Command & Conquer (a.k.a. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn or simply C&C/C&C1; the game is also often unofficially called Command & Conquer 64 for the Nintendo 64 port) is a 1995 real-time strategy video game produced by Westwood Studios for MS-DOS and released internationally by Virgin Interactive. It was the first of twelve games to date to be released under the title Command & Conquer; six subsequent titles having since continued the story set as sequels with one acting as a prequel, along with the production of several spin-off games. Met with universal acclaim by consumers and critics, Command & Conquer was released for seven separate platforms along with becoming the initiator of the Command & Conquer franchise, and today generally is considered as the title which originally defined and popularized the modern real-time strategy genre.

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About Command & Conquer Unofficial Patch 1.06 with 2 comments by Nyerguds on Jul 1st, 2014


I promised this ages ago, but today, they're finally here: the Command & Conquer video packs to go with the full game download! As usual, I'm not ignoring the German and French C&C players in this, and have uploaded basic video packs for all three main languages. Obviously, you can also add these to a normal CD-based game install to make it fully no-CD, though with the rapid disappearance of 32-bit Windows OSes, and the fact the CD installer is 16-bit, I suspect there aren't too many of those left.

This whole thing was a lot less simple than it seemed; the German version of The First Decade / The Ultimate Collection gave me quite some trouble with all this, since it dumps all its videos in the main game folder, which royally messes up any adding of videos you might want to do, since bare video files in the game folder override anything else you add.

"But, Nyerguds," you ask, "why would you need to add more videos, if you already have them?" Well, just for fun, of course. Which brings me to the second part of this exposition: video addon packs!

If you go to the "addons" section of the Project 1.06 ModDB page, you will see that the translation packs have been moved there from the Download section. And you'll undoubtedly also notice something else that has been added there: the aforementioned video addon packs!

As you probably know, C&C95 v1.06c r3 comes with English, German, French and Japanese languages built into the game, and the current language packs allow you to add British-English, Spanish, Polish and Brazilian-Portuguese to that. And, an Italian pack is coming very soon, too! But while the configuration tool makes it really easy to switch between game languages, the basic video packs still contain videos in only one language, and if you install a different video pack, it'll simply replace the videos by the other language.

This all changes with video addon packs. By abusing a small loophole in the No-CD system of the game, I have developed a way to add videos for all languages! Mind you, the options has been in the 1.06c r3 patch all along; it's the little "Folder to use as CD: Subfolder of the game folder named like the language code" option in CCConfig. This allows the game to always select videos specifically added for the chosen language.

So if you, for example, download the English videos base pack, you could add the German, French and Japanese videos as addon-packs, which means that switching the language in the configuration tool also automatically makes the game use the videos for that language!

And now, in terms of translation packs, there's another nifty thing. About two years ago, a guy named "wolfstain" had the idea to subtitle the C&C briefing videos in Spanish! This is a rather messy process that includes converting the original videos to frames, adding the subtitles on these frames, and then converting them back (which is not as easy as it sounds). Here you see the neat end product of that:


It seems the Italian translators I'm working with are also interested in taking this route, so, more such subtitle-video-packs could be coming in the near future.

I technically also possess a Russian fan-dub of the briefing videos (and a Russian language pack), but since Siberian_GRemlin seems pretty possessive of his stuff, I won't upload that here unless he gives me permission. I'd prefer keeping this stuff centralized, but, ah well. If you're interested in getting that, I suggest you, eh, google his name or something.

On to the second point. Or is that the third point? Whatever! I've updated the installers of both the full game pack and the patch to include some sorely-needed peripheral updates. These include:

  • For the patch: support for handling the nasty all-users compatibility mode set by The Ultimate Collection.
  • The new CnCNet 5 tool. Though, you obviously don't need to re-download the game just for that. Just get it from their site :)
  • An updated version of CnC-DDraw, which allows you to stretch the game videos to full screen even when you stretch the game using the "Nearest" scaling filter. (Thanks to Iran for that one)
  • An updated CCConfig tool that supports the CnCNet and CnC-DDraw changes.

So, that's it for now! I know, I should really get back into dumpster-diving into Westwood code, to release a new patch with shiny new features, but we'll burn that bridge when we get there, right?

Nyerguds, out!

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Daemonkiller117
Daemonkiller117 Oct 12 2012, 10:25am says:

Hey does anyone know where I can download the freeware version of cnC gold?

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Milanium
Milanium Jul 14 2013, 10:02am replied: +2 votes     reply to comment
callumw103
callumw103 Oct 2 2012, 10:24pm says:

Wow ive still got this on my N64, i might go play it now.

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jakejakejake55
jakejakejake55 Jul 14 2012, 6:42am replied:

urr ea pubblish c&c westwood make them:P

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kronos368
kronos368 Apr 12 2012, 10:03am replied:

Westwood CREATED C&C genius.

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EchoesOfTheFuture
EchoesOfTheFuture Jan 2 2012, 5:07pm replied:

You're an idiot.

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Piemanlives
Piemanlives Jun 30 2011, 3:48pm replied:

how can you say something like that, Command and Conquer is a classic, unlike you i still prefer red alert 2/Yuri's Revenge. well most likely, the thing is that, really most of the technology in previous red alert, tiberium games do not exist in tiberium wars or red alert 3. that was a major disappointment to me and probably many other fans, i mean where did it all go, the mechs, the giant mechs, the strange creatures that live in tiberium, etc. it bothers me to this day

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DarkStarLive
DarkStarLive Jul 4 2011, 7:44pm replied:

He's half/right, EA is a publisher, it is not the developer after the RA2/Yuri's Revenge, it was EALA that developed Generals & up. Repeatedly slamming EA doesn't make much sense. Now the gameplay was getting a little stale with every entry into the series, and technically Westwood did sell themselves out and stop making C&C games with the release of Renegade and Earth & Beyond. It does not mean that RA2 or YR were necessarily bad games, but the last ones to include genuine improvements to the gameplay, such as units barricading themselves in buildings, and secondary function such as the infantry for the allies. So basically what he is saying is stop blaming EA, it is only a publisher, not the developer.

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Spr09
Spr09 Jan 1 2012, 2:29pm replied:

ea took westwood and pretty much ended the company. westood DIDNT TOUCH ANYTHING PAST RA2! ea put their own programmers and writers in and added what they thought was good instead of making another actual addition to C&C. so yes, ea can be blamed for this turd people call C&C now. if they put in better people or didnt wreck westwood we wouldnt be having this argument.

and yes westood sold themselves, but we can still yell at ea for making crap games with their work!

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MWachtis
MWachtis Dec 19 2011, 9:00am replied:

You are such a diplomat

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