C&C Labs News Wire

— Wednesday, August 31, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 7:08:41 AM ET

China Guide up at GR.org

Game Replays.org, our affiliate, has posted their China strategy guide. It's quite good, and comes with screenshots, and, of course, replays. Get it here.

— Wednesday, August 31, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 7:07:16 AM ET

Ultimate C&C trivia contest

JohnWE from CNC-Files says the following:
It has begun. The 10th anniversary of C&C Gold being released is apon us. With great magnificence, CnC-Files and CnC-Source are proud to announce a contest that will truly tax even the most knowledgeable fanatics. Presenting: The Ultimate Command & Conquer Trivia Contest! Come and test your mettle against the brains of the greatest minds in C&C. Can you be the one to answer all of these correctly? There is only ONE way to find out.

Join us here and show off your C&C Trivia knowledge. Prizes will be provided by EA. All questions can be verified in the games!

Good luck!

— Wednesday, August 31, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 7:01:34 AM ET

Community Award Winners Announced

From the release:
Following three weeks and 6135 votes, the winners of the C&C Community awards have been decided, they are as follows:

Best Webmaster: Lion (CNCDEN)
Best Vice/Co Webmaster: HeXetic (Planet CNC)
Best Article Writer: HeXetic (Planet CNC)(Wins An EA game of choice)
Best News Poster: Flak (C&C Depot) (Wins an EA game of choice)
Best Overall Site: Planet CNC (Wins a "Sideshow Weta Balrog")
Most Innovative Site: CNCReplays
Best Downloads Site: C&C Files
Best News Site: CnC Headquarters
Best Mod Site: Halogen
Most Improved Site: Imperial Assault
Best Newcomer Ace Combat: Distant Thunder
Best Layout/Most User Friendly: Planet CNC
Most Creative Modding Site: Halogen
Best Community: CNC Community
Congrats to all!
Last edited by Blbpaws on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 3:27:40 PM.

— Tuesday, August 30, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 11:31:55 AM ET

OMC 3 Results for TS

The third Open Map Competition has ended, and the winners have been announced. Congrats to Tesla7zap on his second victory! Here is the full list and their scores.
1st: Tesla7zap :: FS Contagium == 80.33%
2nd: Muldrake :: FS Phoenix == 79.66%
3rd: Wilshire :: Lakes Of Blood == 72.16%
4th: Absturz :: Finland == 70.66%
5th: GeckoYamori :: Scars Of War == 68.33%
6th: Aurora196 :: FS Tiberium Lake == 68.00%
7th: Othalla :: The Clarions Call == 67.00%
8th: Yuri's 2000 Clone :: Mount Tiberian == 65.50%
9th: Yitzu :: Nasaspan Muja == 60.00%
10th: Hk_31 :: (FS) Tiberian Future == 44.33%
11th: Sorrow :: The Ancient Legacy Of The Fallen One == 41.33%
12th: TIE Pilot :: The Mutant City == 15.16%
Last edited by Blbpaws on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 3:32:26 PM.

— Tuesday, August 30, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 11:26:37 AM ET

Planet CNC Updates and Interview

First, over at PlanetCNC they have a special newspost asking for your comments about the first Command and Conquer, Tiberian Dawn. In addition, they have a very good interview with Frank Klepacki. Here's a snip:
HeXetic: Do you have any interesting stories about "intra-Westwood" C&C matches?
Frank: Yeah, we'd put all of us on speaker phone in the office as we played against each other (this concept is now called teamspeak - hehe) and we would love every minute of sneaking behind someones base and hearing them go "Damnit!" on the speaker phone. It was hilarious. Then when one of us would get too good, the rest would team up against him and take him out first, then turn on each other afterward. Was a lot of fun.
Full thing here.

They also have a review of the recently released mod, MidEast Crisis, which you can read here.
Last edited by Blbpaws on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 3:28:40 PM.

— Tuesday, August 30, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 11:23:27 AM ET

Mod Updates

  • Over at C&C World Rebellion they have posted their first public beta, featuring three new sides.
  • Road to Moscow has released two new unskinned model renders. One is seen below.
  • Only War has some new death and fire FX. The death ones are seen below.

