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avatar 2muchvideogames 14 comments | 4th March 2013, 00:12 AM

When I was around dimbark's age, my computer got some problems and had to be formatted. The computer guy who did the formatting told me the problem was caused by the HL SDK I downloaded. He said it was a 'system developing kit' which screwed up the entire system. So I was a scared little kid who never touched the SDK ever again.

YOUR COMMENTS BELOW

avatar Habboi 16 comments | 1st March 2013, 11:19 AM

Ok guys this looks like the PC I'll be getting based on your feedback. Feel free to crit.

http://upload.habboi.co.uk/case.jpg

http://upload.habboi.co.uk/newpc.jpg

avatar Jessie 6 comments | 27th February 2013, 01:22 AM

Went to a Journey and Deep Purple concert last night.

Loved every minute.

avatar Soup Miner 29 comments | 26th February 2013, 04:56 AM

How reliant on cars are you where you live?

avatar Lajron 9 comments | 25th February 2013, 15:23 PM

My new PC :)

After 6-7years i finally bought a new pc :

Processor : i5 3570k
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-Z77-HD3
Graphics card : MSI HD 7870 Twin Frozr III
RAM Memory : DDR3 2x4GB 1866Mhz

My old pc had a AMD Athlon 2800+ Processor and ATI Radeon x1550 Graphics and 1gb of ram , so you can get the idea how i feel right now :)

avatar DiscoStu 20 comments | 25th February 2013, 04:25 AM

25.

Yep.

avatar The Mighty Atom 18 comments | 24th February 2013, 12:57 PM

And then this happens (totally not related to previous journal):

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We're all ok.
Damn.

avatar The Mighty Atom 17 comments | 23rd February 2013, 16:06 PM

Got me some new hardware!

Mainboard: Gygabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 - ATX - Socket AM3+ - AMD 990FX - USB 3.0
Processor: AMD Black Edition - AMD FX 8350 - 4 GHz - 8-core - Socket AM3+
Cooler: Scythe Mugen Rev. B PCGH Edition
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 2x8 GB
Videocard: Club 3D GeForce GTX 680 - 4 GB GDDR5

Far Cry 3 on Ultra settings = drool.

avatar Ghost129er 8 comments | 22nd February 2013, 12:51 PM

During WW2, when project Aphrodite was in full swing.

(Aphrodite was an American "Mistel Project" But using old B-17s flown via radio control after the crew bailed out upon take off.)

One B-17 packed with explosives broke contact from it's handler aircraft. after numerous attempts to reestablish radio control failed, the handler aircraft turned home.

Allowing the explosive laden B-17 to fly until it exhuasted it's fuel and made a wheels up landing into a field in Germany.

Local Wermacht troops witnessed the landing and quickly surrounded the aircraft. They ordered the crew to evacuate the aircraft with thier hands up and surrender.
When they recived no reply, they opened fire......

The crater was 150' wide and 30' deep.

True story.

avatar Captain Terror 3 comments | 20th February 2013, 05:08 AM

Watching the final season of Star Trek: DS9, and wow what a ride!

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Deep Space Nine is the third(i think) incarnation of the Star Trek tv franchise, the last series for me to watch, and i must say it gives voyager a run for it's money as my favourite.

Dominion war is pretty bitchin' and i must say out of all the treks, i feel like the writing is the best for this one. So many good episodes, and truly excellent performances from the cast all-around, not to mention some great comic relief, particularly from some lesser-seen-yet-great alien characters like Garrak or Quark's Brother.

Another thing i love about ds9 is they have some really great "filler" episodes. Some of these standalone shows--that has nothing to do with any of the main story arcs-- had some of the best/meaningful performances of the series(sometimes from the most unlikely of characters), and are among my favourite episodes.

avatar ChickenFist 7 comments | 20th February 2013, 01:32 AM

Looking at my old TWHL journals is always a strange experience. It puts time in a little bit more perspective than I'm comfortable with.

Hi, btw.

avatar Dimbark 18 comments | 17th February 2013, 02:24 AM

A major complaint about DimQuest that I've received (from people who haven't ever played it) is that it's lacking in structure. Say, battles and whatnot aren't even, and I basically choose everything without anyway of keeping track of health and armor.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the DimQuest Player's Guide.

