Former developer of the Deus Ex mod New Vision.

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DaveW
DaveW Jul 4 2015, 8:32am replied:

No, no, and no, I'm afraid. Work on this stopped a long time ago!

+2 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Jun 17 2015, 5:02pm replied:

Probably a bit late to reply, but yes, the launchers fix the speed issues. It's related to multi-core processors and affects a lot of early Windows games, including Unreal Engine 1.

+2 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Apr 9 2015, 5:52pm replied:

Well I haven't heard of this issue before, so it must be something specific with your setup that confused the installer. Not sure how that would happen, but there's not much I can do about it since I can't repeat the problem. Good to hear that it's working, at least.

+2 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Apr 8 2015, 1:17pm replied:

Ok, what renderer are you using? My advice would be to try an alternative one (if you're using Direct 3D 10, try OpenGL, or vice versa)

Have you checked that the textures have actually extracted into the New Vision/Textures directory?

Another guess would be something is corrupted, so you could try re-installing the mod.

+2 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Mar 28 2015, 10:41pm replied:

If you have 7zip (or Peazip might work) you can do a manual extraction and install. Without more information I'm not sure what would cause that error though.

+2 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Mar 14 2015, 6:40am says:

This is far too buggy at the moment to be playable. My resolution (2560X1440) isn't supported, the game stutters every few seconds, the DOF effect when aiming is horrible, and the whole game crashes almost every time someone fires a weapon.

Although the original Paranoia had that awful bump mapping effect, at least it didn't crash all the time. I don't see what the benefit of the custom engine really is, the game does not look that much better for it. All it does is make the game unstable.

+1 vote   game: Paranoia 2: Savior
DaveW
DaveW Mar 10 2015, 5:35pm says:

"The image above is an in-game screenshot"...

It does look good though!

+1 vote   media: New Ninjas Sculpt
DaveW
DaveW Mar 8 2015, 8:50am replied:

Maybe we should sell it as a horror game for people who hate horror games. It's definitely not going to be a jump-scare fest, we intend to make the atmosphere unsettling through visual and audio design. No random loud noises or scripted jumps.

+1 vote   news: Project on hiatus
DaveW
DaveW Mar 7 2015, 4:44am replied:

Cheers - hopefully we'll be announcing details of the new game in a few months (we want to wait until we've got something more substantial)

+2 votes   news: Project on hiatus
DaveW
DaveW Mar 7 2015, 4:43am replied:

This is our thinking - we already had to scale the concept back a bit, but if we did it any more then it wouldn't be worth doing (in my view).

I don't think we'll be expanding our team just yet, but if you PM me a link to your work I'll take a look.

+1 vote   news: Project on hiatus
DaveW
DaveW Mar 7 2015, 4:39am replied:

I hope you don't think we'd abandon Grindstone to do another DayZ knockoff! The new game is 'survival' in the sense that 3 players have to survive, but it's not an open-world crafting game.

Unfortunately the reality for us is that horror games make an easier 'sell' which means it's easier to recruit.

+1 vote   news: Project on hiatus
DaveW
DaveW Feb 17 2015, 4:49pm says:

I think more selective advertising is the way to go - if they weren't annoying flash ads, I would consider whitelisting. It's also worth noting that if you only use text based ads, you can get on Adblock's whitelist which is enabled for most users and encourages non-intrusive advertising.

However - when I whitelisted on Adblock and Ghostery, Ghostery reported up to 72 trackers active on the site. Seriously...no, thanks.

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+5 votes   news: The challenge of Adblock
DaveW
DaveW Feb 17 2015, 4:40pm replied:

Sounds like an odd problem to be caused by poor performance alone, but Unreal Engine 1 wasn't really optimised for the kind of textures New Vision uses. Frankly I'm amazed that kind of GPU runs it at all.

Visually, there isn't much difference between D3D10 and OpenGL anyway. It's much more noticeable in something like Unreal, where Kentie's managed to replicate the way 3DFX's Glide renderer made skies look.

+2 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Feb 17 2015, 4:33pm replied:

They're complementary, HDTP (despite what the name suggests) focuses on decoration and character models, whereas this is just the environment textures. I actually textured a couple of their weapon and mech models.

+3 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Feb 10 2015, 8:07pm replied:

My point is that it would be better as a custom story, rather than breaking the original game.

+1 vote   download: Necrologue 1.2 (ENG)
DaveW
DaveW Feb 5 2015, 8:21pm replied:

Damn, you caught me. The truth is, I traveled back in time to install a BitCoin miner in an executable compiled over 2 years ago - which has remained undetected until Avast flagged it. Damn again.

Or, you might consider that after 120,000 downloads and no reports of malicious behavior by the executable, that this is a false positive.

+6 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Jan 27 2015, 11:24pm says:

Shame that the install screws up your main directory, rather than using the custom stories function for what it's meant for.

0 votes   download: Necrologue 1.2 (ENG)
DaveW
DaveW Jan 3 2015, 9:57pm replied:

If you've run the game at least once, it should install fine with a Steam version. If not, just point the installer to the Deus Ex folder in Steamapps/common.

