Monochrome LLC Founder & CEO but probably best known as being the Founder and Lead Developer of the very popular HL2 Modification Zombie Panic: Source. --- （。ㅅ。）
You mean decade? heh
Nice score of 1 for Contagion without a review. Suppose it's no COF.
Thank you! :)
Looking forward to it. Been a long time since we got to game together!
See a bit of it with Jessica, Eugene, and Marcus as well.
Try again! Working fine for me and we just uploaded it. Quite large.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we! And remember all content (including DLCs this year) are free. We have a whole year of major updates for each month an minor updates to keep things interesting and a reminder of why we decided to go Indie. It's not about the money it's about doing what we love (though being able to keep doing it as our lives get more complicate with family and such isn't bad heh). Be sure to check out the videos and research before you buy!
Also thought it worth noting we've released new game-modes and Steam Workshop for our modders! Thank's for sharing :)
Always working to boost performance, optimizing the game, and including more options allowing users to play with it to find their sweet spot.
We are always optimizing and hope we can help you in the future that will no longer be the case. We've done so much to allow a so much more than was originally locked and optimized it so that systems that don't meet requirements can still run it and some at higher settings than expected. I can't promise anything other than we will do our best to further improve all things Contagion :)
We understand that to and will do our best to be patient, explain, and leave it to them to understand or not. Can't force ppl to understand.
Contagion may be Full Released but we have our budget set aside to continue working on the game for a good long time while including our Free DLC (New characters, weapons, maps, and game-modes). This may or may not help - Steamcommunity.com
Animations are limited by the current system but we're working on a more advanced layer system for the 1000+ Player/AI Survivor and Zombie animations that we will continue to add in with our updates like the SDK for our modders this Sunday. We couldn't hide behind "Early Access" forever and are use to ppl ignoring the AAA bugs and forgetting we don't have their numbers or budget. Still I understand your view point and promise you won't feel that way for long. We're quite dedicated.
As do I. Great times during testing and after. Human bridges/ladders, goldsrc brilliance, and a great deal of nostalgia.
Think you missed the point but you were always trolling Sn1pe :)
That would be Flatline a gamemode coming out in our first free DLC later this year :)
All that green is gonna be worth something in those woods hiding from the horde!
Thank you! We're still polishing it up to look better but we're very happy with the response so far from the community.
Thank you :D
Depends on what you mean but melee works fine :)
Will be doing so :)
Can't wait for more mon....Mondays... love em :D
Unfortunately there wasn't much competition here. Linux is great, Mac looks great, Window dominates right now. This is changing slowly but still changing which is good for all imho.
No this model is available to all. The reward was for the user who pledged this specific tier the chance to help us create a unique melee weapon based off their own ideas and/or designs. The pocket flashlight has reached it's timed exclusive and will be available to all (either already or in next patch haha).
We've already set the ground work up for both Mac and Linux. While we don't have an ETA our focus on it will jump to the top of the list soon after release (have to have a playable and balanced game set to promised release date). We will be releasing Linux and Mac!
It will be moddable but due to our more complex maps and scripting and 3rd party software it will not be as easy as HL2. That said we have created our own SDK tools that make modding easier in some ways and have managed to make wWise our new sound system moddable which was a close call.
Not on this engine no.
3-4x biggers if you consider the different floors each map has like in apartments and such as well.
Large but there are limits with this Engine. We're not trying to compete with Open World Survivalist (Eat/Drink/etc/quests) genre which I'm still waiting to see if they hit the mark myself eagerly.
Soon most definitely. We've pointed out that we want it to make a big impact and not have the community spoiled early. :)
Sorry you feel that way. It helps to look into games before purchasing them so you don't make false assumptions and end up disappointed. I recommend the following to research-
"Early Access" (Open Beta and not the final product)
Contagion Escape Mode (Nothing is pointless and if you wanted epic story telling we're sorry we left it up to players and randomness to do the job for us which actually required more effort)
Anything Contagion related before Winter Sale :)
Spend more than 4 minutes playing the game.
There we go! Congrats on hitting your mark :D IndieDB does it again heh. I'm a big fan of these types of games and look forward to seeing the final result.
I like what I see. You have my support! I'm always impressed by how much a single motivated artist can achieve when they do what they love. Don't see a link below unless you're referring to the link in the top left corner of the video (K) :)
Well you should be able to work both in if you're prepared and schedule it (lacking a specific user for PR). Also you should enter whether or not you believe you'll win for what little or great exposure it provides.
Nice work TKaza
It's not an excuse. For some the changes are minor for others they're significant. As for Contagion you'll just have to wait and see for yourself.
I'm sorry you feel that way.
The animations were done in a large mocap studio with professional actors. The game-play is a bit higher paced, nothing like L4D and I'm not sure how AI zombies = NMRiH clone. I can say that those from NMRiH that have played it feel differently than you.
