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avatar 2muchvideogames 6 comments | 17th March 2015, 05:06 AM

I totally just got outplayed by the hecu soldiers. see screenshot below:

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Basically, I was camping in that garage and waiting for the soldiers to come in so I can feed them my m3 shotgun. Took out 2 guys and then these two other guys, they both rushed into the garage together and one of them ran behind me and I tried to shoot him but I didn't manage to kill him. So then he, without stopping to shoot at me, ran back out of the garage for some reason. Then I noticed a grenade on the floor that the other guy dropped while I was distracted.

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All in all, it really depends on the map design to bring out the 'intelligence' of these guys. Even though everyone knows that these guys are supposed to be really smart (like in FEAR) these maps and most mods dont provide for it. Just check out these shots below:

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The glock is too OP, and these guys simply don't work too well at long range

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(One monsterclip is all it would have taken to prevent this catastrophe)

avatar Instant Mix 2 comments | 16th March 2015, 02:54 AM

I'm now the publicity manager for the The University of Edinburgh's Footlights. They're the musical theatre society at Edinburgh.. and they have a very good name for themselves. Their last production, Rent, had 3 4 star reviews, one five star, and managed to sell out every single one of their shows. That's pretty fucking good.

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I'm fucked. I can't even type coherent sentences.

avatar DiscoStu 6 comments | 15th March 2015, 21:21 PM

In need of some hardware expertise here. I have my old computer, which is where all my old files live. I had been using it as a file dump/backup right up until it ran out of hard disk space.

Since I got this fancy new network-enabled drive (it's little more than a compact file server really, it's literally a Linux system with a file share and a web server for setting it up) I've been throwing everything there instead. So the time came to take all the old work files and send them there too.

Because I used this computer less and less often, at some point it decided to no longer start up immediately. As of today, the last time I turned it on was on friday. And before that, sometime in January. When I turn it on, nothing happens. Lights and fans go on, but nothing happens. No post, no output at all from the video card. The monitor sits there blinking its LED waiting for a video signal.

Normally, after turning it off and back on a few times, it finally starts up. On friday, I had left it on this idle state for several hours wondering if it needed to charge the battery to be able to start up, and it did work. However I tried the same yesterday without success. Leaving it on all day didn't make a difference.

Has anybody here had this experience before?

avatar Daubster 9 comments | 15th March 2015, 20:03 PM

It's been 10 years today since I first joined TWHL - holy crap this site has been around for a while.

Thanks for all the fun times folks, I probably wouldn't have gotten into modding & game dev without the support of an awesome, inclusive community. Looking back at the old posts it feels like we've all grown up together in a way.

I'm not around much anymore, but I will always consider TWHL a huge part of what helped land my dream profession, as well as helped me grow as a person. And also graduated me from a total n00b to a 1337 mod h4x0r.

Here's to the new members getting more good out of this! ;)

P.S.: Spent 10 mins looking for the post-a-journal page. Thanks to Archie for pointing it out to me. Derps.

avatar Dimbeak 14 comments | 13th March 2015, 01:00 AM

So my grandfather's a retired accountant, and I got him into cookie clicker.

A couple months later, he sent me this.

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avatar Tetsu0 14 comments | 11th March 2015, 12:26 PM

Hit 10,000 Logins this morning :D

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avatar ninja defuse 25 comments | 9th March 2015, 19:20 PM

problem with temperature (?) in pc

i have been experiencing (probably) high temperature probably cousing my pc to randomly turn off while playing a game so i have just decided to dust off components but my PC still crashes and i can hear a "freezed sound" then my PC turn off

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so far PSU and motherboard is clean

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washing components didn't help me...
the problem touches games, for example i play league of legends and it suddenly freeze PC and restart after 2 seconds... it happens every 2-3 hours maybe

- i reinstalled video drivers old one and the newest...
- changing PSU didnt help me (wasted money)
- i think it might be audio problem i have heard rumours about Realtek HD Audio (which i own) cousing problems after one of these microsoft patches..

ps.
i have just found a video with the exact problem:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpyaJ3-CoOM#t=27

i hope u can help me

avatar ninja defuse 7 comments | 5th March 2015, 18:09 PM

a big crab

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=35b_1425488513

:@

avatar freedslave 6 comments | 3rd March 2015, 08:34 AM

I watched a video on YouTube where a barnacle just east the monster gargantua https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze85xP_6648. It's obviously made with the hl2 engine but I want to try 4 hl1.
Is it possible to set the length of a barnacle's tongue ?

avatar rufee 19 comments | 2nd March 2015, 18:33 PM

Valve's Gamebreaking Syndrome

This was supposed to be a PM to Jessie, but screw it lets make a journal :)

Anyway, what my problem with Valve is that they are/have become a monopoly and are slowly turning to EA, maybe not that bad, but the tendencies are there. Monopolies aside what really frustrated me was Valve's spontaneous new ideas for their old games. I don't remember when and with which game it started, but i have been putting together what looks like a tendency Valve follows with every game they make and later break.

