RADIATOR is a semi-episodic short form single player experimental alt mod for HL2:Ep2 trying to bridge the gaping canyon between Tale of Tales and commercial game design. VOLUME 1, "MORE MATTER," is the FPS without any shooting, the story of Dylan and James in California; stargaze, repress and rationalize. The third part of the trilogy will be released soon. Hopefully.

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Amherst, MA. Dylan's Brain. Much Madness Testing AI movement in the submarine

Some recent interview-ish things I did around the interwebs:

Wired UK did a piece on the state of the mod scene... and ended up only interviewing me and the people behind Desura. Definitely doesn't represent the (much cooler) stuff happening elsewhere on ModDB and places, but I think it's still a cool article in that it kind of tracks current industry attitudes towards modding. Seems like only the big boys like Valve and Blizzard can sustain the biggest mod scenes.

Meanwhile, Jim Rossignol at Eurogamer looks more at the artistic side of mods, focusing on me and Dan Pinchbeck of Dear Esther fame. Apparently we're frontiersmen! Seriously though... maybe we should call ourselves "alt mods" instead of the hastily coined "art mods"?

Much Madness


Progress on "Much Madness" is arduous and slow.

Faceposer is broken in the current SDK build, so I can't edit any of the choreography / lip-sync anything / animate James. (The SDK update in general has been a little less than satisfactory so far, I have to say.) I've been working on other stuff in the meantime, trying to get the first half of the mod working properly, but I keep running into problems with my existing implementations and entity setups so then I have to work on new scripting setups and.. blah blah blah.

This week I also polished off a customized build of "Handle With Care" for an upcoming exhibition at Intermediae in Madrid, Spain, which'll be featured with Dan Pinchbeck's Korsakovia and some other cool indie stuff. I've made some gameplay changes to Handle with Care as a result of Robin Walker's feedback at GDC 2010.

Okay, so right now I'm about... 10 months late on episode three. Eh.

Radiator 1-3, Much Madness - Teaser

Radiator 1-3, Much Madness - Teaser

5 years ago News 23 comments

The gist: Radiator 1-3 will be out in March / April 2010. In celebration of my progress (and of re-formatting my computer to install a copy of Windows...

Radiator 1-3 - Progress Report, Call for French / German translator help

Radiator 1-3 - Progress Report, Call for French / German translator help

6 years ago News 11 comments

August = October. Also, I need French and German translators. Please send me a message if you're interested.

Radiator 1-3, Much Madness - Progress Report

Radiator 1-3, Much Madness - Progress Report

6 years ago News 17 comments

Um, yeah, I'm totally not going to be done by August. Probably September.

HL2 mod release: Radiator 1-2, Handle With Care

HL2 mod release: Radiator 1-2, Handle With Care

6 years ago News 43 comments

Radiator is a series of experimental semi-episodic short-form single player mods for Half-Life 2: Episode 2... and the second release is out.

A semi-episodic short form single player experimental alt mod for HL2:Ep2 trying to bridge the gaping canyon between Tale of Tales and commercial game design.
Radiator 1-2: Handle With Care

Radiator 1-2: Handle With Care

6 years ago Full Version 58 comments

Radiator, vol. 1 issue 2 (July 2009): HANDLE WITH CARE. You're struggling to repress stressful memories while your worthless husband moans and whines...

Radiator 1-1: Polaris

Radiator 1-1: Polaris

6 years ago Full Version 22 comments

<<< OBSOLETE, DOWNLOAD RADIATOR 1-2 (it includes a patched version of 1-1) >>> Radiator, vol. 1 issue 1 (June 2009): POLARIS. You're stargazing in central...

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Secret_Coming Aug 18 2015 says:

so... I played this mod a long time ago and never really understand what was going on (the screenshoots from moddb page are a little different from the mod tough), can someone explain to me?

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Dune_Jumper Mar 5 2015 says:

Guys, I found a fix that is a lot more practical than goforbrokehub's. (No offense if you're reading this.)
Go to steamapps/sourcemods/morematter and open the gameinfo.txt document with any text editor. Then delete all text from the document and replace it with this: Pastebin.com
Fix seems to work 100%. Let me know if you find an issue.

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queener Sep 13 2015 replied:

Thank you kind sir.

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midnightsong12 Feb 27 2015 says:

How do I play the stand alone game? I looked on your blog but I couldn't find a link to a download.

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Max312 Oct 12 2014 buried:


"The FPS without shooting." Never heard that deal before (The Stanley Parable,Dear Esther,Gravity Bone,Thirty flights of loving,a good portion of horror games,etc.). Oh,art,you say? Clever level design is also art. Logic and consistency is also art. What I suppose is walking around,possibly performing very menial tasks is not art. Re-using assets from Half-Life 2 in your "artistic" mod is also not art. Making an artistic very boring video game is equivalent to making a walking simulator.

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Bachu8 Jun 1 2014 says:

The author is actually working on other games. I don't know even if he will update something here.

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Serathis Dec 4 2013 says:

So... is this thing on?

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RYANSUPERGENIUS1123 Jul 15 2013 says:

Stupid SteamPipe be breaking mods. What a shame.

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goforbrokehub Jul 21 2013 replied:

there's a fix on my post, go to the Radiator 1-2 page and look at the 2nd page of comments.

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pizzahut Aug 1 2013 replied: +1 vote     reply to comment
pizzahut Aug 1 2013 replied:

For some reason the link I posted got converted into something else, and I didn't manage to edit my post either. Tinyurl.com

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it moved me, emotionally (a hard challenge for many against me) and you did it. it made me even weep a little, i loved it and hope you get on with the rest, love it and hope more emotional based mods to come...

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