Presenting how to play the game and the mechanics of battle, equipment, and magic.

avatar rufee 7 comments | 16th February 2013, 10:01 AM

Well, it seems like valve is in the process of breaking another of its games again in this case HL.
My servers have started complaining about that they need an update. So i gave it to them via hldsupdatetool and nothing got updated.
From a little poking around the interwebs i found that this should be related to this breaking of HL that is going on and i found that you should use SteamCMD for server updating.

So the question is should i use this new tool ? I really don't want to break my servers and do them all over again.

Steam Pipe my ass.

avatar Dimbark 14 comments | 15th February 2013, 01:12 AM

I just came up with the greatest movie idea ever.

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avatar The_(c)Striker 5 comments | 14th February 2013, 22:52 PM

Mulberries. A delicious fruit I used to eat as a child.

How about you?

avatar Jessie 13 comments | 11th February 2013, 17:55 PM

This is your 9999th login.

EDIT: This is your 10000th login.

avatar Captain Terror 6 comments | 10th February 2013, 07:51 AM

I was totally thinking about building this today, but it turns out someone else built one already this summer!

I was so excited looking up patent bullshit and everything, oh well.. ='(

Hundredth Monkey effect? or just poor timing, or fuck off captain terror? you make the call! =)

avatar AsidRayne 4 comments | 10th February 2013, 02:50 AM

/startlogg 9-2-13
It is now Day 3 of my musical journey of trying to create an album based on Half-Life. My first song that got completed on day 1 crashed my computer. However, on Day 2, i was able to fix it briefly to make some changes and little tweaks and export it. However, after the rendering process was complete... my project file crashed again. Luckily, I am content with the song so i shall not fix what isn't broken. Halfway through Day 2 i start looking through my audio files for inspiration for my second song; no luck. Day 3 is now coming to a close and i still have nothing to show for progress... I asked a good friend of mine on Day 2 for some insight and a little inspiration, and came up with a pretty good idea: a conversation between a scientist and a soldier... heh i thought i should introduce barney in replacement of the soldier because, well... im lazy. The soldiers audio files are 1 word. that means a mass of audio leveling and a crapload of piecing together. It's making my brain hurt. So now i'm trying to figure out a decent script that actually makes sense using Barney and the scientists' audio files... problem is though... since when does Half-Life make sense anyways? xD
/endlogg 9-2-13

avatar Tetsu0 10 comments | 9th February 2013, 04:30 AM

Writing books is hard.
Work is hard.
School is hard.
Mapping under time constraints while everything else hard is going on is hard.
That's why my drinks are hard.
And the internet is easy.
I like the internet.
And all of you.
And mapping.
:)

avatar Penguinboy 12 comments | 9th February 2013, 04:19 AM

I wrote about Sledge development in my blog, detailing the process I go through when implementing a new feature (decal rendering in this case). If you're interested in Sledge or programming it might interest you.

The post is here: Decal Rendering In Sledge

(For those who don't know, Sledge is a project I have worked on for a long time, it's intended to be a replacement for Goldsource Hammer and hopefully, eventually, Source Hammer as well. It's completely open source which means the code is available to all to use, modify, and add new features. It's not finished yet, however I hope to release a beta sometime this year.)

If you do take a look, please let me know any feedback you might have. Is this kind of thing interesting? Would you read something like it again? Am I just a nerd who likes really boring stuff? Let me know in the comments! (either on the blog page or here on TWHL)

avatar The_(c)Striker 7 comments | 6th February 2013, 16:03 PM

Seems like Dacia is getting on the right track with its budget models. I'm not particularly proud, but some of the newer models are beginning too have a better look. Well... except Logan 2, which has a nice front but one of the ugliest backs I've ever seen. That's what happened with the first Logan and it got a facelift.

Here's a video with the newer Sandero(UK review!): linky.

avatar Xylem 2 comments | 4th February 2013, 10:40 AM

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I know what's on your mind, where the hell is the Overturn demo!?

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Well I wish we could have done it, but life has been rather hectic lately. We got a considerable amount of progress done, but alas, it wasn't enough. So Overturn didn't make a Christmas release, or a New Years release. Though it's been a month, where is it now?

Rafael, Overturn creator, has been on family vacations, and should be home within the week. He's tried contributing what he has been able to in the past couple of weeks, but it has been proving to be extremely difficult.

Joe, myself, along with our current coder, have also been working at a slow pace. For right now everything is very slow. However, we are about to kick it into gear and we will have this demo out, for it has been haunting us for almost two years now! I can't give a definitive date, but it will be very soon, I can tell you that much.

