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avatar Jessie 12 comments | 6th September 2017, 22:55 PM

Open question:
What singleplayer games can y'all name that have decent character customization for multiple characters?

Examples: The Sims, the modern X-COM games

What other games are there?

avatar Screamernail 1 comment | 2nd September 2017, 11:33 AM

Going to make a Half-Life 2 scenario. Which is recommended that you use the 2006 version of source for some classics.

avatar Admer456 3 comments | 30th August 2017, 16:12 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKIo74aSHbU

There is no part 3, I'm sorry. I'm not going to make part 3 if I don't want to end up like Valve. :P

avatar Shepard62700FR 12 comments | 28th August 2017, 22:00 PM

I'm so lazy to write up a riddle so here's the answer for free: 22.

avatar 2muchvideogames 5 comments | 26th August 2017, 22:58 PM

I just finished one of the hardest czech mods for half life (Half life: The Real)

What made this mod so hard? It's because it's a partial conversion with custom weapons and monsters. In addition to that, the monster and weapon stats have been beefed up so that everyone dies much faster. One of the most common death is getting hit by a headcrab. Get hit once and your dead, its extremely realistic because if your just a random guy, a headcrab will kill you in 1 hit because you got your head headhumped.

What's cool about this game, is that it's actually 2 games in 1. The training course is itself a 30 map mod, similar to residual point. Not only that, the 'training' mod and the actual mod involves different weapons and monsters too. The training mod is closer to the vanilla experience where you can get killed by regular headcrabs, soldiers, and other xen aliens. Meanwhile in the actual mod you're in a space station invaded by all kinds of headcrabs, and blue vorts. Yes, there are several different kind of headcrabs, akin to headcrab frenzy. I'll even tell you what kind of headcrabs there are, because the reality is they can all kill you in 1-2 hits.

I played on hard so these are the damage values:
Regular headcrab - 200 damage (can survive a hit with full HP and armor)
Red headcrab - 400 damage (1 hit kill guaranteed)
Blue headcrab - 80 + flashbang your face for several seconds
toxic headcrab - 40 + poison damage over a long time
purple headcrab - you get healed a large amount

Most of your deaths will be from headcrabs, especially the red ones. However, the developer was kind enough to introduce other ways for you to get killed. Not including drastic buffs to most of the vanilla monsters, there are some new guys here to wreck you a new one.

Black zombie Barney - 150-175 per slash + flashbang your face
Blue vortigaunt - charges up within half a second, 300 damage
nuclear tripmines - they dont emit a lazer so you need to look around very carefully.
Otis - Hes always spawning around a bunch of headcrabs so he never lives long enough.
Green Gonome - 30,000 HP. I didnt want to get hit by this thing to find out what it did.

One of the most annoying places in the mod is where you ride this waterfall out of a cave, where you are immediately attacked by 2 helicopters. You must beeline to cover because the area you come out of is also covered by a 6-barrel turret AND an automatic rocket launcher. I think this was the hardest part in the entire mod, moreso than any headcrab ambush (and there are loads of those)

In fact you can even get killed right after the opening cutscene. Soon as you spawn into the game a bomber jet casually flies overhead, then the area you are in is bombed. That was my first death in the mod, soon to be followed by many, many others. I lost count.

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FEAR NOT, though! The developer has introduced lots of new weapons to counter the increased power levels of the enemies. Among the vanilla weapons, you can also get:

A five seven pistol from CS
Colt m4a1 from CS
SG550 from CS
P90 from CS
Knife from OP4
shotgun from gunman chronicles, set to highest bullet amount (its alot)
sniper from OP4 that sounds like the CS AWP
deagle from OP4
M41A from azure sheep
shockroach from OP4 (i didnt get a chance to use this)

Try this mod now, if you love to get killed lots of times. I certainly did.

avatar zeeba-G 8 comments | 25th August 2017, 15:25 PM

Check out Hurricane Harvey, he's on his way and I live in Houston, TX. :0

avatar Snehk 7 comments | 20th August 2017, 22:28 PM

Ideas dump. You may or may not get sued if you steal one of those...

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Organ Memory

Genre: Survival horror/Puzzle solving
First person perspective

Based on the pseudosceintific theory that memories can be stored not only in brain, but also in all individual cells of one's body.

The story is simple - someone dies and several people receive organ transplants from that person's body. You are one of them. A long while after you're out of hospital, your health gets much worse. Further examination reveals that state of all your organs gets worse - except for the transplanted one, which grows stronger. In some time you receive visions from organ donor's life, and strange paranormal occurences happen all around you. You find out that other patients after transplantations are in the same situation. You must find a way to get out of this shit, and (not necessarily) help others.

