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CRICKET WORLD CUP 99 UNOFFICIAL FAQ
VERSION 1.0730
30 July, 1999
Updates available at http://www.rocknet.net.au/~nwest
Best viewed at 800x600 in Notepad with Word Wrap on
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
1. Introduction
   1.1 What's New?
   1.2 Why do a FAQ?
   1.3 What have you done before?
   1.4 Versions
   1.5 Disclaimer/Copyright
   1.6 Contributors
   1.7 Contact Information
2. Game Information
   2.1 What is Cricket World Cup 99?
   2.2 Who developed CWC?
   2.3 So what happened to Beam?
   2.4 Is it the sequel to Cricket 97?
   2.5 What are the minimum requirements?
   2.6 But it says on the box that you need a gamepad for the 3D accelerated 
version!
   2.7 Can I play over the Internet?
   2.8 What modes are there?
3. How Do I Play?
   3.1 How do I bat?
   3.2 How do I bowl?
   3.3 How do I field?
   3.4 What is the best controller to use?
   3.5 What features are in the game?
4. General Questions
   4.1 I thought [insert southpaw here] was a left-hander!
   4.2 Why does the weather or pitch conditions never change?
   4.3 Why can I bowl no-balls and wides?
   4.4 So which is better, Shane Warne Cricket, or CWC?
   4.5 Where can I buy the game? How much does it cost?
   4.6 Who is on the cover of the box?
   4.7 Where did they hide the test match function?
   4.8 Who are the commentators?
   4.9 Who's going to win the World Cup?
   4.10 Who won the World Cup?
   4.11 Which cricket grounds can you play on?
   4.12 The player models look just like Adam & Ben Hollioake!
   4.13 What/Where are the live updated rosters?
   4.14 Why couldn't they have the correct rosters? Gee, the game came out after 
play started.
   4.15 How do I fix the problem with fonts mentioned in the readme? (Riva TNT 
only)
   4.16 Why are there dots in the sky?
   4.17 When is it coming out on the PlayStation?
   4.18 How do I cheat?
   4.19 Is there a practice facility?
   4.20 What happens after you win the World Cup?
   4.21 What are some of the "features" everyone is complaining about?
   4.22 What bugs are in the game?
   4.23 Where can I download the demo?
   4.24 What are some good sites to go to?
   4.25 What has happened to the EA Sports website (.au)?
5. Patches
   5.1 What patches have been released?
   5.2 What was the original plan for the patch schedule?
   5.3 Does the patch improve gameplay?
6. The End
   5.1 Coming Up Next

   
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1. INTRODUCTION
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1.1 What's New?
===
    * Updated - Patch Information, Links
    * Fix for the Riva TNT font bug
    * Brand New Need For Speed 4 FAQ at FAQWorld
    * Fixed silly spelling mistakes
    * You may have noticed that there is less and less content added to each new 
version.
      Most of the information I wanted in the FAQ is already there, and there is 
not much new
      stuff to go around. Don't worry though, as I will still update the FAQ 
whenever there is
      information that needs to be added.
    * Still waiting for Yahoo to list my old site
    * Fact - This was the longest period between FAQ updates
    * I have decided to keep the game
    
===
1.2 Why do a CWC99 FAQ?
===
    Well for starters, there are a lot of questions cricket fans have out there 
about CWC99. So I thought, why not make a FAQ answering as many questions as 
possible, hopefully destroying all false rumours. Plus, it makes my web counter 
go up! =)
    There is some information that is not provided in the manual, and can often 
be found in this FAQ. If you would like a question added to this FAQ, then email 
me at the usuall address.
    While it started out small, it has grown bigger since its first release. 
Hopefully, even though the World Cup is over, I will update this FAQ regularly 
until the next cricket game comes out.

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1.3 What have you done before?
===
     This is my second FAQ. The other one I have done is for Need For Speed 3: 
Hot Pursuit. As I know of, it was the only one for the PC version. Although it 
isn't as detailed as this FAQ, it is more popular due to the larger player base. 
You can find it at http://www.rocknet.net.au/~nwest .
     1.0730 Update - Need For Speed 4 FAQ available at above site.
 
===
1.4 Versions
===
    This is the fifth version of the CWC99 FAQ (1.0730). Previous versions are 
available via email. (1.0515/1.0524/1.0619/1.0630)    
    I have made up the version number using the following guidelines (1.0515 as 
an example) -
1   - The year it was written (1999 is 1, 2000 is 2, 2001 is 3 etc.)
.05 - The month it was written in (eg. 05 is May)
15  - The date of the month it was written on.
 