Rather than defend the teaser I can only hope you'll be patient enough to see what the game is about and how it really looks when we release our full trailer which was the point of the teaser to highlight.
There is no game like Contagion, we're confident that many will enjoy it and we hope to scratch that itch. But in the end we'll have to wait and see.
Thank you for the compliments, they're greatly appreciated.
This is indeed Source but we gutted quite a bit to build our own system we're confident players will appreciate. Quite a lot isn't shown in this teaser unfortunately but answers are coming :D
I can only hope you're referring to quality and not game-play but again until we get the full trailer out there people will interpret what they see differently per individual.
Some good news. Cause I haven't slept in 2 days I slipped up and started 12 hours early which means I just added another 12 games to my inventory for our INDIE-pendence Day Giveaway! So that we hit our target hour of Midnight July 5th! That's a total of 36 hours meaning 36 games (1 game given away per hour)
Delayed by us. Once posted it was actually up and running very quickly. Don't want the hard working ppl behind ModDB to take the rap.
Delayed post. Was ready on the 16th :)
Wish I could answer that question but all depends on how quickly documents are signed, people respond via Email, and access.
No, it shares 1 similarity. But then again it's free so why should that matter heh.
Link? Also, your point? The price is almost free by today's standards and obviously some thought went into the design. I'm sure there are enough people interested in a bit of nostalgia mixed in with tower defense for their efforts to be noticed and their time not wasted.
forma.8 looks quite promising.
A fan of both games but I was happy with the runners up and winner in nearly every category. Mark of the Ninja is a blast but of course NS2 being a MP game has plenty of replay value as well once you've finished with your MotN unlocks.
Already got my votes :) Nice work guys!
This video shows work done for a promo piece and just happens to be our very first session in the studio. Yesterday we recorded the entire day and are now working on cleaning up animations for in-game.
For me it's always been about the setting and a good modern day post apocalyptic setting has a good number of cars and with each environment taking place at a different point in time we get to do a lot of fun stuff with them. The time and work that goes into these assets make them something I love to share.
Still we thought we should share some of the MoCap & SFM this week to show that's not all we're working on. The game is coming along fantastically and we've got a lot of surprises to share throughout December and into the new year.
In other words, I'm selfish and posted what I like to see :D Will be sharing more of what we've been up to soon.
Excellent Launch Trailer and what looks to be a very entertaining puzzler.
Shame you couldn't check out the game. Next time for sure already have you and Scott on the top of the list. The team were quite pleased to meet up with you guys and hope you guys liked the swag. Looking forward to the next time as I should be attending, would have liked to have met in person but kids graduation and the new house required I stick around back home.
A bit late but uploaded the videos and songs and just waiting on them to be authed.
Will get download links up by tomorrow.
Apparently Dec was dared to eat 5 hot chili's and is now paying for it as I listen to him moan over skype lol!
It's just a showcase trailer. Glad you enjoyed :)
I'm not a fan myself but many of our fans are. I blame being American and 30 but the music fit the video and I was happy with the results. I do apologize to all those who aren't fans and hope you can enjoy the showcase trailer even so.
Congrats and looks well worth the price! I love challenging platformers but the video didn't really show off any puzzles and we need more limitless deaths!
Game looks great and definitely up my alley. Well done :)
A custom weapon swap feature. May help to add to description though.
As always usually better than today. (Not really the case :D) Heh 2011 sorry for typo.
Congrats on player's choice upcoming game of the year 2001 :)
We're always looking for Ideas & Suggestions such as the above critiques but with news updating all the time we often lose track here. We'd love it if you would possibly post in our I&S thread on our forums at Monochrome-games.com We're glad you like the rest!
Very nice work.
First post always pay double... tis the rules :/
We held the ZPS costume contest back in 2008. 1 Eugene won the other 2 were non ZPS related. But you're more than welcome to avoid the contest :)
Damn I knew we forgot something, should probably switch out his pants with jeans. :D
I assure you as he's digging into your intestines you'll have a change of heart :)
Paid and installing. Looks awesome :D
Always nice to see Indies out there in the spotlight. Congrats and best of luck!
Congrats Herr_Alien! Loved the story though I have to say I felt a sense of deja vu reading it. Also great work to the rest of you for outstanding entries!
Thank you and I'm glad you understand what we were trying to do.
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I agree with 3rd as well but have always appreciated those who tell me they'd buy one of my mods if it were on sale. While there are a few exceptions due to extreme changes in development I find it in bad taste to sell a mod. Course in some cases mods can be used as a demo/vertical slice to test the waters before moving forward.
