Let’s hope this is the best year for HL modding ever.
As some of you may know, I have been away, but I’m back for 4 days and then off for another week.
I’ll be posting some maps and mods when I get back, but nothing before.
What have I missed in the last 10 days?
And what plans do you have for 2017?
What is this post?
Each month I create a “General Chat” post for readers to post whatever they want within the limits of being a family-friendly website.
Please don’t post reviews, questions or comments about maps and mods listed on the site – post them on the respective post – all those comments will be deleted. I do this to ensure that when a reader visits a map or mod page, all the information is in one place.
See that cat above? That’s how I have been feeling the last 6 months. I just haven’t been able to get the energy to do any work on the site.
However, I have almost reached a decision to continue with the site BUT before I make that final commitment, I want to be sure.
In a few days, I am going away for the Christmas holidays and then on 4th January I am going for a holiday in the sun. I will relax, looking at the ocean and ponder life’s unanswerable questions: “Can Gordon talk?“, “Should I stop pretending to be a bad player?“, “should I extract all the modding knowledge from Don’s brain and become a mapping giant?“, and of course “Should I continue running the site?“.
I suspect the answer to them all will be “YES!“. So, let’s just assume that for the rest of this article.
I had a mod in mind for this month’s classic but it’s terribly long, so instead I felt like playing an Opposing Force pack. So this weekend it’s A Soldier’s Tale for Classic of the Month. I’ll be streaming Saturday starting at 10am Eastern US Time (3pm GMT, 4pm Central European Time).
Well, I’ve been promising this stream for some time, and here it finally is! Squeaking in on the last weekend of the month is Sweet Half-Life for Classic of the Month. I’ll be streaming Saturday starting at 10am Eastern US Time (3pm GMT, 4pm Central European Time).
Having just purchased The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, I looked at the Steam page and found there were 14 hidden achievements. Initially, that seemed really unfair. How was I supposed to reach an achievement if I didn’t know what it was? That’s like playing darts with the lights off and not knowing where the dartboard is.
But then I looked at the Bioshock 2 page and found all the achievements listed and that seemed almost as bad. if I am just going to play a game to reach the achievements, won’t that take away some of the spontaneity of the experience?
So what is the middle ground? I don’t know, but perhaps it is that the achievements are hidden until after the first playthrough. Any achievements gained on the first playthrough are “Gold” or something, although people will just look for them online simply to get the gold star I suppose.
In fact, maybe make it so that it is impossible to get ANY achievements on the first playthrough!
Maybe there could be hints with the second and subsequent playthroughs to help you find the ones you missed.
How do you feel about the display or not of achievements?