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avatar Urby 5 comments | 16th March 2014, 00:36 AM

Started playing the original Fallout 3 alongside New Vegas but decided to record my adventures in DC.

Presenting: Falling Out with Lord Casserole - Wasteland Brit and self proclaimed bastard.

avatar zeeba-G 14 comments | 15th March 2014, 23:14 PM

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Waiting for this bad boy to arrive in the mail. 40 Watt Full Spectrum laser cutter.

avatar Suture 6 comments | 13th March 2014, 00:04 AM

Got hooked back into some DOOM modding and gaming. Love me some DOOM.

avatar The_(c)Striker 27 comments | 11th March 2014, 08:38 AM

Finally found an impressive list of traditional foods from my country. I realize not all of them are very specific to our country, but they're very often cooked. I think I have tasted a bit from all of them.


When I was young I used to love cabbage rolls, mostly because I was a lazy ass.

avatar rufee 14 comments | 5th March 2014, 10:25 AM

Entered the second decade, in other words turned 20 :)

avatar Instant Mix 16 comments | 4th March 2014, 23:17 PM

I might have got a little too impulsive today.

Before I headed off to uni, I was telling my mates about how getting a mohawk or something silly along those lines would probably be beneficial in freshers week so i'd be more noticeable - sort of like "oh yeah I was smashed as fuck last night but I remember speaking to this guy with a mohawk for ages" - and thought I'd be recognized as mohawk guy.

To be fair, it was something I kinda wanted to have just in general.

Due to something that insanely pissed me off this Sunday, I thought "fuck it" and "I should be more in control of what I want to be" , and popped into the barbers.

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Hair on the left is from not even a week ago - hair on the right; today.

So far everyone likes it, and they say it "suits me" ( apparently I have a very 'angry' walk ). I too am also pretty chuffed with it.. but it's impossible to get a decent photo.

Going to need to invest in a hat though

avatar Rimrook 5 comments | 3rd March 2014, 04:05 AM

Couldn't help myself.


avatar Rimrook 8 comments | 27th February 2014, 06:50 AM


avatar Instant Mix 6 comments | 26th February 2014, 09:33 AM

Last saturday I decided to enter the Edinburgh Uni's Game Dev. Soc. Gamejam competition. Expecting not to even be noticed, somehow after this two day period of working solidly on this game I managed to win with my team.
The theme was "End of the World".

Our idea isn't very unique but it's not been done before - I'll let this image explain.

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It's a flappy bird clone except that it's two player, both players race each other to the centre of the map which is St. Basil's cathedral. Only major difference is that you can fire projectiles across the screen that can hinder the other player.
It's really quite fun, and give it a shot here if you wish.

One of my team-members is really insistent we push it to something like the appstore but I'm not too keen myself; seems too much effort for little return.

avatar DiscoStu 16 comments | 25th February 2014, 18:59 PM


avatar Tetsu0 5 comments | 24th February 2014, 13:29 PM

I wrote a book! Feb 21st, 2014: I'm officially a published author.
I woke up this morning to an email from my publisher stating the book is officially published. I breathed out a sigh of relief and now I'm just waiting to hold this crazy book in my hands. Again, I cannot thank the TWHL Moderators and community enough.

Check out the thread here for more details and updates.

avatar Archie 6 comments | 21st February 2014, 05:32 AM

I made a video tutorial which is sadly not supported on TWHL, but if you have any interest in how I made my 'evolution' videos to promote The Core, check it out on Youtube.
I'd love some feedback!

avatar The_(c)Striker 4 comments | 20th February 2014, 12:02 PM

Has somebody jumped in the Banished bandwagon?

It's totally addictive. And infuriating when famine suddenly strikes out of nowhere.

[EDIT] Also, bought 1kg of sauerkraut. The second fermented food I'm addicted to( the first one being pickled herring). Damn this shit is so good.

avatar Captain Terror 18 comments | 20th February 2014, 10:35 AM

Lo, this MONSTER!
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Ever wonder how upgrading your gfx card will affect your 3d rendering ability in Hammer 4?
The answer is: Big-time!

Definitely noticed a general performance increase after getting a rig with an i7 processor, but since I didn't map much at the time, I can't be sure to what extent.

Now, after upgrading my gfx card(from GTX 630 to a GTX 650), the 3D performance increase is unmistakable! Before, I'd have to visgroup like a bandit just to have smooth 3D navigation on a big map, but now, I can have the entire map visible while editing, with no choppiness, nor any sort of lag!

