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Command & Conquer Canon Retrospective

Command & Conquer has had quite the convoluted and bizarre history. With three separate timelines at this point, things can get a little confusing. After all, it's been 15 years since the original's release, and there has been 7 core games and 15 expansion packs. It's not exactly an easy canon to get into. Thankfully, we've got a handy guide to the twisting corridors of Command & Conquer's story just in time for the final entry in the long-running Tiberian series. Since the campaigns in most of the games are mutually contradictory, we will be describing the events of both campaigns while pointing out which is canon.

Some Steam Red Alert 3 buyers having issues with online multiplayer [Update]

Steam has just concluded their big holiday PC game sale but some folks who bought games from the service are having some issues. Specifically, a number of people who bought Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 via Steam have been unable to get the online multiplayer features to work in the EA published RTS game.

Some posters on the Steam forums have said the Steam version doesn't offer CD keys but others have posted a way to find those CD Keys in your system registry. However that doesn't appear to be helping as some players are still getting "invalid CD key" errors when trying to sign onto the online servers. A post from a Valve rep seems to place the blame not on Steam or EA but rather with the Gamespy matchmaking service, saying, "We are working with our partners to resolve the issue as soon as possible."

Update: According to a Valve rep's statement, "This issue should now be resolved." Indeed the online posts now indicate the Red Alert 3 online issues have been fixed.

Saturday Steam sales bring new PC game deals

We are nearly at the end of Valve's holiday sales event on Steam. Come Monday all those bundle sales will be put in storage until next year's event. But there's still some time to take atvantage of the big deals if you have some spare change.

As usual Steam has another one day sale on a few select games. For the next 22 hours you can get five PC titles at rock bottom prices. Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 is priced at $10.19 during the sale and the Painkiller Collectors pack (with all of the Painkiller shooter titles) is on sale for $8.74. Three games are on sale for $4.99 each: Trine, Counter-Strike: Source and Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

Direct2Drive has even more PC game sales today

Looks like Direct2Drive is keeping things interesting this weekend. The PC game download site continues their 24 Days of Christmas promotion with a special bundle of EA's Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 combined with the stand alone expansion Red Alert 3 Uprising. From now until 1 pm Eastern Time Saturday you can get the bundle for just $19.95. That's a whopping $30 off the bundle's normal price.

But that's not all. Direct2Drive has a couple of older games on sale as well, including Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines for just $9.95 for one day only and the RTS title Empire Earth III for a mere $4.95.

Impulse adds EA games to service; weekend sales announced

Stardock's Impulse service just got a big revamp earlier this week but that's not all they are doing to add to their PC download service. Today Stardock announced that will be adding select PC games from Electronic Arts. The list of available titles is relatively small at the moment. It includes The Sims 3, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 Uprising, and Spore. It also includes pre-orders for Dragon Age: Origins.

There are also some new weekend game sales on Impulse. Among the sales is pre-orders for the PC version for Resident Evil 5 for 10 percent off its normal price.

Back and Forth: Time Travel In PC Games

It's one of science fiction's oldest and most popular themes: time travel. Characters that travel to the past or future, alternate timelines caused by making one simple historical event happen differently or even personal manipulation of temporal forces are all themes that have been explored by a number of games.

With the upcoming demo of Darkest of Days coming up tomorrow, Big Download decided to look back and look forward at games that used time travel, alternate timelines or time manipulation as their main themes. Some of the games were well done and others . . . well, you will see what we mean when you check out our latest gallery feature.

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Download: Red Alert 3 v1.11 Patch

This patch updates Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 to v1.11 and includes a long list of balance changes and bug fixes. Most notably, it installs two multiplayer maps taken from from the stand-alone expansion, Red Alert 3: Uprising. The patch also includes all changes in previous updates. Continue reading after the jump for patch notes. The Red Alert 3 demo can be downloaded here.

Download Red Alert 3 v1.11 Patch (405 MB)
Download Red Alert 3 Demo (1.8 GB)
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Download: Red Alert 3 Mod SDK

The Red Alet 3 Mod SDK allows users to create custom content for the game.

"The Red Alert 3 MOD SDK provides not only the same, but also greater power than our previous C&C 3 MOD SDK. It also introduces a fresh breath of unique features to greatly simplify the process of compiling a mod with our new Red Alert 3 Mod BuildStudio. The MOD SDK includes a wealth of documentation and instructions to get you started!"

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Download: Red Alert 3 v1.10 Patch

This hot-fix patch for Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 fixes a network online issue preventing users with no internet connection from accessing the game. This issue was previously introduced in Patch 1.09 and is now fixed in 1.10.

Download Red Alert 3 v1.10 Patch [US] (256 MB)
Download Red Alert 3 v1.10 Patch [DE] (246 MB)
Download Red Alert 3 v1.10 Patch [FR] (246 MB)
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Download: Red Alert 3 v1.09 Patch

This patch for Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 fixes several exploits and bugs, improves balance, adds a community news viewer, and more. It also includes all fixes and enhancements from previous patches. Continue reading after the jump for patch notes.

Download Red Alert 3 v1.09 Patch (232 MB)
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