+1 vote   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Nov 27 2014, 3:39am replied:

I haven't played it yet, but I'll check it out at the weekend!

+1 vote   news: Grindstone - Update #3
DaveW
DaveW Nov 11 2014, 1:31pm replied:

Absolutely no idea, I don't have a Rift so I can't check.

+2 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Oct 12 2014, 8:44am replied:

Your download is corrupted then. If the fault was on our end, after 100,000 downloads I think someone would've noticed!

+2 votes   mod: New Vision
DaveW
DaveW Oct 8 2014, 8:22pm replied:

Cry of Fear looks awful, though. Paranoia looks great if you turn off the horrible OpenGL effects.

+5 votes   media: The Empire Strikes Back
DaveW
DaveW Oct 2 2014, 6:13pm replied:

Restarting the game fixed it, which makes sense if the shaders aren't being reloaded. Looks good now!

+4 votes   mod: Double Action: Boogaloo
DaveW
DaveW Oct 1 2014, 7:11pm says:

How do I turn off the SSAO effect? It looks awful and completely ruins the game for me. I can't see an option in the Video options so is there a console command?

0 votes   mod: Double Action: Boogaloo
DaveW
DaveW Sep 10 2014, 7:34pm says:

Oh god the bump mapping! My eyes!

+5 votes   media: Wan Chai
DaveW
DaveW Jul 17 2014, 3:22pm replied:

Thankfully, the AI and stealth systems will be relatively simple, so from our initial prototype it will be a matter of fine tuning over the course of development. We don't have the problem of balancing lots of gadgets / equipment, because there intentionally isn't any.

I think we'll be happy for feedback at any time. Community interaction is a great source of information and I hope we can use it to make the game awesome from the very start. There's always the worry with a 'new' and difficult-to-explain concept that people will ignore it, but I'm pretty happy with how people have responded to Grindstone so far.

The Stanley Parable is new and shiny, the Condition Zero map 'Rise Hard' is like something from a 1998 first person shooter, and Night at the Office is somewhat basic since it was made by a small (1-man?) team. I think the concept shines through on that though. It's a short, linear game, but there's some cool ideas there.

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DaveW
DaveW Jul 16 2014, 5:44pm replied:

This isn't Duke Nukem!

+1 vote   media: Mossberg 500
DaveW
DaveW Jul 16 2014, 3:31pm replied:

I'm not sure if we'll nail it or not - it's a pretty tall order, and there has to be a balance between fun and realistic. But knowing that it's a problem is half the battle. Large scale changes, like having enemies be more alert if you keep getting caught, could discourage that kind of behavior. It also supports the idea of choice and consequence; if you choose not to plan, the game becomes more difficult.

Inspiration comes from a few places; mostly when I was playing a CS:Condition Zero map called 'Rise Hard' (guess the reference) and wanted to make a Left 4 Dead 2 map in a similar vein. There's a Half Life mod called Night at the Office which is a large inspiration as well, especially the idea of a bomb (although this is also in Die Hard).

In terms of narrative, The Stanley Parable is where the idea for freedom of choice comes from. But Grindstone won't take the same approach, since TSP is essentially a bunch of linear stories with binary decisions along the way. Grindstone will have fewer overall 'plots', but the player can jump between them and previous decisions affect the others (or stop you completing them)

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DaveW
DaveW Jul 15 2014, 7:33pm replied:

Indeed. The fun in stealth is between getting away with it, and being caught - so you're always on edge and close to being caught, but not quite. If you have gadgets like a cloak, where you can easily slip away from enemies if you do something wrong, there's less satisfaction in it because you're playing by different rules.

I thought Thief suffered a bit in that respect; in most cases if you mess up stealth, you can run away and come back in a minute and everyone will have returned to normal. In Grindstone, hopefully the gun battles will address that. If you get caught, you'll be shot at and you have to work for your escape.

You're right - IPI supports Kinect. Multiple kinects, actually, which would probably deliver decent results. Could be worth looking at when Kinect 2.0 comes out, because all the results I've seen from Kinect 1.0 are acceptable, but very unclean. Mocap always requires some cleanup, but I think it becomes uneconomical when it'd be easier to do the animation by hand!

+2 votes   news: Website, Media, and Recruitment!
DaveW
DaveW Jul 15 2014, 3:16pm replied:

Well, although I want to put a large emphasis on the dynamic storyline, the stealth gameplay isn't going to rely on cheap takedowns or silly gadgets that let you cheat your way out of a bad situation. And if your poor stealth planning makes you do something stupid, like killing a character you didn't mean to, then that's just part of the story.

Hopefully there are enough people who still subscribe to that train of thought to run a successful crowd-funding campaign!

In terms of mo-cap, although there are cheaper solutions like the one you mentioned (using a Kinect is also a cheap - and hacky - way to do it), I'd probably go the whole way or not at all.

More important to me would be facial performance capture, given that most games have fantastic character animation but look worse than the original Half Life when people speak. But thankfully, that's inexpensive to do with a few cameras and some tracking software - just time consuming!

+1 vote   news: Website, Media, and Recruitment!
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