Hey, Im a source mapper interested in writing, gaming, filming, anything with the word 'steampunk' in it, and modding for Half Life 2. Thanks for dropping by!
This is fascinating, what a cool process! Definitely looking forward to the next post on heraldry!
Excellent, a definite improvement!
Excellent article- I feel like it sums up the "zeitgeist" of the current moment pretty well, and definitely peers forward at things to come. Right now certainly feels like a paradigm shift- all times feel like they're times of change, but sometimes you feel like you're on the knife's-edge of history.
As to whether this actually is the knife's-edge of history, I guess we'll see. It's hard to tell if we're experiencing a true turning point, or a trend that will fizzle out in the next few years. I have some doubts that the discontent/anger (not using those terms negatively, I think they're justified) fueling current political momentum in the US/Europe can be sustained in the long term. Once new leaders take the reigns of government I think that their opponents will only grow more viciously opposed, and their supporters will be disillusioned if bold visions don't materialize or the economy falters. The backlash to 2016 may be just as interesting to watch as today.
I guess I think that people who are claiming this is the end of liberal democracy, whether they're terrified of it or relish it, shouldn't count their chickens before their eggs hatch. Many normal people are awfully fond of liberal democracy, as are international businesses, most politicians, the press, 'the elite', etc., which when put together wield quite a lot of influence. So if in ~5 years the EU is gone, protectionism is widespread, immigrants are deported, etc. then I'd say liberal democracy has taken a hit (not necessarily gone)- though right now I mostly just see ideas, not policy. I guess we'll have to wait and see!
Muhaha, the Grammar Nazi Gestapo strike again!
Huzzah, congratulations on completing the map 1! I like your production style; I know that frequently with maps I try to complete several at the same time, which leads to everything permanently resting at about ~30% complete forever >_< Excellent work!
Very nice job with map 2 so far as well. I particularly like the presence of lots of nice pipes on the walls/ceiling in the second image. Since they're the most colorful part of the room they also draw the player to admire the surrounding architecture, rather than just fading into the background. Plus what looks like a shaft leading into the ceiling! Solid construction and visual interest :D
Well this is... Silly?
Hehe if it helps morality, does that mean that I helped prevent you from committing a crime xD ?
Great work! I think that in the first two images there has been a marked improvement in lighting. I like the work on the ceiling particularly in the hallway (nice pipeworks)- my only criticism is that it feels a bit empty. Lastly the columns in the final image look awesome- makes me think of more Victorian drainage systems, where you have beautiful stonework/design even in places people never see.
Definitely looking forward to the coming alpha release, this looks excellent!
Ooh very nice! I like the work on the columns and the lighting is quite good as well.
Despite wearing old-timey clothing and brandishing a cutlass (which usually gives off some vibes of quaint/silly), this looks 100% legitimately badass. Awesome!
I really like the atmosphere the maps give off and I'm interested to learn more about the story! Tracking!
The Washington Post Article's is summing/referring to the Globe and Mail and Montreal Gazette, and I think that the Globe and Mail and Montreal Gazette are also facetious:
- "Your average Berlin Wall wall might be easy to cross in winter when Canadian snow banks can be 15 feet high, so we’d have to build higher. Maybe we need a giant ice wall like the one in Game of Thrones that protects the Seven Kingdoms — but guarded by legions of Canadian snowmen.
Others have proposed a wall made of one-way glass so only we Canadians can see out — preferably one made of bulletproof glass."
- "Imagine the massive challenge of integrating them all and teaching them terms like “loonie,” “toonie,” “poutine,” “eh” and “sorry” — let alone the metric system.
Imagine their trauma when forced to “swear loyalty to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth” — and their difficulty getting used to Canadian news, like live three-day coverage of a first-ministers health-care conferenzzzz."
Though as you said, Trump winning was once a joke too, and I certainly didn't see Brexit coming. So maybe Canada will one day build a wall! Will they make the United States pay for it ^^ ?