Last edited by Blbpaws on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 3:23:57 PM.

— Monday, August 29, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 5:58:50 AM ET

CNC 10

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the great series of Command and Conquer. For many of us here at Generals World, a Command and Conquer has become our favorite game, and, in some sense, a great passion. All this week, and in the weeks to follow, we and the other community sites will be celebrating the 10th anniversary. There are a number of events going on, and I encourage you to participate.

There is also furious speculation that EA will be announcing something this week. While I think it is possible, I sadly, don't expect it. The game will come when the game will come, and until then, all we have are the classic Command and Conquer games--from Dawn and onward--created by the great Westwood studios.

All in all, not bad things to be left with while you wait. Happy Birthday C&C!

— Sunday, August 28, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 9:51:27 AM ET

Rumors abound!

Let's just say that it would be interesting if you all would check back in a day or so, as there might be something special happening...very special.

— Saturday, August 27, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 5:07:01 PM ET

Update at World Rebellion

Over at World Rebellion, they have a render of the UCF bunker. It can hold 10 infantry, and will be in their beta, which is coming soon.

Last edited by Blbpaws on Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 9:07:54 PM.

— Saturday, August 27, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 12:27:22 PM ET

Flak's Steak House IV

Flak, over at CNC Depot has done the fourth version of his 'Steak House', where he 'grills' different webmasters in the community. This time he's gotten Cannis onto the fire. Here's a snip:
lak: How did so many of the community's more talented and creative people come to be a part of the network?
Cannis: Well, like I said, several members are from RA2MG, who were hand-picked by Z_Outlaw when he founded that site. Since then I have either specifically invited individual members, or individuals have come to me to request membership. Everybody's reasons and circumstances were different, and you'd have to ask them as to how and why they came on board. For instance, in your interview with Mooman65, he described his circumstances pretty well.

My philosophy has been to try to assemble mature individuals, who are of course talented and creative, rather than to offer hosting widely, just to pack the network with deadwood websites. My emphasis has been to include members who understand that a game editing network serves a gaming community, as opposed to the generally-accepted view that the C&C community is about forum spamming and websites posting the same news as everyone else.
See the rest here.

— Saturday, August 27, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 12:24:31 PM ET

New Look, Media at AAOW

Over at An Act of War, they have a brand new site layout, in celebration of their 200,000 hits. They also have a new video, and some screens, one of which, the USA Command Center, is seen below.

— Saturday, August 27, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 12:16:40 PM ET

Maps, Maps, and a Mission at the DEN

As usual, CNC DEN is trying to undermine my news credibility by simply posting up more maps and missions faster than I can post news that they have them. However, this time, it is not to be: They have one new mission, V2 of City Under Siege, 1 map pack (containing 4 maps) 2 regular maps, and 1 Featured Map. All are available here.

— Saturday, August 27, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 12:10:53 PM ET

MidEast Crisis GameManual

The MidEast Crisis group has put out a game manual for their mod. It's well done, as in .pdf format. If you've downloaded the mod, I recommend it. More info at the site.

— Saturday, August 27, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 12:09:14 PM ET

GR Celebrates CNC10

Our affiliate, Game Replays is celebrating the 10th anniversary of CNC next week. Here's their release:
Next wednesday, August 31, the first ever Command and Conquer game - Tiberian Dawn - will be having its 10th anniversary, and we from GameReplays.org will be celebrating for a full month with prizes, competitions and tournaments for the CnC fanbase, with the sponsorship of Electronic Arts Germany.

To start things on the right foot, Boss Generals R3 (Release 3) has just been released, and we're proud to announce its first Replay Competition. The two winners will earn a BattleField2™ game (or another EA game if you prefer), and the second placed guys will earn exclusive Command and Conquer Generals posters that we've got straight from EA Germany. If you're a serious CnC fan, you can't miss that! Check here for the rules.

