Archive for the ‘Strategy’ Category

Starcraft 2 will not have LAN support

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Starcraft 2 logoBlizzard has officially confirmed that Starcraft 2 will not be playable over a LAN connection.

The reason for this decision is primarily to prevent piracy, because the following statement is, in my opinion, not a valid reason to strip the LAN support:


How to fix Command and Conquer: Generals lag issues

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Some weeks ago I introduced C&C: Generals together with the add-on Zero Hour.

The only big problem that you can get with this game is the lagging, as soon as you add computer controlled players.

EA claims to not be able to fix this, so some guy called Johnwe found a solution to the problem.

To fix the C&C: Generals – Zero Hour lag issues, follow the following steps (Windows 2000/XP/Vista only):

  1. Start the game as you normally would. When it gets to the full boot
    screen hit the Windows-Key so that you get back to the desktop.
  2. Use CTRL+ALT+DEL to get into the task manager. We want to be on the
    processes tab.
  3. Find the following 3 files. “generals.exe” “game.dat” and “~e5d141.tmp”
    These are created by the Zero Hour Game.
  4. What we are going to do is change the way Windows allocates the resources
    to each of those files. This can be done by “right-clicking” on each of the
    files one at a time and selecting “Set Priority”.
  5. Setting Priority to each file as follows below:
    • “game.dat” – set priority to “Low”
    • “~e5d141.tmp” – set priority to “Low”
    • “generals.exe” – set priority to “High”
  6. Now the .tmp file doesnt take much resources and I have had it just set to default which is normal and havent really seen any performance difference. I just figured saving as much resources as possible is good. The file that hogs the resources is the “game.dat” file. It starts out at some range of 151,000 and eventually gets well above 250,000. thats what is eating up all the resources and lagging the game down. Thats why I set it to “Low” in priority to save alittle.

This step-by-step guide should minimize the lags as much as possible in your C&C LAN-games.

Battlefield 2

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Chopper shootingPicture this: You are the only one on the front. You are lying on the dust, waiting for a clean shot. Suddenly a tank appears in your scope! You request backup immediately, telling everyone that a tank is coming to your position.
The tank hasn’t spotted you yet, but he is moving to your position very fast. Suddenly a helicopter appears behind the tank and starts fireing at it. It’s your teammate! Sniper headshotYou take a look at the map and see that you have two soldiers in the area that are crawling through the jungle to help you.
Lucky for you, one of this soldiers is an anti-tank unit. Three clean shots from this soldier and the tank is history.
Now you can capture this spawn-point as a team!

Artillerie destroyedThis scenario is typical for an average Internet game. It is usually much better when you have enough players on a LAN party!

Battlefield 2 features big maps, team-play, vehicles, choppers, boats, and supports up to 64 players on one single server! This should be enough to guarantee you hours of fun with your friends.

BF 2 is not for old PCs

If you know that some of your friends at your LAN party don’t have the latest hardware on the market, you should rethink if you want to play Battlefield 2!

The minimum requirements are:

  • CPU: 1.7 Ghz
  • RAM: 512 Mb
  • Video Card: NVidia GeForce FX 5700, ATI Radeon 8500 or ATI Radeon 9500 with 128 Mb of RAM

If you know that you some of you will not fulfill these requirements, you probably want to take a look at Battlefield 1942.

Do you like Battlefield 2?

If your answer is yes, let us know why!

What maps do you like best and what modifications do you know of?

Leave a comment!

Command & Conquer: Generals

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Purple BaseDo you remember the last time when you’ve played a strategy game on a LAN party?

While I love strategy games I don’t think that they are perfect for LAN parties. The reason is, that players with experience in the game will always win.

Purple ParticleBut if you are able to define even teams, I advise you to try a strategy!

Command & Conquer is probably the most known strategy game series. The latest game to date is Command & Conquer: Generals. It features a 3D engine and many funny units like Hackers who “suck the internet dry” or Workers who complain about the “Hard work” you gave them.

Cyan Base Cyan gets nuked Another particle cannon attack at the purple player

LAN game without AI

It is possible to add a artificial players to your LAN game, enabling you to play against one or more computer-controlled-players. But if I were you, I would play human vs. human.

If you add computer-controlled players, you will have massive lag problems at the end of the game. My experience shows, that the interruptions will be gone, if you don’t include AI-players. Unless you haven’t any problems waiting 10 seconds during a battle, you should try to play with human players only.

Zero Hour Add-On

C&C: Generals is very balanced and I recommend you to take a look at the add-on called Zero Hour.

C&C: Generals – Zero Hour adds several new abilities to each side, including different Generals that have special abilities like General Tsing Shi Tao who specialise on nuklear weaponry, or General Alexis Alexander who brings weapons of mass destruction to the US-side.

The game on the right side contains both: The original Command & Conquer: Generals game, and the Add-On called Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour.

If you already own C&C: Generals you can buy the expansion pack Zero Hour in a seperate box.

In case you already played Command and Conquer, let me ask you about your opinion about the game. Please leave a comment and describe why you like or dislike C&C: Generals and what maps, mods or strategy tips you want my readers to know!