September 2012 – General Chat

14th September 2012

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

I should have pre-posted this post before my holiday – sorry about that.

Anyway, please use this post to discuss anything on your mind.

This month you are not allowed to talk about Paris Syndrome.

Just in case you were wondering, I will be posting something about Black Mesa Source, even if I won’t have the download link available immediately.


  1. Well I guess the big news is Black Mesa. Many looking forward to it’s release. For those who do not know it, it will be released without the epic chapter “Xen”, but Xen will be finished up soon after and availible for download and install into the game.

    Hope your enjoying your vacation Phillip.

  2. 1 hour and 5 minutes and counting!

  3. 54 minutes and counting! just hope the servers don’t get overloaded!!!

    1. T+ a few minutes!
      403 Error
      500 Error
      Bugger All!
      This website is offline!!!!!

      I’m assuming a lot of people want this?

  4. musterfox

    Live in 30 seconds. 🙂

    Hope they have a torrent download source – would make sense.

  5. musterfox

    The site possibly got hammered so hard that it was down the moment the counter reached 0:0:0. 🙁

    Is anyone else able to get in?

  6. wow, that was a crash and a half….Gordon would have been proud…..guess I’ll just have to wait…

    1. …not that it matters anyway, got no time this weekend to play…

  7. I have created proper BMS post. It contains some direct download links, although I doubt they work.

    1. YUP!

      Not working!

      502 and 504 errors!

  8. Just discovered “Combine Combat”, a short while before the fight to get “Black Mesa Source” started. Had a quick ” Youtube” reconnoitre and was amazed by a short combat section during a heavy thunderstorm. Rain and flashing lightening made it very atmospheric, forgive the pun, but it did seem rather unique.
    Are atmospheric effects hard to reproduce in HL2 mods using the available engine?
    If the answer is no, how about a competition to produce a short mod set outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Things like howling winds, fog, mist, blizzards, torrential rain and the noises to accompany them. The dead sound of mist and snow and the amazingly loud sounds of heavy rain and howling storms.
    Just a thought.

    I was playing BMS yesterday. Still can’t believe its actually here!

    1. MisterAddy

      I don’t think they are particularly hard to recreate. Although you will need to set up custom triggers and such and a mix of entities to make lightning and thunder. I know rain and wind are definitely built into the engine already.

      I think that sounds like a cool competition, but would there really be anything to set one weather effect apart from the rest? You might end up with people just focusing on flashy shaders rather than fun gameplay.

  9. MisterAddy

    I was thinking about how Black Mesa Source (haven’t played it yet) will affect other mods. I mean, very few other modders will ever be able to get near the scope and customization that Black Mesa shows. I was wondering whether this will mean people’s expectations of othyer mods will be higher, or whether people will try to copy the scale of BMS (and probably fail). Don’t know exactly what I’m trying to say here, but perhaps this mod would be considered the peak of Source engine modding, as nothing will compare to it in the forseeable future.

    1. Maybe the weather can be used to obscure the enemies and hinder the player’s abilities to cross obstacles easily. Hide the enemies by sound or visually and maybe even both.
      The idea of a mod, to me, involves using a game engine and even the models, textures and sounds to create an interesting story. Even just a new way to have FPS fun!
      The team behind “Black Mesa Source” and the much smaller ” team” behind “G-String” have produced amazing mods, but we can’t be expected to wait that long for every mod! It is a nice high for modder’s to aim at as they gain experience.

  10. Hec

    Well now as I posted in some comment, I am currently in my Masters degree, on Politics Issues and Public Policy, is really demanding on time!!!, so i’m kind of sad I have no time at all to play some fantastic releases till my vacations on december!! 🙁 anyway i’ll be up to date with the stuff in the site!!, and I hope play adn comment here evrything launched when this studies let me breath a little bit!!

    Wish me Luck by the way!!


  11. I wont be dowloading the game, seeing how it will force me to install 7zip over WinRar.

    1. Nevermind. 7zip is not a problem. I have both.

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