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avatar kamyon95 3 comments | 8th October 2016, 21:46 PM

Hi there again. Long time see huh. I missed mapping so much but i realized i can't waste my all time with that, right? :) Actually i finished my university and i became technician. After that, i must start my second university for being engineer. That means i think i will have much more free time then before. Or not :) . Actually, i want to learn programming and create a 2D ARPG game. That's my childhood wish. I think i fill my free times with learn programming. I just want to suggest me most useful programming language. Thanks for suggests and answers.

Sorry for bad english again :)

avatar Admer456 3 comments | 4th October 2016, 16:34 PM

Announcing that I'm finishing my map, ts_untergrund.

Finally, after around 4 weeks, I have reached version Beta 9, and what's only left is:

-Minor VIS fixes (only a few skips and hints needed)
-Need more spawn points
-Need to extend view distance
-Minor button fixes (they're moving left, instead of going into the wall)
-Deletion of some CLIP brushes
-Adding some CLIP brushes
-Minor "displacement" terrain tweaks
-Some more things...

So yes, only small things. As of now, it has reached a phase called "unexpectedly very playable", entitled EarlyBeta9.

So, here are some screenshots:

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And that's it, discuss if you wish. I also require beta testers to test the map in a Half-Life mod called The Specialists (version 3.0).

The performance is surprisingly good, the least fps was 15fps on my crappy Intel GMA X3100 laptop, whose GPU is like only 2x stronger than the GeForce 256. And on average I've got 35fps.

avatar Suparsonik 11 comments | 4th October 2016, 16:26 PM

Happy birthday to me!

avatar Instant Mix 9 comments | 3rd October 2016, 14:50 PM

Nice little life update for Autumn 2016:

1) Finally managed to get into 3rd year of Physics
2) Unfortunately know only 1 person in the entire year, so it'll be like 1st year all over again
3) Have been trained and have DJ'd a couple nights at my Student union, can now ~bend the truth~ that I'm a professional DJ
4) No longer part of any of the musical theatre groups because I don't want to have to repeat another year of university, but still doing publicity work for them
5) Girlfriend split up with me 3/4 of the way through summer, last few months have been some of the worst I've ever experienced. Having a constant feeling of dread / melancholy /emptiness for months at a time is absolutely horrible. Was probably for the better, but I've lost my closest friend.

avatar Dimbeak 1 comment | 3rd October 2016, 00:03 AM
avatar sample vodka 1 comment | 2nd October 2016, 10:22 AM

This is counter culture, from the underground, eternal evolution this is our sound, KMFDM better than the best!

avatar Tetsu0 30 comments | 26th September 2016, 13:13 PM


avatar Striker 4 comments | 24th September 2016, 13:45 PM

Have you guys ever dreamed within a dream?

It happened to me this past night. I dreamed that I was piloting a helicopter, then I woke up explaining to someone what an odd dream I had, then I woke up.
This is, I believe, the second time that it occurred to me.

Also as a diverse fact, have you tried googling for top american inventors? Yeah, do that :)).

avatar Sajo 9 comments | 20th September 2016, 15:17 PM

I have started learning Zbrush and UE4.

Here is a practice render/enviroment art shot. Tell me what you guys think. Also, I would gladly welcome new brushes, inspirational art or tutorials.

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Note: I am currently at the stage of UV mapping, baking and exporting low poly models to UE4. I will be releasing these assets after I am done, so you can use them in Source or Goldsource or wherever you want (:

avatar Archie 14 comments | 19th September 2016, 15:12 PM

Melting point: 1246C
Boiling point: 2061C

avatar DiscoStu 19 comments | 19th September 2016, 03:11 AM

My fifteen-months old cousin can't yet talk, however he already owns an Android tablet.


avatar DoctorAmazing 15 comments | 3rd September 2016, 18:02 PM

I hate Gearbox and Randy Pitchford so much right now

avatar Admer456 1 comment | 30th August 2016, 17:51 PM

This is my land:

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My land, "Admer-land". Land of tutorials, maps, and overall modding symphony. Heh, I love dead games, you can practice without anyone noticing. Actually, I've just written a giant, 2000 or 3000-word tutorial.

These pink outlines on the submissions mean that I submitted the submissions.

Now, with that out of the way, let's go to "Teh epik master plan: Part 2.5".

My bank account will be opened somewhere after bayram, a holiday in islam. Yes, I'm muslim, you jealous or something? No no no, pretend you didn't read that, I don't want to attract anybody's attention.

Now, when that happens, I will stop being a pirate, which I've been since 2010.

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Also, I finally, but finally reached an agreement with my parents. If I pass 9th grade with 11 A's or more, out of 14 subjects total, they will buy me the new parts for my 250$ gaming PC. Then, it's going to be 4 years of high school, and then what?

