The Human Pond is a recently started blog, we are three guys who write about games, movies, music, art and what ever we feel like writing about. This group is our link into the ModDB community.

HD Video Tutorial - Smoothing Groups
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Smoothing Groups

Apr 10, 2011 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 4 comments

Learn how to use smoothing groups to eliminate hard shading where you don't want it.

HD Video Tutorial - Importing Models
Overgrowth

HD Video Tutorial - Importing Models

Jan 7, 2011 Overgrowth Basic props modelling 17 comments

Learn how to export a model from Blender to Overgrowth.

HD Video Tutorial - Exporting Textures
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Exporting Textures

Dec 19, 2010 Source Advanced mapping/technical 16 comments

Learn how to export a texture to the Source engine, the basic way.

HD Video Tutorial - NPC Animations 2
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HD Video Tutorial - NPC Animations 2

Dec 5, 2010 Source Advanced mapping/technical 6 comments

Learn almost all there is to learn about the scripted_sequence entity.

HD Video Tutorial - Face Poser 3: Lip Sync
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Face Poser 3: Lip Sync

Dec 4, 2010 Source Advanced mapping/technical 6 comments

Learn how to make an NPC talk in the Source engine.

HD Video Tutorial - Face Poser 2: Setup
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Face Poser 2: Setup

Oct 13, 2010 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 6 comments

Learn how to setup Face Poser on Windows XP, Vista and 7 so that automatic lip sync works.

HD Video Tutorial - Face Poser 1: Recording Sound
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Face Poser 1: Recording Sound

Aug 13, 2010 Source Basic mapping/technical 4 comments

Learn how to record sound that can be used to lip sync in Face Poser.

HD Video Tutorial - Lighting 2: Lightmaps
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Lighting 2: Lightmaps

Aug 7, 2010 Source Basic mapping/technical 12 comments

Learn how to make your map look better and/or compile faster by changing the lightmap scale.

HD Video Tutorial - Optimization 3: Areaportals
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Optimization 3: Areaportals

Jul 9, 2010 Source Advanced mapping/technical 10 comments

Learn how to optimize your levels using areaportals.

HD Video Tutorial - Decompiling Maps
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Decompiling Maps

May 24, 2010 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 19 comments

Learn how to use GCFScape and VMEX to extract and decompile an official Valve map to bring it into Hammer.

HD Video Tutorial - Driving APC
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Driving APC

May 7, 2010 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 6 comments

Learn how to create an APC that drives along a path in the Source engine.

HD Video Tutorial - Optimization 2: Hint & Skip
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Optimization 2: Hint & Skip

Apr 26, 2010 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 15 comments

Learn how to optimize your maps using the 'hint' and 'skip' textures to alter the leafs.

HD Video Tutorial - Monitors & Cameras
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Monitors & Cameras

Mar 16, 2010 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 33 comments

Learn how to create a monitor that can show what a camera sees.

HD Video Tutorial - Optimization 1: func_detail
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Optimization 1: func_detail

Feb 8, 2010 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 8 comments

Learn the basics of optimization, learn about leafs and portals and how to keep their numbers down using func_detail to increase compilation speed.

HD Video Tutorial - Explosions
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Explosions

Feb 5, 2010 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 17 comments

Learn how to destroy a breakable wall with the help of a triggered explosion.

HD Video Tutorial - Custom Animations
Overgrowth

HD Video Tutorial - Custom Animations

Feb 2, 2010 Overgrowth Intermediate animation 25 comments

Learn how to quickly make and use your own animations in Overgrowth.

HD Video Tutorial - 3D Skybox
Game

HD Video Tutorial - 3D Skybox

Jan 8, 2010 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 9 comments

Learn how to create a 3D skybox, you will also learn the basics of visGroups. A 3D skybox is used to create the illusion that the level is larger than...

HD Video Tutorial - Moving Brushes
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Moving Brushes

Dec 13, 2009 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 21 comments

Learn how to make a moving brush using the func_tracktrain and path_track entities together. This can be used to create trains, elevators, advanced doors...

HD Video Tutorial - NPC Relationships
Game

HD Video Tutorial - NPC Relationships

Dec 4, 2009 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 28 comments

Learn how to alter the minds of those puny NPCs to change what they think about other people or things.

HD Video Tutorial - NPC Navigation
Game

HD Video Tutorial - NPC Navigation

Nov 30, 2009 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 14 comments

Learn how to use the info_node entity to enable NPCs on your maps to navigate properly.

HD Video Tutorial - NPC Animations 1
Game

HD Video Tutorial - NPC Animations 1

Nov 21, 2009 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 40 comments

Learn how to use a scripted_sequence to make a combine kick in a door.

HD Video Tutorial - Displacement Basics
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Displacement Basics

Nov 16, 2009 Source Basic mapping/technical 26 comments

Learn how to create displacements and use the displacement editing tools in Hammer.

Lighting 2: Basics
Game

Lighting 2: Basics

Nov 13, 2009 Source Basic mapping/technical 15 comments

Learn how to use the light, light_spot, light_environment entities and the skybox texture to give your maps some light.

HD Video Tutorial - Real and Fake Doors
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Real and Fake Doors

Nov 11, 2009 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 10 comments

Learn how to - in a reliable and fast way - make openable doors and doors that are just for show.

HD Video Tutorial - Rappelling Combine
Game

HD Video Tutorial - Rappelling Combine

Nov 9, 2009 Source Intermediate mapping/technical 14 comments

This tutorial will teach you how to use the input/output system to make a combine break a ceiling window and rapell down for a flashy entrance.

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