Call me old fashioned, but i don't see why you need to try and revive old games that are in a state of "community management". The gsrc engine falls into that category, ever since they for some reason decided to upgrade the engine which broke camera movement, added unnecessary features like Anti-Aliasing and some other things. Granted this was done to offer cross-platform compatibility, but this could have been done a different way without touching the look and feel of a game. Not to mention they broke half of the servers.

TF2 comes in next. The game has gone downhill since the trading system was introduced. I know everyone wants money and all, but why break the game for the people who like the game for what it was? I mean you didn't add hats, weapons and other **** to CS 1.6 or CSS and everything worked fine for a very very very long time. In a matter of 2-3 years Valve basically killed what was a very little pro-scene to begin with, even the community got a stab in the back with "matchmaking" and official servers, on top of many other things i won't name. Instead of fixing the annoying game crash which plagued me since i first started playing, i have switched between 3-4 machines since then and the game still crashes (Stojke can relate), they pumped out more hats.

L4D, they game has a good concept everything was going ok and then L4D2, which would have been alright if not for the merge of the two few years later. Also the debut of Valve's "matchmaking" system.

Dota2, i have been with this game since the very beginning. The "hats" in this game don't bother me so much since impact to gameplay is very minimal. What really bothers me about it is that we can see Valve's focus is oriented towards milking the series for as much money as possible and then leave it rotting on the side of the road. The joke on youtube about the servers got me thinking, maybe its not that far fetched as it seemed. In the beginning the pings for me were about 40ms that jumped to 100ms in the same region. Ok there are more players which has an influence on this, but why not scale with the growing community and upgrade your damn network infrastructure?

CS:GO, il let the skins slide. What infuriates me is paying for maps ? really ? As i only play competitive i am displeased with this. I can't really comment on this much since its not that broken yet, we will see.

I am kind of old fashioned in the sense of modding, what i really liked about Valve is that everything was in the communities hands. Maps, models, servers everything. Now it just feels like they are ripping the soul of modding out from their games with Steam Workshop, to me modding has and always will be a community oriented thing, not a reddit on steam with an "Add to game" button. Yes it has become easy to add stuff to your game with this, but the hard way of doing it was the whole experience for me, taught me way more than push a few buttons to get what i want ever will.

I can't really come up with an example to compare to, Id software did it well, but then again it was early in the days of the online gaming we know today.

Well here was my little rant about Valve, they in my mind aren't what they used to be and never will be.

avatar Instant Mix 9 comments | 27th February 2015, 13:29 PM

Scouring out my emails, I came across this gem when I realised I still wanted proof I got my youtube fix almost 8 years ago.
I posted this on a video of the demolition of a couple cooling towers at a nearby decommissioned NPP.

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I shouldn't have been allowed on the internet. How the fuck did you guys put up with me for 3 years before that?

avatar rufee 12 comments | 25th February 2015, 18:58 PM

Time has come for me to take a step and upgrade to Win8 SP1 (Yes that's what i call 8.1 get over it).
Trying to customize it as much as i can to suit my needs, that is i need it to be as close to 7 as possible, already got the classic start going, removed annoying folders in the Computer window, renamed "This PC" etc...

The only thing that bothers me is the non transparent borders. And the colors they have are really eye popping and none of them seem to work for me. Anyone has any solution to this, maybe make them like 7 ?

avatar DiscoStu 6 comments | 25th February 2015, 18:02 PM
avatar Dimbeak 14 comments | 20th February 2015, 16:45 PM

So my chapter of the Junior State of America and I went to Washington D.C. The Capitol has been under renovations lately, so it's entirely covered in scaffolding and looks like this.

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And the inside of it looks like this.

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Damn, from inside the Capitol is really starting to resemble Midgar.

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Oh, and I got to take a picture at Bill Johnson (Ohio's Representative) desk. (Me on the left.)

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And the metros are everything Fallout 3 promised them to be!

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In short, hooray D.C. Meanwhile, in our hotel we had to do daily activities with the JSA. We got a speech from Bill Clinton's secretary who stated, and I quote, "You know your nation's gone down the gutter when your president's press secretary has to spend every day talking to the press about oral sex."

Anyways, we basically got a bunch of talks from government officials about how the baby boom generation fucked us over and how my generation is either gonna have to fix this shit or move somewhere else. Fun fun fun!

avatar Striker 2 comments | 20th February 2015, 13:46 PM

Heroes of the Storm is... addictive.
Also a resource eating monster.

avatar Urby 9 comments | 17th February 2015, 20:50 PM

This could be a super old glitch or something that's been around since opposing force came to steam or whatever. I just found it and it tickled me.

