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5 comments by Gavavva on Aug 30th, 2014

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OverDose, ladies and gentlemen, is dead… Dead as a can of spam. That is of course you’re one of the internet busybodies who seem to know everything about our development. Its sarcasm guys, I’m British. You’ll get used to it ;) Things have been mental, moving home, sorting out my wedding (December 27th, and thank you!), all sorts. It’s been crazy! So, what’s it been? About 2 weeks since our last update? Well, I guess we have a lot to talk about… Lets start with the sound, shall we?

OverDose Has A New, Built From The Ground Up Sound System


You know that stuff that comes from your speakers? That’s called sound. The problem is that most game developers sort of forget that sound exists. The real reason is pretty obvious… You can’t show off sound in a (Faked) screenshot. Sound doesn’t sell. Pretty graphics and, occasionally, boobies… Those sell. So most game devs forget all about giving any sort of attention to sound. This means you get in the game and get smacked in the face with per pixel wibbles and million polygon wobbles, but the sound is the same as Half-Life, which dropped in 1998. Wow, 1998… Time flies when you’re stuck in an air duct with just a crow bar. It’s the reason that you play a game as amazing as Wolfenstein: New Order (Haven’t played it? Fix that.) and hear some impressive sounds, but notice that the actual sound design, the tech behind it, is flawed. Gun shots as loud as voices is a common problem. It’s all a bit STALE.
So, what are we doing with our single coder? It’s simple… Everything we can. The first thing we do, is allow our mappers to split levels up into “areas”. These “areas” are fantastic for a multitude of reasons, they allow the designers to set up different graphical effects, weather effects, wind amounts, post processing… All sorts. But they also allow us to set up different sound settings per location. This is how we can make an air vent give that lovely metallic echo, or a toilet sound, well, like a toilet. It’s classy. It’s sexy. It’s powerful. It’s also very, very easy to use. Take a look:

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As well as, of course, allowing the designers to totally tweak each speaker entity to their hearts content to get it just how they want.

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But we try not to stop there. Another simple idea we have is that all our locations can actually have a delay on echo. It’s a simple idea really, it’s that sound you hear when out in a large location. Make a bang and listen for the follow up echoes. It’s very effective. But like I said, it’s not really something I can show in a screenshot. So, here’s a duck. See if you can hear the echo:

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Another thing we have added is something not a lot of people ever think about or even know about. It’s called HDR Audio. In theory, it's the same as HDR lighting in a way. One fakes a high dynamic range in LDR monitors by scaling and remapping light levels. the other fakes a high dynamic range in LDR speakers by scaling and remapping amplitude levels. It’s basically the same concept really. The idea is that every sound has a volume. A babies cry is far louder than the sound of a dripping tap, for example. So, have you ever tried to listen to a dripping tap while hearing a baby cry? Ever had loud music on and had a hard time hearing somebody who was speaking to you? It’s the same idea… One sound drowns out the other. And that’s what our new sound engine does, it figures out the current highest volume and loudness, then rescales the volumes of all other playing sounds. It’s simple, but again, very effective. It just doesn’t make for very good pictures, that’s all. Thankfully we have a LOT of sound tools that help the designer to get just the right effect.

OverDose Now Has A Fully Scriptable Particle And FX System


I know, you’re likely thinking if you read that right? Well, we’ve been busy. What most games do these days is hard code a bunch of stuff, flop it out, and let you just get on with it. But we don’t like chains, no sir no way. So we took a leaf out of the legends that are id Software here as well. Everything in OverDose remember is to be fully scriptable and can be changed by even a twerp with notepad. The same goes for all our FX and particle files. Don’t think the effect a bullet makes as it rips into sand? CHANGE IT. Just open the text file, edit it, and save. Boom, done. Who knows, maybe you can even lick our own work and make some pretty sexy effects that we could adopt? It really is as simple as this:

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So of course, you get some nice effects where the only real limit is on what you feel you want to do. I can’t wait to see what people come up with for this :)

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Website Status?


As I mentioned previously, the website just wasn’t getting enough traffic compared to our ModDB page here, and so we decided to let our contract end and not renew. Both Nicolas and I have our own lives, with our own expenditures, and we do OverDose in our free time. So spending money on a website we couldn’t afford that wasn’t being used seemed like a bit of a silly idea. Granted, when OverDose is ready, the site will be back up and boom… Its on like Donkey Kong. But for now, we will remain using our ModDB site.

