Sun 21 Sep

Red Alert is Back!

One of my fondest memories from my childhood gaming days was playing Command and Conquer: Red Alert. Such an intimidating name, isn't it? I started craving some old school RTS action after the UNC Computer Science Club meeting when we played Starcraft for a few hours. I had tried installing my old copies of Red Alert a few times over the years, but I could never get them to run on WinXP or Vista machines.

Well, I found out yesterday that as of a couple weeks ago, Westwood Studios released Red Alert as a free download [warning: video start playing in link] in celebration of their 13th year. And the best part, they included a patch to let you play the old Win95 game in XP and Vista.

I've blown most of my weekend playing that game. I remember the first time I played it was in Jordan while I was visiting my relatives there. I spent HOURS a day sitting on the computer blowing crap up. In retrospect, I wish I had taken that time to get to know my family there better or, say, learn Arabic while my brain was still willing to absorb such things. Regardless, now I have Red Alert back to eat up my time, and it's just as fun as it was years ago.