Archive for August 2010


Headlines not funny enough

In a shock development, City 17 Times recieved word from Dr. Breen’s office, via a weekly audio broadcast, that the quality of the headlines of this newspaper weren’t funny enough. As the wave of depression swept through both rooms of our extensive offices, reporters could be seen jumping from the windows in a futile attempt to rid themselves of the shame.


11th August 2010 7 Comments

Poll Question 184 – Are you interested in a recreation of the leaked HL2 beta?

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Each month seems to see the announcement of a new mod whose objective is to release a recreation of the leaked beta.

The four I have heard of are: Project Terminal, Beta Source, Anonbeta mod and Missing Information.

Seems a shame that so many people are working on more or less the same thing when they could be A: working together (although that’s a lot easier said than done) or B: working on something original.

Obviously a lot of people love this sort of thing but are players really that interested? You tell me.


6th August 2010 18 Comments

On A Rail

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

This is a remake of the On a Rail section from Half-Life 1. Half-Life: Source was used as the inspiration apparently.

I found it via tip from jasper, who saw it on Grinder74.com, who seemed to how found it on PlayGround.ru.

I converted to a normal folder installation without the author’s permission and hope that’s ok. The bad news is that in doing so increased the file size a bit.

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Total Downloads: 1,1985th August 2010
13 Comments and 3 recommendations with no significant bias

Asking the right questions

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Getting a map or mod tested is very important and it’s something I’ve written about many times in the past and I still feel passionate about.

I even went as far as creating a SP beta testing team [now dead] that contained members with varying quality PCs, different levels of playing skill and even some modders. The idea was to create a committed group of individuals who took testing seriously and offer that service to other mods.


4th August 2010 6 Comments

City 17 Idol

YES! That’s right City 17 Idol is coming. We’ve all heard the rumours, we all heard the gossip about “other” cities getting their “idol” first and we’ve all know it was false. Well, that’s all about to change.

Details are slowly emerging and it seems that the city will be split into four sections for the preliminary auditions: North, South, East and West. Of course, West won’t have many people to choose from since the explosion in the sub-station and the medical services say that even though most of the few remaining survivors got a serious dose of radiation, the long term effects are quite minor.


4th August 2010 3 Comments

The Escape

for Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

The Escape is a puzzle mod that requires you to escape from individual “chambers”, similar to Portal.

It’s set inside an “industrial hydroelectric” facility and requires trial and error techniques to escape

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Total Downloads: 7393rd August 2010
9 Comments and 7 recommendations, most say "Think Twice"