Actually piracy shows your interest in the game and is misleading. Not purchasing the game however makes a clear point that you're not interested in buying their game. Many "pirates" do so to test the water before jumping in and purchasing a game and most companies while trying to fight back (which leads to the **** everyone's bitching about) are still advised whether rightly so or not that piracy suggests more people are likely to buy their games. You're just using an old excuse that doesn't hold much weight.
By definition it is stealing but I assume you're referring to how the law interprets theft and copyright infringement and there even that's debatable (and has been for some time). Self-titled Piracy/Pirates nuff said :)
If you've ever read any of those agreements you click "Agree" to you'd know you're not buying the content but access to interact and view it. No ones rights are being taken. Pirating is only making things even more difficult for users so you're basically saying you support creating the problems that led to your support in the first place. Also, people don't pirate for the reasons you stated they pirate because it's easy, free, and will use any excuse they can. I'm not saying the guys behind the game are angels but there are a lot of innocent developers and gamers getting screwed over by those you support.
Everyone stating piracy is ok due to the constraints - piracy leads to piracy. I mean come on :P You guys gotta stop pretending to be victims when it's really the actions of pirates who are creating the problems. If your were to "borrow" the game for a demo, find you like it. Buy it, if you don't like it uninstall and don't buy it.
You can't justify piracy. The companies have money but you're hurting developers and gamers. You are a bigger problem then these companies. End this isn't the Robin Hood system. If you're selfishly stealing for yourself. It's not food, water, or shelter. It's someones work and entertainment. It'd be like stealing your neighbors entertainment system because he can afford it and doesn't use it enough in your opinion. But because it's digital we ignore that and pretend we're not hurting others or ourselves when that's exactly what pirates are doing.
/Good luck ending topic.
First you say you pirate to "demo" a game before you buy it (I completely understand and have stated such). But then you pirate games from a publisher you hate for whatever reason and whether or not you like the game decide against purchasing it and instead finish the game.
People seem to forget that you're hurting hard working developers along with the HATED Studio/Publisher. It's immature and it's still ******* theft. No excuse for that.
And you're wrong about piracy. We developers care, long time gamers who have seen the damage it's caused care, and people who aren't sticking their fingers in their ears and TROLOLOLOLOLOLing care.
I'm just shocked by the response. I don't mind being down voted but I'm confused as to why. Do the majority really agree that pirating games has in any way improved conditions for us gamers? They cause considerable harm and force developers to find new ways to fight against piracy. I just assume people are spoiled and don't like being called on it.
Appreciate it :)
So you're saying that developers don't need to get paid? That Blizzard should make free games? I'm not saying I agree with their decisions being a modder for 15 years and not a fan of selling items for $ (which was done long before now in D1 and 2) which has gradually become acceptable by the new generation of gamers (Miss the days when you had to earn it instead of parents buying it for you) heh. I'm always online so the online requirement isn't hurting me but I still agree that it's something easily disliked for obvious reasons. NONE of that excuses piracy. The only good excuse I've ever heard was "Wow, that was a great game, i'm definitely gonna buy it now" demo. Would prefer companies release more demos but like others I don't like to rush in eyes closed and buy a game for $50-60 heh
People up voting piracy? You've got to be pretty immature to think stealing a game is okay just because you can't "mod" it or for any reason beyond "Prefer to demo before I buy".
I'm not a huge fan of the decision but to be surprised at companies being "greedy" or rephrased as "want to make more money" is silly as that's usually the point. If you don't like it don't buy it.
Looks interesting, may have to grab the demo :D
In time as we've said, we hope you'll be patient as we'd like to finish up a bit more before than.
Those will be coming soon. Released Marcus wallpapers (and soon a full range of resolutions as I have this one on my iPhone heh) and a bit more with todays news so give it a look.
I read in one of the image comments "srsly 8 pictures of a kitchen" just goes to show that you sometimes have to explain to non-modders/developers that you're showing off what you've managed to do in a dated engine and I see more than a kitchen I see a lot of work and it being presented well. Looks great guys, looking forward to more.
They clearly state they've ditched their windows build for Linux now that they have someone backing them. PC, Linux lolz. Wish them the best of luck :)
How has no one commented on this yet? Snapshot looks like an instant hit! Great job, definitely tracking so please keep the updates coming. Also following on twitter and liked on facebook. Good stuff.
Steam installs in a separate directory than Desura which installs directly to the Sourcemods folder. Both versions will work fine. If you have both versions installed you will see 2 "Zombie Panic: Source" listings in Steam. I'm a big fan of Desura and is just another great way to introduce future fans to ZPS.
I have to agree. With my schedule I don't often get to play much these days but i'll hear news of a game soon to be released or catch a release and make a mental note to try it over the weekend but I always forget I have no weekends. It usually takes another big announcement that's just perfectly timed, or a friend like Henley who asks me what I think planting that seed of guilt "You're no longer a gamer!" but am grateful that others remember for me :(
Contagion-game.com the spiritual successor to ZPS
Looking forward to seeing more, nice work guys.
