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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farizle Mar 27 2011, 12:40am says:

Your game struck a cord in my heart. Very well thought out, nicely polished, great music. It's a complete package.

Can't wait for the third.

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penguin191 Mar 16 2011, 6:40am says:

Awesome mod. Very thought provoking and well made.

I wish I could help you out with it. I've done some work in Valve Hammer and I know Photoshop pretty well.

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EvilMinded Mar 5 2011, 1:37am says:

Nice Spanish Review "Thank god I can speak Spanish"

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exodark Mar 2 2011, 3:35pm says:

Thank god i can speek German so i can read the trailer...atleast that one part...

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Harmondale2 Feb 16 2011, 11:47am says:

Somethings wrong? I can't play your mod, it says installed and then when you launch it comes up saying

"Radiator has been preordered and cannot be played at this time

it will be ready to play in 474 days"

This happening to anyone else?? Could it be because of the new desura update?

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Radiatoryang Feb 13 2011, 10:18pm says:

FAQ or something:
1) It's for Ep2. ModDB won't let me change it.
2) 1-3 is still in progress.
3) The new Ep2 update broke how I unlocked chapters. (Steamcloud, etc.) Go into the console and type "sv_unlockedchapters 15" (or beat Episode 2) to unlock HWC. It's fixed for 1-3.
4) Simmer down.
5) It means whatever you want it to mean.

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KaSplosion Feb 4 2011, 6:19pm says:

Somethings wrong whenever i play.
No matter what i do i cant acess the "Handle With Care" chapter. Im always put back to the title screen and only able to do the Polaris chapter.
Please Help. D:

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Peewee1476 Feb 6 2011, 4:58pm replied:

I am having the exact same problem! I played through Polaris twice but both times I go back to the title menu. I try to start a new game then but the second episode is still grayed out and unselectable. Anybody know what's going on?

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cool80s Feb 8 2011, 8:25pm replied:

try typeing sv_unlockchapters 15 in the consol(~), just a thought... Oh and one other thing make sure the name of the map in the maps folder is the same name as the map in the chapter.cfg in the config folder. Hope that helps :)

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スイッチ君 Feb 3 2011, 12:03pm says:

This mod is confusing as hell. The secound chapter, where the scenerio is about 2 gay couples getting councling help, when I get into the guy's head, everytime I put the boxes where they are suppose to, the female councler tells me I'm not being civil and not nice "to my partner". Everytime I break the box, it seems like I'm making a point there and being nice.

At the end, it seems like the gay couples break up and that's the end?? I don't get this mod at all!! Someone please help. D:

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Nemesisurvivorleon Feb 9 2011, 3:12pm replied:

haven't played yet but it sounds like they just reversed the expected outcomes.

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Mirellanmal Feb 14 2011, 7:29am replied:

if you dont destroy the boxes, put them on the right place, they will stay together ^^
and he says "i never knew you felt like that" or something, so maybe in all the anger when oppressing the stressful memories he also talks about how he feels and says important stuff that makes his partner understand and still wants to be together
while if you destroy the memories i imagine you will talk ******** and the partner decides he wants a divorce

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metroid13 Aug 26 2011, 6:58pm replied:

Not at all. Destroying the boxes releases the protagonists emotions; the therapist gives you positive reinforcement, while at the same time this further drives in the wedge between James and Dylan.

On the flip side, if you refuse to open up, they stay together. Take from that what you will.

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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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