The Source Engine is a 3D game engine developed by Valve Corporation. Its unique features include a large degree of modularity and flexibility, an artist-driven, shader-based renderer, accurate lip sync and facial expression technology, and a powerful, efficient and completely network-enabled physics system.

The Source engine was first shown to the world by being the power-horse behind the hugely anticipated Half-Life 2 which was released in late 2004. Since then the Source Engine has been upgraded with the release of such titles as Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Team Fortress 2 and the Left 4 Dead series to name a few.

Whilst it has been years since the release of the Source Engine they haven't yet unveiled a 'next-generation engine' as the Source engine is always updating and is just as relevant in the gaming world today if not more than when it debuted in 2004. It has been aided by the release of the free Source Development Kit (SDK) which include such features as HDR for developers to use in their projects. Hence the reasons stated we have yet to see 'Source Engine 2'.

On July 10th 2012, Valve released the 'Source Filmmaker' - a freeware client to allowed anyone to make movies inside the Source Engine. More information on the Source Filmmaker can be found here.

Below you can find a list of amazing features that the Source Engine boasts:

Renderer

  • Version 2.0 (and below) shaders, bump mapping, LOD on models and world
  • Author shaders with HLSL
  • Cube and environment mapping
  • Dynamic lights, vertex lighting and light maps, many light types including flickering, pulsing etc.
  • High-Dynamic Range lighting
  • Water with refraction and fresnel effects
  • Advanced particle system that can emit sprites or models
  • Projected shadows allow for a large number of characters per scene
  • Occluder entities for visibility blocking
  • Indoor/Outdoor environments
  • Deformable terrain
  • 3D skyboxes extend the horizon and add parallax on distant objects
  • Dynamically rendered organics (grass, trees etc)
  • Subdivision surfaces, diffuse & specular bump maps
  • Real-time radiosity lighting
  • Effects include but are not limited to: particles, beams, volumetric smoke, sparks, blood, environmental effects like fog and rain
  • Scalability
  • Dx6-Dx9 hardware supported

Materials System

  • Instead of traditional textures, Source defines sets of materials that specify what the object is made from and the texture used for that object. A material specifies how an object will fracture when broken, what it will sound like when broken or dragged across another surface, and what that object’s mass and buoyancy are. This system is much more flexible than other texture only based systems.
  • Materials can interact with objects or NPCs such as mud or ice for vehicles to slide/lose traction on.

Multiplayer Network Code

  • Time and gamer tested by millions of gamers around the world
  • Support for both LAN based multiplayer and Internet based multiplayer games
  • Prediction analysis for interpolating collision/hit detection
  • Optimizations for high-latency, high-packet loss 56k connections

Advanced Characters

  • Detailed and believable characters
  • Realistic eyes
  • Focus on player/object, not simply parallel views
  • Proper eye “bulge” for realistic eye reflections
  • Simulated musculature provides outstanding emotions, speech and body language
  • Language independent speech, characters can naturally speak in many languages
  • Skeletal/bone system for animation
  • Layered animation system can synthesize complex animations out of several pieces
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Half-Life 2 : MMod

Oh Hello, this is Gunship Mark II, again.

First of all - story time again!

Guess what? I've started all over again! I mean from the latest news update, there are a reasons for that. Well, first reason is that old version became a junkyard of my ideas and started overloading mod with crap. The second one is the version of Source2013 branch i used was unstable, sometimes it would crash the game for no reason. And third one is i felt that mod is going nowhere.

But never fear, most of cool stuff from previous version is here, even better it is on most stable Source2013 engine branch now!

Well, this year ( 2014 ) was spent with a lot of fun stuff, like learning C++, having sexual congress with Source VGUI, gathering more experience in Source material and particle system, coding more and more stuff in C++

Let's now talk about what's new, shall we!

Pretty much everything is done from scratch, every particle ssytem, every line of code. Current features are :

New Main Menu based from Open-Source GUI, which includes main menu music playback

New Post Processing shaders like : Film Grain, Lens Dirt, Cinematic Overlay with blue tint and chromatic aberration, Color Gradient, Cross Processing for more vivid colors, Anamorphic Bloom, Bokeh DoF and FXAA

New Particle effects : new muzzle flash effects, new explosion effects, new bullet impact effects, eject brass smoke and sparks, new combine energy ball effects, new tracer effects and more!

All new misc features like : L4D2 Muzzle Lighting, more blood option ( decals ) for all your naughty needs, blood which can be casted on every object in the game, flashlight attachment, immersive camera, camera roll and experimental dynamic grass.

