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I’ve got a present for you!

August 31, 2008 Leave a comment

The hardcore Westwood fans will recognise the title… it is of course the catch phrase of the infamous commando unit (remember, guy with the C4 and the only infantry weapon that seemed to work?) from the original Command and Conquer. But anyway, enough of that. My friend Nick (all hail) sent me a link to EA’s Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 page, it turns out, to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the release of the original Red Alert, EA have put both the Soviet and Allied CD images up as freely available downloads.

I still have my original CDs somewhere, but for those who have not played this classic (and those with MiniRa as the downloads include all the FMVs) it is a great way to get a taste of old school ‘strategy’ gaming at its best.

EDIT: I forgot to mention, if you preorder Command and Conquer Red Alert 3, you also get Red Alert 2 thrown into the bundle. Not bad eh? RA 2 is a bit dated now but is still a lot of fun to play.

Of times not too distant tovarish…

July 30, 2008 2 comments

Growing up *mostly* in the ‘West’ I missed out on a lot of this whole West vs East saga. However, it never ceases to amaze me the artistry and music that the Soviets came up with despite their fairly bland surroundings. For many years this world was shrouded in impenetrable secrecy (the expression Iron Curtain was not coined by accident) and it is not till more recently that a lot of these publications and stories have been told. Although this is all history, its fascinating looking at how the ‘other side’ portrayed themselves. Below is a video of the CCCP National Anthem and it is a fantastic piece of music irrespective of Soviet politics and the State propaganda machine.

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