October 2000

 Red Alert 2 Invades Sweden!
Posted Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Just recently a few EA/Westwood employee's were visiting Stockholm, Sweden and couldn't help but notice the picture on the back of this bus. The Soviet propaganda machine is hard at work spreading the good word about Red Alert 2.

 Westwood Studios Teams up with IGames!
Posted Monday, October 30, 2000

Competitors from around the U.S. will meet on-line November 4th, 2000 to vie for the title of Red Alert 2 grand champion. Sponsored by Westwood Studios and IGames, the tournament will pit regional players in the United States and Canada against each other in a series of battles to determine the ultimate winner.

To compete, players will meet at designated regional locations around the country. The best players from each location will then play online against each other to determine the overall winner. Prizes include $4000 in gift certificates from Electronics Boutique, Red Alert 2 PC games, T-shirts, and posters.

The tournament will take place from noon to 7 p.m. (PST) and will be coordinated via IGames staff. For more information on how to participate please visit IGames

 Red Alert 2 Scores!
Posted Friday, October 27, 2000

More Red Alert 2 reviews are in! Game Spot UK and The Games Network have posted in-depth reviews of Westwood's latest RTS. Check out the links below and get the full scoop!

9/10 "Red Alert 2 is certainly the best game in the Command & Conquer series so far."
Game Spot UK

95/100 "...Red Alert 2 is awesome."
The Games Network

 IGN PC Reviews Red Alert 2!
Posted Wednesday, October 25, 2000

IGN PC just recently posted their review of Red Alert 2, and WOW did they like it. Here is a little taste of what they had to say, "Red Alert 2 is one of the most polished, best-conceived, and downright enjoyable real-time strategy games in recent memory." Well, there you have it, click on the link below to read the full review.


 Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 Ships!
Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Hurray! Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 has begun shipping to retail outlets throughout North America today! The latest real-time strategy game in the Command & Conquer universe should start to appear in stores by October 25th, with widespread distribution expected by October 28th.

 Red Alert 2 Chat to be held October 25th!
Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Well, due to a few technical difficulties, our Red Alert 2 chat will take place tomorrow October 25th, at 4:00 PM (PST). Our Red Alert 2 experts can't wait to give you some of the best inside tips on how to win at the game. So be sure to check back here then!

 Red Alert 2 Four Days Away!
Posted Saturday, October 21, 2000

That’s right! Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 is just four days from being released to the world. Many fans have been waiting in anticipation for months to get a hold of Westwood latest red-hot RTS. On Tuesday October 24th the wait will be over. Stay tuned as we bring you more information from the front.

In the mean time, check out our community links and preview sections for some the latest and greatest info on the game.

Red Alert 2 Fan Sites
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 Red Alert 2 Chat!
Posted Friday, October 20, 2000

With Red Alert 2 due out in just a few days , we have managed to get some time with the best RA2 players on the planet to talk about the game and cool strategies! The chat session will be hosted by Virtual Ted and Delphi, Tuesday October 24th from 4:00 PM - 5:00 (PST).

Check back then, we will be updating the news section and message board with info on the chat channel and how to join in.

 Westwood Prepares for Invasion!
Posted Thursday, October 19, 2000

The Tesla coils are charged and the Terror drones in place. Red Alert 2 is about to invade Wizards of the Coast in Seattle,WA. This will be the last stop in the whirlwind Cyber Cafe' tour. If you haven't signed up, now would be a great time to give them a call and put your name in. Hopefully we'll see you there!!

Almost forgot, even if you don’t get computer time, come on by, grab some pizza and peek over someone’s shoulder.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Place: Wizards of the Coast, Northgate Mall
N.E. Northgate Way, Unit 914
Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: 206-364-1977

 Forty-Five Seconds of Tanya!
Posted Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Do we have a treat for you! Special operatives inside Westwood have managed to grab forty-five seconds of behind the scenes footage of Kari Wuher (Tanya) for everyone to download. This footage and more can be found on the special DVD inside the Red Alert 2 Collector's Edition box. Don't be left out, order today!


Tanya Movie High Quality 26 MB QuickTime

Tanya Movie Compressed 8 MB QuickTime

Buy Now!