There's also a lot more small changes, like combine soldiers can now jump over things, hardened AI. Also mod now has it's own "custom" folder which can hold every your change, that means every asset from the web is fully compatible with the mod, infact sounds, viewmodels, retextures you see on video are downloaded from gamebanana for testing purposes ( and they worked without any changes to them ) and most likely they won't be included into mod.

And one of the main features - Everything is configurable through all new VGUI based menu ( no more fiddling with console commands ), 98% of the mod features can be entierly turned off/on realtime. Don't like something? - Turn it off!

If you are looking for realism in this mod - then you can safely avoid and ignore it.

So, let's go through media!

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New muzzleflashes, yay!

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What's that? Crossbow now has proper scope? Awesome!

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Now let's get to some brand new 22 minutes of gameplay :


Welp, this is all for now, there's more to be done and for love of pancakes - don't ask for release date.


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matheuslike9
matheuslike9 Jan 29 2012, 12:52pm says:

How can I own a Source Engine ?

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EnnemyOfficer
EnnemyOfficer Dec 30 2011, 2:32pm buried:

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This engine was one of the best for modding before it became an outdated piece of ****.

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strikers_alliance
strikers_alliance Jan 1 2012, 7:35am replied:

Just think: Source engine provides acceptable graphics while it's a lot more lightweight than other mod-able game engines. That's its advantage, dude.
Also, Valve keeps polishing it. It's becoming much better, not outdated at all. Who even needs to make a new engine when the current one is so good and is still becoming better?

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Gjsdeath
Gjsdeath Feb 13 2012, 3:24am replied:

Sadly they don't release these updates in code form. I would of loved to actually mod Portal 2, not just create maps and assets for it. Wouldn't it be cool to see NPCs running around, maybe guns or vehicles? More than one env_projectedtexture active? Same goes for L4D1/2 and TF2.

And don't forget those... things... they call "tools". Most tools are command line, and anything that has a GUI is the very definition of unstable. I'm trying to mod AlienSwarm(it's the best codebase we have atm), and it's version of Hammer is the worst I've seen(and when I thought it couldn't get any worse). I swear it has a memory leak(cause I don't think a few brushes need 1.4GB of RAM) and it crashes 90% of the time I touch the model selector.

Valve seems to pride it's self on the fact that so many people mod it's engine. I would imagine they would try to keep us, instead of trying to kill us off with these SDK & mod-breaking updates and by releasing tools that make you want to kill the nearest living thing out of frustration.

I'm not the only one, many Source modders are jumping ship for far more stable and powerful tools(UDK). A few really good looking mods have already converted, and I know one that might be converting soon.

I'm still modding it, I'm really trying to hold on. Not sure why, either because I like the way Source works or I'm just too lazy to learn something better. But really, it's just a matter of time before Valve breaks my SDK again and I just say **** it and walk off.

Come on Valve, where is the love?

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KEVLAR60442
KEVLAR60442 Jan 10 2012, 4:12pm replied:

The biggest issue IMO is that the improvements to the Source engine are minimal compared to other engines of the same age. Even the IW engine, the engine that people bring to mind when they think of old engines overstaying their welcome, brought massive improvements in 2007, and arguably looks better than Valve's default Source engine ATM.

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strikers_alliance
strikers_alliance Jan 12 2012, 8:16am replied:

Yeah, Valve keeps doing incremental updates to Source engine instead of major changes, but I have to admit that they introduced some good ones, such as better HDR system, dynamic lighting, better animations as well as less map limitations.

+2 votes     reply to comment
RoboTyphoon
RoboTyphoon Dec 9 2011, 4:01pm says:

When in the **** are you going to fix the L4D SDK model viewer?!

+3 votes     reply to comment
McKane
McKane Oct 25 2011, 12:32pm says:

The Source Engine 2008 really showed itself off in Left 4 Dead, the first one. The visuals and the edge smoothing is just amazing!

+3 votes     reply to comment
ProspectGames
ProspectGames Oct 22 2011, 9:35am says:

Does anyone know how, or know of, a tutorial for exporting models from Maya to Left 4 Dead 2?

+2 votes     reply to comment
tschumann
tschumann Oct 29 2011, 3:19am replied:

Export the model and animations as .smd files I think Valve may ship an exporter in the Source SDK, but I'm not sure) and create a .qc file and compile with studiomdl. There are tutorials on writing .qc files on the Valve Developer wiki.

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Even tho it is aging and it is beginning to show its weakness comparred to other more modern engines, it is still my most preferred engine and the only one I was able to get into succesfully. And with all of the updates Valve is giving it, I think the source engine will be with us for a long time. I wouldn't really recommend this for a commerical product, just because there are so many more modern engines out there that will be a lot easier in the long run (like UDK), but all of the commercial games…

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