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MDT looking back at the year 2013 - but are also preparing for the year to come.

Posted by N.Aaroe on Dec 13th, 2013

THE MISERABLE YEAR 2013


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THE RELEASE OF MISERY 2.0
The countdown timer for the release received quite a lot of attention on ModDB.
It was placed there by a pro-actice and motivated MDT member without lead acknowledgement beforehand. It was noticed straight away when the timer had a handful of hours added to it to give the MISERY publishers a chance to reach their deadlines.
MDT worked very hard right up until the very last hours right before the official uploading of the mod. But we managed to keep the promise of the release day when taking different time zones into account. This was the first and only actual release date promise given by MDT ever, while each and every ETR on the way was always considered a promise by at least a few good people.

Some people wished for the mod to be released in incomplete form as with most other mods while others wanted (and expected) the final product to be a shining pearl without a single flaw or bug.
It is safe to say that we landed somewhere in the middle of all of that.

It is no surprise that MDT could (and would love to) be building on this project for ever and ever. But at some point it had to reach the very patient community that had been teased with feature previews for far too long.

N.Aaroe is responsible for the MISERY mod promotion aspects and looking back he would have wished that he never had revealed the project of MISERY 2.0 from such early point (Quarter 2, 2012).

Back in april 2012 trojanuch and N.Aaroe wanted to merge MSO with MISERY 1.0 resulting in MISERY 1.2. It was this project that escalated to such extreme degree as several other modders wanted to join in and contribute in many ways. The development constellation quickly turned into an actual team and with it the ambitions of the mod just kept growing and growing. No one ever planned for or saw it coming that MDT in 2013 would be standing with an actual development team, an exclusive website and 50.000+ visitors on the day of its release!

THE OBLIGATORY PATCH
As it was stated long before release, a patch was certain to follow the actual mod release as it was also the case for MISERY 1.0. A full concept modification of these proportions cannot be tested in every single aspect and detail prior to release.
There will always be crucial matters to attend to lurking in the shadows here and there.
Afterwall, this is the famous X-Ray engine we are talking about.

VERSION 2.1 ALMOST READY
MDT are busy re-building the upcoming version 2.1.
There are several unofficial patches that deal with various bugs and glitches and we are very thankful for that.
But as it turns out these patches also introduce other and new issues for the mod. Something that cannot be avoided when you don't have the full insight on the gigantic data that is forming the MISERY mod. So we had to thread these unofficial patch partition and re-build the game data from scratch to make sure that we are implementing what is good and NOT merging in what is bad. We are currently in the final stages of this task.
"MISERY version 2.1" and will be going to require a new game start.
MISERY 2.1 will not only iron out the most crucial aspects of data instability but also add new cool features to the game.
Release of version 2.1 will be this month and we can not wait to see your reactions on the surprises that we implemented to this version. Maybe you missed some of the revealing that we have already posted?...:
- The Ghillie suit + detail shots
- The item multi-usage
- New artifact handling
- Re-skinned Boar

THE SUPPORTIVE CROWD [YOU]
It is such a positive fact that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. gamers and MISERY community especially are extremely helpful and supportive towards each other. Seeing people sharing tips and informations like that is a beautiful thing. Social media really flourishes with MISERY interaction.

MDT are well aware that many items and features are not explained in-game with a
semi-automatic interface guiding the player from left to right. We will keep it this way and continue to state that this mod is designed for experienced S.T.A.L.K.E.R. gamers only. We are in favor of putting two and two together and investigating your options
of interaction and Zone simulation.

PATCHING THE MOD

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What's important in this regard is the notion of patches being indication of an ongoing MDT care and devotion towards our mod. Being able to continue to polish on our work is something that is really important to us and we feel greatly honored that the community is so supportive and motivating towards our post release efforts.

We made a mistake when publishing the Patch 2.0.2 QUICK FIX and we are not proud of that. The Quick Fix needed a few file alterizations and was re-published a few times.
A prime example of why patches (and all data) should always be downloaded from the main source only (miserymod.com) to minimize the amount of faulty patch data floating on various sites and in forums.

This is the sort of thing that eventually will happen in a non-funded development setup like MDT. But we have learned from it and already did set up 2 new ground rules for our new process and structure.