If you were thinking about upgrading your gfx card and you map a lot, hesitate no further!*

*For Hammer 4 at least. i have yet to do any testing with Hammer 3.x

avatar Jessie 4 comments | 18th February 2014, 11:11 AM

I'm somewhat getting into Source Filmmaker. It's good on its own and all, but I daresay now would be a good opportunity to learn modelling to supplement it if I continue to make stuff with it.

What's a good modelling program, preferrably free (or at least quite cheap)? And if there's a couple that fit the criteria, what's the pros and cons of each?

avatar The_(c)Striker 6 comments | 13th February 2014, 16:43 PM

Multiplexers, demultiplexers, counters, flip-flops, registers... all these sounded really fun before.
Why does college make me hate things I used to be enthusiastic at the thought of studying them?

The exam is in less than a week and I still have no idea how to implement a simple counter with JK-FF and MUX. Fuck this shit! Nope, JK I have to pass haha.

avatar Archie 13 comments | 12th February 2014, 23:35 PM

Hello. My name is Vladimir.

I am a bareback double IPA. Gasp as I ride semi-naked on horseback through the Siberian tundra and straight down your throat.

I am 100% hetero and will pass laws to prove it. Drinking me gives you the energy, ignorance and dogmatism required to shoot a deer (with your top off), go river fishing (with your top off) and pass internationally denounced, discriminatory legislation (top optional) before you've even had your caviare breakfast.

I contain sexual performance enhancing limonnik berries - power only to be harnessed by those engaging with the opposite sex, of course.

From Russia, without love,

Warning: May contain traces of sarcasm and protest.

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avatar Rimrook 24 comments | 10th February 2014, 13:27 PM

Ok in 15 minutes I leave to get my Vasectomy.

I'll let you know how it goes.

avatar TheGrimReafer 7 comments | 6th February 2014, 18:41 PM

TUG, the game that I've been developing, has been greenlit on steam!

Hell yeah!

avatar Dark Tree 10 comments | 30th January 2014, 03:06 AM

Great to be done with school! Graduated DigiPen this past December, and now it is on to looking for work in the industry! I am excited and hopeful for the future, as well as grateful for my experiences in the past (and that people are still downloading and playing my old games!)

I hope to continue to grow as a designer and would love to create more goldsrc / source maps if I have time in the future!

avatar ninja defuse 5 comments | 25th January 2014, 23:52 PM

Creating a password

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avatar Jessie 2 comments | 24th January 2014, 02:31 AM
avatar kraken 4 comments | 23rd January 2014, 04:56 AM

Hey guys, I've been speed running mario 64, come check out mah stream if you'd like, be sure to say hi.

avatar Soup Miner 8 comments | 11th January 2014, 00:43 AM

Striker, today was the first time I'd seen this:

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I thought you might appreciate knowing.

avatar Archie 13 comments | 9th January 2014, 04:26 AM

Arguably one of the oddest jobs I've ever had was doing the live graphics for this Duel in the Pool swimming event on a massive screen in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
It involved chroma keying eighty athletes in two days on-site, and one of the quirks of being freelance is that I often have to provide my own kit - cue the use of my lights, my green screen and my PC. I am, however, entirely okay with spending two days chroma keying round bottoms in swimsuits and a cute blonde presenter.

My workspace was in the walkway between the warmup pool and the main pool so it was unbelievably weird working away as eighty half-naked Olympians marched back and forth past me. Also I had to do the entire job without shoes on, as walking poolside with shoes is forbidden.

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It was very, very cool seeing my work on the big screen displaying in front of a capacity crowd over a whole four-day event, but that was an incredibly odd job.

avatar Instant Mix 6 comments | 6th January 2014, 18:30 PM

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New years and crimbo have been pretty crazy, but totally shoving that in the shadow was my recent 320 mile trip down to Manchester and back to see The Prodigy performing at the Manchester Warehouse Project. I bought the tickets July time - and unfortunately only a couple months ago I found out I had a programming exam the day after. I'm still waiting to see if i've passed it or not.

But holy fucking jesus christ titballs, don't pass up an opportunity to see these guys. Absolutely fucking insane. The venue - the manchester warehouse project - was insane.