— Friday, August 26, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 7:35:19 AM ET

BFME II Community Summit Video at PCNC

HeXetic, from Planet CNC has uploaded a video of the community summit at EA held a few weeks back. Here's his description:
A brief video showing pictures and clips from the Battle for Middle-Earth II "Community Summit" held at EALA in August of 2005. NOTE: This video has absolutely nothing to do with BfME II [the game] itself! Runtime of 5:34. Encoded using DivX 6.0 (but playable in DivX 5.0)
Get it here.

— Friday, August 26, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 7:32:39 AM ET

Screenshots at TGTW

The Great Trench War, a WWI mod for ZH, has released six new screenshots. The one below shows their Trench warfare system.

— Friday, August 26, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 7:30:51 AM ET

Rise of the Reds Renders

Rise of the Reds has released two new renders. One, below, shows the Russian Construction Dozer. You can get the other one, the Industrial Site, at their website.

— Thursday, August 25, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 7:11:37 PM ET

5,000,000 Total Hits

Recently, General's World has reached 5,000,000 total hits. This is great achievement for us, and testament to the success of the site MicScoTho and Luckie started just over three years ago. I'm glad to have been a part of Generals World as it grows, and I'm glad all of you fans, whether you've contributed 1 of those hits or many more have decided to visit us. We're constantly working to refine Generals World and add new features, and we hope to have a number of major changes coming your way soon. We hope you'll be visiting us and enjoying them!

See you all at 10,000,000!

— Thursday, August 25, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 5:47:13 PM ET

Community Roundup

  • Over at Road to Moscow they have two new renders, seen below. One is of the Allied Spy Satellite and the other is of the Allied Mirage Tank.
  • Welcome to a new staffer over at PlanetCNC, W3bbo. Some may remember him as W3bdevil. He will be in charge of hosting there.
  • CNC DEN's Essay Contest is going on, and will end August 31st. The prompt is: "Why I love Command and Conquer".

— Thursday, August 25, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 5:38:48 PM ET

Mark Skaggs Posts at CNCDEN

Over at CNC DEN Mark Skaggs, former EA exec, has posted in this thread to respond and clarify some details about his history, namely his work with Westwood and whether or not he was fired from EA. Below is his post:
No, I wasn't fired. I decided to take a break so I could spend time with my family. During my break, I went to E3 just to catch up with friends only to walk out with 6 job offers. Shortly thereafter I resigned from EA. Technically, I did work at Westwood. After EA purchased Westwood, they merged the ex-Virgin studio in Irvine into Westwood and called it "Westwood Pacific". Each week or so I travelled to Las Vegas for a day or two to participate as part of the exec staff. During that time, I was fortunate to learn a tremendous amount from Brett, Louis and the rest of the folks there about making games.
I'm working on assuring that it really is Mark, but the admins of the forums are adament that it is. No mention from him about RA3.
Last edited by Blbpaws on Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 10:00:16 PM.

— Thursday, August 25, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 10:09:12 AM ET

MidEast Crisis Release Today

ISOTX, one of the newer mod studios, has passed along the following annoucement concerning the mod featuring a fictional war between Israel and Syria, as well as their mod utility Mod Toaster that allows for switching between multiples mods:
Mandarax (ISOTX): The hour approaches. MidEast Crisis is complete, and ModToaster is ready to roll. Only time and a fried internet system in Switzerland stand between these first two ISOTX productions and public release. People, it’s time to hold your breath. I’ve had the great honor of working on and testing both of these projects and all I can say is that I’m extremely impressed by the professionalism and quality apparent throughout the projects. You all are in for some real treats. Come Hell or high water, these WILL release within hours, whether Ome Vince can be online to make the post or not. Keep checking the site! It’ll come any time now!
While you wait for the mod release, they have 14 screenshots of helicopters in action here. Update: It's been released. Get it at their website.
Last edited by Blbpaws on Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 9:39:34 PM.

— Wednesday, August 24, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 4:06:32 PM ET

Patch at CNCRenEclips

Over at CNCRenEclips, the have a patch for v.9 of their CNCShockwave mod. It aims to fix the game crashing bug many people were experiencing. Download it (7MB) here.

— Wednesday, August 24, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 4:05:09 PM ET

HeXetic looking for mod clips

Over at Planet CNC HeXetic is looking for a short (2-10 second) video clip or screenshot of all CNC mods for a project he is working on. Note that the audio will be discarded.