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1.5 Disclaimer/Copyright
===
    (This is off the box) -
    EA SPORTS CRICKET WORLD CUP (c) Copyright 1999 Electronic Arts. EA SPORTS 
and the EA SPORTS logo are trademarks of Electronic Arts in the U.S. and/or 
other countries including Australia. All rights reserved. 1999 ICC Cricket World 
Cup England 1999 (c) 1997 ECBTM. TruSpin is a trademark of Electronic Arts. 
Windows is either a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United 
States and/or other countries.
    Information in this FAQ is correct to the best of my knowledge. However, 
errors occur. If you find something wrong in here, or have something to add, 
please contact me at the address below.
    This FAQ is the property of Nathan West. You may freely distribute this FAQ 
as long as the content is not changed. Feel free to include this FAQ on your 
website, although your URL would be nice. (C)1999
 
===
1.6 Contributors
===
    Nathan West (west_nathan@hotmail.com) - FAQ Author
    Grant - General Information
    Rob Alexander (manutd@connectfree.co.uk) - Box Covers
    Ahmad Hussain (ahmad_h@usa.net) - Bug List
    Fremen - Bug List
    Nazeel (saazeel@ihug.co.nz) - Bug List
    Girish Patangay (girish@coolmaps.com) - Bug List
     
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1.7 Contact Information
===
    You can contact me at west_nathan@hotmail.com . I try to respond in a few 
days, but have been known to respond after a few weeks. If you do not get a 
reply after one week, try emailing me again. Please use the subject CWC99, as I 
am still getting email about my NFS3 FAQ. If possible, email me first before 
contacting any of the contributors.
 
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2. GAME INFORMATION
===
2.1 What is Cricket World Cup 99?
===
    Cricket World Cup 99 (CWC99 or CWC) is the official game for the World Cup. 
No, not the soccer one, but the cricket edition. The countries Australia, India, 
Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, 
Bangladesh, Kenya and Scotland all make their way to England (also playing) to 
hit balls around an oval with sticks.
 
===
2.2 Who developed CWC?
===
    CWC is a joint venture between EA Sports Australia, and Creative Assembly. 
Both were involved in the making of AFL 99, a game based on the sport called 
Australian Football League. I also believe that the two are currently creating 
an official Rugby Union game, which will be based on their World Cup. Creative 
Assembly are based in England, which would have made things a tad difficult 
because of the distance. They also have a website, but I do not have the address 
on me at the moment.
 
===
2.3 So what happened to Beam?
===
    Beam were the makers of Cricket 96 & 97 (along with the other hybrids). I 
don't have the official word why they were not given the rights. But my personal 
guess is that EA were not satisfied with their efforts in C97. Not to be 
confused with Bleem!, the Playstation emulator (not that it has yet).
 
===
2.4 Is it the sequel to Cricket 97?
===
    Thankfully, no. The only similarities between the two are -
a) produced by EA Sports
b) Ritchie Benaud  =)
 
===
2.5 What are the minimum requirements?
===
    This is from the box -
With Graphics Accelerator - P200, 32Mb RAM, 4Mb 3D Video Card, 8x CD ROM, Sound 
Card, DirectX 6
Without Graphics Accelerator - P166, 32 Mb RAM, 1Mb Video Card, 4x CD ROM, Sound 
Card, DirectX 6
Hard Drive Space - 140 Mb
 
    Both Direct3D and Glide are supported by CWC. I have not heard of any 
critical problems with the main accelerators (Riva TNT 1/2, Voodoo 1/2/3). 
Performance with other cards is unknown.
    The game was written using DirectX 6, although any newer versions will work. 
However, newer versions do cause some corruption in the menus, and minor 
graphics glitches in the game. These are not serious, and are hardly noticeable. 
If you have no reason to upgrade to DX6.1, then leave DX6 installed.
    Windows compatible gamepads (4 buttons) are also suppported.
 
===
2.6 But it says on the box that you need a gamepad for the 3D accelerated 
version!
===
    Yeah, but you don't. Just like some of the other printing errors on the box 
(don't ask), this information is wrong. I guess they were supposed to add the 
gamepad bit to the empty box below this section. Trust me, you can play with 
either the keyboard or the mouse. 
 
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2.7 Can I play over the Internet?
===
    In one word, no. It was promised before the game was released that you would 
be able to play modem to modem, network, and Internet play on the EA server. 
However, no multiplayer facilities have been built into the game. There is no 
patch to allow this, as it would be difficult to introduce if it was never in 
the game to start off with.
 
===
2.8 What modes are there?
===
    There are three modes (not including the practice function explained in 
4.18). They are -
* One Day International
* World Cup Competition
* World Cup Super Six Competition

    The One Day International mode allows you to choose any two sides for a one 
day game (5 overs or more). You could probably say it is a quick/friendly game 
function, because you choose your sides, the match conditions, and the stadium, 
and away you go. The match has no influence on the World Cup competition.
    The World Cup Competition mode is exactly what it says. Choose which sides 
you would like to control, and the World Cup begins. The matches are the same as 
the ones in the World Cup, including the location of the game. As I have not 
finished this mode yet, I can not say what happens at the end.
    The World Cup Super Six Competition joins the top six teams from both groups 
(A & B) as the battle for the Cup really begins. I have completed this mode, and 
a movie is played at the end depending on what team you used. See question 4.19 
for more information.
 
