Q: Who runs placeforgames.com?
Q: What software is needed to run the games?
Q: Do your games run on the Mac?
Q: What payment methods do you accept?
Q: What's the best way of contacting you?
Q: Where can I get DirectX from?
Q: How much RAM do I need for your games?
Q: What video card do you recommend?
Q: What operating system do I need?
Q: What make of machines do your games run on?
Q: Is it possible to run the game in a Window?
Q: In your testing what's the most common cause of your games not running correctly?
Q: In Race Day, I'd like to change the names of the horses, is this possible?
Q: Is it possible to alter the graphics in the game? For instance, in Race Day, I would like to add a name to the Jockey's shirt.
Q: How do you find out your TCP/IP address for multiplayer games like Earth Cookies Are Nice?
Q: Why arenít there any hurdles or jumps in Race Day?


Q: How do you find out your TCP/IP address for multiplayer games like Earth Cookies Are Nice?

A: Before running the game we connect to the Internet then run a program called WINIPCFG.exe that comes with Windows. We select the PPP Adapter from the pull down menu in the middle and read the IP Address. We then e-mail this to our opponent, start the game and wait for them to join us.

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Q: In Race Day, I'd like to change the names of the horses, is this possible?

A: Yes, and you can change other names as well. We store the names in text files that you can find in the level folder (the horse names are stored in a file called hNames.txt). Just use notepad (not wordpad) to change them. You might want to make a copy of the original file first, just in case things go wrong.

When making changes note the following; do not delete names - just overwrite them, do not add names at the end of the list, when changing a name you can make it as long as the longest name in the list.

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Q: Is it possible to run the game in a Window?

A: Yes, although we do not recommend that you write your unsaved life story while playing our games, you can run our games in a Window.

To do it, go to the game's folder and you you should see a folder called dat. Go into it and rename a file from windowno.dat to window.dat. The next time you run the game it will appear in an 800 x 600 window.

To run it fullscreen just change the name back from window.dat to windowno.dat.

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Q: In your testing what's the most common cause of your games not running correctly?

A: We have got our games to run on all of our machines, but on some of them we did have to update them to the latest drivers.

We've seen some really weird graphic corruption problems - which would have taken us about 6 months to program if we wanted the game to look like that - all sorted by downloading the latest drivers from the video card manufacturer.

The same has been true of some old sound cards which failed to play - until new drivers were installed.

So if you do get any odd problems drop us an e-mail and we will see what we can do.

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Q: Is it possible to alter the graphics in the game? For instance, in Race Day, I would like to add a name to the Jockey's shirt.

A: Yes, you can draw over any of the graphics adding names to shirts, changing the colour of things. The graphics can be found in either the textures or the interface folders.

Some (obvious) rules:
1. Do not change the size of the images.
2. They must be saved with the same name as the original and in the same place.
3. They must be saved in the same format e.g. save jpgs as jpgs and if it's got an alpha channel (like with the trees in Race Day) - make sure it still has one when you've finished with it.

I would suggest you store a copy of the original - just in case you need to go back.

Have fun!

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Q: Who runs placeforgames.com?

A: We are a small outfit whose team members have been making games for many years. Information about the team can be found on the people page. If you want info on what we've done in the past then take a peek at the company's website at www.edwardgrabowski.com (go to our links page for a direct link).

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Q: What's the best way of contacting you?

A: Send us an email. Our email address is on the contact page.

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Q: Where can I get DirectX from?

A: You can download it from Microsoft, we have a link to their page on our links page.

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Q: How much RAM do I need for your games?

A: It depends on the operating system. We like at least 64 Mb of RAM for 95 /98 and 128 Mb for 2000 and XP.

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Q: What video card do you recommend?

A: One with at least 8 Mb of video RAM - but the more RAM the better (32 Mb is ideal). If the game is running slowly you can turn off certain effects (such as shadows) to improve performance. We actually use cards from a variety of sources, including NVidia, ATI and Kyro.

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Q: What operating system do I need?

A: Our games need Microsoft's Windows 95/98 or 2000 or XP. Sorry they do not work on NT.

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Q: What make of machines do your games run on?

A: All of our games are for the PC (Sorry Mac users). We suggest that the processor operates at 400 MHz or higher. We have played our games on both Intel and AMD machines.

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Q: Why arenít there any hurdles or jumps in Race Day?

A: Because Claire says forcing those poor animals to jump over sticks is cruel. We explained that in Race Day the horses are not Ďrealí, but she was having none of it!

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Q: What software is needed to run the games?

A: All of our games need Microsoft's DirectX 8 or higher to run. DirectX can be downloaded for free from Microsoft via our links page. Note: Windows XP already has DirectX 8 'built-in'.

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Q: What payment methods do you accept?

A: We use PayPal. PayPal is an account-based system that lets anyone with an email address securely send and receive online payments using their credit card or bank account. PayPal accept a variety of well known credit cards. If you'd like to find out more about PayPal we have a link to their site on our links page.

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Q: Do your games run on the Mac?

A: Sorry. Currently our games will only run on the PC. The new version of Movie Studio Boss - available from Steam - has a MAC version.

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