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Herr_Alien Feb 9 2012 says:

... you guys already have a site. Any extra details?

+2 votes   news: Modinformer Mod News Round-Up: February 8th
Herr_Alien Jan 24 2012 says:

:D Nice change of perspective!

+5 votes   game: Serious Sam: Kamikaze Attack
Herr_Alien Jan 19 2012 says:

"Numbers Cited By SOPA Supporters May Be Fictitious"

Apparently, SOPA might have wrong numbers at its foundation ...

+2 votes   news: SOPA and PIPA - our internet freedom
Herr_Alien Oct 20 2011 says:

Careful with the Aliens' pulse rifle ...

+2 votes   news: " The Closure "
Herr_Alien Sep 27 2011 replied:

I hear that. My choice was (2), getting a truckload of funds. This means that you can have AAA titles of low quality, and that sold poorly. Just like in real life.

+7 votes   poll: Game becomes AAA or truly AAA when
Herr_Alien Sep 22 2011 says:

When you look down a telescopic sight you do not see the iron sight. That's the whole point of it, to provide a better way of aiming. It's a no choice here, use the right one.

+2 votes   news: Vote Now to choose the best Sniper Scope!
Herr_Alien Sep 17 2011 replied:

Bingo :)
The purpose of the story is to have people question the usual way of handling zombies.

What I wanted initially is to have the two discover the secret of the "Don't dies"; that would make them murderers. Alex would then want to tell others the fact that the zombies are starting to recover, but gets killed by Derrick, to avoid the repercussion of their "cleaning operations" (now actually mass murders).
But hey, you only have 500 words :)

+1 vote   feature: Short Story Competition Winner - Herr_Alien
Herr_Alien Sep 16 2011 says:

There is no silver bullet for piracy. I say do more demos, lower the price, and if the game mechanics support it, go free-mium.
And above all, make games so good that the people playing it become fans that want to express their gratitude towards the developers.

+2 votes   poll: Solution to piracy?
Herr_Alien Sep 5 2011 says:

I voted (2), can popularize the franchise.

No company will license their precious IP to modders. I get that, I understand why: there's a lot of money involved, and like it or not, they came with the idea behind the IP before you figured out that it needs improvements.

Having said that, it is preferable to have companies realize that mods using their IP are actually a good way to advertise that IP, rather than send cease and desist letters.

+6 votes   poll: Mods using others' intellectual property (without permission)
Herr_Alien Aug 25 2011 replied:

"Quality mod developers deserve money for what they do"
One of the reasons I chose this option is because of paid DLC. I simply don't like this double standard: one party can sell what I find essentially being mods, while the others are not allowed.

+2 votes   poll: Selling mods
Herr_Alien Jul 27 2011 says:

Hey, congrats!

+1 vote   feature: Call of Pripyat Reloaded in Medias
Herr_Alien Jul 21 2011 says:

I try not to.
For this one app that I worked on, we use HTTP for a couple of things. Now, even though HTTP is a simple protocol, I didn't want to bother implementing it. So, for this app, we went for libcurl, a handful of lines of C code and we were done.
Free time is such a precious commodity for me that I MUST reuse as much as possible. While I'd love to implement everything in my projects (even just for sake of learning), in all cases the shortened development time from re-using external libraries is worth it.

I mean when Marconi invented the radio, he used already existing components: antennas from Popov, metal powder detectors from Branley and so on. That doesn't make him a lesser man, but rather somebody who had a broader view than the others.

+4 votes   news: Never reinvent the wheel
Herr_Alien Jul 8 2011 says:

Not sure if I mentioned this already or not, but after the modcast was canned, I kept trying to find something to replace it. You guys do a pretty good job filling in the gap.
Looking forward to your next round-up, be it in text format or video format.

+1 vote   news: Modinformer Mod News Round-Up: June 26 - July 2nd
Herr_Alien Jun 2 2011 replied:

I hear that :) !

+1 vote   poll: Who would you rather be?
Herr_Alien May 17 2011 says:

This is a pretty good piece. I like your take on the AI needing to fear death as the player would. Thumbs up!

+2 votes   feature: Saving, loading, and the absent fear of death
Herr_Alien Apr 11 2011 says:

Dynamic environments are definitely a plus on immersion. I wouldn't like to be in the shoes of the one who has to set all of them up though: it's quite tedious.

