thechineseroom is the name of a development research project I run at the University of Portsmouth, UK. We're interested in first person gaming - particularly, using mods to explore questions about gaming that you can't answer by just analysing commercial releases or theorising about them.

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New version update  + research
Half-Life 2

New version update + research

Aug 6, 2008 Dear Esther 7 comments

Details of changes to the new version of Dear Esther; plus how we'd love you to help us with some research based on the project...

New release date
Half-Life 2

New release date

Aug 15, 2008 Antlion Soccer 0 comments

Release for Antlion Soccer has been delayed. Some problems with migrating the code to the Orange Box but it's coming soon.

new release date part 2
Half-Life 2

new release date part 2

Sep 6, 2008 Antlion Soccer 0 comments

At the risk of sounding like a stuck record... getting a server to test this has taken longer than hoped, so release date back again. Coding is all finished...

Antlion Soccer released
Half-Life 2

Antlion Soccer released

Sep 29, 2008 Antlion Soccer 0 comments

Antlion Soccer deathmatch mod is now ready for download

Yes, it's broken
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Yes, it's broken

Jun 9, 2010 Korsakovia 10 comments

The last update broke Korsakovia. Quite badly, it appears. I'm looking into it (and would REALLY appreciate any pointers / support), but in the meantime...

Dear Esther - Updated Version Released
Half-Life 2

Dear Esther - Updated Version Released

Jan 18, 2009 Dear Esther 1 comment

An updated version of the mod Dear Esther has just been released, including remastered sound, fixed terrain issues, extended caves sequence and new audio...

Korsakovia - promo film released, playtesters wanted!
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Korsakovia - promo film released, playtesters wanted!

Apr 20, 2009 Korsakovia 0 comments

We've just uploaded a promo film for the new mod Korsakovia, and are also looking for people to playtest the alpha. Take a look and drop us a line if...

Recruiting for Korsakovia
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Recruiting for Korsakovia

Apr 27, 2009 Korsakovia 0 comments

We're looking for experienced modders to take Korsakovia through to launch...

Dear Esther - complete overhaul
Half-Life 2

Dear Esther - complete overhaul

May 13, 2009 Dear Esther 11 comments

Dear Esther is getting a full overhaul and rebuild by Robert Briscoe of LittleLostPoly

Korsakovia - new launch date
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Korsakovia - new launch date

Jun 11, 2009 Korsakovia 5 comments

Korsakovia is developing, but more slowly than I'd have liked...

Dear Esther: Gamasutra Interview
Half-Life 2

Dear Esther: Gamasutra Interview

Jul 2, 2009 Dear Esther 6 comments

A new interview with Dear Esther designer Dan Pinchbeck at Gamasutra

Dear Esther Update (remake)
Half-Life 2

Dear Esther Update (remake)

Aug 24, 2009 Dear Esther 29 comments

Hi everyone, My name is Robert Briscoe and as you may or may not have heard, I have taken it upon myself recently to ‘re-master' Dear Esther and bring...

Dear Esther Remake - Update 2
Half-Life 2

Dear Esther Remake - Update 2

Sep 1, 2009 Dear Esther 26 comments

Been another slow week this week; however I have managed to finish sculpting and painting the terrain for the first level and am now looking forward to...

Dear Esther selected for IndieCade2009
Half-Life 2

Dear Esther selected for IndieCade2009

Sep 4, 2009 Dear Esther 6 comments

The cult Half Life 2 mod Dear Esther has been selected as a finalist in the 2009 IndieCade awards - Culver City, here we com!

Korsakovia released
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Korsakovia released

Sep 19, 2009 Korsakovia 25 comments

Korsakovia, a new mod from the makers of Dear Esther has been released. Billed as an experimental survival horror, this single player Source mod from...

Land, Sea and Air
Half-Life 2

Land, Sea and Air

Sep 25, 2009 Dear Esther 22 comments

Time for another update I think, been a while actually (or at least it feels like that!). So here's a brief overview of what exactly has been going on...

Dear Esther wins Best World/Story at IndieCade 2009
Half-Life 2

Dear Esther wins Best World/Story at IndieCade 2009

Oct 3, 2009 Dear Esther 12 comments

The cult Half Life 2 mod picked up the 2009 IndieCade International Independent Game award for Best Story/World at the ceremony in LA last night.

Postcards from the Hebrides…
Half-Life 2

Postcards from the Hebrides…

Nov 10, 2009 Dear Esther 31 comments

Well it’s been a while since my last update, but be reassured I have not been idling during my absence! Today I can finally show you what I have been...

Live performance project by thechineseroom
Half-Life 2

Live performance project by thechineseroom

Nov 20, 2009 Dear Esther 13 comments

If you liked Dear Esther, then you might well like this: Dan Pinchbeck (writer/producer) and Jessica Curry (composer/audio designer) are presenting a...

A quick update...
Half-Life 2

A quick update...

Jan 24, 2010 Dear Esther 78 comments

Just wanted to make a quick update to let you know things are progressing nicely with DE. The lack of updates lately was due to me taking a month off...

Halfway there!
Half-Life 2

Halfway there!

Mar 4, 2010 Dear Esther 72 comments

So I hit a big milestone today, bringing the second level to alpha and subsequently reaching the half-way point in the project! It took me roughly two...

A Light at the end of the Tunnel
Half-Life 2

A Light at the end of the Tunnel

Jun 29, 2010 Dear Esther 108 comments

So it’s been a while, in fact it’s been almost 4 months since my last update, however, during this time I have been tirelessly working on the third level...

Yes, it's fixed!
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Yes, it's fixed!

Jul 16, 2010 Korsakovia 9 comments

Korsakovia is back up and running again, thanks to a patch written by Doogie4Ever, who is a complete star.

Slow and Steady – A Brief Update
Half-Life 2

Slow and Steady – A Brief Update

Oct 31, 2010 Dear Esther 56 comments

I recently realised how much time has passed since my last update on here and so I thought I’d put together a small update to show a little bit of what...

Q&A + MODTY and new media!
Half-Life 2

Q&A + MODTY and new media!

Dec 7, 2010 Dear Esther 66 comments

So in my last update I asked for your questions regarding the Dear Esther Remake, and today I have been sifting through them and have answered some of...

Dear Esther remake to get commercial release
Half-Life 2

Dear Esther remake to get commercial release

Feb 11, 2011 Dear Esther 222 comments

The remake of the cult source mod Dear Esther will be released commercially in summer 2011.

Just a quickie
Half-Life 2

Just a quickie

Feb 15, 2011 Dear Esther 16 comments

Just a quick update to let you know I have re-uploaded the original mod for you to download (my fault, should have been back up long ago) and that we...

Dear Esther launch date confirmed!
Dear Esther

Dear Esther launch date confirmed!

Dec 8, 2011 Dear Esther 8 comments

We finally have an official launch date! (and new screens!)

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