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How To Play C&C Aftermath In Windows 7 32/64bit (No Dosbox!)


Revisions:
7-11-11: Initial release.

8-21-12: Re-wrote whole post. Showing off C&C Red Alert Aftermath tutorial.


So you love Red Alert, but you want to play C&C Red Alert Aftermatch on your modern Windows 7 machine? All you got to do is download the UDP version of the game, and you are good to go!

See the video tutorial below, and go to Youtube for the video description where the link to the game is located. Have fun!

Video Tutorial:

 

Old School Gaming – There Is No Shame


Revisions:
3-26-11: Initial release.


I said it once, and I will say it again. I love games, and more especially, I really love old school games. Why is that? Maybe its because I grew up on the 8-bit NES console (which I still have with 20 NES game cartridges) and since then I have seen a whole evolution of gaming. I have witness the SNES, SEGA Genesis, Dreamcast, XBox, PS1, PS2, PSP, Gameboy, and other high tech consoles.

What was interesting is that there are several groups of gamers todays: Those who enjoy playing old school games, and those that don’t.

It appears that if you talk to anyone who grew up with the Xbox or maybe the Xbox 360 era, none of them will have had the “pleasure” of playing the old school 8-bit NES games. After all, why would they? In their lifetime, they would never be exposed to it unless someone actively introduced them to old school gaming.

Although I do enjoy playing some of the newer games each and every year, old school games will always have a fond place in my heart. Some examples include:

  • Command and Conquer
  • Red Alert
  • Warcraft 1 and 2
  • Dune 2
  • Quake 1 and 2
  • Duke Nukem 3d
  • Doom 1 and 2
  • Wolfenstein 3d
  • Half Life 1
  • Unreal Tournament 1

and more. Let’s not forget all the steller games on the NES, SEGA, SNES, and N64 console. Each console has its gems too that many gamers of 2011 may have never ever played which is a shame.

I have read comments on Youtube before where they said they don’t want to play Minecraft because of its outdated graphics. Seriously, when does graphics make a game any good? Crysis 1 had mind blowing graphics, but the game still sucked you know. Story was poor, and boring.  Now Mario 1 has 8-bit graphics, but man, the gameplay was good!

There is a reason retro gaming is fun. Plus, I feel that games of today are not has hard as they used to be. Sure, Demon Souls and Ninja Gaiden 2 are hard as hell, but even the latest Halo games on the hardest mode doesn’t feel that hard.

If you want a game that will kick your ass, try Battletoads for the NES system. It will make you cry, guaranteed. :P

Today on my GameDexterity account, I uploaded a CS 1.6 Tunngle tutorial video.  Someone made a comment that they were surprised people are still playing this game in 2011. Why is that? After all, people love CS and some love the 1.6 rather than the CS Source engine. If you want to see the tutorial, I have included it below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLy7z4r0bTU

Do you love old school gaming? What are some of your favorite old school games?

How To Connect Playstation Dual-Shock Controllers to PC


Revisions:
1-15-10: Initial release.
9-13-12: Fixed video link.


Do you have a spare Playstation 1 or Playstation 2 controller? Did you ever wish you could connect it to your PC to play your Emulator or possibly PC games?

How is it done? Easy! You have to go and purchase a Playstation to PC adapter, and these adapters are fairly cheap, especially if you go online. I bought mine from Amazon before X-mas last year, and after shipping the total was under $5 USD!

How it works is you connect the Playstation controllers to the adapter (1 or 2), and then you connect the USB to the PC. No driver download required! The one I got works great on XP and Windows 7.

Watch the video tutorial below and see what you might have been missing.

[How To] Play Left 4 Dead 2 LAN Online Using Tunngle (Garena, or Hamachi)

Easy to remember URL = http://www.tinyurl.com/l4dguide2

Garena username = versatileninja, Tunngle username = versatile

Foreword:  As we all know, L4D2 right now is an awesome game.  Similar to last year, I was involved with writing Hamachi and Garena guides for L4D1.  It was good for awhile, but in retrospect it was a pain and almost a mistake to talk about questionable practices.  The tutorials got so popular that WordPress caught on and we had a 9 day suspension which turns out because we had links to so called “cracks” and the articles were removed to keep the blog alive. If you want to continue with L4D 1, see the unofficial L4D site here.