 Critics Around the World Embrace Red Alert 2!
Posted Monday, October 16, 2000

The time is drawing nigh. Very soon (Oct. 25 to be specific), you’ll be able to tell us what you think about Red Alert 2. In the meantime, you might be interested in what some other people think. Here are some of the early reviews and ratings from Europe. Here they are…

First up, here are the magazine reviews from the United Kingdom:

PC Gamer - 92%
PC Gear - 9 out of 10 "A cracking sequel to a timeless classic."
Computer & Video Gaming - 4 stars out of five 5
PC Game Play - 8/10
PC Zone - 82% "Westwood's finest game to date..."

Next are the latest scores from France and Sweden:

PC Gamer (Sweden) - 92% "C&C has never looked so good."
PC Team (France) - 91%

The U.S. reviews will start popping up after the game has shipped, but here is a little of what the U.S. press is saying…

The Adrenaline Vault
"...Red Alert 2 offers the most visceral, thrilling and heart-poundingly intense RTS experience ever seen on the PC."

GA Strategy
"These folks are dedicated to making good, high quality games, that are also fun to play." Overall, I’d say that Westwood will probably strike gold once again with RA2 (as well as other stuff I’m not allowed to talk about)"

"In short, it looks as if Red Alert 2 is going to live up to our expectations."

Game Spy
"...look forward to a very polished and entertaining real-time strategy title that is worthy of the name Red Alert."

Gamers Depot
"There's no question about it, Westwood is obviously been putting a lot of effort into making this game something new and exciting."

 Westwood Studios Invades L.A.!
Posted Thursday, October 12, 2000

Last weekend, Westwood reps invaded PlayFX, a PC gaming site on UCLA’s campus, when the game company brought Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 to its rabid Los Angeles fans.

Westwood took over all 20 of PlayFX’s Pentium III’s for over four hours of RA2 gameplay last weekend, allowing fans to play through the game weeks before they can buy it in stores. Along with the game, pizza and soda flowed freely, as did giveaway goodies, such as RA2 t-shirts, posters and pins.

Fans could play through the campaigns and against the computer, but the most popular gameplay by far was over PlayFX’s local area network, with most players engaging their friends and fellow RA2 fans in a quest for world domination.

Westwood’s visit to Los Angeles was the second of three RA2 preview parties. Look for us October 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Wizards of the Coast in the Northgate Mall, Seattle, Washington!

 Exclusive Red Alert 2 Maps and Tournament!
Posted Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Customers who reserve Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 through Electronics Boutique or Babbages will be receive five exclusive Red Alert 2 maps, created by the original design team, and will also be eligible to participate in a three-month Red Alert 2 online tournament with over $12,000 in prizes.

The tournament will take place in three phases from November 1, 2000 and end January 31, 2001, each lasting a month. Players will be eligible to participate in each phase, with prizes awarded at the end of each month. Prizes include a Pentium III 866 Mhz Game System, a portable DVD Player, a digital camera, a Sony minidisk recorder/player, and a Palm VIIx.

To receive the maps and be eligible for the tournament, customers must pre-order Red Alert 2 through Babbages, Babbages.com, Electronics Boutique, or EBWorld.com. Once the order is placed, Westwood will email each customer a unique code for the tournament. Beginning November 1, players can to go to Westwood.com to enter their code and participate in the tournament.

 The Adrenaline Vault Plays Red Alert 2!
Posted Tuesday, October 10, 2000

The Adrenaline Vault has just posted their hands-on preview of Red Alert 2. It's tons of great information that you won't want to miss!

"...Red Alert 2 offers the most visceral, thrilling and heart-poundingly intense RTS experience ever seen on the PC."


Posted Monday, October 9, 2000

Just in time for the Red Alert 2 launch, the good folks at Gamespot have published the absolute definitive history of Westwood Studios. It’s a must read for Westwood fans, or for anyone curious as to how a business is born and grown into something special. You can read all about it right here…


 Westwood's Battle of the Titans!
Posted Friday, October 6, 2000

There comes a point in every game developer's life where he or she realizes that the game is as close to perfect as it can be. It is that enlightened moment that they must put away all their little designing tools and finally have fun with the damn thing. Also, completely decimating your fellow developers is a fantastic stress reliever. So, the dev team decided to put all this energy to good use and sponsor a company-wide tournament to find out who is best and baddest RA2 player at Westwood's Pacific studio.

