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!
Jeez, so much hate on beta mods in the comments. I personally love the huge number and variety of beta mods; each has its own unique take stylistically and storyline-wise, and seeing as no beta mod has actually been 100% finished, isn't it logical that the more people there are trying to work on them, the more likely it is that a final mod will be completed? Recreating the HL2 beta is a big time commitment and it's great whenever someone is willing to make that kind of contribution to the community. It's a great undertaking with a lot of possibilities and different directions to choose from, so good for you- I think it's great that you're doing this, good luck!
Awesome! Will it be another beta, like an Alpha 0.4, or the final version of the mod? Either way, I'm looking forward to playing it!
Here is Hinduman's original statement posted in the image description:
"I was having an argument with CureOptimism about atheism's system of "morality" and how by it not accepting a moral source, is unable to declare anything as being good or evil, right or wrong such as bestiality.
How can an atheist argue that bestiality, pedophilia or a murder is morally wrong when the atheist world-view teaches that morality is subjective by human standards?
CureOptimism explained subjective morality "means that we all have our own particular brand of morality" meaning that you basically decide what's right and what's wrong without true objective morality showing how this is contradictory, without a true source of morality, how can an atheist really argue something is "evil" if someone else is arguing something is good for their society?
By his own logic, he's argued that an atheist can make anything morally right or wrong. In this atheist worldview then, morality isn't a real concept just values a person assigns to something that can easily change in "subjective morality" whilst "objective morality" is constant. Simple fact is that without a moral authority figure, "right and wrong" doesn't exist, it's just a human deciding what's right and wrong based on their beliefs. I'm sure Hitler thought he was a good person.
No I'm not arguing for bestiality or any of the other things here, I just find it amusing how an atheist can take a moral high ground against anything when a true morality system doesn't exist in atheism shown by their differing standards and views of what's "right" and "wrong" showing that they decide based on their beliefs. In this system, if a society deems pedophilia morally right, then without objective morality and a source for morality (moral authority figure such as a god), it cannot be considered evil along with everything else. Without a source for morality, there is no such thing as good or evil."
The post was edited to make it more impartial and to prevent provoking a flame-war. If anyone disagrees with my judgement in editing this image, please comment below or send me a PM.
I would never approve of an oil refinery or strip mall being built on top of a cultural heritage site/national park, but I do think that the telescope should be built. It's for research and scientific purposes, which I feel like is a noble enough cause to intrude upon 'sacred ground'. But then again, I'm a physics/astronomy student, so I'm extremely biased xD
I think that by far the worst part of the whole thing is the social media campaign. The moment the social media latched on to it, the legitimacy of the protests seems to have collapsed entirely and now the movement just seems ridiculous. I can understand the claim that it's a culturally significant issue, but now people on the internet are pointing fingers at banks, "big money", and the evils of capitalism being behind the telescope despite the fact that observatories are pretty much entirely unprofitable and government-funded.
Awesome trailer! Also, where did you find the low-key version of this song?
Wow, that video is absolutely fantastic. The mod feels like a combination of the atmosphere from Portal 1, Bioshock 1, and the Myst/Riven games- really mysterious and gripping! Cannot wait for this mod o_o
While I'd be in favor of removing serious mental and physical genetic diseases and enhancing the general physical health of humans, mental "enhancements" beyond our current level of development strike me as extremely dangerous. Mankind has no experience in the area and has continuously proven its inability to regulate itself even without the ability to alter something so critical as its own genetics. If at all possible, I'd say that laws should be put in place to prevent serious mental tampering and "enhancements" in the foreseeable future.
I'm sorry that SDK has kept giving you trouble and that you've been short on time recently >_< However, it's great to hear that you've made progress and have stayed committed to the project! Looking forward to future media/release, regardless of when it may be.
Who the hell cares? I don't really see a great necessity in making HTML, the post gets the information across, it doesn't require fancy lettering. What matters is that they got Greenlit, and that can speak for itself.
It should also be added that when judging the score one needs to consider that it's dragged down by ratings that were given all the way back in 2011 at its initial release, when it was still at a pretty poor level of development. It's come a very long ways since then, and Pretador has every right to be proud of the effort he and his team have put into this mod over the years, as well as its approaching presence on Steam. Congratulations!
I think you have a valid point CureOptimism- people's opinions shouldn't lose them their jobs. If we heard about a CEO getting fired because he did something that many of the people on this website support, such as attending radical Communist rallies or something of the sort, many would be outraged. Ultimately I don't think that what you do in your personal time should spill over into your job; one's job usually has nothing to do with one's beliefs.
However, being a CEO, he is supposed to represent the entirety of the corporation and stand as a symbol for it. The nature of his career, like that of a person in a political office, makes it so that his personal life will be scrutinized and judged. Ultimately, if I were on the board of directors for the company, I would've voted him off too- you can't run a respectable business with such a figurehead.
Are we going to actually see something like these ingame? That would be one hell of an awesome architectural reference...
I can't tell you how happy I am to see that the final part of The Citizen is on its way to release. It looks fantastic so far, I look forward to playing it!
Sadly, the media is what the people want; the consumers wish it, and the media delivers. The media, while perhaps not the complete face of what our society is, makes up a large portion of it. Regrettably it seems to be trapped in some sort of cycle where it takes how ridiculous people are in real life, exaggerate it, and popularize it everywhere, causing people to act in such a way as the exaggerated model shows, and thus request more ridiculous content, which in turn goes through the cycle and becomes even more ridiculous... We grow continually more absurd.
On a slightly brighter note, I was at the supermarket recently and saw that featured between the vapid celebrity nonsense magazines there was a National Geographic magazine called "Our Galaxy" which dedicated 130-something pages to the nature of the cosmos. There may still be hope!