— Wednesday, August 24, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 4:03:03 PM ET

New RA2 Co-op over at RADEN

Red Alert DEN has a new Co-op mission for Red Alert 2, the first fan made one. It's done by the famous RVMECH and takes place in the hills of Appalachia over the course of a few days. Weighing it at only 11MB, I recommend all RA2 players give it a shot. Installer included. Note that both players must have the mission installed, as it will not transfer at game startup.

— Tuesday, August 23, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:18:18 PM ET

Community News

  • Results from the third Open Map Competition are currently being posted on CNC Community, though only the TS maps have been judged. After all the winners in that catergory have been announced, I will post them here at Generals World.
  • The Cold War Crisisteam has posted some nice pictures from their trip to Germany for the Games Convention. They have one of Community Manager Aaron "Apoc" Kaufman playing the mod.
  • Red Alert: Road to Moscow has three nice renders, one of the Weather Storm generator, one of the Flak Track, and one of the Soviet Spy Plane.
  • There is a nice teaser video CNC Reborn. In their own words:
    After a long and hard process, we finished all of the weapons. Nightcrawler worked very hard in getting all of them ingame and working properly. He was helped by laeubi and thekgbspy for the technical aspect. Nightcrawler made new custom animations and created projectile and all sort of nice effects for most of the weapons. There are many new sounds and also some from renegade. Thanks to Fobby, Jokah and Pendullum for the new sounds. Some sounds, weapon positions and animations may be changed. Let's not wait anymore, get the trailer (about 36 mb) that Sloth made today and enjoy it!
  • Halogen is showing the concept art behind their Cobra Tank.
  • CNCDEN has eight new ZH replays.
Last edited by Mike on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at 1:02:31 PM.

— Saturday, August 20, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:56:19 PM ET

New Poll and Poll Results

I updated the poll today (a day ahead of schedule for those scoring at home). The results of the last one are below. I must say, I'm not at all surprised at how few of you knew what the CNC10 celebrations were and planned on celebrating. In my opinion, I don't think the community delivered on the early hype that soon fizzled. In any event, we at Generals World are working on cooking up something special for the celebration, and we think and hope it will be a feature you will enjoy quite a bit when the time comes. Until then, though, those who know of it mouths are sealed.

Will you be participating in the CNC 10th anniversary celebration?
What's That?

Total Votes: 30

Thanks to all 30 of you who voted!

— Wednesday, August 17, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:19:34 PM ET

Possible Cancelled CNC Game(s)

Lion, of CNC Den is reporting that
"I received some info from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. This may be old news as well. But I don't recall ever seeing anything posted about it in past years. I'm labeling this as a rumor since I was unable to confirm the info...but the source is fairly reliable.

"Back a year or so before Westwood Studios was closed by EA, there were several projects in the works that never made it out the door. One was a First Person Shooter/RTS Hybrid titled "Battlefields". The other was an MMOG with a working title of "Continuum" that may have taken place in the Tiberian universe. Just rumors..."
He also has a picture that could have been from 'Continuum' up. That picture is below:

Last edited by Blbpaws on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at 10:20:45 PM.

— Wednesday, August 17, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 2:29:56 PM ET

News time!

Been a while, but here we go:

— Thursday, August 11, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 5:59:49 AM ET

Red Alert 3 Possibly for DS and PC

Surfing the Net late last night, I came across a piece on RA3 possibly being made for DS and PC. When I went back to check this morning, the piece was pulled. Read into it what you want.

— Sunday, August 7, 2005 —

Posted By: Blbpaws at 6:34:39 PM ET

New Poll and Poll Results

Promptly on time, I updated the poll. Below are the results from the last one. As for when the next CNC will be announced, I cannot dispel the notion that it is being worked on as we speak. Whether we will recognize it as a CNC, I do not know, but I'm willing to bet it will be announced by the end of summer. Anyway, thanks to all 44 of you who voted:
Do you expect the next CNC to be announced by the end of summer?
Not sure

Total Votes: 44
Last edited by Blbpaws on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at 1:22:50 PM.