Fox News featured PeaceMaker this week with an interesting angle. I’ll let you judge for yourselves…
Due to the latest updates of QuickTime and Java we’ve introduced a new version for Macintosh. It fixes the tutorial level of the game. This is also relevant to the owners of the Amazon package.
– If you own version 1.06 or newer please go ahead download the new patch.
– If you own an earlier version, please install the newest full version (1.063).
The NPR interview triggered some serious traction for PeaceMaker, apparently with the right audience. This week our Amazon package made it to the the top 20 in all video games and #2 in PC games. It was great to see our indie game with its unique message in the company of World of Warcraft and Sid Meier’s Civilization.
Check out this headline on Gamasutra’s industry news (July 20th):
“Meanwhile, the ImpactGames-developed RTS PeaceMaker manages a strong showing seemingly out of nowhere, as Amazon reports short supply yet a suddenly high level of demand for the title, despite it never having seen a place in the weekly top five since its initial release in May.”
Mobile Version and New Unity Desktop Version:
We have finally released our mobile version. We will definitely monitor those channels for crashes and support requests but please don’t hesitate to contact us through our contact form if you ave any issues. We will be sure to address them and/or refund you as needed. Our goal is to do everything we can to make your experience positive. We are a small team and while we have done everything we can to insure a stable product we are not perfect. This is the version now available through the Play Store, App Store, iTunes, Kindle Store, and more to come. You will know you are using this version if the interface looks like the one pictured on our current web-site and you see the Unity log when loading the game. We are fairly confident in the stability of this newer version. That being said if you face any issues and they aren’t addressed below don’t hesitate to contact us
Update (1/20/16): We believe we have solved the issue that affected certain hardware configurations on Android causing the game to crash on launch of a new game. If you see this or any other issues please don’t hesitate to contact us we are here to help and will work tirelessly to sort out any technical issues.
Old Desktop Java Version:
This is the old unsupported version that was available on cd format through amazon or the Peres center distribution and/or digitally purchased or downloaded from our site. This version unfortunately is no longer supported. If you have this older version and don’t wish to purchase the new version the information below should outline some of the things that could be an issue. Again we apologize but due to changing technologies this version is no longer officially supported and we are limited in what we can do to help you.
Please look below for solutions to commonly faced issues. If none of these solutions help you please feel free to contact support for assistance and we will see what else we may be able to do for you.
Java Quicktime Error
We are getting more frequent reports that this error is appearing and blocking peoples ability to play the game. New versions of the Apple OS have discontinued support for quicktime and Java breaking our game. The discontinuation of the support for Quicktime in Java applications is one of the major reasons we have discontinued support and walked away from our original build and developed our newer version. While we understand peoples comments that we could simply change the codec for audio and video in the old engine to fix the issue we have chosen instead to spend our limited resources on our new development. We hope you understand.
Installation Failure – Installer Won’t Even Launch
If you have somehow gotten our old version in it’s installable format the first thing to check for if the application shows fails to initiate the installation process is that you fully downloaded the application before attempting to install. The file size you see on your computer should be 210MB for Mac and 227MB for PC.
Installation Failure – Can’t Install Files to Program Files(x86)
We have also been seeing issues on PCs that support both 32 and 64 bit applications where the application is being installed in the Program Files(x86) folder. This does not seem to always happen so is something we are still trying to sort out. If you are facing this issue please contact us at support. You can also attempt installing the application in a different location as we believe it may have to do with security permission related to saving files to that location. If anyone faces this issue and finds a fix please contact us or post your findings in the comments.
Game Doesn’t Run after Installation or Can’t Recover From Full Screen Mode
For rare cases when the start screen shows up but the game doesn’t run you will need to run the game in windowed mode. The new version of the game defaults to windowed mode to circumvent this issue, however if you change this setting in the game and face this problem you can follow these steps to return the game to windowed mode. Please download this file and put it in C:\Documents and Settings\<your user name>\PeaceMaker
Full Screen and Multi-Screen Issues
Our game was designed to work on the broadest spectrum of machines in 2007. The process we used to display the game full screen and the resolution we chose are a little bit out of date. We know this causes issues for a lot of modern systems and configurations which is why our new build defaults to windowed mode. We would love for everyone to experience the game in full screen and I wish there was an easy fix for this but it opens a whole rabbit whole of changes. The best I can recommend if you want to attempt this or need to in order to project the game is to crank back your screen resolution before entering full screen mode (1024×768).
Peres Version – QuickTime Issues
If you own the Peres Center version of PeaceMaker (v1.068, distributed exclusively through Israel and the Palestinian Territories) feel free to install this patch for PC or for Mac. DO NOT use this patch if you downloaded PeaceMaker, or purchased a physical copy through Amazon.com, or a specific event.
Older Versions – QuickTime Issues
If you own the online version (v1.063 and earlier) or the CD version (physical copy) feel free to install this patch for PC or Mac. You do not need this patch if you own a later version of PeaceMaker. DO NOT use this patch if you have the Peres Center version.
Fresh from this morning, we were fortunate to have Steve Inskeep try out PeaceMaker on air. A glimpse of the game’s messages and logic are “viewed” as he picks through actions and describes the outcomes. It is also interesting to see how the soundtrack of the game plays a role and sets the atmosphere for the interview. Check it out on NPR’s site.
And on the broader perspective of the intersection between entertainment and socio-politics, the New York Times featured the European Union’s Youtube Channel – EUTUBE. Great effort by the EU to improve its “heavy” and “old” image with a series of short clips, many based on European films. The campaign features love, joy and the environment as core themes in the European existence. Enjoy…