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Hello there. Well, I decided to write about Goldsource and my experience with it right after disocvering the existence of the ever growing community behind it. Why it is still being used, modifyed, loved and so damn fun to mess with after 13 years? I think I've got the answers.
Goldsource is one of the greatest engines out there IMHO. And I'm saying this after trying Source, which I personally consider a pile of vomit compared to its predecessor, and few others.
But why? Why would you say such things, you might ask? Well let me explain.

- Models are saved into one simple file, without 100 foldiers with textures, gloss maps, bump maps and so on. Just one file, conveniently placed into the "models" foldier;
- Coding for it is easy even for noobs. I'm not all that expert at C ++ but I understand most of its code and I can find shortcuts to solve my problems even if I dont know how to code more complex features. All that it takes is some logic and a basic knowledge of int, bool, float and C's basic rules;
- BSP compiling times are faster than ever if you have the right hardware. Nowadays most people will compile a very complex map in a matter of minutes;
- Easy, fast, enjoyable content creation. Texture packages, models, sounds, animations. All of them require time, but are very easy to implement and manage. And most importantly, even if you're a "one-man team" you can make it and still have fun!
- Lots of great open-sourced projects. Most of the graphical advance in Goldsource derives from paranoia, but thre are lots of other mods such as Spirit of Half Life that can bring new features into your project and make it up to date. Also, with our modern hardwares and the use of shaders, if you know how to implement stuff you can easily achieve high level results. Look at HLFX for example, or the latest attempt in HD graphics, Lost in Black Mesa, that uses parallax mapping and physics.
- BSP levels can be easily ported to other 3D applications, such as 3D studio max or XSI, or even Cinema4D, to add extra levels of detail to the architecture and then export it to .mdl format. At first I couldnt believe it, but it is so easy that I'm almost embarrassed XD

So, this is why I prefer GoldSource to most of the engines out there. Its easy and can deliver a fun and rewardng experience to the developer. And it doesnt have all the bugs and issues that Source has.

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wakar Jul 12 2011 says:

Ciao Raven! Come stai?

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RavenITA Jul 12 2011 replied:

EhilĂ ! Bello trovare un altro italiano :) non male direi. Se avessi un modeller per farmi i personaggi del mio mod sarebbe meglio, ma d'altronde mi sa che se non li pago non vengono... nessuno sembra interessato

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D3ads Jan 4 2011 says:

Hey I just realised that you tracked The Forgotten mod when I was still working on it, damn I'm sorry that I had to stop working on that. I guess I had a lot going on back then (and still do to a degree) and the project just got too big to be actually realised to it's full potential! Thanks for the support though, hopefully you'll enjoy my new project!

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RavenITA Jan 10 2011 replied:

Well I'm sorry too to hear that your project wasnt going to be released. Let me know when you're ready to add your mod's profile to ModDB, looking forward to it :)

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Dr.Doozer Dec 13 2010 says:

Also, you should probably remake DR.

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RavenITA Dec 19 2010 replied:

Yes, I definitely should. Now that I have a lot more knowledge of the GoldSource engine and its code base, I could easily create it again, far better also :) as a side project maybe, or after The Whisper

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Dr.Doozer Feb 5 2011 replied:

After The Whisper.

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D3ads Oct 10 2010 says:

That hogsy sure has a bad attitude problem huh?

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RavenITA Oct 15 2010 replied:

Who? The guy from PlanetShift? Well I wouldnt call that bad attitude though, there are lots of noobs and such that show in-hammer shots and do \ show things without thinking much when modding. Its a common problem especially nowadays.

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D3ads Oct 17 2010 replied:

I was reffering more to him telling you "to go **** yourself" ! He deleted the pages now anyhow *shrug*

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RavenITA Oct 17 2010 replied:

Oh, I see. Well I didnt read that page lol. I dont give a damn about what people say about me though, I'm just giving them advices, if they dont want to listen, its their problem. I have a real life thats too beautiful to spend hating people. If I ever catch him doing that again, I'll simply reply "you too" :) it wouldnt be the first time anyway

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