And the marks are going to be a piece of cake:
This year I had 12 A's and only 2 B's (maths and Bosnian, my native language). I find it weird how I get A's in physics, but B's and C's in maths.

avatar Striker 6 comments | 30th August 2016, 17:48 PM
avatar Ghost129er 1 comment | 30th August 2016, 12:08 PM

Most of you should know my craze/obsession with my R/C hobby. A recent WIP (just shell/body work)

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Full album:

*Pokes Tetsu0*

avatar Invader4000 9 comments | 30th August 2016, 07:59 AM

Thinking about recreating Unreal Tournament Maps on Hl...

avatar Invader4000 7 comments | 29th August 2016, 12:40 PM

I recently finished the In the Beginning guide. Now's time to make my own real maps!!1!one!

avatar Shepard62700FR 7 comments | 29th August 2016, 07:04 AM


avatar ninja defuse 10 comments | 25th August 2016, 22:32 PM

20 years of Valve.......................................

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avatar ChickenFist 2 comments | 23rd August 2016, 23:21 PM

There's a really annoying bug with monstermakers with Spirit 1.8a1. Spent a long time trying to figure out why monsters often would spawn a random distance away from the position of the monstermaker.

Looked at the code, turns out there's a missing else statement which causes the spawned monster to always inherit the velocity of the activating entity, so if you run into a trigger_once with some speed the monster will come flying out of the monstmaker with the same speed, landing some distance away.
A feature of Spirit 1.8 monstermaker is the velocity of monster keyvalue, so I tried setting it to 0 0 0. Doesn't work anyway: turns out that's another bug: the targetname of an entity to copy the velocity from should be set and not actually a vector as is stated in the fgd.

There's a workaround, if anyone ever has the same problem. In the velocity of monster field, enter the targetname of an entity you know will always be stationary. I used a path_corner.

avatar Loulimi 3 comments | 23rd August 2016, 20:01 PM

I'm disappointed by myself. For months I expressed no interest at all for the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, considering there is plenty of reasons to think it won't fit my tastes. Yet Ijust bought it day 1 of its release, although most of the time the only computer I've got is barely powerful enough to run Human Revolution.
I'm not even sure the computer I got for the time being will be powerful enough for it!
The excitation of getting a game day one and all the advertisement for it just made me buy it. I'm a mere defenseless victim of the consumer society.
Let's pray for a miracle and hope Iwon't be disappointed by it.

avatar Striker 3 comments | 20th August 2016, 16:10 PM

I bought a mountain-bike.

avatar DiscoStu 6 comments | 20th August 2016, 05:01 AM

Does anyone have experience or direct references of GlassMasterDisc?

I learned about it not long ago while reading on some studies on data longevity and it turns out it's pretty resilient and it's expected to last LONG. I thought it would be a good idea to offer these to my clients. Wedding photos that last forever! Or at least long enough that they won't need to care while they live. I think that's pretty premium.

I imagine it's quite expensive. I emailed them and requested a prices list a few minutes ago, so I don't yet know. Thought I'd ask around meanwhile.

avatar DoctorAmazing 1 comment | 17th August 2016, 13:07 PM
avatar Admer456 8 comments | 13th August 2016, 12:13 PM

I started making models, finally. And I even learned simple LUA scripting.

Right now, I'm making a test car, just to see how to properly set up a vehicle for CryEngine 1. Yes, CE1, you all know my laptop specs, so I don't need to tell you, that's why I use CE1, because Crysis just runs terribly at 5fps. The test car is a simple rectangular prism with wheels.

I took a break from GoldSource, a big one, to learn modeling, and to finally start working on my Far Cry mod: Quest for Burek.

And here's how the VW Scirocco model used to look like:

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And now:

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(Now it has seats)

Goodbye GoldSource, I hope we will see each other again.
Never mind, I got back into GoldSource again, and in just 1 hour I put around 600 more brushes into a map of mine.

avatar Suparsonik 13 comments | 11th August 2016, 17:23 PM

I haven't written a journal in awhile so... here you go. Dubs.

At the request of Penguinboy and Tetsu0, I have decided to add a little bit onto this journal to make it less of a "spam journal". Have some screenshots of my super duper cool game I'm working on.

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avatar satchmo 8 comments | 10th August 2016, 16:33 PM

Going to Stockholm next week!

avatar The Mad Carrot 6 comments | 8th August 2016, 16:11 PM

Here's some nice Hammer trivia for you: Unused dialog windows.

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avatar DoctorAmazing 17 comments | 5th August 2016, 03:22 AM

So, I've done some introspection over the past few days, and I've come to a conclusion:
I'm a furry.
I guess in the past two years, I've been a closeted furry. I've taken interest in furry art and in, ahem, erotic furry art, and the fandom, despite claiming I wanted nothing to do with them. If you remember back in about 2012, I detested furries, but I eventually became much more lenient on that stance. I used to tell myself over the past two years that enjoying furry culture doesn't mean I'm a furry, because I didn't want the connotations that go along with the furry fandom. However, I've now realized that I'm really lying to myself. I enjoy furry culture and like the ideals, and if I can come to grips with that, then I am a furry.