 
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3. HOW DO I PLAY?
===
3.1 How do I bat?
===
    *Note* - I play using the mouse, and all controls will therefore be 
referring to the mouse

    There are three ways to hit the ball - playing a normal stroke (Left-Click), 
a defensive stroke (Right-Click), or a power stroke (Both Buttons). Before the 
bowler starts, hold the right button down to position the cone (the blue arc) in 
the direction where you roughly want to hit the ball. Once the bowler is bowling 
his ball, position your batter, and wait for the cone to flash red. Once it 
flashes red, then hit the ball using one of the strokes listed above.
    If you time your clicking correctly, then the batter should hit the ball. 
The length of time that the cone flashes depends on the ability of your batsman. 
It can be difficult to judge when to swing the bat, and I like clicking when the 
ball hits the yellow circle.
    If you wish to run, click on the left button, and start double-clicking to 
sprint. Once you have completed the number of runs that you feel are necessary, 
stop clicking the button when the batter is about to return to his crease. To 
make sure they are in, click the right mouse button. This may be necessary if 
you have missed the ball, and our out of your crease (possible stumping chance).
 
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3.2 How do I bowl?
===
    First of all, select which side of the crease you would like to bowl from 
(double click the right button to change position). Move the mouse to select 
where you would like the ball to bounce. Hold the right button, and move the 
mouse to select what type of ball you would like to bowl, and how much seam/spin 
is applied (see manual for more details).
    When you are ready to bowl, press the left mouse button when the little 
diamond in the bowling control panel is close to the center. Once the power 
meter is at the appropriate level, click the left mouse button again, and wait 
for the bowler to bowl the ball.
    If you wish to change the speed of the ball after you have delivered it, 
quickly double click either the left or right mouse button (left - increase, 
right - decrease).
 
    If you need more information, please consult the manual first before asking 
me any questions.
 
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3.3 How do I field?
===
    All fielding is controlled by the computer, so you can sit back and watch 
your fielders scramble for the ball. Fielding was originally going to be 
controlled by the player, but was changed soon before the game went gold. The 
manual even contains some information on how you were supposed to field.
 
===
3.4 What is the best controller to use?
===
    At first, I started out using the mouse, as this was the controller 
recommended by most fellow players. The mouse is the best controller to use for 
bowling, as you can move the circle around more accurately, and it is easier to 
judge when to start your run-up.
    As an experiment, I tried using the keyboard for a change. I discovered that 
the keyboard was the better controller for batting, as I had had trouble batting 
with the mouse. It is much easier to line up the batsman, and press the two keys 
together to hit a power shot. It is often difficult to hit both the mouse 
buttons at the same time.
    I do not have a gamepad, so I am unable to comment on whether this 
controller is better than the rest. If anyone has a gamepad, and wants to share 
their views, then give me a yell at the usual address.
    If it were possible, I would use the mouse for bowling, and the keyboard for 
batting. But because you can't, then I would have to go for the keyboard. 
Bowling is just as easy on the keyboard as the mouse, and you get a better 
batting controller thrown in for free.
 
===
3.5 What features are in the game?
===
    Statistics, replays, camera selection, and fielding settings can be found in 
the game. As well, you can control whether the computer takes over, and 
generates the score for you. This feature will not be explained here (see the 
manual for further details).
    During play, you can access statistics using the menu brought up using the 
ESC (escape) key. Here you can find the four options listed above. This is a 
basic rundown of the these four options. For more information, read the manual.

* Statistics - there are eight tables or charts than can be viewed after 
choosing this option. They are Batting & Bowling Scorecards, Partnership Scores, 
Partnership Graph, Batting & Bowling Charts, Run Graph, and Team Statistics. You 
can use these to view the shots used by the batsman, where the bowlers are 
pitching the ball, run rates, and other important details. Try experimenting 
with these statistics to find the ones you like

* Replays - here you can view a replay of the previous few moments. To save 
memory, the computer only records about half a minute, so ensure that you view 
the replay soon after the incident occurs. The camera selection can be changed 
during the replay, although this often remains the camera selection in gameplay. 
Clicking, holding and moving the left mouse button changes the camera angle, and 
clicking, holding and moving the right mouse button zooms in on a target. The 
dial on the right can be adjusted so you can control the speed of the replay. 
Replays can be saved and viewed at a later date.

