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Unearthing Command and Conquer’s ancient cutscenes, and more from Speedrun

The 25-year-old classic sees new life

Graphic with grid of five images from various video games and a portrait of Jimmy Mondal, the host of the Speedrun Quibi show Graphic: James Bareham/Polygon | Source images: various
Mike Mahardy leads game criticism and curation at Polygon as senior editor, reviews. He has been covering entertainment professionally for more than 10 years.

Today, I’ll keep things short.

We had another busy week on Speedrun: We taught the basics of Valorant to a newcomer. We put The Outer Worlds character creator to good use. We even caught up with a producer on Command and Conquer Remastered, who tracked down the original beta tapes of the 1995 game’s cutscenes. They were sitting in a storage closet, covered in dust, and untouched for 15 years, and the interview plays like a modern-day Indiana Jones script. I’ve embedded it below so you can see for yourself.

In the end, though, it was a week of postponements and delays. Anger swept the country following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. People across the country took to the street for protests, only to be met with aggressive and often violent policing.

When it came to video games, publishers, developers, and players alike seemed to agree that now, just maybe, is not the time for escapism — that now, more than ever, reality should be our focus.

Polygon has already outlined extensive resources to help with donating, protesting, and education, and you can see those in full here. For amplification’s sake, here are a few from that page:

  • Donate to the Bail Project, a nonprofit organization trying to lower incarceration rates through bail reform.
  • Donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which fights for structural change.
  • Donate to Reclaim the Block, which aims to redirect Minneapolis police funds to other areas of the city’s budget.
  • Mental health activist Myisha T. offers courses and workshops, as well as one-on-one coaching, through her Check Your Privilege program, “a guided journey that deepens your awareness to how your actions affect the mental health of Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color.”

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