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spellman23 @ Desura is launching!

If a mod decides to go the full 9 yards to fully get Steamworks in, Valve has been fairly OK with dumping them onto Steam.

Problem is Steamworks can be a hassle and a half to get in, and most good mods are going the indie route anyways to make money (or using Impulse from Stardock). Plus, most (i.e. all) of the mods they've let through are Steamworks standalone games that are free and use the Source Engine.

That being said, I have several mods that I launch through Steam.

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spellman23 @ Desura is launching!

Major games like CoD probably won't be sold in the near future.

However, Desura aims to be an epic platform for mods and indie games. So, it will locate what you already have installed and give you a portal to load up all your mods and indie games.

And buy indie games of course.

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spellman23 @ Frozen Synapse: Procedural level generation

Pretty neato.

Maybe something to add would be a way to seed initial rooms. That way you could do something like force a two-base look, or sprawling rooms from the center and both teams start on the outside, using clever initial boxes.

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spellman23 @ Dev Diaries: Nuclear Vehicular

Whoa. Sounds awesome.

I hope you guys figured out the physics right. I hear Source is notorious for making vehicle physics a living hell from the Empires guys.

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spellman23 @ Damage Types in NS2

Because the pistol is big, bulky, and spews giant death bullets. The rifle decided it wanted to spray moar bullets.

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spellman23 @ Natural Selection 2

The Dev team doesn't frequent ModDB. Issues should be posted on the GetSatisfaction site or the Forums.

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spellman23 @ Engine Test Follow-Up and Custom Mods

Nope, custom engine. =]

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spellman23 @ Engine Test Follow-Up and Custom Mods

Sorry to hear that, but keep in mind it's an engine stability test, not a performance test.

We're hoping that the final product will be much more optimized. Making your own engine is hard work!

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spellman23 @ Engine Test Follow-Up and Custom Mods

go to the forums and poke around to see if someone knows what happened.

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spellman23 @ Engine Test Follow-Up and Custom Mods

Actually, they have said that there will be a form of bhop, just that it should be mostly moot due to other features.

Unknownworlds.com's_new_from_NS1

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spellman23 @ Empires

Steamworks is one of the future goals.

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spellman23 @ NS2 Engine Test released!

The game has been confirmed to be linked into Steam, but it is not on sale nor is there a free demo out yet. It is still fairly early building, and many real gameplay features were stripped out of this engine test build.

So, feel free to test if you've pre-ordered (and be ready to test, it's fairly buggy/raw). For the rest, chill out and wait for upcoming news.

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spellman23 @ NS2 Engine Test released!

Basically, only try this is you're in the mindset to test and find bugs. Because there are bugs. And not much gameplay.

Also, you may want to read up on the current common bugs, like the fact that fullscreen doesn't seem to work for most people.

That being said, it's pretty awesome and people are already modding in features: Unknownworlds.com

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It's all going to be a question of if you can get people to sign on. If it becomes an external limb instead of an integral component of managing my mods, then it has failed. If it can become my home center and GoTo for mods, it has succeeded. The biggest question is will it have all the mods that I want to play on it? And what will draw me to Desura over say browsing through Steam and looking at my installed mods there?

Also, please reverse the order of these comment rolls so that we can see most recent comments first? Or at least provide an option to see them reversed...

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spellman23 @ Social Modding Club

Yay! Unfortunately there are only a few high quality mods/indies out there out of the hundreds of concepts, so eventually the club may have to recycle the good ones or bravely walk through the random bug-ridden poor gameplay mirey gamble that is mods.

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spellman23 @ Empires is four years old!

You mean besides Smashball?

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spellman23 @ Handling email updates better

Uber hint: using <username>+moddb@gmail.com as part of your gmail e-mail will let you auto-filter stuff. It's kinda awesome.

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spellman23 @ NS2 Wins Indie Game of the Year! Pre-Alpha Footage Released

Woohoo!

Still a good WIP, but nonetheless people have been clamoring for footage like this for weeks. Turns out they don't just make Spark SDK patches all day!

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spellman23 @ Players Choice - Indie Game of the Year

Congrats to everyone!

Also, HOLY BATMAN NS2 GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE!

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spellman23 @ Organic Indie Preorder Pack FAQ

NS2 had the level editor, called Spark, released and it's in its early stages. It's very close to the build that the devs are using, and constantly being updated with new features that the community request.

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spellman23 @ Third Age - Total War

woohoo!

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spellman23 @ NT° Client Patch 10.23.09 and more released!

the installer integrity check failed. Re-downloading

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spellman23 @ NEOTOKYO°

Sorry, this isn't Dystopia

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spellman23 @ NEOTOKYO°

lol.

The real reason most Source mods have no staying power is because they don't have the polish to make them great. Most are still in their rougher stages of development. Neotokyo, as good as it is, has a few issues that turn people off, making thme move on to other games. When a patch comes out, I'm sure they'll return for more awesomeness.

Slartibartfast is correct about engine choice. Source is one of the best engines to mod on still since most computers can use it (don't make your players buy a new game), it's very open, and very moddable. The problem is sometimes modders don't realize just how open it is and don't push the limits properly, ending up with mediocre games. There are many Source mods on my watch list, an dI'm hoping some will finally come out polished and able to generate a good fan base.

Heck, people are still modding the HL1 engine and have a large player base. It's not the engine, it's the devs.

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spellman23 @ Update on the campaign, release event, and winners!

very, very awesome. Might want to re-do the Ryan character's voice, it's a bit hard to hear what he's saying. Granted, not everyone is a sound designer/has access to awesome mics, but if you ask around I'm sure you can find a buddy (or some1 in the community) who does.

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spellman23 @ Normal map vs. mesh

Yay normal mapping to save the day!

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spellman23 @ Natural Selection 2

That was based on the promise of a released alpha/beta by end of summer. Some people have been saying we won't see a full release until 2010, but we'll see.

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spellman23 @ Zombie Master Black Edition

Ah Zombie Master.... so much potential but poor execution.

I'll have to keep an eye on this one, but I won't try it just yet.

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spellman23 @ Age of Chivalry Overview

awesome sauce

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