Interesting method! I'd love to see side-by-side images comparing one of your concepts to a finished map in source based off of it.
I greatly disliked this addition to the story. It was just pointless, and pointless additions aren't the best in a movie where parts of the story have been minimized/cut out, and the runtime's already enormous. I'd have have much rather seen the whole thing removed and a decrease in the length of the film, or replaced by more time dedicated to earlier parts of the story (such as Mirkwood/Beorn).
The United States is by no means the sort of perfect nation it portrays itself to be. We have made many, MANY mistakes domestically and internationally in the past- not to mention in the present- but ultimately I feel that the United States is used as just something to hate on. Yes, there is a great deal to hate on and rightfully so, in terms of the societal views and the government's actions, but in many ways we're just hating on global phenomenon. Being one of if not the most powerful nation in the world at the current moment and recent past, the United States gets all the criticism. Not that it shouldn't be criticized- it's just that we need to step back a moment and look at everything on a global scale.
In terms of democratic nations, the United States is a massively bureaucratic, mangled mess of politics which is full of idiots who never get anything done and can often cause violence all across the globe. So is ALMOST EVERY OTHER DEMOCRATIC NATION. The U.S. just happens to be the most powerful one, for now. In comparison to non-democratic countries, developing democratic countries, or even-more-corrupt democratic countries such as China, many Middle Eastern lands, or Russia, the U.S. is practically a pioneer of social and political progress and the nicest guys imaginable. Not anywhere close to what they proclaim in politics, but still pretty good.
While I prefer certain other nations, such as many European nations and several parts of the British commonwealth, the U.S. on a global level is a comparatively benevolent power. Yes, I'm tremendously frustrated with the lagging society, tendency to get involved everywhere, enormous military, lack of good welfare programs, general values, etc., but it's really not that much worse than everyone else. I'm no patriot and I'll criticize the United States any day; but it's not the worst country which has ever existed anywhere in any age, as seemingly everyone seems to believe.
Well, you could technically make the argument that the universe could be an oscillating universe, where it goes through a perpetual series of big bangs followed by big crunches which then start another big bang. This would make the universe "eternal".
Now, granted, in order for such a model to exist, our knowledge of the universe would have to be greatly flawed- dark energy would have to contract and reverse the expansion of the universe, and a force would need to exist that could convert heat energy out of its rather useless form to avoid entropy. But one COULD argue that the universe is eternal. Energy, by any means, cannot be created nor destroyed- and of course there are the physical constants like gravity- which are eternal, or immortal, depending on how you define time before the Big Bang.
In general, as Lt.Dann stated, the argument is a philosophical one. We will likely never know. All declarations made concerning the creation of the universe pre-Big Bang are riddled with assumptions and potentially failed reasoning. It is something worth investigating- but nothing I seriously think we'll fully understand.
I actually checked this page only a few days ago to see if anything had transpired with a new modding team, only to believe it dead forever- what a pleasant surprise! I look forward to seeing where this mod goes in the future, it looks fantastic:D
Excellent, I look forward to seeing the updates and revamping! May we start off this year with some excellent debate.
I find it amusing how "revolution" in terms of politics or rebellion means the replacement of the old system with a new one heading in a new direction radically different from the old, however in practical or scientific terms "revolution" means going in a circle and ending up in the same place you started with no change at all.
The linguists behind this were either imbeciles or brilliantly ironic.
I think the "I'm ^ with stupid" is my favorite xD This is brilliant!
If the opposition wins, will the people actually work to improve Ukraine, or simply flee to other EU nations? Is the president losing power quickly enough as to where the opposition actually has a chance of winning?
Mob rule is always a recipe for disaster. While the courts should be answerable to the people, one can't trust justice to the masses unless the masses are well-educated.
I concur with Knight, Elf, Admiral, etc., the only time in which killing a lion would be alright is if it were going to be used for food or clothes, and not disturb the ecosystem.
Suppose that we could grow our own meat in laboratories and make artificial clothes of high quality on a sustainable basis, and there's no practical point in hunting. Is it just in that case?
Indeed. I greatly dislike it when atheists try to bar religious people from observing their traditions in public- everyone should be free to do as they so will. The atheists who try and force the theists out of their non-harmful traditions are just as bad as the theists who try to force their traditions on the atheists. Everyone just needs to chill out :l
Hmm I'm not sure if "militant" atheism is really the right word for it. Perhaps "irrational" or "extreme", but generally the word militant is associated with taking physical action against opponents, such as militant Muslims using suicide bombing as a way to get their message out. Rarely does anybody mug or kill someone in the name of atheism. That being said, there are plenty of really, really, REALLY pushy and overbearing atheists, which have rather stupid arguments to back themselves up, which I would label as "irrational atheists".
All in all, I think that while there are plenty of verbally abusive and rather irritating atheists, but they aren't militant in the same way you would define a "Militant Muslim". Perhaps we need some new terms to refer to these different parties by?
Indeed! I obviously don't agree with him theologically at all, but all of his other qualities seem exceedingly admirable. Whether theistic or atheistic, humanitarians of the world, UNITE!
Religion isn't a direct cause of crime, that's the same argument the theists use against atheists and neither is valid :/ I think legalizing drugs, instituting anti-poverty social programs, instituting better education, and making prisons state institutions would help a good bit though.
This isn't a matter of inflation- and of course, the minimum wage must be updated to account for inflation- yet separate from inflation, if minimum wage rises, prices rise too. While letting people sit and starve solves no problems, honestly rising minimum wage doesn't help much either (except to account for inflation), because the market just demands higher prices in response. When all people have more money, the corporations can charge more money, and thus the true value of minimum wage income falls back to where it was originally.