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Rao Dao Zao
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Rao Dao Zao

https://www.raodaozao.net, Male, 32, from Scotland

I am so glad that I have been introduced to Warzone 2100: http://raodaozao.net/2020/10/17/blog-785/ Oct 17, 2020 at 3:03 PM

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    1. Rao Dao Zao
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      2. tillinghast
        tillinghast
        Warzone 2100 looks like someone took Metal Fatigue and removed giant robots
        Oct 9, 2020
      3. chobibo
        chobibo
        @tillinghast yeah haha XD I remember seeing a review of that game from Sseth... I mean Mandalore :D
        Oct 9, 2020
      4. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        I just want to say: this game is amazing, thank you for introducing me to it! :D
        Oct 12, 2020
    3. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
    4. pyf
      pyf
      Regarding WC3 v1.13, another way to play this version could be to download from Blizzard's servers the free v1.27a digital version. And then you can downgrade it to 1.13 with a third-party downgrader.

      These third-party downgraders each have their own specific merits and downfalls. afaik none of them will give you an exact binarily identical set of folders and files, especially when compared against a properly upgraded 100% official WC3 game. But hey, neither is the official v1.27a digital version to begin with when compared to a genuine 1.27a. The reason is, this version is an "a2" version, despite the full version number being identical to the one for v1.27a
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      2. pyf
        pyf
        I understand you. I myself have downgraded from 1.27a digital (which sets up any needed compatibility flags btw) to 1.26a with ReplayKit, so I can use all my extra enhancements again. This was my setup on my now defunct XP laptop. Ah, nostalgia...

        v1.27 has some memory management issues and the environmental audio has been disabled, which is imho a sin (it was restored in 1.30.0). Therefore, it is not the same WC3 experience. I want some enhancements, but I also want most of the classic code to be retained whenever possible.

        The real problems started happening with 1.28.0. v1.27a/b is still ok overall imho.

        Version switchers are a mixed bag. Therefore, I used to do the same thing as you for WC3 v1.26a/1.27a/1.27b only, as well as for StarCraft Classic (especially because of v1.12). But as time passes, I am getting older and lazier...
        Sep 19, 2020
      3. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        God, if environmental audio was disabled in 1.27 it can definitely fuck right off. That should simply never have shipped.
        Sep 19, 2020
      4. pyf
        pyf
        Well, it was written in the patch notes, that they disabled ambient sounds:
        https://liquipedia.net/warcraft/Patch_1.27a
        => deal breaker for me. Another good reason to stay at 1.26a imho.

        Another (never mentioned) deal breaker was that they had dropped W98SE/2000 compatibility as well, with 1.27a onwards

        Trivia: in Diablo II LoD 1.14b on Windows 10 v1909, I can restore 3D sounds with IndirectSound, but not environmental audio effects. yet.
        Sep 20, 2020
    5. pyf
      pyf
      Out of curiosity, since my post here
      https://www.hiveworkshop.com/posts/3444534/
      ... are you now enjoying your 1.27a digital version? And if yes, then what is your point of view regarding Blizzard's current attitude to preservation of classic WC3 as far as you are concerned?
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      2. pyf
        pyf
        Out of curiosity, have you downloaded any of these legacy versions for D2, WC3 and SC, so this download service does not get shut down by Blizzard because of a lack of traffic, and also so that more of these official full standalone offline installer versions might eventually be added by Blizzard in the future, for those who need them?

        I *really* do not want this download server to get decommissioned. I would like it to get enhanced and improved. But for that, it must bring Blizzard good PR stuff, and my belief is that is up to us all to do our small part (should we want to, that is).

        As for me, I have already downloaded D2+LoD, SC+BW and WC3+TFT (this last game two times, for testing purposes), all three games in American, English and French, all for PCs.
        Sep 19, 2020
      3. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        I've never played or owned D2 so that holds nothing for me, and I do have a retail GOTYE version of SC but I never liked it so have no particular interest in preserving it beyond whatever is on those discs. (Honestly don't think I've even touched SC since the first play-through at the time. After so much of the WC3 community raving about it, SC was a massive disappointment. Totally did not live up to the hype.)

        So yeah, just got the 1.21 WC3 installers from whenever those first went up.
        Sep 19, 2020
      4. pyf
        pyf
        Yeah, the digital release from 2008 of WC3 v1.21b is also worth preserving imho. It used to still be downloadable (though not freely afaik) at least on January 2019 from Blizzard's Legacy download service (there are traces of a 121b folder on the Legacy Downloads service). Unfortunately, it has been replaced by 1.27a digital.

        I hope those two versions, as well as several other, more recent ones, will be available someday in the same way. But this will not happen all by itself just like that.

        Now, if only the Legacy Downloader was enhanced with a drop down menu, which would allow anybody to download some of those few desirable versions which are in high demand, so we later can install whatever we want whenever we want wherever we want, ideally regardless of any internet connection... Ideally too, those versions would be fixed ones so they do not interfere in any way with v1.32.8 >, which is the version we are supposedly all to embrace blindingly (rotfl!).
        ;D
        Sep 20, 2020
    6. Mythic
      Mythic
      Happy Birthday! :)
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Aug 3, 2020
    7. Shar Dundred
      Shar Dundred
      Happy birthday!
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Aug 2, 2020
    8. General Frank
      General Frank
      Happy birthday to you, RDZ!
      I hope you have a good sunday!
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Aug 2, 2020
    9. Rao Dao Zao
      Rao Dao Zao
      1. SeedinAethyr
        SeedinAethyr
        Just played through it last night. Wondeful experience. Somehow, I ended up missing the _entire_ Murloc quest line plus the pig quest even though I thought I was being thorough when playing through. The last time I played through it was many years ago, and I didn't remember how many optional quests there were or what they were, but it seemed wrong to only have completed two optional quests when I finished in aiming for 100% completion. <.<
        I checked the blog and saw that I had in fact missed most of the optional quests, so I reloaded my only save... which happened to be during the AoS section vs. Pyraeus. Juggling battling him and completing the rest of the optional quests probably added on an additional two hours to my gameplay and made everything three times harder because Pyraeus was able to reach maximum level without me pushing to end the game, but I eventually did win.
        Onto This Wreckage!
        Jun 24, 2020
      2. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        lol! Yes, you're kinda supposed to have finished all the side quests by the time Pyraeus comes on the scene, but I didn't add any explicit blocks either... erk.

        I'm currently doing compatibility and bug fixes for This Wreckage, so you may want to hold off for a bit (unless you fancy getting in early and helping me with a test run?). Alas, Reforged has done so many weird little annoying things, so I hope you'll still play it on 1.26... :E
        Jun 25, 2020
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    17. MasterHaosis
      MasterHaosis
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      :cgrin:
      1. Rao Dao Zao
        Rao Dao Zao
        Haosis
        Haosis
        Haosis
        Three times Haosis! :cgrin:
        Apr 28, 2020
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Aug 2, 1988 (Age: 32)
    Home Page:
    http://www.raodaozao.net
    Location:
    Scotland
    Occupation:
    Software Engineer
    Current Project:
    Exon
    WarCraft 3 Account:
    RaoDaoZao
    WarCraft 3 Realm:
    Northrend (Europe)
    Favourite Race:
    Night Elf
    Favorite Organization/Clan:
    Sentinels
    StarCraft II Account:
    RaoDaoZao#1356
    Solo game developer and misunderstood artist. Warning: may contain strong language and scenes of mild peril.
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