Donating To The OverDose Project


As always, the guys here at Team Blur Games are making OverDose with an exceptionally high hourly wage, plus several holidays per month and a monthly bonus. Also, look at that pig flying outside my window? Nah, we don’t get anything for this work, and all work is done in our own time after we manage to sort out our own lives. Donating to the project allows more work to be done, more talent to be hired, the website to go live, and also allows us to look into new and better ways of supporting the game.
So if you’re a true OverDose supporter, any donation, no matter how small, goes a long way to helping us. Any funds we raise will go towards hiring out more talent and funding people for help, which we see as only fair. Its amazing we have gotten so far with so little funding at all, because pushing these visuals, creating this media with some really awesome people, all for free… Its fantastic. But I sure as hell wish we could repay these guys before the game ships, just to keep motivation up more than anything. Any donations, no matter how small, will go a long way. Thank you.

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Gavin Stevens
Lead Designer for Team Blur Games [TBG]
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OverDose Design Document - 2010

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OverDose Game Design Document

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This is the OverDose Game Design Document, detailing everything the game will feature. Download here to find out more about classes, weapons, ballistics...

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Robok
Robok Feb 24 2009, 3:11pm says:

Game looks fecking amazing, got a percentage on the progress? :P

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Gavavva Creator
Gavavva Feb 24 2009, 3:54pm replied:

Getting there. We are currently making the tools still. All the normal tools, like .dds compression tools, map compilers, font creators, and the new 720p .roq high quality video compiler are done, but we are working mostly on ODRadiant atm, which is built from the ground up for work with OverDose and allows real time lighting and shadowing while editing levels.

While thats being done more and more models and levels are being done all the time. So, it will take a while yet but progress has moved on quite a lot in recent times.

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Samuk
Samuk Feb 25 2009, 2:36am replied:

Thats insane, got to be a hell of alot of work.

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Gavavva Creator
Gavavva Feb 25 2009, 5:20am replied:

It is. Our coder doesn't see like the rest of us, he just sees green lines of text scrolling down...

Yeah so far hes made a complete new engine, added so many modern day features, all the tools etc... Pretty mad when you think about it. ATM he's trying to focus mostly on ODRad so that we have a 100% "no fuss" editor. You can make maps with Quake 4 rad or even GTK, and they will work, but you will enver see the REAL finished result, until you get it in OD, so its nice to have that. Plus ODRad has a hell of a lot of cool little changes, bug fixes and improvements, its already faster than GTK and Q4Rad which is a huge plus for us...

Large project? Sure. But we're getting there ;)

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Samuk
Samuk Mar 23 2009, 1:17pm replied:

Very inspiring

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rgkimball
rgkimball Feb 21 2009, 8:45pm says:

Quick correction on your summary text: Corp. should be Corps. :)

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Gavavva Creator
Gavavva Feb 22 2009, 7:28am replied:

Fixaged.

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Samuk
Samuk Feb 18 2009, 3:53am says:

Great work.

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CitizenLand
CitizenLand Feb 17 2009, 8:24pm says:

I applaud all efforts to make content but you really need to describe what this is better. I still have no idea of precisely what this is.

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Gavavva Creator
Gavavva Feb 18 2009, 3:20am replied:

Well, the offical OverDose site has quite a lot of info, and we have linked the actual Game Design Doc for people to read as well. If other people feel its still an issue, let me know in the comments here and I'll be sure to make more of an effort on the site to post up some info?

Let me know guys.

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Gavavva Creator
Gavavva Feb 18 2009, 3:53am replied:

Just because your comment had me a little un-easy (I honestly thought we linked to the main site enough or gave enough info), I've uploaded the actual Game Design Doc to the ModDB files server for everybody to look over. That if anything, will tell you where we are taking this:

http://www.moddb.com/games/overdose/downloads/overdose-game-design-document

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb Feb 18 2009, 5:42pm replied:

Isnt that dangerous? To just give out a design doc? Or is it just a general outline?

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Gavavva Creator
Gavavva Feb 19 2009, 3:25am replied:

Why would it be dangerous? Its a free game, of which we have outlined everything possible thats needed.

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hulk0
hulk0 Feb 14 2009, 12:42pm says:

what is this? a quake 2 mod? or will this be a free full game?
looks awesome btw!

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Gurra300
Gurra300 Feb 14 2009, 1:19pm replied:

it was a mod for quake 2, now its a free game using ID tech 2 wich is heavily moddified by the great team of Blur :P

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