Here is a long overdue thread for the folks who are having trouble getting the Gold edition of Majesty working on their computer.
The original Majesty- The Fantasy Kingdom Sim was developed by Cyberlore Studios and published by MicroProse for Windows in March, 2000. Infogrames released Majesty Gold Edition, (Majesty and The Northern Expansion bundled together), in January, 2002.
Needless to say, Majesty is an old game, developed for an old operating system, that was designed to run on computers with what we'd consider today as "outdated" hardware. There is no guarantee that it will work with your "futuristic" system.
That said, here are some things you can try to get Majesty to work. Before I go on, I'd recommend that before you attempt any of this, you back up everything.
#1 Disabling the Opening Cinematic
This is an old fix, but it works in many cases...
- Right click the SHORTCUT to MajX.exe
- Select properties and add -nointro to the end of the target line.
- The result should look something like this fo a typical game installation:
"C:\Program Files\Infogrames Interactive\Majesty - Gold Edition\MajX\MajX.exe" -nointro
#2 Disabling DirectDraw Acceleration
Another possible "workaround" for movie crashes is disabling DirectDraw Acceleration.
Your movies will look distorted but the game will run.
- From the Start menu select Run...
- Now type in DXdiag and press enter
- Click on the Display tab
- Set the "DirectDraw Acceleration" to Disabled
You'll need to re-enable DirectDraw for other games though.
#3 Swap your graphics card codec for another
Some Geforce cards have Blink32 codec issues that will cause Majesty to crash on videos. Updating your Blink32 codec might work.
#4 Disable/Remove the music files
Originally Posted by TheDS
Some systems have trouble with the music files in the Gold edition (supposedly the file format was changed from the original format). The only verified workaround is to remove (or simply relocate) the music files. In those instances the game will otherwise function normally (sans music).