Any interest for some C&C Generals: Zero Hour games?

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11-11-2018, 06:16 PM (This post was last modified: 11-12-2018, 01:57 PM by malmon.)
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Just wondering if anyone would be interested in playing~

We can do up to 8 players, and teams are a thing!

This wouldn't replace Worms or anything, since this game requires quite a bit more concentration and effort~

I don't think you *need* a legit copy of the game, but I can provide my key (and DVD image) if you do.



(I realise that a video of two pros going at it isn't the best way of promoting the game, but at least it gives an idea of what the game looks like~)



1. For those who're interested, you'll need a copy of C&C Generals, and C&C Generals: Zero Hour (the latter is an expansion). I can provide this if need be - just gimmie a boop. (I'd rather not stick a link right here, in case EA somehow notices).

This is an old game - make sure to run all installers as admin.

I have mine from the "The First Decade" (TFD) bundle. The standalone versions should be fine, but the multiplayer can be a real stickler for version matching, and I don't think that the official patches allow the game to run without the physical DVD present. The version from Origin should be ok as well, but there are a few issues mentioned in GenTool's FAQ.

You can do step 8 while stuff is downloading or installing.

I personally haven't tested this game on Linux, but given its age, I'd be surprised if it didn't work fine in WINE/Proton, or in a VM with GPU passthrough.

2. Make sure you have the games updated to 1.08 and 1.04 respectively. This may already be the case if you downloaded the game from Origin. Both patches are included in the TFD rev4 patch from CNCNZ. If you're using the standalone games, the TFD rev4 patch will probably still work. If not, you can get the patches from C&C Labs, but you might still need the disc inserted to play the game.
If all goes well, we might try with the 1.06 community patch for ZH, as it fixes a bunch of balance issues, but for now, everyone must be on the same version - this game isn't as forgiving as Worms in that regard ^_^

3. Since the official game servers are down, you'll need to install GenTool, which enables access to the third party C&C Online server, as well as a bunch of other useful features, like widescreen support, and automatic replay uploading.

4. Now you'll have to go in to the Zero Hour installation directory, and in the properties of generals.exe, set the compatibility profile to Windows XP (Service Pack 3), and enable running the program as an administrator. As @moeki found out, not doing the latter will cause the game to think you're running a different version for some reason.

5. You should now be able to run generals.exe (or "Zero Hour" from the start menu). You may get a warning from GenTool saying that your binary is cracked. I'm not sure why it says so, but it doesn't seem to have any effect, so it's probably just a bug.
If you get an error when trying to start the game, creating an options.ini file in "Documents\Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour Data" fixes it. Or at least for me it does >.>'
If it asks for the disc to be inserted, and you're using the TFD version, gimmie a boop. If you're using the standalone version, let us know that it doesn't work, and use the TFD version instead.

6. Set up your game options, like resolution and quality settings and stuff. The game only needs to run at 32 fps or higher - the game speed is tied to the fps, and maxed at 32 (or 30, I forget) in online multiplayer. If you want to challenge yourself, you can unlimit the game speed in Skirmish mode against the AI.

7. Quit the game. A terminal window should show up - it'll download some extra maps.

8. Create a game account using the instructions here. (Only follow the first two steps/pages). Don't use an existing password. If you use a temporary email, make sure that you can at least access it until you're done creating both logins, and remember it, so that you can log in from the game. The site won't let you use a Guerrilla Mail address.

9. That should be it! Now you can launch the game again, and enter your server login into the Multiplayer/Online menu (make yourself look over 18 in the date of birth section). It'll also ask for your locale - I don't think this is really important, as long as you don't set it to a country that uses non-latin characters. Click on the Custom Match button, and you're in! Usually the 2v2 room is the most active, baring in mind that the randoms have probably been playing the game for up to 15 years~ (hence why I think i'd be nice if we played together~).

It'd be nice if we could get on mumble for this, as it'd make coordination easier. The ingame text chat has no history, as far as I can tell, so it's not too great.

NB: For those who haven't played before, the very first USA campaign mission of Generals (not ZH) is a good primer. It goes over the basics of how to actually play the game.

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11-11-2018, 08:21 PM
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I'll definitely look into getting ahold of it. I had tons of fun playing around in Starcraft II - even if I wasn't very good.

 
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11-11-2018, 08:50 PM (This post was last modified: 11-11-2018, 08:50 PM by malmon.)
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(11-11-2018, 08:21 PM)All in One Wrote: I'll definitely look into getting ahold of it. I had tons of fun playing around in Starcraft II - even if I wasn't very good.

Cool! If you can't get a hold of a copy, just let me know and i'll send you mine~

There's some extra stuff that has to be installed as well, since the original game servers have been shut down >.>' But I'll add that tomorrow~

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11-11-2018, 08:55 PM
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I'd be willing to try it out, no promises that I'll be any good though!

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11-11-2018, 10:53 PM
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(11-11-2018, 08:55 PM)floattube Wrote: I'd be willing to try it out, no promises that I'll be any good though!

It'd be great if you joined! I wouldn't worry about being good - I doubt any of us will be much better~

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11-12-2018, 01:04 PM
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Alright, I've updated the OP with some instructions for those interested! Lemmie know how it goes~

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11-16-2018, 12:10 AM
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Bit of a moot point since I played with ya earlier, but count me in, too! ^^

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china will grow larger

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02-09-2019, 12:59 PM
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Ah, I should get back on this! As soon as I get the rest of my pc sorted >.<

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(02-09-2019, 07:39 AM)Tang Wrote: china will grow larger

"Let's give 'em an airshow~"

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