Now that L4D 2 is here, I am going to take a different approach. WordPress staff or other questionable readers I have this statement for you.  No way does this tutorial indirectly or directly facilitate illicit methods or devious acts of behavior (also known as piracy).  This tutorial shows legitimate gamers how to play Left 4 Dead 2 online without having to succumb to Steam and be forced to use it for their gaming pleasure.  This tutorial shows users how to host and connect to LAN games online without having to resort to Steam. If you believe this is a mistake, search google and see how many gamers are resorting to other needs to play games without Steam.  Now the tutorial has become more valuable.  Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game. Support Valve.  Support “innovation”.  – Versatile


Revisions:

11-30-09: Initial release.

12-1-09: Added information on name changing method.  Added some Garena items because honestly, they need help bad.

12-2-09: Did additional testing and simplified the hosting process instructions.  Determined sv_allow_lobby_connect 0 and sv_lan 1 not required.

12-3-09: Added master patch to 2003.  Rewrote the whole tutorial guide to make it even easier to follow and adding personal zing.

12-4-09: Added Hamachi 1.0.3.0 instructions.

12-5-09: Added stryder 2003 patch. Added 2004 incremental patch (tried a new one). Added subtitle/ammo files and more to the troubleshooting section.

12-6-09: Made note about revloader. Please get rid of it!  Made all download links dropbox.

12-7-09: New links in download section for 2004 patch.  The previous 2004 patch per online scan has a virus in it, and my local AV did not detect it. :(

12-9-09: Added 2005 patch and stryder dec 8th update.

12-11-09: The master patch 2005 wasn’t working right. Fixed the download section and changed instructions. Added new stand alone.  Added Tunngle instructions.

12-12-09: Added master patch 2006.  Deleted name changing tutorial as it is now obsolete thanks to new standalone or stryder patch.

12-13-09: Added more links in download section and redone the instructions.  Added misc. footage section, courtesy of Tunnglers.

12-14-09: Added different fix for the rzr-init file.

12-19-09: Added 2.0.0.6 to 2.0.0.7 patch file.

12-20-09: Added master patch to 2007.

12-28-09: Added my youtube video.

12-30-09: Added new links for 2.0.0.7 and standalone.

1-7-10: Fixed link for standalone. New update for standalone.

1-14-10: Added link for 2.0.0.8.

1-16-10: New standalone version T9.

1-18-10: Fixed link for standalone version T9 rev 3.

1-20-10: Standalone was updated. Fixed link.

2-9-10: 2.0.0.9 files and standalone links updated.

2-17-10: Fixed link for standalone patch.

2-23:10: Added new links for 2.0.1.0.

2-26-10: Added new links for 2.0.1.1.

4-15-10: Fixed a command for hosting error.

4-27-10: Added 2.0.1.4 links!

5-13-10: Added 2.0.1.6 links!

5-24-10: Added 2.0.1.7 and 2.0.1.8 incremental links!

6-5-10: Redid the whole download section.

6-26-10:  Added L4D2 tunngle download section.


Note:  This is a warm hello to all gamers who are looking how to play L4D 2 LAN online.  Props goes first of all to the Tunngle team and the community there.  Garena and Hamachi get no brotherly love. Read the rant below to understand why.  Nonetheless, I decided to put up a quick Garena setup guide because they need help irregardless what the VPN program is and I am a nice guy. :)

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Windows 7 Logon screen boring?

Are you tired of the default Windows 7 Logon? Well I’m about to quickly show you how to change it like I did.

lets get stuck in:

1. Download the Windows 7 Logon Changer.

2. Extract and run the Win7LogonBackgroundChanger.exe file (or install it from the setup folder contained inside) .

3. Click on any of the available images in the preview bar at the top or click on Choose a folder to open and add images of your own to the preview bar to select from instead.

4. When you have selected the image you want click on the Apply this background button.

5. When it’s done, click on OK.

7. You’re log on screen is now changed. You can press Ctrl+Alt+Del to test it.

8. When done, close the Windows 7 Logon Background Changer program.

If you cannot read the text there is also options to make the text brighter or darker, a little bid of fiddling might be required to get the best results.

