[last update: June 2010]
If you want to play „The Typing of Dead” demo, but „not supported language” error prevents you to do so, here is what you have to do. I’ve tested this solution under Windows XP and Windows 7, it absolutely works.
1) download Typing of The Dead demo from one of the following sites:
You can download the game from other sources, but the patch is not guarteed to be compatible with them (zipped game file should be about 107 MB).
2) download „TOD demo Non-US Patch”:
TOD demo Non-US Patch
3) Place „Tod_e_modified.exe” in the game directory and run the game using this file. And have fun!
Additional note for those who know what md5 sums are (and downloaded the demo or the path from some other source):
39432a29b37c0d252f2394a5107134ce – md5 sum of oryginal Tod_e_demo.exe
07abf0b4db93ca2cd469b0a4420abd95 – md5 sum of Tod_e_demo_modified.exe
Ever played The House of Dead II? Spent uncountable amount of cash, insanely providing the arcade game machine with new rations of shiny little coins? Failed school exam because you had to beat only one more level? Either way, for you this game is a must. For the others, who hasn’t played it yet it is still very interesting title, definitely worth checking out. Although graphics is clearly outdated, great gameplay makes the game so much fun.
When I found out, that sega made a mod to this zombie-slaughter game which used traditional keyboard instead of a light gun I thought it may be as addictive as the arcade machine version. And I was totaly right – typing instead of simple clicking with mouse has given the game quite different feeling, suprisingly close to arcade version. Plus I have never seen another 3D typing game, it’s still unexplored gaming territory.
But when I tried to download the demo version of „The Typing of The Dead”, unpleasant surprice turned my excitement into disappointment. „Not supported language” error prevented me from turning into ruthless zombie-killer. Apparently the game didn’t run on non-US Windows OS.
I can think of at least 3 solutions to this problem:
1. finding another build
2. downloading full version instead of a demo (but that’s against the law)
3. disassembling the game, modifying it and creating a patch, so anyone could run the demo, regardless of his OS language
Solution nr.1 seemed to be the simplest, but unfortunately other downloadable demo versions I came across were Japanesse or sites which contained them were not free, small fee was required to download any file. Or maybe I overlooked something.
Solution nr.2 is the simplest one – suprisingly it’s easier to download full game (from rapidshare or megaupload) than a demo version. Some sites contain information, that the game is abandonware – which is simply untrue, I think I saw a game portal which is still selling the game (not a box version, rather as downloadable software). Even if I’m mistaken, the Dreamcast version is still being sell (not only on eBay, e.g. http://gamequestdirect.com/01008651144.html?mr:referralID=8c2fc3dc-6b8d-11de-a19a-000423c27407). I believe that the game which is still in stock can’t be called abandonware – it’s just like Diablo or Starcraft, which can still be purchased (both games were released even before The Typing of The Dead, i.e. more than 10 years ago). If you’re not concerned about legal issues, you can surely find proper links via google or… youtube, but I don’t advise that, don’t steal from (not-so-)poor Sega.
Finally, there is this third solution. It is the hardest one, requires some IT knowledge and few spare hours. And it’s completely pointless, because of the solution nr.2. Guess what? Yeah, I’ve choosen this way ^^. And I realized that I don’t remember those clever OllyDbg tricks connected with dialog boxes… That’s why it took me like 4 hours (should have taken less than one). Well, I’m not going to became Reverse Engeneer anyway, so I won’t worry about that.
Gameplay short movie (watch in HD): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGoavaKU7gg
TotD Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Typing_of_the_Dead
I rarely play any games and if I do, they most often bore me after 15-20 minutes. I spent more than 1,5 hour playing this title, so I recommend it without hesitation!