Archive for May 2016

What The Headcrab! Episode 10

A day late. Okay, Okay, I’m sorry. This was supposed to be a Saturday thing but I reformatted my PC on Friday afternoon and it took longer than usual. I changed operating systems otherwise I would have simply copied my back up image across. It’s 95% done now, so PHEW!

Before we actually start the show, I want to tell you about some very important changes to the format.

Firstly, the show will be moving to YouTube. I will continue to make the MP3 download available, but you will no longer be able to play it via the built in player directly on the site. However, modern browsers, like Google Chrome, can actually play the file within the browser itself, so that might not be an issue.

This change may necessitate a change to the menu items, but I’ll decide on that in the very near future.

Secondly, I will only be providing the links to the mods, not the “commentary” as well.

Thirdly, There will also be coverage of what’s been happening on RTSL, including the Poll Question and other posts, plus links to interesting comments and discussions.

Annnnyway, what’s been happening in the HL SP world lately?

29th May 2016 7 Comments

Sudden Departure

for Half-Life 2

All of your friends and family left just before the Combine arrived and took over your part of the town. They left you behind for some reason.

You wake up with just zombies and Combine as company.

Fortunately, there is your cousin’s airboat in the yard.

If only you could get it to the canals. You could probably escape that way!


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What The Headcrab: Episode 009

Bet you didn’t think you would see another WTH episode! I do want to make them but it’s so hard to allocate the time.

I have a plan to do shorter weekly shows, but let’s see what happens.

Anyway, what’s been happening in the HL SP world lately?

21st May 2016 7 Comments

Poll Question 347 – Do you ever get Gaming Overload?

I’ve been following the comments about Doom by Maki and Crowbar in this month’s general chat post.

It got me thinking about how much I play and the is “Not very much at all”.

Running the site takes most of my “gaming” time but I do remember that in the past I reached a point where I didn’t want to play anymore, either that day or that week.

In fact, I got “Archer” overload a few months back when I watched about 4 seasons in a very short period of time and had to stop. It was just too much.

This is not really a problem for gamers as they don’t get their gaming in episodes but it means that gamers have to control themselves and when a new game is released it can be hard to stop paying when you are having so much fun.

What do you think would be the number of hours per week you feel you could play before you felt it was too much for you?

19th May 2016 10 Comments

Week 20

First off, Don AKA Unq and Phillip, continue their Level Design Academy streams, where Don teaches Phillip how to map for a GoldSource release.

The previous tutoring session, along with Phillip’s practice sessions can be found on the RTSL YouTube channel and this livestream will also be uploaded there too.

This stream will begin at Saturday at 9am Eastern time / 2pm UK / 3pm Central European Time.

Everybody is welcome, even those who currently don’t make maps and mods!

Check the Time & Date.Com website for your local time.

In addition, Don AKA Unq, continues his Classic of the Month event, where he plays a classic GoldSource release.

This weekend it is Earthquake Test Centre AKA ETC on Saturday at 4pm Eastern Time / 9pm UK / 10pm Central European Time.

Check the Time & Date.Com website for your local time.

Don and Phillip will be giving away Bad Rats: the Rats’ Revenge kindly donated by Aaron’s

All streams will be on the RTSL Twitch Channel and announced on the RTSL Twitter Feed.

If you have any questions about the streams, just ask.

18th May 2016 12 Comments

New Feature: User’s Latest 25 Comments

Another “out of the blue” new feature has gone live today.

You can now see the latest 25 comments of each user by clicking their name from any of their comments.

There are two caveats: One, this is only available for registered members and two only if the user has not disabled this feature in their profile.

In addition, comments with videos embedded seem to break the feature, but the comments will display until the video, so for example, if you look at my profile you will see the layout is broken and there are only 3 comments with the last one being an Embedded video.

If however, you look at, for example, Ethosaur’s profile, everything is display properly.

I am releasing this feature now because it will probably be a few weeks until we can fix it and the number of embedded videos is very very low.

Eventually, you will also be able to see a user’s latest reviews but that’s for the profile’s major update sometime in the future.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.

Lastly, I know the user profile page needs a make over to make it look pretty but I just don’t have the design skill or time.

16th May 2016 8 Comments