I’m an old TWHL user, back from before HL2 was even released, maybe around 2004-6. I might have been in middle / early high school at the time.
I still see a few usernames I can remember from the old forums and IRC. Awesome to see some of the same folks are still aroundafter all these years. I doubt anyone remembers me, because it’s been a long time since I checked in.
Just wanted to say this site really had a good influence on me. And I hope it will on all the new folks as well who are pursing their passions. Started with simple mapping, then photoshop, learning to make proper textures, file conversions, and eventually the basics of complex logic statements. Led me into making websites followed by the real nitty gritty coding work. Would say TWHL is responsible for encouraging and helping me work toward and find the career I have to this day (not gaming related, sadly, but it’s software engineering and I have my side projects).
So happy to see the site and community is still going strong. Wish everyone the best!
Silly as it is, my masterpiece was de_rats version of my bedroom back then, which recently reminded me of TWHL. If anyone ever feels like checking it out: