pages with things such as release date, system requirements, and game engine information.

Right now we are working hard on updating our Generals page and creating a superweapons page.

— Friday, October 18, 2002 —

Posted By: Mike at 9:52:38 AM ET

New Wallpaper and Logo

We have another new wallpaper and logo for you guys today. Both were made by Generals World staff member talal. You can see the logo in our logo chooser. Here's a thumbnail of the wallpaper:
Click here to visit our wallpaper page and download the wallpaper.

— Friday, October 18, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 5:50:31 AM ET

For Renegade Lovers

well...i know renegades is not part of the site but still it is quite interesting for those who have renegade. The creators of renegade alert mod will be hosting up a chat on the 19th of october which will be a saturday at 5.00 pm EDT! So tose who have questions and all be prepared to ask whatever you desire!

The official E&B site has got a whole list of reviews coming in...check them out Here!

— Friday, October 18, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 2:10:26 AM ET

DEN network sites are back

Two of the websites in the DEN Games Network was offline for a period of time today. Both CNCDEN and MODDEN are back online once again.

Heres what they had to say

We had a technical issue with the server. The bandwidth cap hadn't been set correctly in a recent move to another server. It was due to no fault of anyone...just a minor oversight. Thanks to TheVoice, host of the DGN Network, for getting us back up n running in a timely manner!

— Friday, October 18, 2002 —

Posted By: Luckie at 1:24:29 AM ET

Short Communiy News

Just a small tidbit of community news for you. The guys over at Federation Studios are having server problems and urge all webmasters to back up their sites. Here's their message:
We are currently having MAJOR problems with our site and server, and are working to correct them right know.


- Marshalus

This explains the errors you may get when visiting any of their hosted sites. Godspeed to Federation Studios, home to the CNC Webbies Forum.

— Thursday, October 17, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 11:03:49 PM ET

3 new items!

Hi everyone, first of all, the next patch for earth and beyond is to be released on the 30th of october, no its not a mod type but it is a bug fix...

The guys at http://www.ebportal.com/ are planning on launching a radio station or something...click on the link above to see for yourself!

There are 3 new maps over at cnc bunker...check them out Here!

— Thursday, October 17, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 7:43:41 AM ET

2 New Skinz

Hi everyone,
CNC BUNKER has 2 new great skinz (i think for winamp 3) go check them out Here!

Oh by the way...CNC DEN will be offline for a while due to their exceeding their bandwith limits but they will be back up shortly!

— Thursday, October 17, 2002 —

Posted By: talal at 5:38:18 AM ET


Well...I finally got something to post...hi to everyone and a big sorry for not posting anything for a long time! well...heres some news for those of you interested in compiling newsletters for the ww veterans. They are planning on launching weekly newsletters and they are looking for a compiler...so hurry...offer is valid till stocks last! (just kiddin!)

Click Here to go see for yourself!

if you have anything to ask me then e-mail me at talal_rafi@hotmail.com

— Thursday, October 17, 2002 —

Posted By: Mike at 1:50:22 AM ET

New Screenshots

CNCSG has posted 8 new screenshots from the December issue of PC Gamer. Click here to check em out. I'll be adding them to our screenshots page later today.

— Wednesday, October 16, 2002 —

Posted By: Mike at 9:57:09 AM ET

New News Updater

We have another new staff member, Deosl! Desol will be one of our news updaters, providing you visitors with all the latest CNC Generals news. Welcome to the staff Desol!

— Tuesday, October 15, 2002 —

Posted By: Mike at 3:01:27 PM ET

Community News

Here's tonightls community news update:
  • CNC Series has had a QNA with Chirs Rubyor. Here's a snip of that:
    Waraddict - In a scenario where there is an inaccessable (by land)island what has
    each side got to land on it?

    Delphi - Heh... You'll see. =)
    Head to CNC Series for the other three questions.
  • Generals Bunker has a new wallpaper up made by malc!
  • Westwood MW has changed its name to Westwood Veterans. They've got a brand new look and feel as well! To celebrate their re-launch, they've got a contest going. Here's what was posted:
    And to kick off this new exciting venture were launching a massive contest, one where you can dip your fingers into one of 25 prizes. The prizes vary from a few copies of Earth & Beyond, to some Emperor, and hell even some of the game that kicked off the C&C series, yes you guessed it some Tiberian Dawn. And that is just a few of the many prizes. So what are you waiting for? Come on in and check out Westwood Veterans!
    They even have a Q&A with Chris too. Here's a short snip of that:
    Q. Who is your favorite infantry unit?
    A. So far I really like the Chinese conscript. Great in groups.
    Head on over to Westwood Veterans for the rest!
  • CNC Sega has yet another Q&A with Chris. They've got three questions (and more like two answers ), so head on over there to read the Q&A.
  • That's all for community news for tonight!

