July 2000

 The shocking truth behind Tesla technology
Posted Monday, July 31, 2000

So, let's say you're playing Red Alert 2, zapping the bejeezus out of the Allies with a group of Tesla Troopers, and you're just chuckling to yourself over the daft novelty of it all. Soldiers who could control electrical currents? How droll. How fanciful. How silly.

Not quite. What, you think we make this stuff up?

Believe it or not, Serbian-American inventor and researcher Nikola Tesla (you guessed it, the inspiration behind RA2's Tesla Coil and Tesla Trooper) did something not too far from that. Tesla would give exhibitions in his lab in which he'd light a lamp without wires, instead letting the electricity from a small electric dynamo flow through his body (it's sort of like a high-tech version of shuffling on the carpet in your socks). Building on other discoveries, Tesla later managed to light 200 lamps without wires from a distance of 25 miles, and also created man-made lighting, producing bolts of electricity measuring 135 feet.

Hmm. Powers not unlike those of certain units in Red Alert 2, huh?
Of course, Tesla's bold mind was matched by an equally bold mouth. He boasted of inventions he never created: a death ray capable of destroying 10,000 airplanes from 250 miles, devices that could make communication with other planets possible, and particle-beam weaponry that could split the earth like an apple. What an imagination. If the inventor gig hadn't worked out, ol' Tes could've easily found work as a game designer.

 Red Alert 2 goes LIVE
Posted Friday, July 21, 2000

The Official Red Alert 2 Website lives! Be sure to visit the message board and post your thoughts and comments!