An early champion of laser technology in the USA Armed Forces, "Pinpoint" Townes has developed comprehensive offensive and defensive strategies for the 21st century around laser-based weapons. However, Townes found academic life too slow and returned to a battlefield command in 2010. Relying on inexpensive, powerful laser technology throughout his forces and his unique knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses, General Townes has consistently received superior marks during war games and live-fire actions. This four-star general continues to push the technology envelope in harnessing energy and improving power efficiency, and the Army is counting heavily on him.
Based at Fort Union, Redwood Shores, California, USA, Townes' Class Number is 00010204-01KE0.
Dozers, build more reactors. Lasers take a lot of power.
Lasers charged. Tracking targets now!
Reap the reward from the Oil Derrick while you can! We'll be there to take it soon.
Ah, the Command Center. The queen of this chess board. This match is all, but over now.
Sell that Scud Storm, general, or I will destroy it.
Out of power? How could you let your base ran out of power?
Precision attack commencing!
I have you in my sights now, General.
I'm about to attack. I thought you could use the warning.
Maybe you should re-evaluate your strategies. They obviously don't work.
My lasers cut through your defenses like a hot knife through butter.
Originally all my weapons also had laser targeting, but my enemies got confused."laughs"
Can you match 50 million mega joules of lasing power, General?
Don't get distracted by the pretty lights, General!
Your weapons can't match my pinpoint accuracy. Why not just surrender?
My lasers have destroyed so many of your buildings, how do you keep fighting?"laughs"
General, these loses are unacceptable! I'll repay you for destroying my buildings.
General, if you bring down anymore of my planes, I'll use all my super weapons to destroy you!
General, those resources are for me! Stay away from them!
Yes! Come straight through my front door, General... If you dare!
These resources will not help you, General.
You're out of resources, General! You'll never recover before we overrun you!
That excessive amount of base defenses will only slow down my laser, General.(If player builds too many base defenses)
You're gonna need a lot of tanks to get to me, General. Good Luck! (if player builds a War Factory or an Arms Dealer)
Quite a few infantry you've trained, General! I can't wait to see this crazy plan.(if player builds many infantry)
This must be like a nightmare for you, General.
My planning and preparation is leading me to a clear victory!
Have you decided how are you going to accept this defeat, General?
Behind the scenes
Ironically, despite being dubbed the Laser General, Townes has access to only one real laser unit at his disposal; the Laser Crusader. Many unused audio files and cameo textures however, suggest that there were many more laser-based units planned to have been implemented.
Such units include the Laser Ranger, Laser Missile Defender, standard Humvee with an upgradable Laser Gun instead of a TOW launcher, the Laser Paladin, the Laser Stealth Fighter, the Laser Comanche, and even the hero unit Colonel Burton was supposed to have been armed with a laser rifle. Time constraints in Zero Hour's development cycle meant that much of this content could not have been implemented into the final game.
The Laser Cannon was Townes' custom variant of the Particle Cannon. While significantly weaker than the standard Particle Cannon, it had longer firing duration and is available much earlier in the game (after the Airfield instead of the Strategy Center). The actual building and its superpower ability is actually complete and can be placed in-game with the World Builder; it's not known why it was never implemented into the final game.
The name Townes probably comes from, or at least has a remarkable coincidence with, the real-life Charles Hard Townes, Nobel prize winner and inventor of the MASER, which was the predecessor of the laser.
When he wins or loses his challenge against an opponent, Townes doesn't wear his glasses in both of them and only in the mugshot at the start of his challenge if the player chooses another General to play.