    — Monday, October 14, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 12:25:31 PM ET

    Fan Site Kit

    A French website, CNC Sega asked Chris Rubyor, Delphi, about an Official Fansite Kit for Generals:
    CNCSAGA: There will be an official kit fansite for generals?
    Delphi: Yes, we are working on one now.

    — Monday, October 14, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 4:43:12 AM ET

    Updated Screenshots & Videos

    I've updated the Screenshots page with 4 screenshots that were released a while back. The video page also has a new movie (that was also release a while back). The movie has two versions, a high and a low version, and it shows American tanks and infantry attacking GLA-held positions in a Swedish town.

    — Sunday, October 13, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 1:53:57 PM ET

    New Poll

    We have a new poll! Please vote on the right hand side of the page. Here's the last poll's results:

    What do you visit our site for?
    War Stories
    Generals Info

    Total Votes: 136

    — Sunday, October 13, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 11:14:08 AM ET

    New Logo and Wallpaper

    We've just added a new logo to our logo chooser! The logo was made by Naico of Gamers Infiltration. A big thanks goes to them.

    Also, our new graphic artist, talal, has already made an awesome new wallpaper for us! Here's a thumbnail of it:
    You can download it from our Wallpaper page.

    — Sunday, October 13, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 4:15:06 AM ET

    New Staff Member

    We have another a new staff member, talal. Talal is going to be a news updater and our graphic artist. He's an awsome graphic artist! If you want, you can check out his website here. He also works for Westwood MW. He has some awsome wallpapers on their site, so be sure to pay them a visit!

    Welcome to the staff talal!

    — Sunday, October 13, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 3:15:28 AM ET

    QNA's with Chris (Delphi)

    There's more Q&A's with Chris Rubyor (Delphi) out. They just don't stop, do they? Anyway, here's the latest:
    Malc from Generals Bunker asked Chris a few questions about the Multiplayer Test:
    Malc: Any idea yet when the MP Test volunteers will find out if they've been selected?
    Delphi-EA: Within the week.
    Malc: Have you got a aprox number of people who signed up for the test?
    Delphi-EA: Not yet, we'll sort through and have it by Monday.
    Malc: Will CD's for non us residents be sent out early to ensure arrival for the 25th?
    Delphi-EA: Technical yes. But you never know with the mail or shipping companies.

    And CNCSega (French) asked Chris these questions:
    CNCSAGA: How will be the maps 5 of the test? With cities? With civil structures?
    Delphi: The team is putting the final touches on them now. Players will see them shortly.
    CNCSAGA: To return to the test, how long is going to last this test?
    Delphi: Probably until December or until the team feels like the game is rock solid.
    They asked a few more questions as well, so head to CNCSega for the rest of them.
    For all of you who signed up for the Multiplayer Test, that's some helpful information.

    — Sunday, October 13, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 3:08:36 AM ET

    Community News

    Here's your community news for this Sunday:
  • Gamer Infiltration has a new wallpaper up! The wallpaper is of General Thorn. You can see it on this page.
  • CNCDEN has a new wallpaper up as well, and some interresting fan box art. CNCDEN's wallpaper page can be found here.
  • A new site, Conflict Imminent has launched! Here's what was posted:
    Conflict-Imminent today opened it's doors after weeks of planning and work behind the scenes. Launching with a relativley small staff, it is hoped that more will come. The site is perhaps taking on the most montrous task that originated from several sites in the Westwood Fan Community. Covering more than just the CnC Classics, and WW Games, C-I is expanding into a full plethora of games, the focal point being the genres of RPG, FPS, and RTS games.
    Be sure to check them out!
  • Generals Bunker also has a new wallpaper! They just keep on coming! You can visit the Generals Bunker wallpaper page here.
  • That's all for now.

    — Saturday, October 12, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 6:34:17 AM ET

    Staff Needed & New Staff Member

    We're in need of staff! For more information, see the News Wire post at the top of the page.

    We've got our first new staff member! I'd like welcome Exoskaleton to our staff. Exoskaleton will be our Content Editor. He'll be in charge of quality assurance: making sure that everything on our website is accurate and that everything is spelled correctly.

