AE2 Commander 3-D

What are the hardware and software requirements for AE2 Commander 3-D?

Minimum Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista or 7
Intel or AMD Processor @ 1 Ghz
512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for Vista)
100% DirectX compatible video card with 256 MB video RAM.
DirectX 9.0c+

Recommended Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista or 7 with latest service packs installed
Dual-Core Intel or AMD processor @ 2.0 GHZ or better
100% DirectX compatible nVidia based video card with 1GB or more video RAM
DirectX 9.0c+

Note: OSX is not supported but the game will run on a Mac running a Windows OS.

Download AE2 Commander 3-D

Alpha release: Download here

AE2 Commander 3D requires the latest DirectX drivers and as such you need to update your DirectX drivers. These are available from here.

Installation steps

  1. Download AE2 Commander 3-D (Alpha release).
  2. Unzip the downloaded package using zip utility software such as WinZip or WinRar.
  3. Browse the unzipped 'AE2Commander' folder until the 'game' folder appears.
  4. Browse the 'game' folder for the AE2Submarine executable file.
  5. Double click on the AE2Submarine executable file (.exe) to run the game.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): AE2 Commander

Why was AE2 Commander developed?

The project aims to assess the value of computer simulation and serious gaming for online learning in the archives space. The emergence of virtual worlds and new tools for creating 3-D online spaces promises new possibilities for transformation of how users experiences archives online. Outcomes from this project are expected to contribute to a better understanding of effective and efficient use of gaming tools and technologies.

How should I use AE2 Commander?

Users have a choice of exploring AE2 Commander in 2-D or in 3-D (rendered in 2-D) as a game. Some users will want to explore both. Users are also encouraged to launch the Learnign Challenge and problem solve some questions using the 2-D and 3-D deliverables. However, this is optional-we don’t want to restrict your opportunities to game play and explore alternative pathways for experiencing National Archives holdings. Whether you choose to respond to the Challenge or otherwise, we would appreciate if you could take time out complete sections of the survey that invite you to communicate your reaction to AE2 Commander.

Why is AE2 Commander 3-D taking so long to download?

AE2 Commander 3-D is a 300Mb download. It is an authentic, serious game that puts you in the role of commanding the AE2 on its historic mission. Considerable attention has been given to creating authentic landscapes, capturing submarine detail and delivering an engaging gaming experience. This cannot currently be delivered in a more compact format. If it helps, think of AE2 as a next generation Internet broadband experience, of the kind envisaged as part of the National Broadband Strategy.

Why does a window pop up stating that d3dx9_42.dll is missing?

AE2 Commander 3D requires the latest DirectX drivers and as such you need to update your DirectX drivers. These are available from here.