To improve on these aspects MDT will henceforth:

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Be pre-releasing patches in our new semi-public forum: The MDT Testing Lab
While this decreases our level of confidentiality we will be gaining an extensive amount of motivated 'beta testing' ressources at any given time. It takes a lot of ressources to be managing a closed and constantly evolving group of NDA certified BETA Testers in an unofficial environment. So a semi-public acknowledgement of the patch or update data
will now be giving us the 'go' to publish the patch or update officially and in proper form.

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Be releasing official patches and updates only when MDT key staff are
able to monitor the official response to the gamedata, which will allow us
to quickly react on mishaps of data composition and other difficulties.

This feels like a natural step for the MDT development concept as you really can't
have a better beta testing environment than the ever so ready, dedicated and experienced
gamers already tracking our mod production.

That being said, the current NDA certified BETA Testers (and thus members of MDT)
did a better job on this than we could ever hope for. There's just a limit to how
much developers can actually ask for and keep doing so.
In addition MDT often are in need of instant testing and would like to not
be technically burdened by time zones.

NO NAZISM HERE

antinazi

Now, this is a very serious matter.
Everyone thinking or claiming that MDT are nazis are plain wrong; it is as simple as that.

MDT are nazi haters and in no way supporting Nazi belief, culture or mentality.

The contents of MISERY are not put there to represent or recommend any real life quality and/or value. Such items like the "Mein Kampf" book, the cocaine and the porn magazines were designed for immersion, depth and atmosphere purposes only.

In the case of "Mein Kampf" it was designed as an item brought to the Zone by one or more militant Zone Men that may have a sick and twisted mind that could find a quality or interest in the Nazi beliefs and tactical ways of The Nazi regime of World War 2.
This book is just one of many World War 2 referrals implemented for the sake of a conceptualized Zone authenticism.

Such books containing warfare tactics may even form a common Stalker topic at a campfire
at some point. At least this is what MDT would like to think, having more than one former
real life soldier on board the Concept Board.

Please note the fact that you are not leveling up or obtaining a Super Mario Special Power
when you have this book. You can use it to clean your weaponry by tearing out its pages or
trade if off for a pack of russian cigarettes. Nothing magic here.
Just authentic item depth as with any of the other component added by MDT.

Some Monolithian NPCs are able to commit suicide with explosives when conquered in combat scenarios.
This is neither a reference to any specific religion nor cultural approach or belief.
The background lore for this feature was well represented in the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Wiki.

We could go on like this, having each and every of the 150+ new items be accounted for through a political and ethic argumentation. MDT neither find it needed nor fitting to have in-game warnings and notions about our political and ethic standing and orientation.
In fact we find it very immersive for the player to be able to interact with the game world through his own mature eyes and have his character conduct the path of his choice.

When playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (and with the MISERY mod in particular) the gamer is entering a fictional world engulfed in violence, bad language, sexual content and negative influences.
You are killing people and the overall content is far from anything ever wanted in real life.
This should not come as a surprise to anyone installing the mod.

Everyone playing the MISERY mod is at least 16 years of age or at least expected to meet this
age restriction set by its PEGI and the very same thing is re-stated about the MISERY mod as seen here. This is safe to assume since S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat does have
an international ESRB rated M for Mature.

At this age you should be able to distinguish between right and wrong in this world.
Luckily 99% of MISERY trackers and gamers are able to do so.

If you feel disrespected in any regard or find that the MISERY mod directly or indirectly are promoting its malicious contents please do send an email to contact@miserymod.com and your claim will be analysed by MDT lead.

MISERYMOD.COM

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Since release on July 31 MDT headquarters (in the form of miserymod.com) have already received hundreds of emails from around the world.

The top 5 topics for emails coming in on the MISERY website are:
- questions that are answered in the manual, Readme or FAQ
- notices of bugs
- positive feedback
- feature suggestions
- business or cooperation inquiries

Auto-reply was set up to make sure that each and every mail had its confirmation reply in order. Patch changelogs are clearly indicating that no email and bug notion went by unnoticed. If your email notion or suggestion was not already covered in either of the released Patches the information is yet to be dealt with.

The average amount of daily visitors is currently around 1.000.

If you have any ideas on how to improve the website please let us know on contact@miserymod.com and make yourself heard.