+1 vote   news: An Open Window: PLD +66
Herr_Alien Apr 4 2011 says:

If you, the creator, think that it's a piece of art, then don't submit it to a mod site where all entries are judged by playability, achievements and graphical quality. Submit it to an art site, where it will be judged by the emotions it evoked, by the skilled use of ... whatever feature to trigger those emotions.

When you submit your piece of cr ... erm, art, to a mod site, you labeled it as a mod. Stop passing it on as art, on that site at least.

+1 vote   news: An Open Window: PLD +57
Herr_Alien Mar 30 2011 says:

The music is indeed very good, and it also suits the game. Good work!

+1 vote   news: STALKER Clear Sky music... and more.
Herr_Alien Mar 29 2011 says:

Just going to paste in here some of the comments made on the podcast17 site:

It’s difficult to open source games. The main issue is creative control over the game:
- there’s one thing to allow other people to read your code, access your art assets etc.
- then there’s another thing to allow other people to commit code to your game, allow them to change art assets to your game.
With the second option, it is hard to get your idea of the game implemented: the community might chose to turn your envisioned zombie shooter into a 3rd person police investigation game.

id Software released the code of their engines AFTER finishing their products. And while they did release their whole code for idTech1, 2 and 3, it didn’t release the entire code of idTech 4. They released only the game code, meaning the parts of the code that would allow you to create game entities. No access to the low level stuff. From that point of view, idTech 4 is similar to Source SDK.

There’s also a big difference from releasing the CODE under GPL license and the ART ASSETS of the game. id NEVER GPL-ed their artwork. And from their perspective, of sharing the technology, they don’t need to.

Nice point on using the Source SDK and the EULA. Once you use the tools for any game, you agree to the EULA governing the SDK, and most of them do not let you commercially exploit them.
Distributing the mod as a ‘source’ package would indeed consist in selling third party assets (maps in Maya, models in 3DS etc) with a script that would compile them in game proprietary formats. That would normally be legal.
However, this would be:
- technically very challenging for the developers
- technically very challenging for the users. What if an error occurs during the ‘compilation’? As a user who just payed 20 USD for the mod, how would you feel?

+1 vote   news: Podcast 17 - Developing Mods as F/OSS
Herr_Alien Mar 18 2011 says:

:O That is so cool!

+1 vote   news: Snapshot PAX East Trailer!
Herr_Alien Jan 18 2011 says:

Congrats for the launch!

+1 vote   news: Iron Grip: Marauders Has Launched
Herr_Alien Jan 9 2011 says:

nice recreation of the trailer!
In the DX8 renderer? That's even nicer.

+1 vote   media: Lost Alpha - Happy New Year 2011!
Herr_Alien Dec 16 2010 says:

You're on Tom's Hardware, congrats!

+1 vote   news: GoldenEye: Source v4.1 Release
Herr_Alien Dec 14 2010 replied:

Apparently, you need to disable font smoothing. I think it is a settings for Windows.

+1 vote   mod: AvP2 - Project "Savior"
Herr_Alien Dec 13 2010 says:

Half Life meets Doom 3 meets Resident Evil. Sounds very promising, and the video alone transpires the kind of atmosphere that tickles me the right way :)
I'll give the demo a try. If me likes, me buys :)

+2 votes   game: Alpha Project
Herr_Alien Dec 2 2010 says:

:)) loved the screaming ... ok, I'll retweet-ya ...

+3 votes   news: Primal Carnage Top 100 - New images, video and more!
Herr_Alien Dec 2 2010 says:

Also, excellent PR action from Epic.

+2 votes   news: Epic Games and UDK join the awards
Herr_Alien Nov 19 2010 says:

Still making my mind. I mean the whole idea of MOTY is something should be really proud of, and I love it.
This year however I am not that amazed on the stuff released. And I miss stenchy :P .

0 votes   poll: What do you guys think of MOTY 2010 so far?
Herr_Alien Nov 12 2010 says:

I like the initiative! Thumbs up!

+2 votes   news: Car game development sponsorship
Herr_Alien Nov 9 2010 says:

gameplay and storyline. I mean I can even indulge myself playing at 15 FPS, as long as the game mechanics and story are good.

+3 votes   poll: What do you look at first when considering a game to play?
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