I want to point out that your sources for the Canadian border wall I think are chiefly writing in a facetious fashion, and one of them is false:
- Rt.com is reporting joke tweets from various Canadian and American citizens.
- The Independent says that Canadians are poking fun at America, saying they want to build an 'Ice Wall', and posts the same tweets from Rt.com plus a few more.
- The World News Daily Report has no sources, on the same website claims that German scientists have found empirical proof that there is life after death: Worldnewsdailyreport.com , and generally seems to be a tabloid with wholly false stories. The image posted on this article is not of supposed Canadian militia leader "John C. McCaullagh" as the article claims, but actually of Americans Ammon Bundy and LaVoy Finicum, who led a militia to occupy the Oregon Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016: Newyorker.com
So I don't think it's accurate to say that Canada is advocating a wall or militia to stop fleeing American liberals, unless joke tweets and tabloids count as serious advocating.
Well that's a bit... Sudden... Don't you think we should wait to see more?
I for one am tracking!
I'm always a fan of infrastructure spending, no downsides to that certainly. I have mixed feelings about increased military spending, though my family is military so it can't hurt! I suppose my main concern is our connection to foreign markets and diplomatic ties to other countries' governments; Trump's executive power pertains chiefly to foreign policy and he seems a bit of a wild card, so it makes things feel uncertain. I'm also half-American/half-German, so ties to the European Union cause special worry. Though right now things pretty reasonable in transatlantic relations so concerns may be unfounded.
I was hoping for one of the candidates would offer a large increase in science funding or space exploration, though sadly neither seemed terribly excited about science. In the end, while I don't identify with either American party, I'm a fan of social democracy so I voted for Clinton. Have to say I'm not happy that Trump won since I disagree with him on most things (immigration, trade policy, taxation, etc.), though I hope the next four years go well.
I think you brought up a good point in your third paragraph, towards the end- that people have very different thought processes here.
This might sound like I'm stating the obvious, but I think the fundamental differences underlying the election are just that people have different priorities and ideals. Some people prefer nationalism, others globalism, some social liberalism vs. conservatism, the EU's approach, the US's approach, etc. I don't think it's stuff that can be purely explained by ad-hominem (i.e. "it's because millennials/Americans/conservatives/liberals are ignorant and stupid!"). I'd be interested in a discussion on the fundamental ideals and beliefs people have that shaped how they view the election.
Thanks for making a post by the way! I liked your Brexit post more since I think it encouraged more discussion/learning by being more neutral, but I thank you for posting one way or the other.
Definitely has a Manhack Arcade kind of vibe!
Random question- are the addition of new HL2 beta-style soundtracks anticipated for the final version?
Fantastic to hear that AASC is moving forward, cannot wait to see more of your excellent work!
I like it! Definitely in favor.
Congratulations on moving into the category of released beta mods! Not only have you released more content than the vast majority of beta mods, but you've also produced some of the highest-quality content ever made in relation to the beta as well. Thank you for your many years of hard work, looking forward to more updates in the future!
On a side note, I find it funny that you said that 2010-2015 was a 'big exercise', particularly because I still remember the Combine Factories video you released in 2011 as being some of the highest-quality beta content as well. If that was the warm-up, I can't wait to see what today's and future releases will be like!
Woah! Your mapping has always been quite good and very atmospheric, but that new image of the truck going through the garbage heaps takes it to a new level. The machine itself looks exquisitely detailed and the surrounding atmosphere is very thick and oppressive. Looking forward to seeing it ingame!
Hmm, I do like the sound of creepy puzzle sections! What exactly do you have in mind?
I agree. Has an incredible sense of scale!
Your sky looks really, really nice too. Though it struck me at first more as dawn rather than dusk!
This is how the HL2 beta SHOULD look, wow.
WOW, this is gorgeous. All of these images show maps that are so exquisitely detailed! They actually don't remind me of the HL2 beta maps so much as of the HL2 beta concept art- that is to say, rather than reminding me of blocky, unfinished, poorly-lit old levels, they remind me of the essential spirit of the beta shown through artwork. Exceptional!