* Camera Selection - the camera can be changed at any stage during the game. The 
views available are Director, Wide, Midwicket, Delivery, Reverse Delivery, 
Batsman, Fielder, Ball, Nursery End, Pavillion End (the names of the previous 
two change), Batsman Stump, and Bowler Stump. The functions keys (on the top of 
the keyboard) can also be used to change the view without interupting the game.

* Fielding Settings - without going into too much detail, this option allows you 
to change the "aggressiveness" of the field, either by moving a slider or 
positioning the fielders manually. These changes are saveable so they can be 
recalled at a later date.
 
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4. GENERAL QUESTIONS
===
4.1 I thought [insert southpaw here] was a left-hander!
===
    Well they are. However, EA released the game with no left-handers, either 
bowlers or batters. They were aware of the "bug" before its release, but time 
restraints probably caused it to be left out. EA will release a patch soon after 
its release to allow left-handers. But, as a right-hander, I couldn't care less!  
=)
    1.0630 Update - Left handed players added, see question 5.1.

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4.2 Why do the weather or pitch conditions never change?
===
    Before you begin the game, you are able to choose the weather conditions 
(either wet, dry or random). This causes the pitch to be soft, damp, hard, 
grassy etc. However, this does not seem to affect play conditions, and you 
certainly can't see the snow/rain coming down. Even if it did start raining, 
play would be stopped. Correct me if I am wrong.
    The weather/pitch conditions do not change *during* play, and this may be 
corrected with a patch, along with all the other annoying bugs.
 
===
4.3 Why can I bowl no-balls and wides?
===
    Yes, a common mistake. You have actually put the CWC CD in your drive 
instead of the Shane Warne Cricket CD. Now, instead of bowling perfect balls, 
you can actually bowl it towards the square-leg umpire! Also included in CWC - 
stumpings, and walking down the pitch to hit the ball. You are unable to bowl 
no-balls caused by overstepping the delivery crease.
 
===
4.4 So which is better, Shane Warne Cricket, or CWC?
===
    Well, I can't really answer that. I have only played the SWC demo, and the 
full version of CWC. From reading other players responses, it seems to be about 
50/50. Personally, the ground textures in the SWC demo (on my RIVA TNT) kept on 
disappearing. That doesn't mean CWC is better though.
    Although the graphics and interface are great, it is near impossible for the 
computer to get a score over 50 runs. Pitch the ball in the right place, and you 
are just about guaranteed a wicket. Once the problem with the left-handed 
players is fixed, then the game will improve. At the moment though, it does get 
boring when you/the computer are 6-11 (or 11-6 if you're not from Oz). 
 
===
4.5 Where can I buy the game? How much does it cost?
===
    CWC is currently available in good software stores all around the world. It 
was released in NZ on the 7th, before any other country. All explanations why 
this is can be kindly emailed to me. If you live in a country where they don't 
sell CWC (such as the US), you can order it at http://www.eastore.ea.com .
    A software retailer in Australia has advertised CWC99 for only $48.70 (gawd, 
what an ugly price). The game cost approximately $70 in New Zealand. Pricing 
seems to be more expensive in other countries than Australia.
 
===
4.6 Who is on the cover of the box?
===
    As I know of, there are four different players, depending on where you buy 
the game. The player on the front of the box does not affect the game. Here is 
the most up-to-date list. If you know any more, please contact me.
 
New Zealand - Stephen Fleming
Australia - Ricky Ponting
England - Alec Stewart
South Africa - Shaun Pollock
 
===
4.7 Where did they hide the test match function?
===
    They hid it in their original version. Remember, there are no test matches 
in the World Cup. It would be wrong to include such a feature when it is not 
possible in real life. Maybe when they release the next version they will have a 
test match function.
 
===
4.8 Who are the commentators?
===
    The commentators are Richie Benaud and David Gower. Benaud is the king of 
cricket commentators, and has featured in previous EA games. Gower has been 
described as a bit too boring in this game though, so don't get too excited when 
he starts talking. Personally, I think he sounds pretty good, and does not speak 
as much as Richie. Although the commentary is good, it seems to be a bit 
repetitive some times, and nearly a whole over can go before they decide to say 
something.
 
===
4.9 Who's going to win the World Cup?
===
    Why, Australia of course. Apart from being an Aussie, there is no bias what 
so ever. I will probably have to add another question when the series is over 
though.
    Update - maybe I should reconsider my choice if we can't beat New Zealand or 
Pakistan.
    Update #2 - well, at least we made the semi-finals.
    Update #3 - see next question.

===
4.10 Who won the World Cup?
===
    Yes, it is true, I am the world's greatest cricket tipster. AUSTRALIA WON 
THE WORLD CUP!! We are now the greatest one-day side, and possibly the greatest 
test side in the world. Although many doubted Australia could get into the super 
six, they were wrong, and we smashed Pakistan in the final. Here is the result -

Pakistan - all out for 135 after 39 overs
Australia - 4 for 135 after 20.1 overs

    I believe Australia won 7 games on the trot to win the World Cup.
 
