Road of Destiny

for Half-Life

You are a scientist called Gordon Freeman, following a convey with some high-tech weapons to a secret base called “Black Mesa Research Facility”.

The convey got ambushed by a group of revolutionaries.

The way back is blocked.

Forward is the only possibility, as is fighting for your survival.

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Total Downloads: 6895th May 2015
10 Comments and 8 recommendations, 3 say "Play It Later"

The Real World Brands of Half-Life 2 by Jason Gimba

Half-Life 2 has a lot of props, from benches in the train station to Chinese take-out boxes. As a mapper, you become familiar with them over time and develop a mental index of the different models, names, sizes and your own practices for how and when you use them.

One thing I’ve noticed is that some of the textures on these props are based on real world brands. Sometimes Valve altered them, such as the detergent bottles of “606” (instead of Formula 409), but some escaped that treatment or may have been left intentionally. Because we can zoom so closely to the props in Hammer Editor, we can view some of these details that are difficult to see in-game.

Let’s take a look at some of them!


4th May 2015 10 Comments

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

RooftopVille

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!

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Total Downloads: 5,3804th 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.

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Total Downloads: 2133rd 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?

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Total Downloads: 1,0741st 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