And there you go, I know this is a small post but a handy one at least.

[How To] Play Call of Duty – World at War 5 Co-Op Online Using Hamachi (Tunngle Preferred)

Foreword: I’ve decided to put this tutorial back up, which was originally created by author Chyea for Call of Duty World at War. Please note that the preferred method is Tunngle. You need to update your game to the latest version. Please see my exclusive Tunngle video below.

Of course, this article is no way in shape or form created to promote piracy. There are legitimate players with legitimate users who want to play this game via LAN with their friends.  This is an educational piece, and shall be treated as one.  ~ Versatile

Revisions:
11-17-09: Re-release of an old article per indiscreet demand. MW2 is a better game. Does anyone care about this one? :)

1-22-10: Added tunngle video.


Tunngle Video

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[Underground Exclusive] An Interview With the Tunngle Team!

Revisions:

8-18-09:  Initial release


Foreword:  After two weeks of anticipation, I am very happy to bring what is considered the first interview ever on the Internet with the Tunngle team.  Actually, what I did was send in my list of questions to Zax, who then filtered it on with the rest of the group to get the answers.  Now we finally have something worth showing to everyone.  I hope by reading this interview, it has given you some insight into what Tunngle is, and the main drivers behind it.  I am so glad to have found Tunngle, and I wish I had found it earlier!   ~ Versatile

Before I get started and show off the tutorial questions with the answers, I am sure there are some questions that some of you are wondering about so let me go through those first.

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[How To] Play Gears of War Online With Tunngle For Free

Revisions:

8-11-09: Initial Release.

10-7-09: Fixed patch links.  Added new youtube video.

12-16-09: Added my own special gears of war patch zip file with instructions.

12-20-09: Added new download link.

12-21-09: Fixed the mediafire link.

1-24-10: Added my gears of war video. Note, this is before Teknogods added Gears of War to their program. It is in V15 and above.

2-6-10: Fixed some misc. wording.

4-9-10: Fixed download link.

5-6-12: Fixed download link.

3-13-14: Fixed download link.


Foreword: People love gore, and what better game to showcase this than Gears of War for PC?  I want to thank the people who have figured out how to make this game work, and I need to thank Jewbacon as I know he spent a whole day suffering so I didn’t have to.  With that said, I hope to see you in Tunngle playing with the rest of the underground crew! Enoy! ~ Versatile

Gears of War for Xbox 360 was huge.  It was a game changer in terms of making taking cover behind boxes fun again.  With the success of the Xbox 360, it was a no-brainer decision to create it for PC.

In today’s tutorial, I show you how you can use Tunngle to play Gears of War online with your friends.

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[How To] Play Halo 2 PC Online With Tunngle For Free

Revisions:

7-31-09: Initial Release.
8-8-09: Added hamachi network to coordinate tunngle halo 2.

8-9-09:  Added registry download so you don’t have to do it manually!

10-10-09: Added teknogods beta 12 link and changed instructions.

1-15-10: Here is the teknogods beta 14. Download.

1-16-10: Added clarifications to tutorial about F12.  Added a download link for additional “help” files.  Added halo 2 video finally.

1-31-10: Fixed tutorial to have teknogods beta 15 link.

3-18-10: Fixed dropbox links.

5-17-10: Added teknogods beta 16.

4-29-11: Made it more visible for the network dll download.

8-14-12: Fixed link.

11-9-12: Fixed link for teknogods.


Foreword:  With the recent discovery of Tunngle, I wanted to experiment to see what other games I can get working.  After spending 2 hours figuring out that Hamachi does not work at all with Halo 2, I went onto Tunngle.  By the time all is said and done, about 5 hours of frustration with fellow gamers helped me get to the solution I present in the article.  Enjoy!  ~ Versatile

Let’s face it, Halo 2 for PC was a big deal back in the day.  When Xbox users got Halo 2 for the Xbox, it made the Halo 1 PC users very jealous.  Now it came for Vista, and guess what?  It wasn’t even a hit!  LOL!

In today’s tutorial, I show you how you can use Tunngle to play Halo 2 online with your friends.

