I'm Chris. I've been working with the Source Engine for around 6 years now, and GoldSrc a year or so before that. I'm currently working as a level designer on the Black Mesa Hazard Course, as well as a level designer and texture artist at Tripmine Studios.

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2 comments by Crypt on Jul 13th, 2013

If I see one more Half-Life 2 Beta Revamp or survival horror Source mod, I'm gonna lose it. We get it, people like Amnesia, but your horror mods usually aren't bringing anything to the table other than dark rooms and a pseudo-eerie description.

And if it's not one of those, it's a remake project trying hard to insist they aren't copying Black Mesa (seriously, no one's accusing you of anything, just do your thing), or named The Faggot, or just a seemingly forgotten page, with a few fullbright, empty rooms and a vague goal. C'mon, people. A mod page isn't to reserve your idea until you find someone with the know how to make it a reality, it's to organize your media and keep connected with your fanbase. I honestly think the rules for starting a page should be at least a tad more strict.

And I'm not just saying newcomers to modding should be shunned, or that people shouldn't try and start a team by themselves. I'm saying they should start with some planning before deciding they want a 40 hour open world Source powered FPS, and then get something to show for it before using up some of ModDB's server space.

I think my number one problem with some mod pages is the developers using the same most popular assets from FPSBanana or GarrysMod.org, or using promotional stuff from AAA movies and the like. Just no.

I'm done with my useless ranting now. I complain, but I don't like to.

Also, if you could judge mods that take place at the BMRF based on the mod itself, and not in relation to the mod Black Mesa, that'd be excellent. Okay, now I'm done.

Update:

I've got a new thing to bitch about: "Tests."
Screenshots of anything that was a "test". Maps, models, concept art, stuff like that. I see this a lot, to the point where mod pages are filled with nothing but these "tests" and some "concepts." As far as I can tell, "test" just means either, "We don't know what we're doing," or "We admit it sucks, but we want an excuse for that."

It's never a real test, either. It's like they don't know if their software works and are testing it, not really testing anything else. A picture of a badly made map or model is not a test. If you're posting a test, it'd better be a video, and legitimately testing something other than my patience.

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Urby
Urby Jun 18 2014, 11:25am says:

This man doesn't like cats! I don't understand!

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Crypt
Crypt Jun 18 2014, 4:45pm replied:

Cats are adorable for their first few months, then they're obnoxious hellspawn!

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Urby
Urby Jun 20 2014, 9:28pm replied:

Uh-huh? What you got against hellspawn!? D:

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Crypt
Crypt Jul 6 2014, 12:30am replied:

I like my surroundings to be hellspawn-free. Gives off better vibes that way.

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TheSleepingObama
TheSleepingObama Feb 28 2014, 1:24pm says:

Do you get paid for your work with Tripmine?

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Crypt
Crypt Mar 1 2014, 12:14am replied:

As it stands, we're a mod team not a commercial company.

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TheSleepingObama
TheSleepingObama May 8 2014, 2:47am replied:

So free.

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Urby
Urby Mar 1 2014, 6:19pm replied:

Would be lovely if it was a paying job. I reckon a lot more projects would get finished. :P

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104 Dec 24 2013, 3:00am says:

Thanks for the feedback mate, I like your work.

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TheSleepingObama
TheSleepingObama Feb 28 2014, 1:22pm replied:

He is good. But he does need to learn to accept how people create their mods. And not say they should do any other way.

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