Howdy All. Here we are with another quick “What The Headcrab” episode. It’s been a few weeks since the last one, but I have tried to be judicious in selecting the posts.
If you don’t know what this podcast is about, please read the What The Headcrab: Introduction.
Below is the podcast, along with the links to each topic mentioned, along with my very brief notes.
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So before I start on the usual sections, I recently became aware of a mod called Lost Story: The Last Days of Earth and thought you should check it out. Any Sci-Fi adventure mod is of interest to me and this looks pretty good. It seems they update their ModDB profile more than their official site, so check that out if you prefer.
Let’s see what’s been happening over on ModDB.
- The Closure
Leon continues to work away on his opus. He is getting close and it’s good to hear it WILL eventually get released.
- Punt : Rebirth
They have released a 3D model and some soundtracks. Looks interesting, but I fear Portal reimaging has gone too far.
- Half-Rats: A Fever Dream – Coming Next Week!
I hate the hand but like the concept. Only a few days to go until you can play it.
- Rainfall Uplink Demo Released
Silly name, but it looks good. I’ll play and see if I can add it to the site this week.
- SMOD: Half-Life: Opposing Force: Source
Aulov Nikolay has got to be the most ambitious modder on the planet. He says he wants to make about 50 maps for this – C R A Z Y. I have to be honest and say I don’t know the difference between this and his other OF mod.
- Half-Life: R Minor Update 7
I mentioned this mod last episode and the works continues. Have to say the models look fantastic – and that’s from a person who doesn’t really care what the weapons look like.
- SHAFT: Progress Update 3
Check the video out below for the full details but this looks really interesting for me.
- Raising the bar: A Wall-tastic update
New textures shown as spheres.
- [Subs4] Development progress update #06
At first I wasn’t too interested in this mod but then I watched the video and now I am. I love that whole “loading” process. Really nicely done.
And that wraps up the ModDB section.
Couldn’t find anything new on GB for this episode, sorry.
Phew, this is a mess of a month. I am not going to be talking about HL3.txt at all. Check the MISC section for that. OH, and I’m DEFINITELY not mentioning HATS! I’ve tried to be very strict about the posts I have added this month. here goes.
- Missing Information has been Greenlit on Steam!
I’m surprised Valve has let this appear. I thought they tried to take stuff like this down.
- Does anybody have experience with burglary?
Silly but fun little post.
- What the hell is going on in my HL game?
This one comes up every few months, but it still makes me laugh.
That’s it from Reddit. I really did keep it lean, didn’t I?
Obviously, there is a bunch of rubbish about Half-Life uploaded everyday, but within that are some gems. here is what I found recently.
Pretty amazing really.
SirCrest plays Half-Life 2 with the Steam Controller.
How old does that make me feel?
OMG: Oh My Gordon. A fantastic
Hope you enjoyed those.
Here are a few things I found elsewhere.
- ValveTime Update: HL3 Ziplines
As always, a great round up video from ValveTime, the HL3 stuff is at the beginning and if you are a general Valve fan then the rest of the video will no doubt interest you too.
- Lambda Generation Article about Fancomics
Really well written and research article from Xendance, definitely worth a read.
- Half-Life screenshots in 8K!
Spots and all. Great screenshots in all their glorious detail. Pretty cool really.
- Even After The Skyrim Fiasco, Valve Is Still Interested In Paid Mods
This little article inspired poll question 236 which then led onto RTSL: Donation System.
- Radiator 1 is a Source Engine mod about stargazing, gay divorce, and Emily Dickinson.
So, Robert Yang has bundled his three mods into one and released them. Hope to add them soon, even though I don’t enjoy his style of gameplay, I still recognize is pretty cool.
I’m still fidning my way around Tumblr, but hopefully soon, I’ll have a new section for that.
Please feel free to send links and items for the next podcast and also to comment on what you would like to see more or less of.
Remember, finishing Half-Life is just the beginning! CYA.
Lost Story looks interesting.
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You don’t need a steam box or steam link for it . The controller is kinda cool and innovative but because pc mustard race its not that needed .
Haha. It’s a take on the common phrase “Glorious PC Gaming Master Race” coined by Yahtzee Croshaw from Zero Punctuation. It’s often used to dismiss console gamers / gaming in general
I watched Brutalmoose’s stream where he was using it with Portal and neither he (nor I) seemed that impressed with it. He tried its different modes, like having the control pads act like trackballs or analog sticks, but it’s hard to say that any of it was superior to a typical Xbox controller. The Steam UI made it look highly configurable, but it didn’t explain what many of the options did, using a lot of technical jargon as labels.
I’m all for trying new ideas, but the designs that have been settled on happened for a reason. The PS and XB controllers have been largely unchanged for the last 10+ years. Newcomers like the Amazon Fire, Nvidia Shield and Ouya all followed the same approach. We already had an age of wacky controller experimentation in the late 90s and this was the end result. We’re now in the iterative phase where we take the same idea and make it better in subtle ways. I’m not saying that experimentation with brand new ideas is pointless, but sometimes you’ve got to ask yourself whether or not your new idea really an advancement, or if it is simply new.
Very nice podcast!
I have now checked out the Rainfall Uplink Demo which I didn’t know existed. For the record, it’s a redesign of the Uplink demo of Half-Life, which is why it has the same name. 🙂
Also, I knew about Lost Story, but thought it had long since died. Definitely going to start keeping an eye on that one again.
Then I make public apology to the team.
WOW, I’m absolutely blown away by that serious mod “The Lasts days of Earth” I mean I’ve always been a gamer who really awaits eagerly for a 7HR related serious mod!!! I mean, I always have wanted to play a mod related specifically into the CMB invasion of earth.
I think that’s why I like 1187 mod, because dares to develop the story a little bit before the CMB invasion. I think 1187 is the only mod which is specifically developed into that part of the HL Universe.
I hope this came up without any trouble and I hope and I’m quite sure these awesome guys who are working on it will make it!
SHλFT looks incredibly interesting. Especially the combat. Other than that, great podcast as always, Phillip!
Glad you liked it.
Oh, and I’d love to play HL Upside Down! Will quadrazid release it?
To be honest, I haven’t thought about how he set it up. I will contact him and ask.