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it was the basement of some converted victorian warehouse - the upstairs is a fairly modern hotel. The basement? Basically empty. It had toilets that had obviously been recently made - brick and mortar, temporary lighting and sinks... the bare concrete walls, lack of anything "homely" made it seem like I was in some sort of illegal rave. Which is an amazing atmosphere to have.

The actual night dragged on a bit. I was expecting the prodigy to be on around half ten / 11, but it turns out they were on at midnight. Midnight. Arriving at 9 o'clock with my best mate, we had to put up with some seriously shite support bands for 3 hours. The first was "Gedo Mega Bitch" - who I later found out was actually married to one of the prodigy's MCs Keith Flint, was terrible. She kept on playing generic drumstep pish with Marilyn Manson videos playing on the LED screens. Boring. And this dragged on for an hour.

Next up was "Black Futures" who were apparently known as Subsource before. These guys were actually really good - it was a live drum and bass / drumstep band (imagine pendulum live but good). It had a drummer, some guy on guitar, the lead vocalist on an ELECTRIC DOUBLE BASS ( all sorts of badass), and some guy on synths.

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I loved their music, they were a bit too drumsteppy for my tastes ( if they focused more on DnB they'd be FANTASTIC) but were definitely one of the highlights of the evening. After that was Caspa - a generic DJ. He had an MC on stage with him , and for an hour and a half he was playing skrillshite and other dubstep - hilariously boring. We left the main area to get check out what else was in the venue. After coming back and finding out that he was unfortunately still on stage, "Jaguar Skills" was on afterwards. He had a much better taste in music, more drum and bass and classic dance / rave songs. One gripe about him though was that he'd stop a song mid way to do some shite self-promoting crap or just do a "I SAY JAGWAR YOU SAY SKILLS" shit. For the half-songs that he played, he was alright.

After what seemed like a bloody eternity, being partially blinded by all the lights that seemed to be scattered about all over the venue like a bad rash, and partially deafened due to simply how loud the speakers were, the prodigy EVENTUALLY came on. We got moved from being near the front to pushed to under some funky light setup in the middle of the venue because people KEPT ON PUSHING IN and considering these were all mancunians in their late 30s, I wasn't in a position to stop them.

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These guys were everything they were hyped up to be. Maxim was keeping the crowd under control, whilst Liam Howlett was churning out some of the prodigy's new unreleased tracks - which I swear to god are going high in the charts once they're released. They were that fantastic.
Apart from almost dying from dehydration, the only gripe I had with them was their sound. Keith and Maxim were clear as day, and so was the music, but whoever was in control of the subwoofers deserves a punch - I like me some bass, definitely - but it was at the point where the bass was so intensely loud that it drowned out the rest of the sound - and helped make me deaf in my left ear for 3 days. Eventually managed to get back home at 4 in the morning, and up in edinburgh for my exam at 12.

Video of "Smack My Bitch Up" from the day I was there on youtube.
Verdict : Go see them. I'm making sure I've got some tickets for sonisphere.

avatar Rimrook 3 comments | 5th January 2014, 20:10 PM

AGDQ is going on this week. Here's the line up

and you can watch it here.

I'm excited for the Valve block and Cave Story this evening. :D
Also, donate to stop cancer, i did.

avatar The_(c)Striker 4 comments | 4th January 2014, 16:08 PM

In the quest of finding good nootropics, I've stumbled across Rhodiola Rosea.
It seems like it's one of the best supplements for any kind of effort. It works on improving memory and concentration too if that's the case - it's an adaptogen(idk how that's spelled).

In the past I've taken Lecithin supplements, but they don't seem to have any effect. I've also taken Gingko Biloba, but didn't really felt anything with this either(well it's actually written in the prospect that you have to it continuously for at least 6 months to see any effect).

But 2 weeks ago I finished a batch of 500mg Spirulin capsules. I don't know what kind of improvements they had on my concentration and memory as I didn't study very hard at the time, but I obviously felt more energetic and could get away with less sleep while feeling rested.
I want to take 1000mg capsules of Spirulin and couple them with Rhodiola Rosea. While Spirulin is more affordable, Rhodiola seems a bit... expensive.

avatar zeeba-G 3 comments | 3rd January 2014, 17:02 PM

I'm considering remaking some of my old maps. Especially lost_technology.

I had originally planned on making a sequel but it would be fun to recreate the same level with much more skill and dexterity. Plus my maps used to be half playable to begin with. I don't think I used to even compile with vis...