    — Saturday, October 12, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 5:06:07 AM ET

    Chat with Delphi

    Over at CNC Series, a chat log with Chris (Delphi) in the #WW chatroom has been posted. Ash from CNC Series and Bandit from Generals Xtreme were the main participants in the chat, talking about the allocation of multiplayer test slots to websites. The full log is posted here, but here's a snip:
    Delphi: The limited number of slots distrubted.
    Delphi: More on the way in early November
    Bandit[GenX]: still it doesnt explain why they were limited :P
    Ash: So some people get to play more than others why?
    Bandit[GenX]: you're saving some for ?
    Delphi: I only had a finite number of slots
    Jadame_Tamuli: Deah. Bandit got told by Delphi
    Delphi: More will be given to me in November
    Bandit[GenX]: from the marketing guys ?
    Delphi: From the team
    Ash: Why were some sites given more than others? Just to add more questions.
    Bandit[GenX]: yes good q ash
    My opinion? Well, I wish they gave out more slots to sites. We did not get assigned any slots, but even if we did, I would have had to decline them... my computer doesn't meet the minimum requirements. I do appreciate the fact, however, that they will be giving more out in November. I've decided to buy a new PC by then, so I do hope that we will be allowed at least one test slot at that period of time. But to sum it all up, I'd have to agree with this post by Shinano at CNC Universe:
    Basically, Chris is saying he has no control over the amount of slots given to him, to give to webbies. It seems to be a case of him saying "don't shoot the messenger," and I'll take him on his word that he fought for more than the current number of slots. However, whoever did make this decision in the hope that it would spawn 'friendly competition' is gravely mistaken, and I hope they'll consider that next time. Hopefully Chris will relay this to his superiors. We don't like being pitted against each other.
    Very true. It may be good for competition, in some cases, but nevertheless, as Shinano said, we don't like being pitted against eachother.

    — Saturday, October 12, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 4:54:34 AM ET

    Community News

    Here is the latest Command & Conquer Generals news from around the online community:
  • Renegade Generals, CNC DEN, and Generals Factory all have new wallpapers! Be sure to check em out!
  • Statik Vision is having a contest! It's a war story writing contest, and the prize... you guessed it! A free copy of Generals!
  • Generals Bunker has a new Generals render!
  • CNCSG also has a new render, of the Crusader Tank!
  • Lots of new wallpapers and renders for you to feast your eyes on That's all for now.

    — Saturday, October 12, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 4:40:23 AM ET

    Delphi Q&A's

    There's been a lot of Q&A's with Delphi lately. Here's the latest two:
    TsNod from the Official Generals Message Boards asked these questions on this thread:
    TsNod: How are the MOD Tools coming along?
    Delphi: Excellent! It's done just tweaking here and there!
    TsNod: Multiplayer test for download or on CD shipment or Both?
    Delphi: Will be shipped out!
    TsNod: Will Pixel Shaders be in the Sage Engine?
    Delphi: Yes
    TsNod: Will damage affect the effectiviness of a building or unit?
    Delphi: Nope
    TsNod: Can you build a structure on varying terrain? For example, can I build a War Factory, even though there is a small hill or rock in the middle of where I want to place it?
    Delphi: Almost anywhere depends on elevation!
    Waraddict from CNC Series had a good-sized Q&A with Delphi as well. Here's a snip of that:
    Waraddict: The Paladin Tank is now a normal sized one barrelled tank, but with a laser, is the cannon the standard type or could it be possibly an EM(Electromagnetic) Cannon?
    Delphi: It's a defensive laser used to shoot down missiles and target nearby
    I was wondering about that... glad to have it (at least partially) answered. Well, head to CNC Series to read the rest.
    And last but not least, Furax from Time of War, a French fansite, asked these questions about the water in Generals:
    Furax: In old screenshots, the water had a reflection effect. But now, the water doesn't seem to be the same.
    My question is: In the first screenshot, was it the first version of the water, or was it a "PhotoShop effect"?
    Delphi: It was the first pass at water, we are more pleased with the current version.

    — Friday, October 11, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 9:50:48 AM ET

    Multiplayer Test Signups

    Here's the latest from Chris Rubyor (Delphi):
    That's right Recruit! Now is your chance to sign-up for one of the biggest events in history of C&C. Don't miss this opportunity to be one of the few, one of the proud, an elite Multiplayer tester for Command & Conquer Generals.

    Don't delay, registration won't last forever. For more information about the Multiplayer Test, please visit the official Multiplayer Test website.

    Cya Online

    Note: The test signups have now closed.

    — Friday, October 11, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 1:35:32 AM ET

    Official Message Boards MP Test Members

    Chris Rubyor has posted on the Official Message Boards the thirteen members selected to participte in the Generals Multiplayer Test. Here's the post:
    *Rolls out the Red Carpet*
    Here our the 13 MULTIPLAYER TEST VIP's!

