Reminder about length of text review and recommendation image use

I want to remind registered members that in order to sue a recommendation image your review must be of proper length.

If the map lasted 15 minutes and you write a short paragraph and use a recommendation image, that’s fine.

However, if the mod last over two hours and you write a short paragraph and add a recommendation image, that image is removed.

I don’t expect everybody to write detailed, in-depth and insightful reviews but if the best you can say after playing something for a few hours is “great mod, loved it”, that’s not enough to warrant a recommendation image.

The image is supposed to be a visual representation of a proper review, not a replacement for it.

If all this seems a little harsh, it’s because I want to avoid situations like ModDB where people can come along and rate something a 10 or 1 with no justification. That makes my faith in their system zero.

I want people to really trust the system here. Yes, you might disagree with my “soft (I say passionate) reviews, but at least I try to justify that recommendation.

I have emailed a few people over the years, but haven’t received a reply.

If you have posted short reviews recently with recommendation images, you should check to see if I have removed it, because I probably have.

If anybody has a problem with that, it’s pistols at dawn!

4th May 2015 8 Comments


for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Who didn’t enjoy the scene near the beginning of Half-Life 2 where you ran along the rooftops?

It was a great start and let you see the city from above. I enjoyed it so much I wnated to play more maps like it, so I ran a mapping competition with “Rooftops” as the theme. here are the 8 entries I received.

I hope you enjoy playing them as much as I did!


Total Downloads: 5,3514th May 2015
98 Comments and 17 recommendations, most really enjoyed it!

Headcrab Boss

for Half-Life

The mighty and dangerous Headcrab Boss awaits you in the next room.

Collect your weapons and steady your heart for a long and arduous fight.

Only the careful will survive.

One hit from it will kill you.


Total Downloads: 2083rd May 2015
6 Comments and 5 recommendations, most haven't enjoyed it

Audio Interview with Alex Frazer and David Buckley

Project: Blue Room is a single player mod with an ulterior motive. It wants learn about how you play. Well, the mod itself doesn’t, but the authors do.

So, what better way to figure out what’s going on than to kidnap and interrogate them? Actually, there is a better way: call them on the Internet and chat with them, so that’s what I did.

Be warned, we talk for nearly 90 minutes, all of it fun and interesting.

If you have any questions, please post them here and you might get an answer.

2nd May 2015 No Comments

Half-Life: Visitors

for Half-Life

You play the young lawyer Dr. Alan Green, who was sent to the desert as a safety evaluator to carry out a safety report of Black Mesa.

After a brief walk towards your temporary office you suddenly find yourself in a situation you are not prepared for.

Can you use what you have around you to escape this nightmare?


Total Downloads: 1,0411st May 2015
43 Comments and 12 recommendations, most say "Play It Now!"

Poll Question 312 – How do you feel about the concept of paid mods?

WOW, what an interesting time we live in.

I’m not going to go into all the detail of the recent “paid Mods” event because I am sure you have been following it and probably know more about it than I do. However, I am going to talk about how it could affect me and this site.

If it is new for you, then I would suggest LambdaGenerations three excellent articles: 1, 2 & 3 and INtense!’s ModDB post as good summaries of different points of view.

1st May 2015 35 Comments

May 2015 General Chat

As I sit here in from of my PC it’s raining. Great way to start May, don’t you think?

I’ll be creating a Poll Question about the recent paid mods fiasco, so please avoid that topic for now.

Besides that the rest is up to you.

Let’s talk about what you have been reading. I’ve restarted Rudy Rucker’s ‘Ware Series (no spoilers please) and I’m not sure I ever finished the first one even because about a quarter the way in and I don’t remember anything.

This Month’s Sci-Fi Movie

In June 2014, I started to use a poster from a classic Sci-Fi move as the background for the post image.

This month it is from The Space Children (1958). An alien intelligence aborts the launching of a rocket with the help of a bunch of children.

1st May 2015 25 Comments

The Ville Retrospective: RoofTopVille. This Saturday

Just a reminder that this Saturday, Darren Weekes aka CustomGamer will be livestreaming his analysis of RoofTopVille.

As always, it will be on the RTSL Twitch Channel and can be watched free of charge and without an account.

The stream will start at 12pm GMT, so check your local time. Plenty of chat in the adjacent chatroom is welcomed.

If you have any questions about the stream or event, please let us know by posting a comment.

See you Saturday!


30th April 2015 17 Comments