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Rolling Stone C&C Red Alert Article

By FallenXE - 8th November 2016 - 15:18 PM

Rolling Stone online has published an article celebrating the 20th anniversary of C&C: Red Alert!

Nothing new is revealed but as usual the article examines how Westwood pioneered the usage of real-life actors and Full-Motion Videos in mission briefings to add an edge to their games, increasing their popularity, as can be seen below:

Much of Red Alert is wrapped up in its story. Released at a time when video games were cashing in on the megabytes of storage space afforded to them by CD-ROM, full-motion video cutscenes were a huge selling point. Command & Conquer featured actors superimposed on CG backgrounds to contextualise its missions, but Red Alert expanded on them with all the subtlety of a WWE production.
Source: Rolling Stone


The article also goes on to refer how the game's online community is still alive and present to this day, even after official server support had long since shut down. In addition to that, again we are highlighted as to how a base-building RTS in the vein of C&C is no longer around to challenge the behemoth that is Blizzard's StarCraft.

Last but not least the author throws up the theory as to how Westwood became a victim of their own success, with RTS becoming mainstream, Westwood had attracted the attention of EA and thus led to them being bought up and then liquidated all in the span of a decade after the release of Tiberian Dawn in 1995.


Red Alertís success was a big reason why EA ended up buying Westwood Studios. When it closed the deal in 1998, it was the beginning of the end for Westwood. Though the studio would go on to put its name on a couple of celebrated games Ė namely 1999ís Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun and 2000ís Red Alert 2, Westwood was ultimately liquidated in 2003, despite those games selling millions. Perhaps most unfortunately, there's no one left to truly challenge Blizzardís Starcraft-shaped creative hold over the RTS. We all know how that scene in history played out.
Source: Rolling Stone


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