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Commented 5 months ago2021-04-22 22:01:25 UTC in news: TWHL Tower 2 is out! Comment #103537
The mod must be played on latest Steam HL, not WON retail.
Commented 6 months ago2021-04-16 13:47:04 UTC in journal: Opening a new chapter Comment #103515
Not that I cheated much.
So... you cheated a bit? :)

Good luck with your graduation and job applications!
Commented 6 months ago2021-04-12 03:53:08 UTC in journal: Sooo... I got a new side job Comment #103498
Congrats on the gig! Core Decay looks very cool, and Unannounced FPS looks very unannounced.
Commented 6 months ago2021-04-07 09:14:05 UTC in vault item: dm_ignite Comment #103491
Good start so far, here's some of my thoughts:

Some of the areas outside the map that are visible seem quite empty - consider what the world outside the map looks like - for a junkyard, there'll be roads leading to the entrance, maybe cars parked outside, streetlights, and that kind of thing.
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I also notice that there's areas of the map that are fairly flat and undetailed - it'd be great to see more terrain work, and more detail in the landscape - such as piles of rubbish, or more buildings. Maybe even some Combine buildings, if you want to go that way.
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One thing that stands out to me is that the map's layout is a square. You've got some variation with the underground section - which is good, but in the end, there's parts of the map where you can see from one side to the other which isn't the best for gameplay. Maybe you could change the layout of the map - take a look at the layouts of other HL2DM and CS maps to see how they have paths that connect together in different areas, and let the players move about in multiple ways while still not being able to see the entire map from any one area. If you want to keep the square layout, you could add more walls or props to block sight lines. Remember that variation can be vertical as well, maybe you could add an extra level to the building or make the rooftop accessible to increase verticality. The basement only has one entrance and one exit, which can often make gameplay more predictable - maybe some extra entrances to the basement area would help.

Take a look at what audio options you have, such as soundscapes and ambient entities. Currently the map is silent, and could do with some extra ambient effects to make it feel more "realistic". Some of the HL2 maps have great background sounds such as the Combine announcement system, scanners, trains going past, birds singing, and other effects. This really helps to improve a map's atmosphere.
Commented 7 months ago2021-03-08 13:33:24 UTC in journal: #3046 Comment #103398
There's nothing interesting in this journal, move along
Commented 9 months ago2020-12-31 01:47:53 UTC in journal: Ehch Arr Tee Comment #103168
Nice!
Commented 10 months ago2020-12-05 02:30:50 UTC in journal: The new headers Comment #103113
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Commented 10 months ago2020-12-05 01:59:30 UTC in vault item: Kitten Comment #103110
MOTM
Commented 11 months ago2020-11-11 14:39:52 UTC in news: TWHL Tower 2 is out! Comment #103030
🎉🎉🎉🎉

It's finally done! Big congrats and thanks to Unq and Strider for heading up this collaboration, and everyone who contributed a map or helped with beta testing!

This mod actually contains my first real map release ever, it's fairly simple but I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Commented 1 year ago2020-10-06 10:05:47 UTC in journal: Quarter Comment #102942
Yeah but a quarter of 1152 is 288. Happy 288th birthday!
Commented 1 year ago2020-04-03 23:33:13 UTC in journal: I modded my robovac Comment #102632
Congrats on the Kickstarter success, zeeba!
Commented 1 year ago2019-12-08 11:12:53 UTC in poll: Virtual Reality Comment #102461
...good point, I suppose. Reworded the question slightly.
Commented 1 year ago2019-11-02 06:19:38 UTC in poll: Video Games November 2019 Comment #102414
I was going to add Black Mesa: Xen into this list as a "maybe" option, but there's no way it'll come out this month...
Commented 1 year ago2019-10-18 21:13:37 UTC in journal: What a time to be alive... Comment #102347
Obviously the third eye is in the rear, as seen a lot in pornography. Urby's subtly admitting to us that he's an asshole. Happy birthday, asshole!