===
4.10 Which cricket grounds can you play on?
===
     In total, there are 21 stadia. This was increased from the original 6 that 
was announced at the start. The first version of this FAQ stated that there were 
only going to be 12 grounds. EA have decided to include all of them. The grounds 
are  -
 
* Amsterdam
* Bristol
* Canterbury
* Cardiff
* Chelmsford
* Chester-Le-Street
* Derby
* Dublin
* Edgbaston
* Edinburgh
* Headingly
* Hove
* Leicester
* Lords
* Northampton
* Old Trafford
* Southampton
* Taunton
* The Oval
* Trent Bridge
* Worcester
 
===
4.11 The player models look just like Adam & Ben Hollioake!
===
    Well spotted! Adam and Ben were plasted with golf balls and made by EA to 
dance around for the motion capture sessions. As reported by the EA Sports 
website - 
 
"England team members Adam Hollioake, and his brother Ben Hollioake, were used 
in extensive motion capture sessions, with over 550 accurate moves recreated in 
this game. Dynamic batting, fielding, and bowling actions, as well as the many 
of the expressions of emotion that characterise the highly charged emotions of 
the final overs of a tense international one-day clash, help to immerse the user 
into the pressure cooker world of international cricket."
 
    Sounds rather exciting, doesn't it?
 
===
4.12 What/Where are the live updated rosters?
===
    The live updated rosters were planned by EA to allow players to download 
teams, injuries, current form, news and weather conditions to provide a 
realistic playing experience. Once downloaded, they would change the way games 
were played, either in single-player or multiplayer.
 
    This feature is not available in the game, although mentioned on the game 
box. Of course, the weather conditions would be useless, and there is no 
multiplayer facility. During the World Cup, no rosters were released on the EA 
website, and the only updates made to the rosters was in the current patch.
 
===
4.13 Why couldn't they have the correct rosters? Gee, the game came out after 
play started.
===
    OK, its time to defend EA. There are some issues in the player rosters and 
statistics that are totally incorrect and not up-to-date. A lot of people are 
complaining that the game came out *after* the World Cup started, which means 
that the rosters should be the same as the real ones. Now I get mad.
    (anger) On the 2nd of May, the game went gold. This means that the final 
version of the game was completed, was beta-tested, and a master copy of the 
game was produced. This was the same game that was sold to the general public. 
Before this date, the team were testing the game, and fixing any bugs that they 
came across (although it wasn't the best testing ever performed). Anyway, on 
about the 5th of May, the copy was sent to Singapore for mass duplication, and 
the CD was packaged with the manuals and box.
    The retail version first appeared on the 7th of May in New Zealand. By, the 
15th of May, the game had found its way around Australia in most good stores, 
and was on its way to other countries. The game had been released around the 
world.
    Now correct me if I am wrong, but didn't the World Cup start on the 14th of 
May. As you can see by my facts above, this is after the game went gold. 
Therefore, EA Sports would not have known who was playing for certain in the 
World Cup, as it hadn't even started yet. The game had been completed more than 
two weeks before the tournament had begun. Therefore, EA Sports should not be 
attacked because their player rosters are wrong. They did not finish the game, 
write the manuals, design a box, and burn their own CDs on their personal Kodak 
CD-R the day before it was released in your software store. (/anger)  
 
===
4.14 How do I fix the problem with fonts mentioned in the readme? (Riva TNT 
only)
===
    The readme states that there should be a fix or patch available at the 
website for the problem with disfigured fonts when using the Riva TNT chipset. 
At the time of writing, no such fix is available, and there is not even a 
mention of the bug on the website. Although not confirmed, it may be fixed in 
the patch.
    I have a Diamond Viper V550, which is a TNT card, and the text in the menus 
is often difficult to read when the size is small (particularly in the statistic 
tables). You can still read them, although it may be hard to distinguish between 
certain letters/numbers.
    1.0730 Update - There is no fix in the second patch, but I have discovered 
how to fix the problem. The same bug affects Need For Speed: High Stakes, and it 
seems that the Electronic Arts department hasn't told the EA Sports department 
how to fix it. So here it is -

* Note - You must be using the detonator drivers provided by nVidia.

Go to - Start, Settings, Control Panel
Double-Click on Display
Click on the Settings tab, then Advanced
Click on the Riva TNT tab, then Additional Properties
Click on the Direct3D Settings tab, then Advanced
Change the Texel Alignment slider to 7 (Upper Left Corner)

     I may write to EA Sports Australia and see if they can add this fix to 
their support page.

