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Modding DEFCON for Christmas: Gifts, Not Nukes

timothy posted more than 7 years ago | from the send-some-gift-auf-deutsch dept.

Christmas Cheer 18

An anonymous reader writes "Some coders modified Introversion's DEFCON, the game of nuclear war, by replacing the audio and visual components and some code to make a Christmas mod where you deliver presents instead of nukes to children (Bombers become sleighs, Fighters become reindeer, SAMs become Snowmen, etc). Their site explains the x86 assembly hackery and artistic components of their holiday hack."

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This has been out for years! (4, Funny)

trdrstv (986999) | more than 7 years ago | (#17369286)

It's all one big missunderstanding. The US was on a HUMANITARIAN mission in Iraq... someone didn't realize it was only a mod....

It's Christmas at Ground Zero (3, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 7 years ago | (#17369410)

And if the DEFCON mod works okay,
not a single line in the original song []
needs a byte of change today.

Half-Modded Gameplay (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 7 years ago | (#17445946)

"Your mistletoe is no match for my TOW missile!"

How the movie should have been (1)

waTR (885837) | more than 7 years ago | (#17369448)

I guess the next logical step is for someone to put this mod into "War Games" and have a christmas special. Have to re-dub the actors though... "oh god! Stop the count-down, christmas must not come early this year!"

Sorry to be a bit of a bore here... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17369476)

But is this really news for nerds, and does it really matter all that much?

Re:Sorry to be a bit of a bore here... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17369514)

Only the Slashdot Grinch would dare ask that question!

Of course it is! (1)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 7 years ago | (#17370524)

You've got indie game development, WarGames references, game modding including ASM code on the linked webpage. How geek does it need to be?

Contrast that to some of the other posts today: Review of the graphics on a demo of Gran Turismo HD. GNUStep gets a new chief maintainer. Yet another speculative article about an Apple iPhone.

While this article may not matter in the larger sense, it beats 90% of the other slashdot articles hands-down for nerd relevance.

A bit late... (4, Informative)

vG_NeSS_Vg (965577) | more than 7 years ago | (#17369940)

I know this is better than average for Slashdot, but still, This mod for DEFCON came out more than a month ago (November 9) Here's the original thread that it debuted in: php?t=3355 []

Too bad it reboots my MacBook Pro... (1)

ChrisKnight (16039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17369996)

Some friends of mine just got hooked on DEFCON, and I downloaded and installed it into the Boot Camp partition on my second generation MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo). If I boot into Windows XP can play about three missions into the training set, or just barely connect to a multi-player game, before audio starts looping and my laptop reboots.

Looks like a cool game. Wish I could play it.


Re:Too bad it reboots my MacBook Pro... (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 7 years ago | (#17370410)

Are you using the "Steam" version or the version off the website? (people have issues with Steam from my understanding)

And you have upgraded to latest 1.2?

Re:Too bad it reboots my MacBook Pro... (1)

ChrisKnight (16039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17370432)

I am running the regular version, not Steam, upgraded to 1.2.


Re:Too bad it reboots my MacBook Pro... (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376826)

Hrm... Got me.

The only other thing I would try because either reformatting Winxp would be to check firewall setup, turn off Windows Defender, and various other programs laying around.

Re:Too bad it reboots my MacBook Pro... (1)

644bd346996 (1012333) | more than 7 years ago | (#17370996)

DEFCON works in CrossOver Mac.

Re:Too bad it reboots my MacBook Pro... (1)

ChrisKnight (16039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17371358)

I will try that. I own CrossOver Mac, but have been having spotty luck getting things to run. SecureCRT works great. SecureFX works, but throws an error when I exit. Visual SlickEdit blows chunks.

I hadn't considered running a heavy graphics game under it.


Re:Too bad it reboots my MacBook Pro... (1)

ChrisKnight (16039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17372980)

Odd. I just upgraded my registered copy of CrossOver Mac to 6.0RC1 and when I tried to run the DEFCON installer CrossOver Mac 'quit unexpectedly'.

DEFCON is nuking me at every turn. :)


We're working on it (3, Informative)

Captain Tripps (13561) | more than 7 years ago | (#17372376)

See our progress log [] for more info on the Mac port. If I'm lucky, I might be able get the cross-platform multiplayer working this week, which is what's holding up the (private) beta release.

I'm kind of surprised it doesn't work in Bootcamp.

Re:We're working on it (1)

ChrisKnight (16039) | more than 7 years ago | (#17372966)

A port to OS X would be awesome. But then, so would knowing why it caused my MacBook Pro to reboot would be nice too. :)


Buggy audio driver maybe? (1)

Captain Tripps (13561) | more than 7 years ago | (#17373684)

Defcon does use hardware-accelerated audio. But you'd need to take that up with Introversion; my only involvement is with the Mac port.
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