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14 comments | 3rd May 2018, 22:01 PM

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The number of gargantuas in Half-Life
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number of ostensibly friendly apaches in Half-Life
+
the number of tentacles in Half-Life
+
the number of living scientists in the Xen chapters of Half-Life
)
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the number of Ospreys in Half-Life

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I mean, there's no real way to cloak the purpose of these journals, but hopefully I can at least give some maths that needs to be pondered rather than just looked up. (I hope I got the right numbers!)

12 comments | 9th January 2018, 01:45 AM

*10pm SATURDAY GMT*
First game coming up!

Would people be interested in joining in if I streamed some Jackbox Party Pack 2+3 games out to you all? The key point of which would be that you (yes, you) could play it through the stream via any kind of browser (phone, PC, etc). No purchases or setup required!

I figure best setup would be to stream it out with no input from myself (unless necessary), while we all (including me) watch the stream and hang out in a Discord channel. (https://discord.gg/kWXqkme This Discord channel, to be precise.)

I dunno! Thoughts? They're fun games, and there's room for 8 players plus any number of people in the audience who can join in on votes, etc.

19 comments | 30th November 2017, 00:31 AM

*DOUBLE FINAL*

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I will be taking a journey through every map in the Map Vault, from oldest to newest. Who knows what we'll find? (Besides broken links.)
The streams will be run regularly at 12pm Saturday GMT and 10pm Tuesday GMT (with recordings going up here)! Will run for around 2 hours.

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?

12 comments | 7th June 2017, 14:52 PM

I'm sure it's of niche interest, but I'mma take a moment or two to reflect upon something that has troubled me lately.

As I've mentioned in the past, I am transgender. Though I have been sure of this for some time now, for a variety of reasons, I have yet to make any moves towards making any physical or social changes. Regardless, there is a dichotomy between how I see myself and how others perceive me.

I am, at present, largely unable to affect those perceptions. In real life, it's much more convenient to simply suppress my discomfort and present myself as male, saving myself from any potential uncomfortable questions, harassment or abuse (I'm sure in this town, I would have no trouble finding it). Those closest to me know my feelings and respect them, despite the fact that there has been negligible difference from their perspective (which can be a different kind of difficult, in a way).

As far as TWHL goes, I'm perfectly comfortable presenting the way I feel, because y'all are (generally) great people, and I know that the people I care about here are the kind of folk who won't hold it against me. This place, to me, is not just a place where awesome people hang out and do awesome things, but is also a sanctuary where I can be myself; where I don't have to question myself. That's a very powerful feeling at this stage in my life, and I couldn't be more grateful to have it.

The crux of this journal is where dichotomy creeps back into it. Being the internet, my persona here is simply a distillation of my personality. Plain text conveying my thoughts, carrying no perceptions of who I am physically. So it can be very, very hard to introduce any of the rest of me. There's a reason why I'm not in the Teamspeak of these videos, as much as I very much wanted to be. To present my voice is to challenge who I am here (and, indeed, who I feel I am). As a result, I am cripplingly self-conscious about my voice, even more than I am about... well, the rest of me.

The past handful of days, I've been challenging myself by joining the SnC fellows for videogames. Part and parcel of that is joining the Teamspeak. As much as I love joining in with them, it takes some significant psychological effort every time I have to hit that push-to-talk button. I guess I just want to shout out Archie and [blue]Urby[/blue] in particular, for being just so damn accepting and welcoming. Being able to join you guys means more to me than you might think.

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