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Real Girl + Gaming Online = Uncharted Territory

CS Game Girl

Revisions:

6-9-09: Initial release

8-22-11: Added new disclaimer.


Disclaimer: The topics and ideas that are written below were just some of my insights that I myself have witnessed, as well as told to me by other male gamers. What I have stated does not mean that 100% of the male gaming population are douche bags.  There are some docile male gamers out there, and then there are those that know how to respect girl gamers. Then there are those that don’t. This article was not written as real advice, as I am just a guy. I don’t have a degree in counseling or psychology, but I’m just telling it based upon my own male experiences. I could be wrong,  or I could be right. What matters is that I have engaged you into a possible discussion, and that is all that matters. – Versatile

Are you a girl who plays games?  Awesome, we need more gamers like yourself online since a majority of it is dominated by the male race.  However, my advice to current and future game girls:  Be careful of how you present yourself online.  Let me explain below and why I am sick of the baggage that comes with game girls and them complaining once they start to get chewed out.

Pros of Game Girls

  • Keep guys sharp. If you beat a guy, you can rub it in.  A girl beat you! ROFL!
  • New friendships. Guys who find out a gamer is a girl will act differently (for better or worse?)
  • Playing with a girl is different than playing with guys all the time.  Breaks up the tension.
  • Can turn into a virtual gaming relationship?
  • The sound of a girl makes some guys tremble to their knees. :0

Cons of Game Girls

  • Some game girls are just frickin’ annoying.  They talk and rant and talk some more about nothing, especially in Garena chat rooms (as an example). 
  • If a girl beats a guy, and they are mean, they will rub it in and hold it to you for life.
  • Girls can be pissy and will rip on anyone who doesn’t follow their values/ideas.
  • If a girl is harassed verbally or through online text, it causes a scene.  More douchebag guys may take advantage of the event and start to participate in the online abuse.
  • Girls may be treated different than male players solely for the fact the gamer is a girl and nothing else.
  • Guys behave differently when playing with a girl?  Cramps the guy style possibly?
  • Some game girls really suck at playing the game.  Then when they die, they blame it on themselves because they are a girl, or when it comes to games, it is expected the weakest player is the girl.
  • Some game girls are not hardcore enough, and are so casual in their game playing that they are unreliable game players. 

Advice for the new and current Game Girls

If you are a girl, and you are going to be playing online, please do not pick a name that somehow implies you are a girl! Why?

First of all, see the con list above.  The fact that guys know you are a girl can change the dynamics of the game.  Male players may not give their best, or if they do, they will try to outdo you in everything simply because they do not want their gaming ego to be hurt by a girl.

Secondly, do not pick a name that is girlish.  A name like airgirl111 or SexyJessica is going to bring insult.  Male players are going to make jokes and say you are a guy with a girl name.  You may proceed to defend yourself and somehow prove to the others that you truly are a girl.  Using a microphone makes it easy, but for those who do not have mics, it may not be easy in the end to prove you are a girl if that is important to you.

Thirdly, being a girl and letting others know is going to bring harassment in one way or another.  Do not be surprised if guys start making sexual comments or jokes around you.  When I am in these chat rooms reading it, I take pity on both the game girl as well as the people who partake in the activity.  What is even more sad is that sometimes the game girl provokes others and encourages the “rough” behavior!

I don’t get it.  Some people just want to throw sophistication out the window.  If you are going to pick a new identity online, you can’t go wrong with a neutral name like Iknowtx3000sux, Peppers, Lightbulb, Hammer, RemoteControl, Screwdriver, HousePet, Drill, NonTool, and AfricanPancakes (actually people might think you are African so scratch that).  Well, you get the point.

If you are a girl, and one day start bitching about how people treat you, then I advise you take a hard look at how you act online.  Do you provoke others? Encourage rude behavior?  Game name is girl like?  Well, that is your fault and shame on you.

However, there are other game girls out there that are perfectly fine and people don’t harass.  These girls are nice players, and although some of them have “girly” names, they at least act in a respectable manner like for example names like britney, xbladex, or ziggi.

What do you think?  Am I off base?  If you are a girl gamer, tell me what you think. I am interested in what you got to say!

I am a game girl and I am going to PWN you.

I am a game girl and I am going to PWN you.

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