Kaboom.

avatar freedslave 12 comments | 16th February 2015, 15:34 PM

Until 2day I only managed to use Valve Hammer Editor to test the physic engine and the behavior of entities and never get to build up a real map. It seems to be a huge and daunting task alltogether.
I made a little combo box with html and Javascript which put in the Windows clipboard the string of the chosen entity to paste in whatever field that needs this bit of info.

avatar Tetsu0 7 comments | 16th February 2015, 14:31 PM

Public Service Announcement:
While some of you might have significant others, most of you probably could care less, February is the month of LOVE!

Show your computer some love by tenderly undressing it and exploring it's insides- cleaning as you go ;)

Get yourself a Vacuum, Compressed Air, old toothbrushes and some Arctic Silver!

Re-seat your ram, clean your vents and filters.
For god's sake, at the very minimum clear out your heat sink!
Let your processor go topless and breathe a breath of fresh air while you clean the mating surfaces and ensure maximum heat transfer into the sink.

Or you can end up like me and overtemping your processor to +90C and bringing your lovely machine to it's knees. I cooked the old thermal pad D:

Don't let this happen to you:

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avatar ninja defuse 3 comments | 9th February 2015, 19:45 PM

"There are roses that grow on an island in the sea. The man who can reach and pick them, will live
several thousand years. The Gods have created darkness to cover the island so that no one can reach it."

avatar Instant Mix 6 comments | 9th February 2015, 01:05 AM

This is why people don't like mathematicians

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The T shirt says

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and it was delicious.

What does it actually say?

i 8 ( sigma / sum of ) pi and it was delicious.
.. that is,
I ate all of the pie and it was delicious.

the fact I know that frightens me

avatar Archie 22 comments | 2nd February 2015, 11:40 AM

Does anyone have any experience with 1440p displays? I'm in the market and would love some recommendations.
I've been looking at the Asus PB278Q, but it's not massively spec'd towards gaming whereas the PG278Q seems to be far more geared towards it. I'm just wondering if the massive price difference is actually going to amount to a big enough difference in image quality for a casual gamer to justify the cost.

Thoughts?

avatar zeeba-G 15 comments | 1st February 2015, 19:11 PM

I'm twenty six today! Thanks TWHL for being so 4w350m3! ! ! Such a warm and cozy community. TWHL is like a cardboard box with a bunch of fuzzy kittens in it.

avatar DiscoStu 14 comments | 26th January 2015, 04:34 AM

I keep coming up with all these ideas on how a certain game could be so much better. Game mechanics, GUI, anything. I kept thinking there had to be a way to somehow hack the game and throw in all that stuff. Then I realised it was almost like a new version of the game, rather than just a handful of fixes. Then I realised I never did anything resembling game coding and I have no idea how to actually do any of it.

How lame.

avatar DoktorAmazing 1 comment | 26th January 2015, 04:12 AM

Doctor Amazing here, coming back for one time to say...
RIP kitty0706
So much talent, passed away from leukemia last night. Source Machinima will never be the same again

Bye all

avatar Dr. Orange 20 comments | 25th January 2015, 10:08 AM

Light, without it we wouldn't be able to see. And so it is in videogames. Lights are fundamental, every game have some sort of light, if ever so simple. In todays 3D games, there need to be some way to compute lighting data within 3D space, as volumetricaly most of the light eixst outside of a 2D face where the light is visible. How does the lighting really work in the GoldSrc engine? Does anyone know except for Valve themselves?
This is my theory on how it works:

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Of course I can't be sure... But anyone should know.

avatar Dimbeak 12 comments | 17th January 2015, 16:48 PM

So at my school's drama club, I made lead role! We've got 3 months to rehearse, so wish me luck!

The show we're doing is the Music Man. I'm Professor Harold Hill!

avatar Jessie 10 comments | 16th January 2015, 04:08 AM

I don't really know why I'm doing this.

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If you can't figure out what I'm doing from that, its a WIP texture pack using various sprites from NES games.

For those curious:
Kid Icarus - dirt, iron door (the one on the right)
Super Mario Bros. - granite, daisies, mushrooms, andesite
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - grass (and tall grass), oak logs + leaves (those closest trees), sand (not pictured)
Faxanadu - oak door (the one on the left), potions (not pictured)
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - stone (+ ores)

And a bunch others not yet significant enough to be pictured.
Faxanadu especially will get more. It's too good not to.

EDIT: Caves are a lot more colourful now =3

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Not happy with iron ore (the purple-blue blocks at the back), but Simon's Quest doesn't have any blocks with a colour quite fitting enough.

EDIT: Liquids! I was tinkering with water, trying to get it to look any good and accidentally made it look cool.

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That's the water from the overworld of Zelda II and the lava from the Heat Man stage of Mega Man 2, with the palettes altered to match. Lava is much the same.

avatar ninja defuse 2 comments | 11th January 2015, 14:40 PM

Mega64: Papers, Please
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMuULPDw-JI

avatar Elliot Lucak 8 comments | 10th January 2015, 17:18 PM

i will not let you to cut me!