    Lethal Hobo #850
    Dyganth #5101
    Kingmada #92
    Operator #5064
    Sydr0 #385
    Dark Wolf #3968
    The Doofus #2513
    M1ch4el #63
    RedArmy #1351
    Michael Kallon #4802
    Servo #998
    Thrawn28 #3330
    Criton #5114

    Boards Veterans and Special Guests (Didn't expect this did ya)

    Iraqi Army
    Blue Destiny
    Remirol Nacud

    Congrats guys, I look forward to adding your names to my record of players crushed and humiliated.

    Expect to receive a private board message from me shortly with information about the test.

    Online Community Manager
    Command & Conquer
    Westwood Studios/Electronic Arts
    You can read the actual post right here. Congratulations to those lucky members!

    For those of you who weren't selected, you may find this post by Chris (Delphi) interresting:
    Not all is lost you still have a chance by signing up tomorrow. Also in the coming weeks, I will be hosting a few more board specific contests with MP test slots as prizes.

    Online Community Manager
    Command & Conquer
    Westwood Studios/Electronic Arts

    — Thursday, October 10, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 1:37:23 AM ET

    Multiplayer Test Update

    This just in from Chris Rubyor:



    Electronic Arts(tm) announced today that the signup date for the multiplayer test of Command & Conquer Generals(tm) has changed.  Signups will now begin Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. PST, and will close at 11:59 p.m. that evening. 

    Signups will be held through http://generals.ea.com.  Anyone who signs up for the public test must meet the minimum system requirements to be eligible for selection.  Those requirements will be posted on the public test sign up page of the official Command & Conquer Generals website.

    Signups are open to all gamers worldwide, and EA will randomly select 3,000 people to participate from those who sign up.  The signup period is the same worldwide, which translates into it beginning in Korea Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12:01 a.m., and in Europe Friday, October 11 at 4 p.m. GMT. 

    The public test will begin Oct. 25, and will give participants a chance to play Command & Conquer Generals multiplay mode via the Internet.  The test will include five missions, and allow gamers to play as each of the three unique sides in the game: the superpowers of the United States and China, and an underground political terror organization, the Global Liberation Army, that is bent on liberating the world through anarchy and terror. 

    — Sunday, October 6, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 1:19:25 PM ET

    EA Promotional Page for Generals

    Transnote from Renegade Generals has found this promotional page for CNC Generals! It's got some neat information on it. Here's a few of the things:
    Advanced Player Vetrancy - As General, smart decisions and victories over your enemies will gain you experience points. These points can then be allocated to unlocking new units and weapons of mass destruction.
    Battle Honors - It's not about wins anymore, it's about medals you earn. Players can now collect "Battle Honors" as the progress through the solo and multiplayer game. These medals are based on conquering parts of the game or employing a unique type of strategy to achieve an objective during a mission. All medals will be displayed next to a players name for bragging rights when they are logged in for online play.
    Multiplayer Madness - Wreak havoc online, either cooperatively with 8 of your friends or go head-to-head in all-out global domination with a multitude of other players. New features include:
    * Advanced filtering options
    * Team Quick Matching
    * Instant Video Replay
    * Personal Ladders
    * Observer mode
    That information about experience points sounds pretty neat. Looks like the development team got that idea from Warcraft III. Battle Honors going to be cool too. They're going to give Generals a new, unique feature that most other RTS games don't have. Unique features are good. Anyway, click here for the rest of the information found on the page.

    — Sunday, October 6, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 1:11:46 PM ET

    Weekend News Wrap

    Don't worry folks; it isn't anything special -- just a good old "Community News" post in disguise. So without further ado, here's the latest news from around the CNC Generals community:
  • Renegade Generals, Gamers Infiltration, Generals Bunker, and CNCDEN all have new wallpaper/fan art up.
  • Generals Bunker has scanned in a new Generals preview from PC Gamer UK (no new info though). They also had a short Q&A with Chris Rubyor (Delphi):
    Jamie: If your team mate disconnects and his time runs out on the clock do you get to control all his forces and his massive base? =)
    Delphi: Nope
    That's one feature that I would have liked to see... but oh well.
  • Steve from CNC Universe also had a Q&A with Chris. Here it is:
    Steve: Will a creation and/or conversion tool be released to allow modders to create new models for units or structures in Generals?
    Chris: Still uncertain, the team will have this worked out by November.
    Interesting question... unfortunately he got a vague answer.
  • That about wraps things up for the weekend community news post.

