Technical Issues of an old game!
MechCommander Gold - Desperate Measures v1.8 was released 1999. There came up several new Windows systems and other OS since MCG-DM was released. Through all that Versions MechCommander survived - with casualties. The editor for example can only be used on a physical install of MechCommander. Windows 98 up to Windows 7 user found solutions to physically install the game. Windows 8/10 users actually can not properly physicall install - but they can play the game with a pre-installed game folder. So for first that is reason, editor doesn´t work on new OS. The only system i can run it is a physical Windows 98 system, Pentium-II processor.
So why i´m telling that? MCG-DM v1.8 was the last official release for MechCommander. It got abandoned. A pre-installed game folder came up for vanilla game (2001-2006), three new pre-installed standalone versions where released by magic around 2006 with six more campaigns available to play. 2017 i released the first in-official Update for raw original pre-installed game folders. Some months later i introduced MechCommander Gold -Darkest Hours - Standalone & The-Repulse Standalone.
Well all those versions have one in common: Bugs, crashes and several technical issues, especially when it comes over to how to use resolutions right on MechCommander and how to workaround certain and reproducable bugs. Certain objects and waypaths, certain actions in MechBay while configuring Mechs - can cause game into crashes. I will try to elaborate the most important of them by giving handy workaround solutions to evade crashes before they happening.
The most important bugs / critical situations
- Resolution Issues (1920x1080 for example)
- Crossing Bridges
- Waypoint bug
- Rainbowcolors / display bugs
This article will be extended - and their will be sub-articles describing problems, solutions or workarounds.
(c) by RizZen 2017 - overhauled (2020)