TLDR: Organ donor is a douche and returns as a ghost to kill you and get it's organs back!
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Necromaster

Genre: Strategy
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Evil vs Evil scenario. Deep in enormous caverns under some accursed desert lie ruins of a great ancient civilisation. After ages of lying dormant you awaken - one of the Death Lords that brought aforementioned civ to it's ruins. Your goal - breach to the surface. But to do this, you'll have to get an undead army, and you're in a wonderful place to get it, as that place is an enormous, ancient graveyard! But alongside you, other death lords awaken and each and every one of them wants to rule both undeground and topside world. War of the undead starts!

Player would have unlimited power, but would be limited by resources - bones needed to animate undead. Excavating them from ruind and graves would be necessary. There'll be several starting units which would split into varieties based on one stat, like mobility, offense, defense. There'll be also neutral or outright enemy units - like ghouls that'd attack both you and your enemies.
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Undead Hunt

Genre: Strategy/Survival/Hack and slash
Isometric

Humanity turned away from gods after plague outbreaks and great war - gods turn away from humanity and open gates of Underworld, letting countless undead and other monstrosities like demons or dark spirits into the world.

In singleplayer campaign, player would control a group of undead hunters that have to clear off some area, survive, find out what caused the cataclysm and stop it.

In multiplayer, player would control only one character in given scenario and would have to cooperate with others to complete objectives or survive.
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Nocturne: Black Heart of Jeramesh

Genre: Survival horror/puzzle solving
Third Person Perspective Shooter

Remember the old game Nocturne made by Terminal Reality, where you played as an agent of secret government organisation fighting monsters and paranormal? It ended with a horrible case of a cliffhanger... But this idea is not to continue story after that point. It's rather like one of chapter's of the game - seemingly unconnected story, just another case. This time, Stranger would be sent to investigate mysterious abductions and paranormal phenomena in the city of Jeramesh.
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avatar DiscoStu 15 comments | 9th August 2017, 22:34 PM

grandparents--;

My grandmother passed away on Monday at 78, after a long struggle against a very spread cancer. She was very strong and lived through many surgeries most people wouldn't at that age. After such a struggle we weren't shocked or surprised but we are saddened by the loss and will still miss her.

She was very intelligent and loved to learn, although her academic life was cut short after primary school by her mum (my great-grandmother) who insisted she drop useless things like education and become a full time housewife. Other strengths of her were her great pasta and her very acute sense of hearing. Word is that she was able to hear ants eating her plants away. Must have been a quiet neighbourhood.

I don't know what kind of music she was into because she listened to pretty much everything, but I always remember her telling us about one of her earliest dates with my grandfather when they went to the city to see a Bill Haley gig. So have a bit of that in her memory.

Mildly related: It's curious how it's at funerals you end up meeting relatives you never knew existed.

avatar Instant Mix 1 comment | 6th August 2017, 12:08 PM

Aww yeah, will be DJing in Val Thorens in January.

Since I've started DJing for the student union, I've actually found it really, really fun and have started to get into it quite a bit. Whilst I've not had the confidence to start going to other venues (not enough confidence; feel like I need to be better than I am before I feel comfortable going to other places), I've started to take it quite seriously with properly scouting for music, researching different techniques on the decks we use, etc. Basically trying to stray away from "press play". Luckily an opportunity has arrived that previous DJs I know have done - the main union DJ and myself have been asked to play for a snowsports societies' week-long shindig in Val Thorens. Unsurprisingly, the society is filled to the brim with Yahs, so we're going to be paid a hefty amount and will have access to some really nice kit. Shame that it's in 6 months time, but I'm already incredibly excited.
From a minute in is what the previous guys got up to last year in Les Arcs

Will keep you guys updated, and maybe livestream a union night or two to TWHL if anyone is interested!

avatar Rimrook 16 comments | 3rd August 2017, 20:02 PM

Checklist for SMJ.
(Doesn't include everything, only the things I write down.)