===
4.15 Why are there dots in the sky?
===
    During wide shots of the ground, you may be able to notice rows of black 
dots in the sky. Although not a huge graphical problem, they do look a bit 
unsightly. The dots are caused by DirectX 6.1. If you are currently using 
DirectX 6, then you will not be able to notice the problem. If you wish to 
remove the dots, then you have to downgrade from DX6.1 to DX6. This is often as 
easy as removing Internet Explorer from Windows 98.
 
===
4.16 When is it coming out on the PlayStation?
===
    It isn't. To start off with, EA had planned to release CWC on both the PC 
and Playstation, roughly about the same time. Once the game was restarted due to 
reasons unknown by me, all time was spent on developing the PC version. There 
was no time to create a Playstation version. However, I remember reading some 
time ago that EA were going to release a special version on the PSX, not related 
to the World Cup, some months after the release of CWC. This version will more 
than likely find its way to the PC.
 
===
4.17 How do I cheat?
===
    I do not know any cheats for CWC, and there may not be any. I would like a 
"hit a six every ball" option though. In the file c:\\[your CWC99 
directory]\\front_end\\text_strings\\hints.txt, it is mentioned that pressing 
the asterix key [*] would cause the game to have an unlimited number of overs. 
The file is dated 1/12/98, and if I remember correctly, this was before the game 
was overhauled and restarted. I have not managed to get this working, but if 
anyone has, don't hesitate to tell me.
    As well, there are also picture files saved as LBMs in the c:\\[your CWC99 
directory]\\ front_end\\gfx\\loading screens\\  directory that are from AFL 99 
(possibly the demo). 
    If you manage to find any other cheats, don't forget to tell me.
 
===
4.18 Is there a practice facility?
===
    Yep. EA Sports have provided a set of virtual cricket nets which allow you 
to practise your bowling and batting. Some EA bashers have said that this is the 
best part of the game. You are able to choose any batter and bowler (from the 
same side) to use in the nets. I particularly like the effect where the bowl 
hits the back of the room and rolls back towards you at an increasing speed. It 
seems that the nets were built on unlevel ground.
 
===
4.19 What happens after you win the World Cup?
===
     *Spoiler* Don't read this if you don't want to know what happens at the 
end. After you win the World Cup, Ritchie gets as excited as possible (ie. not 
that much), and a movie is played depending on the country that you played as. 
Remember the Cup seen in the intro movie? Well you get a few more shots of that, 
with some colourful music, and the camera zooms in on the base of it where the 
previous winners have their name engraved on it. Your team's name is engraved on 
the trophy for 1999. You can view this movie again using the Movies option in 
the main menu.
 
===
4.20 What are some of the "features" everyone is complaining/celebrating about?
===
    The features hated by many -
* Dumb AI
* Installation problems
* Disappearing balls in the outfield when hitting fours (fixed in second patch)
* Unrealistic scoring
* Computer getting run out because they have stood just out of their crease 
after hitting the
  ball, and not bothered to get behind line (I wouldn't call it stumping though, 
because often
  they have plenty of time to get back.) This was "fixed" in the patch, but it 
seems to occur as 
  often as before.
* LBW decisions suck. I was once hit in the chest by a full toss which is 
usually given as a no
  ball. Instead, I was given out LBW, and the ball would have missed the stumps 
by about a metre.
* Something I have noticed - the computer hits a good shot, and doesn't bother 
running because it
  looks like it will go for four runs. However, it pulls up just before the 
rope, so the computer 
  misses out on three/four runs.
* Aluminium bat sound effect (although I think it sounds alright)
 
    The features loved by many -
* Commentary
* Opening video
* Menu music
* Bowling/Batting techniques
* Ability to seam/spin the ball realistically
* Great graphics
* The clapping in by the crowd as the bowler, umm, bowls
 
    Feel free to add to this list, but please don't send any "CWC Sucks Poo" 
messages.
 
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4.21 What bugs are in the game?
===
     The previous question is only a guideline to what features are "broken" in 
the game. Here are the bugs (although many are features we would like to see) 
that have been found by players -

Note - those marked with a # have been fixed in version 1.1.0.
 