ARSENAL
Did you know that we recently uploaded a full rooster of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. MISERY weapons?
See it HERE

Mod of the Year Awards

MOTY 2013
MISERY has now made it to the Top 100 mods of this year - all thanks to you guys!
Words cannot express how much it means to us seeing that you guys place your vote on our hard work.
This is the biggest 'thank you' that we could ever ask for and the team feel much energized by this.
Last year MISERY 1.0 mod won the Editors Choice Award and this is a price that motivates us all on a daily basis to this day.
But seeing each and every one of you that are placing a vote on MISERY 2.0 this year is the best thing ever.
No matter if we make it to the Top 10 or not it is You who make sure that we keep doing what we do!

THANKS
Thanks for all the encouragement and feedback that we get.
This is the reason why we put such an effort into the public display and promoting of our mod project.
In case you are interested the [active] MISERY Development Team is:

These people are spending hours every day to improve on the MISERY mod.
We also get much help and support from talented russian modders like practik, kcs123 and Chorbit!
See Q12 in the FAQ for more credits. Join the fangroup: StalkersoftheZone

Peace, N.Aaroe on behalf of MDT
Post comment Comments
ShadowFear
ShadowFear Dec 13 2013, 6:38am says:

Ho ho ho NOW I HAVE A GHILLIE SUIT

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ShadowFear
ShadowFear Dec 13 2013, 7:19am replied:

Also the Nazi part was unnecessary to explain. People don't realize how many skinheads (From Russia let alone the rest of Europe) would try their hand in the zone.

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loner85
loner85 Dec 13 2013, 9:44am replied:

It's a questionable choice to add it, but I agree with what they said. The zone is a lawless place with lawless people :D

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qwerty2316
qwerty2316 Dec 14 2013, 12:08pm replied:

People complained about the Mein Kampf? It is an item in the game that's only purpose is to clean weapons.
Putting illegal drugs in the game does not mean they condone drugs. The same way adding a book does not mean they agree with it.
I just found it as another random piece of loot that gives some character to the zone.

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Astyr
Astyr Dec 13 2013, 6:40am says:

The item multi-usage link leads to an edit page instead of the view page.

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N.Aaroe Author
N.Aaroe Dec 13 2013, 6:57am replied:

*fixed. Thanks for noticing!

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Chezzlor
Chezzlor Dec 13 2013, 6:41am says:

Congratulations on the project and thanks for the terrific mod you made. It brought me many hours of joy and misery.

But I must say though, the fact you had to publicly defend yourselves from the Nazi allegations because of the book "Mein Kampf" and such included is quite agitating. How many ignorant hipsters are in this world and how did they get to our special STALKER / Modded territory? Regardless, it is a shame you had some undeserved backlash on the matter.

I hope the project continues to run smoothly and you receive all the gratification you deserve.

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Dave145
Dave145 Dec 13 2013, 6:45am says:

I for my part never thought that you guys could be Nazis. I always thought your'e just some very talented modders with the interest in dark scenarios ( As an example: Metro 2033 has a group called the fourth Reich). Things like racism and neo-Nazism are just parts of "dark & brutal" worlds and even (sadly) of our own. Nonetheless keep up the great work guys! Misery is one of the best mods I have ever played.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Dec 13 2013, 7:19am says:

Let's hope 2.1 actual runs and doesn't crash at loading time, 5 minutes while playing or walking into certain places. 2.0 has been unplayable and (sorry to be blunt) not MOTY worthy at all. Hopefully 2.1 changes this.

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FlippyWarbear
FlippyWarbear Dec 13 2013, 7:45am says:

I thought Mein Kampf was a hilarious little easter egg. It instantly made me go like "ooooh you nazi pig you!" towards the guy I had just killed and looted. Not a slightest thought towards something like "oh the dev team are such neo-nazis!"

To me it just added that teeny bit of immersion to the game. How some dude in the harsh and brutal Zone can be for such ideologies and the next guy hides in some lonesome room with his porn...

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ISemiI
ISemiI Dec 13 2013, 8:51am says:

Yeah, the first time I found Mein Kampf I just laughed at how it could be used to clean your weapon, moved on and forgot about it. I think that, like Shadowfear said, people don't realise how many Neo-Nazis there are in Europe and Russia, and were the Zone a real place you can bet there'd be a good number of them there too.

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hunter2k
hunter2k Dec 13 2013, 9:39am says:

I wish our characters could look like the guy in the picture with thermal scopes!

