Total Annihilation under Virtual PC

Total Annihilation under Virtual PC

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Normally I try to post about gaming under Virtual PC every Wednesday and Friday.  As you may have noticed it has been two weeks since I have posted about gaming - what can I say - things have been very hectic around here.  But now Friday is here and Ben has to play :-)

Looking over my shelf of games I saw an old classic that I had not played in a while - Total Annihilation - and much to my joy it runs perfectly under Virtual PC (it also runs under Windows XP - but where's the fun in that ;-).

Total Annihilation was one of the earlier RTS (real time strategy) games to come out - and it was the first one to attempt any form of '3D' effects (though this is all done in software).  One of the neat things about Total Annihilation was that game play was greatly affected by the 3D terrain - it is possible to have soldiers on cliff tops sniping on tanks that are unable to return fire because the soldiers are too high.

The other interesting aspect of Total Annihilation was that of the 'Commander' - this was a robot that was capable of healing other units, building new buildings, cloaking to hide itself, and causing mass destruction with its all mighty 'D-GUN'.  The problem is that if your Commander dies - then you loose the whole battle - so it was always a calculated risk to send him into battle.

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For the curious - the last screen shot shows my commander cloaked and standing in the middle of the enemy base.  In order to pull this off you need to have over ~40 excess solar energy collectors built to power his cloaking module.


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  • Man I LOVED Total Annihilation! Brings back memories of high school. Too bad Cavedog went under.
  • Awesome! Total Annihilation was hands down one of my favorite games. So much better than command and conquer back in the day.
  • Ben, Not related to topic at hand but - Do you happen to know the reason of following behaviour with Virtual PC -
    I have an AMD64 laptop and run XP Pro and VPC SP1. I routinely run Linux under VPC and it runs great. One problem I observed is that once I start VPC/Linux, my laptop's processor runs at maximum frequency. It stays there even if I shut down VPC. It returns back to dynamic scaling after reboot. Is the normal behaviour with VPC or something that needs to be fixed? Thanks in advance.
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