No but really it's:
Pornography = XXX
with three eyes = III
XXXIII = 33 in Roman numerals
Commented 2 years ago2019-08-18 01:02:42 UTC in journal: Brain Surgery 2 Comment #102222
Hoping all goes well!
Commented 2 years ago2019-07-02 01:50:00 UTC in journal: What to do in London this summer? Comment #102132
I think personally I'd prefer the Oyster card regardless, I'd feel a little uncomfortable swiping my credit card instead of my Go card (as it's called in Brisbane). I tap-to-pay the hell out of everything else though, so maybe I'd get used to it. I draw the line at using the phone though, Samsung and Google have too much of my data even without my complete purchase history.
Commented 2 years ago2019-06-10 01:35:36 UTC in journal: Gaming PC for my son Comment #102078
Gives me bad memories of my first GPU upgrade. The case was blocking the card from being seated properly but I had no idea it wasn't right. As soon as I turned the power on for the first time, two transistors blew on the motherboard. It was in my first hour of a 30 hour LAN party and my computer was fried, very upsetting. Took 6 months for Intel to make good on the warranty return, I had no money to simply buy a new one when I was a kid.

Since then I've heard a few reports on unseated GPUs and nobody else has had any issues with fried motherboards, so either I was incredibly unlucky or the transition from AGP to PCIe made improvements in that area. Glad nothing went wrong for you!
Commented 2 years ago2019-06-03 13:37:47 UTC in journal: Gaming PC for my son Comment #102054
+1 for the Samsung EVO drives. I have 3 in my PC at the moment - 2 of them bought earlier this year (EVO 860) to replace some dying spindle drives, and one I've had Windows installed on for a few years (EVO 850). Loving the price drops of SSDs in the last few years! My Steam/games drive is a 1TB SSD now, if you hate the excessive loading times on modern games, it's a must!
Commented 2 years ago2019-06-03 07:43:22 UTC in journal: Gaming PC for my son Comment #102049
I think VR needs premium hardware, I wouldn't build a mid-range PC and expect VR to work well on it. But I could be wrong, I don't know much about it.
Commented 2 years ago2019-06-03 00:00:51 UTC in journal: Gaming PC for my son Comment #102045
Looking pretty good! The only thing I'd suggest is to consider the GTX 1660 instead of the GTX 1060. For an extra $20 you get a decent boost in performance and double the memory as well.
Commented 2 years ago2019-03-22 23:52:58 UTC in journal: Another Brain Surgery? Comment #101929
Good to hear that there's no issues!
Commented 2 years ago2019-03-14 01:13:29 UTC in poll: French Bread Showdown Comment #101904
Imagine being a neutral
Commented 2 years ago2019-01-13 13:44:15 UTC in journal: Magento 2 Certified! Comment #101741
It's not though. It's exactly 9000.
Commented 2 years ago2019-01-10 13:22:17 UTC in journal: Magento 2 Certified! Comment #101720
Magneto certifiedMagneto certified
Commented 2 years ago2019-01-02 00:21:15 UTC in journal: It's 2019! Get those Christmas hats outta here Comment #101706
Uninstall hat.exe
Commented 2 years ago2018-12-17 01:20:49 UTC in journal: New Streaming Schedule Comment #101687
I know right? I played Subnautica until 2am on Saturday only to be FORCED to wake up at 8 for the stream. FORCED!

(Subnautica is being given away for free on the Epic games store atm by the way. It's real good.)
Commented 2 years ago2018-12-06 10:52:44 UTC in vault item: Demo of my unnamed mod Comment #101669
For what it's worth the archive works fine for me in both 7zip and WinRAR, not sure why it would be showing as corrupted for some people.
Commented 2 years ago2018-12-02 09:16:11 UTC in journal: Christmas Avatars (Chrivatars) Comment #101654
I'm crap at Photoshop so this'll have to do
Commented 2 years ago2018-11-30 13:34:30 UTC in journal: Video editing software Comment #101645
Another free one I stumbled upon today is KdenLive, I haven't tried it but it looks useful.
Commented 2 years ago2018-11-02 12:27:31 UTC in journal: Sp00ky math... Comment #101599
In my experience, dots for multiplication is common, colons for division is not. Colons are used for ratios which represent relative proportions, rather than an operation with a single answer.
Commented 2 years ago2018-10-31 12:44:38 UTC in journal: Sp00ky math... Comment #101591
Commented 3 years ago2018-07-17 05:17:21 UTC in journal: Bought a House! Comment #101377
Welcome to the club ....of being in debt :(
Real nice looking house though!
Commented 3 years ago2018-06-11 03:37:24 UTC in vault item: trigger_once_round Comment #101241
Good timing for this example, I added a link to this to the Tutorial: Counter-Strike mapping page since it's a common problem that people have when mapping for CS. Thanks for making it!
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Commented 3 years ago2018-05-26 13:01:38 UTC in journal: #8937 Comment #44170
@NineTnine: also 5 years before COD2, Medal of Honor: Underground had a female protagonist who was also on the cover of the game.
Commented 3 years ago2018-05-25 13:47:48 UTC in journal: #8937 Comment #44169
Honestly I've only seen posts like this complaining about these people who are upset about having gender options in Battlefield. That's the only exposure I got in regards to this Battlefield malarkey, I think folks are blowing it out of proportion a bit.