[ ] Bonus Room Doors
[X] Enemy Memory
[X] Coin Memory
[X] Aiming system for gamepads
[X] Camera control for cutscenes and secrets
[X] Destructible blocks for terrain
[X] Navigation Minimap
[X] Options - Cursor size
[X] Options - Crosshair Follow speed
[X] Options - Number of crosshairs
[X] Options - Preview Cursor mode
[X] Number keys equip or use items
[X] Item drop system for enemies
[ ] Controls and game setup on launch
[X] Controls Setup in Options
[X] Keyboard Config
[X] Controller Support
[X] Physics for Coins
[X] Coins of increased value like 10, 25, and 100
[X] Item Shop interface for buying
[X] Drops for enemies
[X] Coin Bank Screen Graphics
[X] Coin Bank Screen Mechanics
[X] Item stash in van for excess items
[ ] Picking up blocks objects

[X] Chest Blocks that spawn items and whatnot
[ ] Timer Switches
[ ] Lever Switches
[X] Switch Blocks
[X] switches
[X] General Phys Block (like a crate but indestructible)
[ ] Water system
[p] Water Graphics
[ ] Swimming for player with ability upgrade
[ ] Wayne riding and pickup
[ ] Format All Sounds to OGG's
[X] Optimized one-way platforms
[X] Pressure plates

[X] World Map Screen Mechanics
[ ] Map Screen Graphics
[X] Bus Stops
[X] New Ladder System

[X] Enemies Template
[X] "Heat" Combat AI
[X] Options Screen
[X] Shift to Run option
[X] Cursor Color
[X] Sound Volumes
[X] Keys and Key HUD
[X] Locked Doors
[X] Monster Doors
[X] Health and Wallet Expansions
[X] Bombing and Super Bombing
[X] Duck-crawling
[X] Brick and Pound Blocks
[X] Game Over screen
[X] Player damage and link to HUD
[X] Warnings when health is low
[X] Doors and Pipes
[X] Save Block
[X] Ability upgrades
[X] Basic pickups, coins, hearts, item template
[X] Inventory
[X] Item Equipping
[X] Item Dropping
[X] Equipped Item Indicator
[X] Mouse-over highliting
[X] Graphics and fitting for map system
[X] Incorporate MV Map system and map display
[X] Title Screen and splashes
[X] ESC pause menu
[X] Menu buttons
[X] Continue Game Screen
[X] Music Player
[X] Level Settings
[X] Basic scene layers and Physics

avatar The Mad Carrot 13 comments | 30th July 2017, 15:28 PM

My best friend passed away last night.
Did not see that coming.

Frick.

avatar Dimbeak 8 comments | 30th July 2017, 04:15 AM

anybody want some cigarettes? I'm buyin'

avatar DoctorAmazing 2 comments | 29th July 2017, 19:05 PM

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avatar The Mad Carrot 12 comments | 27th July 2017, 22:00 PM

Well frick. Another one. Time flies.

avatar Admer456 23 comments | 26th July 2017, 15:06 PM

My laptop is dirty, as all of you know.

I decided to clean it, so I found a screwdriver which came with my mBot, so I can unscrew the screws and take off the cover.

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I'm surprised that the main fan is still working. :O

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I couldn't wait to take out the fan and give it a good clean, but:

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The bottom-left screw doesn't look good. Looks like its previous owner tried to unscrew this one but he ended up damaging it. :/

Well, I've had an interesting experience, lol.
I wonder what this is:

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Lastly, I think that upgrading RAM here won't be that easy:

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There are 2 RAM sticks in the laptop, 1GB each.
One has this yellow, translucent tape on one corner while the top one is completely removable. So, I should get a module of 3GB DDR2 RAM, which obviously doesn't exist anywhere in my country. I can, of course, buy a 2GB RAM module, but then my total memory would be 3GB.

Ah well, better something than nothing.

Also, I located the hard disk on my laptop. I don't have a picture of it right now, but it's not that necessary and I don't want to take my laptop apart while it's running. Actually, I might just do that. :D

*flips laptop*

Alright, I got it:

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Don't bash me for doing this, I was very careful while doing that!
So yeah, I think I could get a 300GB laptop hard drive and replace the old one, couldn't I? ;)

Now I'm wondering, how can I unscrew that damaged screw?
There's the rubber band method, but I don't have any rubber bands that are wide enough. There's the pliers method, but I wouldn't want my dad to know about this. Any suggestions? xd

avatar Instant Mix 17 comments | 23rd July 2017, 00:48 AM

10110

Rightmost number is 0*2^(0)

avatar Ghost129er 7 comments | 22nd July 2017, 17:24 PM

So I accidentally converted my basic disk to a Dynamic disk on Windows.

RIP.GG

I know, stupid mistake, but has anyone had experience with this where I don't need any shady wares? I've checked some apps, but they're mostly P2W (in a way) and was just wondering if anyone has any past experience with stupid mistakes like this and could perhaps suggest a good program/demo which will actually help.

Cheers~

avatar Screamernail 4 comments | 20th July 2017, 14:44 PM

I'm not concentrated. I got so many projects that it isn't sane. Scorch where just one of many, which can mean it's probably is going to be left over.