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Comments! Something that has been very lacking on this site, finally has arrived with Disqus, a service which provides a comment system for sites such as mine. You don't have to have a Disqus account to comment on here, and I don't filter out any comments (unless it's advertisements/spam or something highly illegal). Free free to post your thoughts properly now!

Note: Comments for blog posts will be viewed on all blog posts, so be sure to state which blog post you are referring to in your comment. Also, for the time being, ignore "Comments are not allowed", for that is referring to my blogging system and not Disqus. This will be fixed soon enough.

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Last but not least, Vektar is a modification for Quake developed by my good friend Marco (same guy who did Qreate), and quite a fun mod too. It basically involves players finding a randomly placed statue and destroying it to collect a "Vektar". The one who collects the most wins! Be sure to check the page I created for it to download the mod.

Along with this release, Missing Signal: Part II was released, the second part of my compilation album containing various unreleased songs I've composed over the years. Part III, the last release of this set, is coming soon.

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That's it for this blog post. Be sure to check out Bloodbath Softworks and Dethklan Games!

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Also on: My Site and ModDB

avatar Instant Mix 12 comments | 30th January 2013, 21:17 PM

The past few days have been quite fun, found out that one of my closest friend's life is going to be completely fucked up.

Her step-dad abused her when she was younger, but she didn't tell anyone apart from a few days ago when She told her doctor - she went to them to see if they could do something about her self-harming scars. Because she has a younger sister that she's worried about, the doctor went and told the police.

Today, her step-dad's been taken away and her mum was told about the matter. Her mum will have to quit university, and probably move to somewhere that's cheaper to live as her step-dad was the only source of income.

If only I could've punched him in the face when I stayed over at her house.

avatar Dimbark 3 comments | 30th January 2013, 17:39 PM

The flu sucks.

avatar The_(c)Striker 11 comments | 28th January 2013, 11:22 AM

This is just plain amusing. It seems that until now there were some kind of restrictions in UK concerning immigrants, and now their government is planning on cutting these restrictions. Now they fear of a massive invasion of immigrants from eastern countries, especially Romania and Bulgaria.

How do they plan from keeping these immigrants to come to their country?
I cite:

"Please don't come to Britain it rains and the jobs are scarce and low-paid" -The Guardian

You have to notice that they specifically target these two countries. I think the press or public spokesmen have never mentioned the true reason for this. What country would try to keep out civilized, educated people that hope to get a better life? It's all about gypsies. I'm not a racist, I have personally met gypsies that are educated people who deserve their respect. But it's an unfortunate exception from the rule. Nobody wants to deal with the rest of these people. A lot of them lead a miserable life based on begging, and it's so hard-wired in their culture that they just won't care. The "higher class" part, who are dubiously rich, promote a chav(or how do you say it) culture.
The sad part is that they actually had tradition and folklore, but it was lost as the years past and their old people died.

These are facts I know just by observing, why do publications keep omitting such informations?

avatar Soup Miner 10 comments | 27th January 2013, 22:18 PM

Creativity comes naturally in the presence of significant experiences.

avatar Ghost129er 3 comments | 27th January 2013, 14:52 PM

Am I that awesome? xD

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Lol, I know it's "Somewhat misleading" but I like it :3

avatar rufee 13 comments | 27th January 2013, 09:32 AM

Just destroyed the partition that had all my stuff on.

The only good thing that i had some photos backed up to an external drive.
All my maps, everything gone.

Digital media huh ?

avatar Sajo 6 comments | 27th January 2013, 06:09 AM

Hello everyone, I have been busy trying to learn Maya lately. I tried to animate a humonoid but.. I failed miserably. Since I failed, and I had to submit the project in a few days later. I decided to use Motion Capture instead.

Check it out from here. And tell me what you think..

In other news, I'm also trying to learn about the updated Source Engine. And I believe, I made good progress with it. Made my own textures, models and etc. While learning, I'm also turning everything into an experimental adventure game (or a mod), only using the Source SDK Base 2007.

A few screenshots for those who are interested;
Screeny-1
Screeny-2
Screeny-3

Note: They are just prototype shots, to see and test if I am able to make the rest of the game. So in short, they are all WIP.

avatar bojidar4oto 0 comments | 26th January 2013, 08:42 AM

Last night I watched the last episode of "Babylon 5". ;(
The only movie/TV series that made me REALLY cry. Because President John Sheridan died and the Babylon 5 station was demolished, 20 years after the Shadow war.