Starting on 25.09.2016, everyday at 18:00 CET a new YouTube video will be uploaded to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/LeaderEE2
The even is called "A week with EE2". I decided to create it, to keep the YouTube channel in a good shape, and to make players more interested in Empire Earth II.
Unfortunately, the new videos are not going to be gameplays of the "best games". Some of the videos will be very short, some of them very long, but I hope that it will still be enjoyable to watch!
Since I'm already writing about my YouTube channel, I'll use the opportunity to answer some of frequently asked questions about the channel.
1. Will you ever record Gameplays vs hardest AIs (computer players)?
Yes, maybe in the future, but I don't really enjoy playing against computer players, I prefer Multiplayer, so I'm not going to record it very soon. However, since many people ask for it, I'll try to do it.
2. Why there is no voice commentary in your videos?
A voice commentary is pretty useless in Gameplay videos. Talking while playing would not improve quality of the gameplay. When you're watching a video without the commentary, you can hear the game ambient sounds and you can feel the EE2 climate. It's better to focus on game than talking. Also, if I said something stupid, I would need to cut it in some video editing program. It would negatively affect the quality of uploaded videos. At the moment I upload videos recorded with Nvidia Shadowplay, in the unchanged quality that's why they look so good on YouTube!
3. What about a webcam?
I indeed have a good quality webcam, built-in my laptop. This webcam won't be used when I'm playing games... I'm an ordinary person who improves EE2, not a Youtuber! Some people don't even know if I'm really a woman or a guy.
4. Why this channel has so few subscriptions?
It's because I don't care about subscriptions, and I never ask people to subscribe. The channel is followed only by people who like the current videos and wait for more.
5. How much do you earn from ads on YouTube?
For ~6000-7000 views per month I get around 3-4$ (USD). Now you can count how much YouTubers with millions of views under every video earn.
Have fun, people! If I can recommend something - watch EE2 videos before you fall asleep, on your smartphone! I usually do this!
It's sad that I have to post it, but there is some serious problem with our community. Over 2 weeks ago I released a minor update 155012 with the new UP1.5 installers. Obiviously no code is "perfect", so I asked players to report any problem with the installer to me. Over 2 weeks of silence, and finally one of the active Multiplayer members reported a serious issue which disallowed (from my calculations) over 200 players to install UP1.5 or a Minor Update! The bug was very easy to fix, in the installer code I accidentally added a string length checking of a wrong string... It was my fault that I didn't test new installers long enough, but I'm asking where is the community? Why nobody reported it to me earlier? Problems are not being fixed automatically. Without reports I don't even know that bugs exist.
The similar story is with the project I'm working on for already 4 years: Empire Earth 2 Language Changer (click). There are still 5 languages missing, so I can't release it. Only 2 players sent me required language files (for German and for Czech version). Spanish and French I found myself by a long google research with translations... Unofficial Patch 1.5 was installed over 68300 times, and I spammed a lot that we need those language files... But of course, nobody is even interested to help with that.
So please, if you guys really are EE2 fans - stop being passive, and help me to improve stuff. I can't do everything alone. Please don't feel affraid to contact me by forum.ee2.eu or the Chat in UP1.5 Launcher, whenever you detect any problem. Thank you for reading this.
On 07.09.2016 a minor update 155012 for Unofficial Patch 1.5 has been released. The update is backward compatible (so it's not required to install it to connect other players on Multiplayer). You can check the full changes list here (click).
One of the best features are new Unofficial Patch 1.5 and Unofficial Patch 1.5 Minor Update installers! Installers are now as smart as Unofficial Patch 1.5 Launcher - they detect if UP1.5 was installed before, if it's necessary to update configuration files or what minor version you have got currently installed. I recorded YouTube videos showing the installation process:
Dear Empire Earth II players! There was a missing place at EE2.eu where I could post longer messages. We always had a "News" section, but those news are integrated with EE2News Twitter (which is also integrated in UP1.5 Launcher), so it would be much harder for me to write long messages. I used to post all important information at forum.ee2.eu, but it wasn't comfortable for me and for the followers. So from now on, we are starting EE2.eu Blog!
Something about me: I'm Dr.MonaLisa, one of the biggest EE2 fans, who was determined enough to learn programming and develop unofficial patches with features I always wanted to have in EE2, without affecting the orginal game balance. I started playing EE2 when I was 7 years old, in 2005, right after release. Me and my brother loved the demo version of EE2. I remember we used to keep the computer in the "sleep mode" just to continue a game next day (the demo version had no save feature). And that's enough about me, I would rather stay mysterious than leak my whole life here. It's better to focus on game itself, and that's what will be done on this blog!