I now want to work on my unofficial Prospero game. If i can that is.

I really want the Liero sound-effects but i can't get them. They could be used for a Half-Life mod.

Trying to fix a flaw.

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Mod edit:
Combined your triple journal posts into one.

Wait. How many journals can i do?

Mod: The homepage shows the four latest journals. Don't flood it with your own stuff basically. Use the ShoutBOX for shorter messages/questions.

avatar The303 9 comments | 19th July 2017, 22:37 PM

Discovered kHED modelling program that is super simple to use. It lacks rigging/bones but is very easy to make static prop models and has a much nicer UV editor and navigation than milkshape. It also exports UV layouts with vertex normal colors which is super useful for texturing. Lastly makes your QC and exports MDL right out of the program (just put studiomdl.exe in the base directory).

Still working away at the big model export tutorial (3ds/milkshape/blender) but I keep on finding new quirks with the blender exporter. This is gonna be a long one.

avatar Screamernail 3 comments | 19th July 2017, 19:13 PM

I've decided to make my project in Unity3D. Because i'm more familiar with it then goldsource modding. And because i rather do 3DS games than PC games.

Have i gone here for nothing? Maybe not or maybe.

avatar Shepard62700FR 22 comments | 18th July 2017, 22:51 PM

As you may already know, I am involved in a lot of projects, I'm not gonna make a list because that's not the most important stuff.

One of the problems I have with myself is basically this: I work on a project for some time, then stop working on it for a few days or even weeks and when I want to work back on it, I just do it for a few minutes or I can't.

I tried a lot of stuff like music, playing video games before/after working. I even went to the point of trying to set myself deadlines for features or bug fixes. But not a lot of success tho.

This just annoy the hell out of me and this can "harm" those projects by delaying them. So fellow TWHLers, what are your tricks/secrets to work on projects without forgetting about them and finish them to the end?

avatar NineTnine 17 comments | 15th July 2017, 11:43 AM

#ffdb49 - #ffdb2f

avatar Admer456 26 comments | 14th July 2017, 20:24 PM

I became friends with a furry on Discord. He's so nice to talk to, lol. (extremely nice according to my liking)

Probably because he's the only one I know who's interested in my stories about Jody. Oh, very interested, indeed. Maybe a bit too interested.
He has told me that I was cute (two times, actually, it brought up a smile on my face :D, because only 3 people (incl. him) have told me that).

On the other side, though, he's looking for a boyfriend and really likes me.
gg wp Admer XD

But hey, I can withstand all of it, I guess.
No regrets for meeting him! Well, I maybe regret it because he showed me a bunch of furry porn. No regrets, still!!! >:D

avatar Archie 7 comments | 13th July 2017, 11:28 AM

Second Pride journal in a row, but this one is maybe a little different from Vodka95's.

Many of you know I'm currently down in London for a few months on the biggest job (so far) of my freelance career. Here's my expert 'directing finger' in action, plus my lovely 70-200mm 2.8. Very, very pretty lens

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So one of the biggest advantages of being in London right now is that I managed to get to Pride; a huge festival of love and acceptance. It was one the best days of my life, honestly. Tens of thousands of people partying solidly for ~12 hours - smiling and loving life the entire time. It was a beacon of sense amongst recent headlines.

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avatar sample vodka 18 comments | 11th July 2017, 17:17 PM

What is your biggest proud?

The mine are my mods (^:

avatar zeeba-G 5 comments | 4th July 2017, 22:47 PM

Check out this pottery wheel I designed and built.

Please leave a like if you enjoy it. Thanks.

avatar Admer456 12 comments | 23rd June 2017, 17:53 PM

Best moments I've recorded in my school:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0_kjaDK5fs

The first 30 seconds or so are simply silent because I planned to add some music there, but meh. xd
This is one of the bigger reasons why I love school. I tried to listen and put subtitles and translate this stuff, but sometimes, it was so muffled and non-comprehensive that I couldn't understand what we were saying.

In the video, you can see characters like Roki (yeah, that guy who will be in Quest For Burek; the guy who got trapped under the chairs and played the guitar) and Enis (the "Bosnian gopnik").

I'm very curious about what you have to say about this little compilation by me. :)
(I had also planned to include the part where one classmate punches the Qur'an a couple of times and kicks it, sheesh, but that wouldn't be received well xD)

Edit #1: 24 June 2017; Reason: Changed the first sentence, hoping the journal would get some attention.

avatar Snehk 52 comments | 19th June 2017, 13:00 PM

I'm writing too much of these journals lately, but screw it. I need another advice, but this time it's development related. It comes to the engine specifically.