* score a run, but not recorded on the scoreboard
* commentators say the wrong thing (eg. medium pacer comes on, but Ritchie says 
its a spinner)
# the fielders catch the ball backwards
* the ball magically appears in the catchers hand
* the same number is on the back of several players
* LBW decisions are often ridiculous (eg. ten meters down the pitch, and you get 
given out)
# the ball does not bounce higher than the waist
* the crowd does not get excited about England playing, a six being hit, the 
last overs etc.
* the commentators do not mention hat-tricks or the score reaching 100, 200 etc.
* there are no third-umpires, or ducks that walk across the screen
* the computer is pretty easy to dismiss
* the computer is never run out (except stumpings)
* the stumpings that do occur look like runouts, as the wicketkeeper never keeps 
the ball in his hands and hits the stumps. He always throws the ball instead. 
The same applies for throws from the outfield
# overthrows are common, and can occur twice with the same ball
* players on the boundary often take a shot at the stumps, and sometimes succeed 
in hitting them
* fielders disappearing, then reappearing the next ball
* the umpire stands in the way of the bowler
* the ball disappears in the outfield
* the fielders teleport to the ball
* the closest fielder to the ball is not always the one that fields it
* the ball floats horizontally due to the invisible dome
* mistime a six, and it will usually go to the two fielders either side of the 
bowler
# bowl around the wicket and the batter occasionally remains in the same 
position
* uniform switching when viewing a saved replay
* found a bug you hate - send it in!
 
===
4.22 Where can I download the demo?
===
    No demo has been released at the time of writing. A demo has been planned, 
and will be available sometime after the release of the full version. Keep an 
eye on the download section at www.easports.com.au .
    1.0730 Update - The demo can be downloaded from www.easports.com.au, and is 
about 30Mb in size. This is the aim of the demo as seen on the website -

"You are playing concluding stages of a game between England and India. India is 
batting and need 33 runs off 4 overs in order to beat the English total of 102. 
England need to get the last 5 Indian batsmen out in 4 overs. Either way, both 
sides have their work cut out for them!"
 
===
4.23 What are some good sites to go to?
===
    Cricket isn't the most popular game in the world. So there aren't that many 
sites around. Here a few to choose from -
 
* Caught-Behind (http://cricket.ga-sports.com)
The best site to get up-to-date news on CWC and SWC. Has a forum (or message 
board) which allows you to ask questions to fellow players. With the release of 
CWC, this site will grow, and already has several downloads.
 
* Cricket Games .com (http://www.cricketgames.com)
Features every single cricket game known to man. Contains less information about 
CWC due to the number of other games included at the site. If you don't like CWC 
and want to find another game, then this is the place to go. Updated regularly.
 
* EA Sports Australia (http://www.easports.com.au)
The home page of EA Sports Australia (obviously). Not updated as often as hoped, 
but has improved since the game went gold. Find the official word on patches and 
other information here. As well, you can find information on other in-house 
games such as AFL99 and Rugby World Cup 99, and games produced overseas by 
Electronic Arts, Bullfrog and Origin.
 
* EA Sports Europe - CWC99 (http://www.ea-europe.com/cricket99)
The European official site for CWC99. Brand new, but will probably include the 
same information as the Aussie site. However, always look here after the Aussie 
site for further news.

* EA Sports Africa - Cricket '99 (http://www.ea.co.za/newrelease/cricket99/)
The African official site for CWC99. Opens with some rather unusual music/sound 
effects. A mixture of bar music and tenpin bowling is close to describing what 
it is. Anyway, this is the official African site for CWC99. It has a different 
look than the other two official sites, and has information that can not be 
found on the other two. Seems to be updated less than the others though, as 
there is no mention of a patch.

* EA Sports Clubhouse (http://www.easports.com/clubhouse.cfm)
A recent edition to the EA Sports website, it allows you to discuss EA games on 
a web based discussion board. Included are all the Australian games, as well as 
the other American/Canadian games (Fifa, NHL, Madden etc.). Moderators control 
the site, so you have the opportunity to ask an EA employee any question you 
want (within reason). Registration is required, although you only have to 
provide a user name and password. 

* Cricket Zone - (http://cricketzone.cjb.net/)
By Nishant Kumar.  Not updated as often as the other sites, but still has some 
good information. Has found what Java/JavaScript can be used for, and 
created/copied some little programs/games/annoyances for your enjoyment. Should 
become a good site with more updates and information.

* FAQWorld - (http://www.rocknet.net.au/~nwest)
Yes, I know. I can mention my website as many times as I want. It is my FAQ 
after all...
Only recently opened, FAQWorld was created to join the two CWC99 and NFS3 FAQ 
sites together. Over time, I will write reviews for other FAQs, and upload these 
to my website. The Best of the Best. =)

* Sites where you can download my FAQ -
  http://www.gamesdomain.com
  http://www.gamefaqs.com
  http://cricket.ga-sports.com
  http://www.rocknet.net.au/~nwest
  + plus various other FAQ hosting sites
 
===
4.24 What has happened to the EA Sports website (.au)?
===
    The website was down during the middle of June for about a week. IE5 would 
time out, and complain about not being able to connect to the server. Since 
about the 16th of June, the site has been back up again, and has been working 
since.
    They have updated the graphics once again, and this occurred just before the 
site went down. Information on other games can be found using the drop down 
menu, and selecting EA Australia. Here you can find contact details and recent 
releases.
    1.0730 Update - Once again, they have updated the graphics on the site, and 
is much cleaner and brighter. The layout is similar to its American cousin.
 

