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Running the Game
by Chiitoo on Monday December 12th 2011, 9:40
If .NET and XNA are installed "properly", it is possible to start Cthulhu Saves the World or/and Breath of Death VII, however, they only show the screen with the logo and "ZEBOYD GAMES PRESENTS...", after that, a short .wmv movie would play, which is where they crash, or XNA does. When running under Windows, you will need Windows Media Player after the video. The game actually starts up until the end of the video without, but after that, it will crash if WMP is not installed (so it's used for the music I guess).
I fiddled around it for a day, and am currently unsure if it's an issue with XNA/.NET, or, an issue with Windows Media Player, which unfortunately is a requirement (not sure which version, as it only states "latest" on their web-site).
I tried installing WMP10 via Winetricks, but that didn't seem to help.
I also tried installing WMP11, and it actually starts, but the graphics of the player are all messed up and the application doesn't seem usable. I don't think these games actually need the full player, though, perhaps just getting it to use the runtime and whatnot would be enough (I managed to install that alone, but not sure if it's actually working).
To get through the XNA/.NET part, follow instructions for Terraria (I didn't exactly, but I am rather sure it should work just as well as there aren't any real differences in the end).
Now I am debating if I should open a bug for something related to XNA and the MediaPlayer function of it specifically. Gotta take a stroll at least to see what kind of possibly related bugs are already open.
I hope this will be of help to anyone thinking of looking into these games. It is a shame they require WMP, as they are a lot of fun!