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Strider's Journals

12 comments | 9th May 2017, 13:50 PM

I had to put my cat down tonight. It's latest in a long line of shitty things happening in my life.

I wouldn't wish this misery on anyone, and I feel like a monster for signing the paperwork.

I might not be around for a while, not that I've been very active lately. Stay safe, TWHL.

5 comments | 19th July 2016, 10:30 AM

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This show. Watch it.

4 comments | 14th December 2015, 10:47 AM
8 comments | 5th September 2014, 17:32 PM

Since Dota 2's alpha tools landed I've been practicing with the editor thoroughly. I want to hit the ground running if/when we ever get a full Source 2 SDK (and a sequel to that game that made them famous, Half... something or other?).

I can't stress how much I love the mesh tools, and the raw power they give back to any level designer who suffered with brush tools 10 years past their use by date.

Anyway, there's a ton of new hotkeys and commands I've been drilling into my brain and I decided I need a cheat sheet I can throw up on my second monitor while practicing, so I made one:

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It's probably missing a couple of things, so I might add to it when I learn more, but I figure people here might find it useful enough. Share it around if you want, and let me know if I messed up somewhere!

18 comments | 8th July 2012, 12:35 PM

Mint condition and only 13 years late to the party. Aw yeah.

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4 comments | 21st May 2012, 15:07 PM

Bond is back.

Sam Mendes. 'Nuff said.

8 comments | 24th March 2012, 17:37 PM

Playing System Shock 2 for the first time (well, actually the second, I tried it once before and gave up after about half-an-hour). It is an amazing game. Survival horror on a personal scale I've never seen before, all thanks to Looking Glass and Irrationals immersive sim approach. It's not as scary as some horrors, but the tension and work involved in just looking after yourself is off the charts.

You are never safe in this game. There's always something out there roaming the halls looking for you, and if that wasn't bad enough you have to worry about your own affairs. Health, energy, toxic and radiation poisoning. Nanites (cash), weapon degradation, complex skill branches, carry space... the list goes on.

They don't make games like this anymore. Thief, Deus Ex and this might just be my holy trinity of games design, and nothing has come close since.

3 comments | 23rd February 2012, 05:19 AM

So Frictional Games and The Chinese Room (of Dear Esther fame) are working together on the next Amnesia game, "A Machine for Pigs".

They're shaking up the formula and getting some genuine writing talent backing them. If you've followed Frictionals dev-blogs you'll see they've done some major work on the HPL engine, too. Very exciting.

11 comments | 20th February 2012, 13:11 PM

I just found a good Aussie eBay seller of home & laundry items and got excited looking at all the different laundry hampers I could buy myself.

WTF has happened to me.

8 comments | 3rd October 2011, 04:51 AM

Arrested Development is coming back for a 10 episode mini-season leading up to the movie.

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Futurama and AD returning from the dead? Is it too late for Firefly?