I'm considering changing the engine my project is running on. The choice is as follows:

id Tech engines (tech 3 or 4 specifically) - I'm a big sucker for id Tech and really love their engines, each of them is great and has it's advantages and disadvantages, but they are pretty outdated by now and not that flexible. I'm moderately experienced with working for Tech 3, 4th iteration being a bit too obscure though.

Source - I'm not too much experienced with Source, but having a good familiarity with GoldSource might help me with that.

Unreal Engine 4 - the big hitter lately, it has everything a modern engine should have, but I don't have any experience with it at all.

CryEngine - like UE 4, no experience with it.

Berserk option - develop a Half-Life mod, then go standalone with Xash/Solokiller's engine once it's done.

Since what I want to achieve is passable/decent graphics with great gameplay, keeping up a good and relatively efficient development and speed, and cross-compatibility, which engine should I choose?

avatar Instant Mix 9 comments | 18th June 2017, 21:35 PM

Opened my 3rd year exam results; turns out I haven't achieved enough to continue on with my course. I can still get an ordinary degree by passing the resits in august.

Only hope now is that I can partially transfer to informatics (comp sci) and attempt to get a honours degree with them given half of my computational physics course so far has been... comp sci.

Not great news to hear. Family is supportive though.

avatar Admer456 31 comments | 15th June 2017, 21:58 PM

I was very curious about this, so I decided to dig into my old pictures.
It's a part of my personal history. I've talked about it a lot of times. But I wasn't really sure if that's how it really happened.

Let's see what happened to my old PC (R.I.P., my old friend), and how on Earth did my brother "steal" the laptop from me?

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22nd of July, 2014.
A few days after my old PC's death.

A month before that, my parents bought me a laptop. I wanted to build a "gaming rig" (hehehehe, there was an AMD Radeon HD 6450 on that part list, once), but they bought me a laptop instead. It's actually a good decision, considering what I'll probably get this summer.

And as you can see, that PC in the picture is the dead corpse of my old PC. :(
It had 2GB of DDR2 RAM, an Ati Radeon HD 4650 (which served me well, by the way), and a dual-core Pentium processor @ 2.4GHz.

It also had a Hitachi 300GB HDD:

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For some reason, there's duct tape lying on the Ati graphics card:

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Weird.

Its life came to an end during the time I was staying at my other grandparents'. Basically, I brought my recently-bought laptop and my brother used the PC I left him at home.
It was inevitable. He was playing Roblox one night and there was a thunderstorm outside. That's at least my assumption. He then continued playing and then there was a strike, and the components got fried.

Sad, isn't it? :(
When I returned, I was shocked and angry at my brother.

We took the computer to a local PC fixer in Stolac (my nearby town), and we traded. He got whatever was left of the PC (actually, only the graphics card got fried), and we got this 2007 Fujitsu Computers Siemens Lifebook S Series S7120. Fujitsu S7120 for short. That's the one I use now.

So, my brother used that one, probably as a punishment for not taking any care about my PC, and I still used the newer laptop.

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(taken in 2015)
Oh, what a cutie. He played DooM when he was 5. :]

This is us playing Multi Theft Auto: San Andreas in my room:

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21st of September, 2014.
Oh, the good, old days when he listened to me and wasn't so stubborn. :]
Now I realised that he was so young back then... :O

But in those pictures, he's using the older laptop! How come he's now using the newer one!?

Well... it all came down to this:

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9th of July 2015.

As you can see, I'm in a different house in that picture. Precisely, at my grandparents (and that monitor in the background belongs to a PC which has an AMD Athlon processor, and a low-end, integrated GPU).

What does that mean, then? You can clearly see that I had the older laptop. My brother was using the newer laptop. During that time, he must've gotten attached to its performance, so he noticed the difference between the 2 laptops. :o

What a bad move, seriously. I don't know why it happened. I really don't know. Maybe my parents told me to leave the laptop to my brother, who knows. xd

And if you're wondering, no, this one happened after my PC had died. My PC died in 2014, while this one happened in 2015. Take a look at those dates I wrote up there...

There. That's why I'm now forced to use this trashy laptop:

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But I'll build a new PC this summer! HA-HA! But if I do the same mistakes as I had done them in 2015, then I'm screwed.

Also, R.I.P. my previous journal. It had reached a staggering amount of 181 comments and it shall be memorised as one of those journals which deserve to rest eternally, in the TWHL hall of fame. Rest in pepperoni.