    — Friday, October 4, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 10:27:34 AM ET

    Elmar Q&A

    Yep, you read it right. Luckie had a short Q&A session with Elmar-EA, German Communiy Manager for Generals. Here it is:
    Luckie: Thank you, I know that there were rewards for fansite in previous CNC games, will you be doing the same with Generals?
    Elmar EA: We try to do it the same.
    Luckie: Good. Does the staff working on generals often browse fansites for ideas?
    Elmar EA: of course ... a lot of ideas came from the community
    Goodies for fansites??

    — Thursday, October 3, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 4:44:16 PM ET

    Generals Chat Log

    Miss the Generals chat on GameSpy Arcade? Well, no need to worry, because we've got the complete chat log posted for you in our new Chat Logs section. You can read the chat log here. It's formatted nice so it's easier to read. There's even some new tidbits of information.

    — Thursday, October 3, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 3:08:30 AM ET

    GameSpy Chat

    Just a reminder to everyone that the first ever Generals chat will be held today at 5:00 PM PST on GameSpy. In order to participate in the chat, you must download GameSpy Arcade. During the chat, three multiplayer test slots will be given out as prizes. Here's a message that was posted on the GameSpy website:
    Command & Conquer fans rejoice! The development team behind the next, feverishly awaited C&C game, Generals, will be dropping by GameSpy Arcade on today at 5:00 p.m. Pacific (8:00 PM Eastern) time to chat with you about the game. Even better, they'll be handing out 3 coveted slots in the closed multiplayer test to random participants in the chat. The multiplayer test will be available later this month -- and this could be your last shot at getting in on the action!

    To participate in the chat, simply drop into the GameSpy.com chat lobby in GameSpy Arcade today at the appropriate time. Haven't got Arcade yet? Click here to download it now, or visit www.gamespyarcade.com/download. And for more information on Generals and the entire Command & Conquer universe, be sure to check out PlanetCNC on the GameSpy Network!

    — Wednesday, October 2, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 2:02:31 AM ET

    Unit Page Updated

    I just fixed some information on the American Units page, again. (Tanks, in particular.) Thanks to Bandit of Generals Xtreme pointing out the mistake.

    — Wednesday, October 2, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 1:47:16 AM ET

    More Generals Q&A's

    Here's some more information about the Multiplayer Test and Generals:
  • Jeremy from CNC Series asked Chris these questions:
    Jeremy: When will the full Generals site launch?
    Delphi: When it's ready. =)
    Jeremy: How many multiplayer test spots will be given away at the chat session?
    Delphi: 3 slots
  • Transnote from Renegade Generals asked Chris about the possibility of unit and money sharing:
    Transnote: Any word on money sharing/unit sharing in Generals?
    Delphi: Money and Unit sharing will not be making an appearance in C&C Generals.
  • And last but not least, GameSpy has confirmed both the Generals chat and that there will be 3 multiplayer test slots handed out. Click here for details.

  • — Tuesday, October 1, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 2:09:34 PM ET

    Downloads Back Online

    Just letting everyone know that our Downloads are back online and working!

    — Tuesday, October 1, 2002 —

    Posted By: Mike at 1:15:45 PM ET

    Information about the Multiplayer Test

    Chris has been answering lots of questions about the Multiplayer Test lately. Here's all the latest Q&A's:
  • Generals Bunker has been looking through the Official Generals Message Boards, and has found several posts by Chris (Delphi). Here they are:
    Q: Have the webmaster's already been selected?
    A: They have already been selected and will be notified before the test begins.
    Q: What about a list of sites?
    A: Like the next game being developed at WW, my list is a closely guarded secret.
    Q: How will us forum members get in the beta?
    A: There will be a random drawing of reg numbers to determine who will get into the beta from the boards. I have yet to determine the number of slots. The members will be announced before the beta sign-ups though. Also i will be giving away slots at the Game Spy chat.
    Q: Will the webmasters know before the chat?
    A: No, they will know before the sign-ups though.
    Q: How will we get sent it?
    A: CD's will be mailed.
  • At WestwoodMW Aromanov asked Delphi if Generals will be at Cyber Cafes like Renegade was.
    Delphi: Yes it will. =)
  • Generals FTP has had a short Q&A as well:
    GenFTP: Will the game be "correctly" playable for 56k users ?
    Delphi: Yes. =)
  • Also, Morpheus from Statik Vision asked Harvard Bonin a few questions. Here's the first of them:
    Morph - What kind of online modes will there be in Generals (Battle, Meat Grinder, Co-Op, etc)

    Harvard - Presently we have TEAM (2vs2, 3vs3, 4vs4), QuickMatch(tm) tournament, non tournament, and free for all.
    You can read another three questions here.

  • One final note. Chris has verified that the system requirements for the Generals multiplayer test will be as follows:
    128 MB RAM
    Geforce 2 or better