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hsynhkn
hsynhkn Dec 13 2013, 10:40am says:

All I can say is, we appreciate your hard work as much as we enjoy Stalker, which is obvious. All those bugs and problems, but unique experiences that no other game can offer. You guys make that experiences greater than before, regardless those problems. Thank YOU.

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apt2b
apt2b Dec 13 2013, 11:11am says:

You guys are amazing, your humble attitudes prove what wonder people you are.

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Smoothskin
Smoothskin Dec 13 2013, 2:42pm says:

In what other game you can clean a Galil with a Mein Kampf? It's pure poetry.

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loner85
loner85 Dec 13 2013, 5:37pm replied:

Or a StG 44...well, it would definitely make you a target.

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Rus[T]
Rus[T] Dec 13 2013, 3:04pm says:

The details, the details people.. Are perfect!

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GenezisO
GenezisO Dec 13 2013, 4:30pm says:

thne I wish you all best and luck with finishing 2.1, keep calm and stalk the game

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Imperial_Sheep
Imperial_Sheep Dec 13 2013, 9:27pm says:

I find it absolutely BS that people see a book, that you can't even read, is a political message. I found one on a body, and didn't think too hard about it. I think I sold it for a M16A1. Good gun it is for the Sniper.

Also, Merry Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Whatever else you celebrate. Hope everyone has a good holiday and New Year!

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durundallives
durundallives Dec 14 2013, 12:21am says:

seriously people, for a genus which has been existing and advancing for thousands of years I think its time to develop something more than paper mache` for a spine and grow up. If you are concerned about whatever softcore reference to the real world, just walk away. my god, I cant believe im channeling a mel gibson movie right now to express how absolutely backwords it is that such a wonderful development team has to waste time to justify a design choice to a bunch of prudes who want to run around a virtual world and point guns at people and yet somehow keep it from being obscene or unwholesome....Sounds a bit F*%^ed to say the least dont it

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NeoTheLizard
NeoTheLizard Dec 14 2013, 1:01pm says:

It saddens me that having a disclaimer about putting "Mein Kampf" in the game is even necessary to ensure that people don't make ridiculously misinformed claims of the Misery developers being nazies.

The Zone, as portrayed in MISERY, is a socially, ethically and culturally degenerated place, haunted by almost constant danger, political unrest and armed conflicts between factions, distrust between fellow humans, sickness, starvation and murder. Having items that shows the presence of different ideologies, controversial or not, in this wasteland, is, quite clearly i might add, there to support the aforementioned representation of the Zone as a terrible place wherein some people choose to rely upon political ideologies and/or religion in order to make some greater sense out of the atrocities they experience
(and perhaps commit).

Understanding the Zone and any aspects of life and death in it as somehow idealistic stands downright in contrast to anything MISERY (taste the word, ladies and gentlemen) stands for, in case the depictions of decayed animal corpses on the front page of the mod and the catchphrase "Welcome to a world of misery" didn't already make that quite clear.

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NeoTheLizard
NeoTheLizard Dec 14 2013, 1:11pm replied:

Now that that's out of the way, holy crisps am i glad that you guys are so dedicated to working on MISERY, i'm really looking forward to playing version 2.1 on my future brand new gaming laptop. I imagine lag-lessly sniping down bandits in that new Ghillie suit with graphics on high is going to feel great ;)

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Vancer2
Vancer2 Dec 17 2013, 11:49pm says:

Wow people thought MDT were nazi's cus of one book I saw that book ingame THE THOUGHT never ever ONCE crossed my mind EVER EVER EVER. And Im a huge WW2 buff. Really People jump to conclusions way to fast. Also many Fools online dont know the difference. They see a German soldier in combat and think NAZI in reality the nazi's were the political arm of the regime. The wehrmacht was the Army arm of the regime. And most of those soldiers were conscripted. So 75% of those soldiers were conscripts who didnt have a choice.... So the moral of the story is not everyone with a copy of mein kampf is a ******* nazi.

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NafNaf_95
NafNaf_95 Dec 28 2013, 10:58am says:

I cant wait for version 2.1 as your mod was the best thing that happend to my Twitch, N.Aaroe
trojanuch if you guys read this i hope you remember me as playing your mod was genuinely the best and most death ridden few days of my gaming life and when 2.1 comes out ill be back to streaming.
All the best NafNaf_95 Twitch.tv
Nathan Clarke

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