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5. PATCHES
===
5.1 What patches have been released?
===
    A patch was released on the 22nd of June to update the game to version 
1.1.0. This patch fixes many gameplay bugs and adds a few more features to the 
game. The number of fixes was quite large, and these are the main ones (the rest 
can be viewed at www.easports.com.au) -

* left handed batsman and bowlers
* wicket keeper no longer disappears for the first ball
* the keeper pretends to catch the ball from the field even though it is in his 
hand
* fielders don't catch backwards
* fielders make mistakes (drop the ball, misfield)
* less overthrows
* shape of NatWest Media Centre at Lords fixed (very important, and good name 
BTW)
* bouncers added
* computer player gets stumped less often
* throws are flatter, especially between close fielders
* sunblock, wide-brim hats, and sunglasses added to players (cooool!)

    The patch can be downloaded at the official website, and is a total of 
13.18Mb. The only server that currently has the patch is the EA one, so bad luck 
to all those who live outside Australia. Living in Australia, and connected at 
48000bps, I was able to download the patch in 59 minutes. The download time will 
vary depending on your location and connection speed.

~~
    The second patch was released on around the 22nd of July. However, although 
the file has been updated on the EA server several times, the self-extracting 
zip is corrupted. After clicking on the executable and selecting "Setup", the 
zip self-extracts, and produces an error message as it tries to unzip the main 
setup file. So far, this has not been rectified, although hopefully EA Sports 
will soon fix the problem.
    The following list is the bugs that are fixed in this patch. They were 
provided by the EA Sports website -

* All player stats updated to reflect their performance during the World Cup 
* AI batsmen should now 'read' bouncers better, and cosequently hit them more 
often/varied ways 
* The occasional 'too many wides by the AI team' bug fixed 
* Bouncers not working properly from one end of the field fixed 
* Ball scaling as it goes into the distance so it remains more visible on 4's 
and 6's
* Fixed bug that made it easy to bowl batsman out from one end with certain 
types of deliveries 
* Batsmen walk instead of running when changing sides for bowler
* Batsmen running between the wickets improved
* Slight slowdown that occurred in LBW situations has been fixed

    This patch has been named version 1.1 by EA. The patch is 1.8Mb in size if 
you already have the first patch installed, or 13Mb if you require both patches.

*NOTE* I downloaded the patch again while I was finishing the FAQ, and the self-
extracting zip is not corrupt any more.

===
5.2 What was the original plan for the patch schedule?
===
   EA were originally going to release three separate patches during and after 
the World Cup. The patches were only going to fix the incorrect rosters, and 
left-handed players bug (along with other unmentioned bugs). On the 27/5/99, 
this appeared on the EA Sports site -

* JUNE '99 Update 1 - error corrections for player stats* and bug fixes 
including left-handed batsmen and bowlers. (* will still only feature the 
provisional squads of 20 players as used in the original release of the game as 
the final 15's were announced too late for inclusion.)     
* JUNE '99 Update 2 - we are currently hoping to coincide with the Super 6's, if 
we can get it done in time - it will update all squads to the ones actually used 
in the CWC along with the relevant; stats,batting orders,player profiles and 
photos, plus additional commentary of the new player's names from Richie.     
* JULY '99 Update 3 - to coincide with the finals if we can get it done in time, 
will feature all player stats updated to reflect their performances during the 
competition. 

   This schedule was scrapped, and rolled into one patch (which has been 
released). EA are supposedly releasing a patch which changes the batting 
interface, although this has not been confirmed on their website. 

===
5.3 Does the patch improve gameplay?
===
   Well, yes and no. With both right and left handed players, the game has 
gotten more varied, with different batting and bowling styles to take into 
account. Most bugs mentioned in the readme have been fixed, although some seem 
to have worsened. For example, I have played several games where the bowler 
continually bowls a wide ball, usually along the side of the pitch. If left 
alone, you get a wide. If you take a shot at it, the computer thinks that the 
bowl was OK, and doesn't think it is a wide. It sounds rather funny when Ritchie 
says the the ball had perfect length when it was pitched towards third slip.
   The game has crashed twice, and play seems to lock up on rare occasions. You 
can still access the menus, but you are unable to continue play.
   This patch has certainly improved play, and I am liking this game more over 
time.


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6. THE END
===
6.1 Coming Up Next
===
    OK, I give up, I will not be doing a review. It is a bit too late now, and I 
couldn't be bothered ;) But here's my score anyway - 75% (patched version).
    The updates will come along slowly, because the game is not being developed 
any further (except for an expected patch), and the World Cup is over. Don't be 
surprised if there is only one more after this.
    Any suggestions for a game that I should start a FAQ on??

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