As I've said before (partially cause I got into AH at pretty much the moment things were shifting due to the internet), it was easier for Turtledove to be the "bottom rung" when the method consisted of "see Turtledove AH book in sci-fi section of bookstore, get intrigued." Now one can look at High Castle or the other AH shows, or just look up "alternate history"."I got into this due to Turtledove" seems to come up a lot!
The people who got into AH because of Red Alert are generally people like me who hate it when people associate the series with the terrible third game and the Tim Curry meme. The first game is certainly more grounded in at least 'TV AH' levels of plausibility.People definitely aren't fondly remembering the Red Alerts and Curry going "SPAAAAYYSSS!" because of their grounded plausibility
I am more curious about the world than canon can probably manage that in the cutscene vids of game 1, the Allied supreme commander is a German and his 2IC is Greek, no Brits or Americans (though I understand an American shows up in expansion packs)The first game is certainly more grounded in at least 'TV AH' levels of plausibility.
The original listed faction options for the Allies in skirmish mode were "England", France and Germany. The remake has added Spain and Greece, reflecting the personnel we see in story. The manual notes the Allies operate as a 'modified military junta' perhaps signifying something about regimes like Spain and Greece - it might be a military coup in the Weimar Republic as well. America is conspicuous by its absence, except in the accents of the ordinary soldiers who might well be international volunteers (and Red Alert 2, tonally different as it is in many ways, does clearly say the US doesn't join the Allies till the end or after the end of the war).I am more curious about the world than canon can probably manage that in the cutscene vids of game 1, the Allied supreme commander is a German and his 2IC is Greek, no Brits or Americans (though I understand an American shows up in expansion packs)