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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12 comments by Radiatoryang on Jun 1st, 2010

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.

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Radiator 1-2: Handle With Care

Radiator 1-2: Handle With Care

Jul 13, 2009 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

Jun 6, 2009 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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Flobulon Jun 7 2009, 9:38am says:

Just finished Polaris, brilliant work there, we need more of this innovation. Just out of interest, was there an alternative ending?

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Nodarg Jun 7 2009, 1:06pm replied:

I've gotten two different endings, though I wonder if there is a third...

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Radiatoryang Creator
Radiatoryang Jun 7 2009, 4:04pm replied:

If you've finished it, you can read through my development notes ( Radiator.debacle.us ) where I kind of talk about stuff like that. Beware - spoiler alert!

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Nodarg Jun 7 2009, 4:52pm replied:

Thanks a lot! Also, thanks for providing us with such a great game (pie)!

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jprwilliams Jun 7 2009, 8:55am says:

A Dear Esther-like mode ... I love !

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Armageddon104 Jun 6 2009, 11:31pm says:

"Second Space (vol. 2)
THEMES: Self-reflexivity, cerebral play, and the "second space" of our minds.
1. late 2009 (Being Adam Foster)
2. late 2009 (A Man's Home)
3. late 2009 (Little Boxes)"

Adam Foster? O_O The creator of MINERVA?

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Armageddon104 Jun 6 2009, 11:20pm says:

Loved the mod dude, :D

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BuMan Jun 3 2009, 6:08pm says:

seen enough, tracking

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Stoudemire15 Jun 3 2009, 11:33am says:

Want to been recruited by Valve just like Adam Foster what Good attempted I like it.

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Otter. May 31 2009, 1:27pm says:

This looks interesting. One of those unusual mods, like "Dear Ester"
I'm tracking it also. :)
Although it's a bit confusing now, what is it all about, but I think it will be clear, when I can try it.

If you can make the wind blow the trees in Polaris, that would be great :D

P.s: Why did you choose the name Radiator? Its a household heating object :/

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Radiatoryang Creator
Radiatoryang May 31 2009, 3:46pm replied:

Issue 3 is kind of Dear Esther-ish... well, in concept. I felt DE was limited too much by poor technical design. Fortunately I think Robert Briscoe is redoing the visuals and the level design for a re-release, so that should be lovely.

re: animating the tree branches, that'd require rigging + animating the trees, and that's out of the scope of my abilities unfortunately. I don't think it matters in-game though, you won't really be paying attention to the trees.

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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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