Run. Think. Shoot. Live. Source. Black Mesa is the Half-Life 2 total conversion of the original Half-Life game. Utilizing the Source engine and its endless array of possibilities and powers, Black Mesa will throw you into the world that started the Half-Life continuum and introduced Gordon Freeman to the world as a gun-toting, bullet-dodging Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.

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If you haven't had a chance to find a copy of PCGamerUK, you can now read it on our media page. We first want to welcome several new faces to the development team including Angry Lawyer, a programmer who actually is a lawyer; TeddyBear, a texture artist whose work includes the Super-Soldier from

Posted by Kalashnikov on Aug 11th, 2005

If you haven't had a chance to find a copy of PCGamerUK, you can now read it on our media page. We first want to welcome several new faces to the development team including Angry Lawyer, a programmer who actually is a lawyer; TeddyBear, a texture artist whose work includes the Super-Soldier from Sven Co-op; Nokia, our second programmer; e-freak, an aspiring texture artist ; and Stormy, a modeling hurricane. In case no one has noticed, HLFallout.net recently interviewed us, and we provided them with two exclusive screenshots of Forget About Freeman and Lambda Core.

With media this month, apart from the magazine exposure, we have levels, weapons, concepts and music. The first public viewing of a skinned model from Black Mesa: Source comes in the form of the 9mm GLOCK: modeled by Sanada and skinned by NecEvil. Following suit is another chapter preview: Forget About Freeman, designed by the talented Kester.

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At Black Mesa: Source, plans are always changing, new ideas are popping up, and we find ourselves scrapping old progress to create a more intensive experience: which is why we have decided to release ONE full resolution shot of Surface Tension. This shot features the dam with custom textures created by NecEvil & bkd86. Flanking all of these is our conceptual art. The Anomalous Materials Entrance and Apache concepts drawn by bkd86 with the Controller concept drawn by, the now retired, Ole. In the Music department, we have a one-minute preview from our sound tracks, composed by the stunning Plink. The track is dubbed "Surface Tension".

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To finish this all off, for all of you who are experiencing difficulties or having problems with the FLASH page, we have now released an HTML version of the website for your viewing pleasure. Our web developer Section_Ei8ht has added his own little comical twist to it. Before viewing the website, we would like to note it is designed to give you a chuckle.

Our WEBSITE is always open and we only ask you to stop by our FORUMS and give us your opinions on our work and any ideas you may have!

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Docm30
Docm30 Aug 12 2005, 4:45am says:

Amazing as usual.

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Dowie100
Dowie100 Aug 12 2005, 5:06am says:

Holy ****, describes the Dam level pretty well

and the rest is amazing

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Crispy
Crispy Aug 12 2005, 6:07am says:

Looks damn good (pun intended!). Are you using the default scale for the maps?

P.S. You may want to edit your news item as you've repeated a paragraph.

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SEThorian
SEThorian Aug 12 2005, 7:48am says:

At first I wasn't very excited about this project but recent media is looking more and more sexy.

Now that dam: it's f*cking awesome! One of the best Source pictures I've seen yet! Muchos compliments and respect to whomever mapped that baby!

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Dieblein
Dieblein Aug 12 2005, 8:36am says:

You should exchange the background behind the entrance, those rocks are WAY too low detail to fit half of the screen seriously, they take most of the images impression, the dam looks soo cool but the background lacks detail

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SuperRad
SuperRad Aug 12 2005, 10:14am says:

Great job, the mod shows alot of promise!

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Puppet_That_Kills
Puppet_That_Kills Aug 12 2005, 10:23am says:

This isn't a mod in my opinion! This is a whole, amazing, fantastic GAME! Keep up the AMAZING work! That dam dam blew me away! And that glock model is wonderfuly made and incredably detailed! I don't remember seing the location in the seccond piece of concept art in Half Life tough.... but still, the concept art is excelent as well!

Puppet

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matrixnut42
matrixnut42 Aug 12 2005, 11:48am says:

Wow, that's bloody amazing. Now let's just get that Garg textured and on that dam, eh? :P

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Kester
Kester Aug 12 2005, 2:27pm says:

The garg was never on the damn in HL, You are think of Opposing Force.

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[BA]Monk
[BA]Monk Aug 12 2005, 3:05pm says:

Lol i don't think he was being serious, although it would look pretty kl :p

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Kalashnikov Author
Kalashnikov Aug 12 2005, 7:51pm says:

Our dam is much larger then the original. Specific details are not being released at this time, but it is progressively larger then the original.

The area is itself extends another several dam lengths behind where the shot was taken.

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Puppet_That_Kills
Puppet_That_Kills Aug 12 2005, 9:02pm says:

I just knew that dam dam was a lot bigger. But you shouldn't do that. You're not staying true to the Half Life scale! That aside, it is a dam amazing dam!!

Puppet

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RabidMonkey777
RabidMonkey777 Aug 13 2005, 12:21am says:

All said, the HL1 dam was pretty unimpressive. My goal in creating it was to keep the feel of the original while trying to convey a sense of scale and such that VALVe just couldn't do in the original, due to size and engine limitations. If they had the power, I'm sure they would have gone for it. (Not to give an exact measurement but this dam is fairly close to the maximum size a level in it's entirety could be in the HL1 engine!) Would you rather see a really cool huge dam which gives you vertigo when you look off it or something which is miniscule in comparison? ;>

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Todd
Todd Aug 13 2005, 8:07am says:

Very imrpessive.
When i brought bronze package for hl2 i wanted hl1 source and i was kidna sad i couldnt replay it.
But then this mod came along and i think i will have a great time playing it. Just out of curosity does any 1 have a screen of the dam out of hl source they can compare to this because i think it would be cool to see the pros from the modders :D

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SEThorian
SEThorian Aug 13 2005, 8:08am says:

I found the Half-Life dam to be incredibly impressive by itself. Of course a real dam is larger, but that one did it for me just fine! :)

Having said that, having a somewhat bigger dam, true to real scale, wouldn't hurt too..

Just defending the original dam here.. ;)

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SEThorian
SEThorian Aug 13 2005, 8:09am says:

Nothing changed in HL: Source in regard of the dam sequence. (Asides from the 3D sky, fancy water and a bunch of shaders.)

So this dam sequence is bound to be more professional looking.

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Totally_tonedef
Totally_tonedef Aug 13 2005, 8:17am says:

Well all of what I think has been metioned a million times...awesome craftmanship!!

My question to you is 1, is the damn BSP or a model and 2,how did you get such a crisp shadow??

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Totally_tonedef
Totally_tonedef Aug 13 2005, 9:01am says:

oops wrong form of Dam...:P

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RabidMonkey777
RabidMonkey777 Aug 13 2005, 8:16pm says:

The dam is brush/BSP based.

The shadow involves some lower lightmap density on the particular dam faces.

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Totally_tonedef
Totally_tonedef Aug 13 2005, 8:51pm says:

clever stuff A++ :thumbup:

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InuYasha1993
InuYasha1993 Oct 21 2005, 6:02pm says:

YAY CAn't wait till this mod comes out :)

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