The massive RA2 LAN-based tournament had close to 40 participants. (The other employees had keeled over from exhaustion and were asleep in the nap room.) In addition to bragging rights for all of eternity, the Westwoodians were playing for a $25 gift certificate for Tower Records and for the famed "Signed One Dollar Bill." No ordinary dollar bill, this sucker has been signed by none other than Mark Skaggs and states that the winner is a "Red Alert 2 Legend and A God Among Men." With stakes that high, the competition was incredibly fierce.

As the ladder tournament progressed, players were slowly but surely wiped out. By 3:00 p.m. only three highly skilled tacticians remained, Ido (artist), Josh (designer), and Dustin (designer). This was truly a battle of the Titans -- players that eat, drink and sleep RA2. At that time the rest of Westwood Pacific gathered in the conference room to watch in awe as the final carnage played out on Westwood's huge plasma screen. Soviet Tesla tanks were the weapon of choice for Ido, playing Russia in game one. He quickly and decisively wiped out Josh, playing (Iraq), despite his gallant effort to take over Ido's base with engineers. Dustin became Ido's final victim in game two after a long battle of tearing down each other's mutual defenses. In the end, Ido proved himself worthy of the "Signed One Dollar Bill" and the title, "Master of the RA2 Universe!" That is, until he is challenged by the winner of the Las Vegas office tournament...

Posted Thursday, October 5, 2000

Set off the fireworks. Pop the cork on the champagne (or sparkling cider, for those of you underage). Visit your favorite software retailer immediately and give him a big hug. Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 is done. It is gold. The final version has been pounded on, tested, re-tested, polished, and thrice blessed by two test depertments and the dev team. That beautiful disc, the result of almost two years of blood, sweat and almost toxic level of caffiene consumption, was then sent away to the manufacturing plant.

And ironically, the disc that was dubbed gold was actually silver, but who really cares?

What happens now? Several silver discs are made from the gold disc. Those silver discs are then tested to make sure the duplication process works. If the silvers pass, then the duplicating machines will start cranking out copies of the game. Then, the folks at the factory drop them into boxes. The boxes are sealed, put into cases of 24, and stored in a warehouse. This process will take about three weeks because thousands upon thousands have to be made. Then, on October 24th, those boxes will be loaded onto trucks and airplanes and delivered to stores across the continent.

Then, you go pick up your copy and finally get to play. As we’ve said before, the best way to make sure you get a copy on Day One is to pre-order or sign a call list at your local games dealer.

After that, we’ll see you on Westwood Online. We here at Westwood can’t wait to play actual fans. We’re a little weary of beating up on each other.

 Wisconsin Rocks!
Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2000

The Wisconsin Red Alert 2 preview event has passed, but the memories remain. Westwood Studios invaded the Virtual Magic gaming center, in the wonderful city of Mequon, and partied with 40 raving fans.

Starting around noon, Westwood staffers Chris and Amy took a head count of all the attendees, booted up the computers and let their guests play away. The fans dabbled a bit in single player but were more eager to challenge each other for supremacy and title of MP king. The battles raged, winners triumphed and loser mourned.

Lunch was delivered and devoured in seconds. We made a second Pizza run to keep the party people happy and full. Chris then launched into a tutoring session and covered a variety of advanced tactics. His quick learning students quickly realized that the tank rush might still occasionally work, but had become the most impotent of tactics.

Like all good things, the event came to an end. Tears and goodbyes were exchanged, machines powered down, and the RA2 CDs accounted for. It was a great event and hopefully we will see you in L.A.!

A special thanks goes to Kane Man from Code Red who flew in from Ohio, and our buddies at Red Alert 2 Extreme, who seem to be everywhere. Also, head over www.gamespy.com and check out their take on the event.

 Red Alert 2 Theme Pack Released!
Posted Monday, October 2, 2000

The Red Alert 2 Theme Pack is here, and it's free! Just click here to download it.

Remember, you need to have Theme pack support installed to enable your RA2 Theme pack files. If you don't have this installed, just use the HELP function in your Windows Start menu and type "Desktop Themes".

Have fun!

Posted Monday, October 2, 2000

Two great Red Alert 2 stories went up over the weekend. You can check them out at www.gameslice.com and www.ign.com


Tomorrow, look for the story and pics from the weekend’s fabulous Wisconsin Red Alert 2 preview party. Los Angeles is next!