Shortly after the release, more and more players complained about problems with The Movies. Partially, the game could not be properly installed, started, or played, or disturbed graphics and sound errors occurred.
We have solved solutions for some known problems. However, we can not guarantee that these approaches will help or not cause any further damage. Application is at your own risk!
Problems with game start
The game loads to a certain point, but then breaks off and my desktop appears.
If the game does not start properly, make sure the Data / fonts folder is located in the directory on your hard drive. If it is missing, you have to copy it manually from the game DVD. You can find it under Setup / Data / fonts.
If I want to start or install The Movies, the DVD drive disappears from the view of my workplace and reappears after a reboot.
This issue could be related to the copy protection of The Movies. If you have virtual drives on your PC or if you have installed burning or copying software tools such as Daemon Tools and Alcohol 120%, please uninstall these programs. In addition, you should close all unnecessary applications running in the background before you start the game.
Problems in the game
In the game or in the Starmaker, graphics errors occur. The heads are white or the figures are completely black.
This could be due to the fact that you do not have the latest graphics card drivers. Get this right away immediately. Also make sure your graphics card is supported by the game. According to the official system requirements: ATI Radeon 7000 or higher or GeForce 3 or higher.
The game does not run until I turn off the sound card.
In this case, we recommend you install the latest sound drivers for your sound card. Maybe your sound card does not support DircetX-9. If this is so, you have to buy a new sound card before the game will run with sound.
If you have further questions or problems, we and all users from the community in our forum will try to help.
The game requires a relatively small hardware to be playable. This was already confirmed by the developers before the release of The Movies.
Here are the minimum requirements for The Movies:
- Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
- Processor with at least 800 MHz
- 256MB RAM
- 8x CD-Rom-Drive
- 2,4 Gigabyte Hard Drive Space
- Graphic cards with 32 MB, DircetX-9-compatible
- 16-bit sound card; DircetX-9-compatible
- Keyboard and Mouse
- Windows Media Player 9-Codecs
The following graphics cards are supported by The Movies:
- ATI Radeon
- 7000, 7200, 7500
- 9000, 9200, 9250, 9550, 9600, 9700, 9800
- x300, x600, x700, x800, x850
- Nvidia GeForce
- GeForce 3, 3 Ti
- GeForce 4, MX, Ti
- GeForce FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900, PCX 5300, 5750, 5950
- GeForce 6200, 6600, 6800
The movie studio of The Movies is similar to other tycoon or manager games. Entrance, the stars 'trailer, wellness areas, health stations, post-production buildings, scriptwriters' houses and, of course, the big movie halls themselves can easily be placed on the ground. Similar to other strategy games the building is selected and placed with a click on the designated location, where it can be put into operation immediately. The Lionhead Studios oriented themselves to Peter Molyneux previous project "Theme Park" where you can build up an amusement park.
The quality of the buildings also has an effect on the mood and productivity of the people living or working there. If you provide a trailer in a bad state to an actor as a place to stay, this will not deliver an award-winning performance. It is similar on stages or on sets where actors don't like to shoot a world-moving scene on rotten wooden boards or under a friable ceiling...
Of course you also have to prove the qualities of the studio itselves, because shorter distances from the wellness area to the film set naturally produce better workflows for the actors, which means a start in time for the movie shoot. So you can see that the Lionhead Studios really try to make every single feature as realistic as possible.
In the course of time the technology also changes. At the beginning of the game you will be in the 20's. Here, silent films and mostly comedy á la Charlie Chaplin prevail. Peter Molyneux once mentioned that it would suffice a camera operator and two actors in this time. It would fit if two people meet and hitting each other to draw the audience on its side.
But in the course of time, the audience will naturally become more sophisticated and so you will need better cameras on cranes, the popular Steady-Cams (where the camera is attached to the chamberman and is always held straight by weights) and cameras on long wire ropes Move work. When the modernity is approached, you will be equipped with all technical refinements such as the Blue Screen. Of course, new technology costs money, so you must always make sure that your films do not float too much and thus possibly even bankruptcy. You can also use special effects and you can add all sorts of pyrotechnic effects. Even a whole building can be blown away, which is however very expensive. So you should ensure at the beginning of the scene that all cameras are in the right place and all actors position are correctly, so that the scene runs smoothly the first time. After all, the building can't be rebuilt so quickly.