Late last night (or early this morning), I was all set to play a skirmish game of Rise of Nations with my good friend and fellow Canuck Jenn Cutter. This is for an upcoming podcast episode, so we need to fit in the experience before we record that show. (Yes, she’s a guest, but not the only one. I’ll explain more later.)
We set up Game Ranger to get around the annoying Gamespy stuff that never seems to work right, and were all set to kill some dudes. But we could not connect because we had different versions of the game.
Usually you would just patch and move on, but this isn’t an option for us – we were both up to date. The issue, it turns out, is that Rise of Nations Gold is incompatible with Thrones and Patriots played from its own disk. The Gold version apparently uses a slightly different version because of some No-CD thing or whatever. Good going guys.
There is an elaborate work around that may work, but it involves all kind of crap that I should not have to put up with. Time is of the essence here, of course, so I ordered a copy of RoN Gold to see if, at the very least, those two versions could speak to each other.
Yet another sad story in legacy PC gaming.