If you look hard enough you'll find idiots on the internet having a whinge about any completely ridiculous thing you could imagine. Who cares what they think.
Commented 3 years ago2018-05-03 07:12:28 UTC in journal: #8931 Comment #67417
You would be looking at TWHL4 right now if I hadn't have broken my arm the day before I was going to deploy it :(

Also congrats on your degree, that's what I have too :)
Commented 3 years ago2018-04-02 03:27:05 UTC in news: TWHL4 Public Beta Comment #100338
I genuinely was gunna migrate this weekend but broken bones delayed that. Gimme a few months to heal my arm.
Commented 3 years ago2018-03-16 23:07:35 UTC in journal: #8922 Comment #63003
@Stu: The calculator app asks you to rate it but doesn't hold you hostage. I've seen it once and I clicked cancel and moved on. I don't even have an app store account.
Commented 3 years ago2018-03-16 08:06:25 UTC in journal: #8922 Comment #63002
I've never had any issues with Windows 10. Some comments:
  • Delay updates for 30 days (the maximum). This will reduce restarts and you will avoid any bad updates which were rolled back.
  • Feature updates (which are like service packs) are released twice a year and will take longer to install than most updates. You can delay them for up to a year. They seem to reset some settings, but it takes 5 minutes to change them back when you notice them. Most (if not all) settings are retained.
  • Use Spybot Anti-Beacon if you're concerned with the statistics they're collecting. This will block the telemetry that both Windows 7 and 10 send.
  • If you want an extra layer of protection use a software firewall (I use ESET) to block network requests from telemetry applications.
  • The settings stuff isn't great, but the old control panel still exists and everything is still there. Some of the new stuff (UWP, tablet mode) can only be configured through the new settings app, but you get used to it.
  • The start menu is fine, once I got accustomed to pinning apps onto the statt menu I very much like how it works now.
  • The interface isn't broken anymore. I've never had a problem after the anniversary update came out.
  • The old vs. new style is still there, but honestly you won't notice it. The only "new" style apps I ever use are settings and calculator. Everything else is the same as always.
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Commented 3 years ago2018-02-07 23:29:55 UTC in news: TWHL4 Public Beta Comment #100331
Still a little busy this week (moving house) so probably not in the next week or two. Be patient!
Also Strider still hasn't finished the header images so it's his fault really.
Commented 3 years ago2018-02-03 23:21:06 UTC in news: TWHL4 Public Beta Comment #100327
Both types of formatting work, so you're all good there.
Commented 3 years ago2018-01-19 22:51:28 UTC in news: TWHL4 Public Beta Comment #100324
Possibly not in the next few weeks because I'll be a little busy, but I could find the time next month.
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Commented 3 years ago2017-12-24 10:13:40 UTC in news: TWHL4 Public Beta Comment #100316
Can you give it another try? I just made the error messages red again so they might be more clear but double-check after clicking the button to see if you get any error messages. If it's still no good I'll work it through with you at some point to see what the issue is.
Commented 4 years ago2017-09-22 04:58:28 UTC in journal: #8867 Comment #46231
How to solve birthday puzzles:

1. Find an easy one from a previous year
2. Add a few years
3. Act smug
Commented 4 years ago2017-07-23 23:11:21 UTC in journal: #8838 Comment #51112
I didn't know you were that old. What was life like in 8000BC anyway?
Commented 4 years ago2017-07-19 00:44:58 UTC in journal: #8831 Comment #61550
I have the same issue, I think most people do. I typically just stop working on it and choose a different project to work on. Eventually (a few weeks/months later) I'll get an urge to start again. If I try to force myself to work on it before that, I get nothing done.

...Though most of the projects I work on are my own so there's not really anybody else who is waiting for me to finish, that helps a lot :P
Commented 4 years ago2017-07-16 10:49:49 UTC in news: Compo 34 Results Comment #100297
That's classified