Ah, gotcha. Apologize for my misunderstanding and was only hoping to offer some advice. It's nice to see dedication to your fans but can be quite a pain if you're both developing and playing the PR game. Good luck!
No offense, but that might get a bit tedious and the lack of presentation may very well hurt your project. Might I suggest EOMBJMB! (Every Other Month Beyond Jupiter Media Blast!) or just called it Beyond Jupiter's Bi-Monthly Media Blast! Just a suggestion :) As for weekly, possibly toss together a developers blog and add some details as to the model. Remember to link to the blog bi-monthly! Hope that helps.
Was a bit confused as to whether this was an adult themed black jack game until I read even further and ignored the 3 images that were provided. Sounds somewhat like a Devil May Cry Stripper side scroller (with possible black jack?). If it's anything like metroidvania or anywhere near as awesome as Aquaria (with darker and adult oriented themes) I'm looking forward to it however with 3 images (that are a bit confusing) and very little info, it may have been a better idea to possibly wait a little longer till reveal? Either way, will track this in the hopes of an incredible MetroidVania DMC! Oh and let's hope the bun bun bunny theme is left to long ponytails and possible "Playboy" references, just personal preference it not go into the realm of Furry or annoying Japanese cuteness heh.
lolz raspberry jam
Looks awesome. Shame I don't have a 360 :/ Great looking game.
I remember relying on many other tutorials in my day and what better place to payback. Mark has been eager to help interested developers. Really hope these help others.
We're very happy to hear that you find it useful and hope to release more in the near future.
There were a few variations of Eugene and Marcus before we settled on the design Sam our concept artist created and Josh and Andrea have modeled. We're very happy with the results as well and grateful to hear the same from our fans :)
Would like to thank Hotdog and GAMEployment for hitting me up for this interview.
I gave my 3 votes to 3 other mods.
"I guess people are not use to developers releasing content WHEN THEY SAY THEY WILL!" It's not like we're talking a Total Conversion here heh. That said, congrats on nearing your finish line and getting the L4D communities awareness.
Can't agree more with the selections. Nice work guys.
Expect more up until release my friend.
Looks awesome. Nice work guys. Will be checking this out as soon as I manage to free up some time.
..I wonder if this engine was built from the ground up or from scratch. 5% of your news posts fail to mention this :/.
"Built from the Ground Up" Drinking game :D
That aside. Thanks for a neat vid.
This is my favorite weapon. I love range and power and this has both!
Took the words right out of my mouth Wills. Infinity is my pick but I worry that it's too ambitious but if it were to work as advertised then it would blow away any game to date. Xeno Clash feels more tangible and looks incredible described as Wills put it.
Good luck all!
...katana! So yeh, my apologies to the Dystopia team for not being more subtle and constructive :)
Actually Japanese drinks come in small and large even today. Usually you'll find the smaller drinks for coffee or hot tea.
All we've said so far is that the winner will win a shirt. Whether we approach the winner or not about selling the design will be left up to later and handled properly if so.
This is more of an announcement of our intent to offer a Limited Edition ZPS shirt and get the community who aren't level designers something to do as well.
Awesome show and great news for Smashball. I've really enjoyed this mod and wishing you guys the best of luck.
Yeh this is not a bug and is in fact intentional to prevent exploits. However this doesn't effect a proper/well thought out barricade
If you boarded yourself into a room, would just mean no escape for you once the zombies break the cades. Though you can also pick up cades after placing them so long as they aren't damaged first.
They're new player models and not replacements :)
Nicely done! Love zombie mods and would like to see more! (Be honest there are plenty announced but so few good ones released :P) Definitely tempted to pick up my own copy of Max Payne 2 just for the mods alone.
Speaketh the truth
Doing our best to add new servers and free up slots for everyone.
I really like this screen. Very nice.
Get a video out there. Would like to see in action.
Congrats you guys :)
Copy and Paste doesn't always work and can lead to stretching and require you to do it over. Also stacking makes baking shadows, details, normals complicated or impossible. So it's good to learn how to do it like this as well. Good tut, might be a good idea to continue with a series of UV tuts on more complicated models.
I found your interview of The Citizen to be absolutely brilliant. I've had a few too many to drink tonight but was still well entertained and will 'eventually' try "The Citizen" for no other reason than your accent and wit. I would love to have you to a video/audio review of my mod Zombie Panic: Source. Let me know :)
Definitely looking forward to the release. Nice work guys.
This sounds interesting. Will definitely be checking it out soon.
Running fine for me and those I just asked to check. Will keep an eye on it just in case.
Mine too heh :D
It's coming along nicely. Looks great. If I can find some spare time i'll do what I can to help.
Not at all (well other than poor servers but thats not mod related)
You're welcome :)
ZP Dev team