The Violent Ones is a short, experimental, interactive story, built in the Source Engine for Half-Life 2. It is an experiment in striking visual design and impressionistic storytelling.

Post article RSS Articles

I am today happy to unveil a new experimental single-player mod for Half-Life 2: The Violent Ones.

The Violent Ones is a very short interactive experience. I'm tentative about calling it "a game," as I don't want to mislead people. There are certainly game-like elements, including a couple of rather traditional sections, but meeting challenge criteria or even "having fun" aren't particular goals.

Inspired by the recent trend of experimental games by a number of independent developers, The Violent Ones allows players to explore an ambiguous narrative during its short length. I don't expect it to take much more than five or ten minutes to see through from start to finish. This small scale allows for a tight, focused development, and an experience in which it is absolutely crucial to explore the whole piece in a single sitting.

Accompanying the fiction is a striking art style, where all items and characters are rendered in pure, block colour. For the majority of the piece, only black and white are used. This serves a particular expressional purpose in itself - but that's something for players to engage with when the time comes.

It's obviously not for everyone. But hopefully it's for someone. I don't expect The Violent Ones to take too long to finish - a matter of weeks if everything goes to plan - and I'll keep you updated on progress. In the meantime, here are three in-game screenshots.


Comments  (0 - 10 of 14)
ster8
ster8

Is this MOD dead?

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
PostScript
PostScript

It's in a sort of stasis at the moment while I, in my other guise, work on Post Script. This will either get finished afterwards, or its ideas poured into a new project.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
ster8
ster8

WoW I love white and black mod
Hope to see this mod soon.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Arvind
Arvind

looking nice , Lewis. Hope to see it released soon.

Did my advice about the fonts help?

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
chineseroom
chineseroom

Ok, you got me. I'm totally intrigued - looking forward to seeing it!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
speedgnom
speedgnom

Impressionistic huh,sounds great.It would be really great to see the gunfire and explosives in such a style.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
cheesemcboots
cheesemcboots

please have like red blood stains on white walls and like blue tears etc...maybe black rain in a white environment would be cool

Reply Good karma Bad karma+2 votes
FPSUHalcyon
FPSUHalcyon

im always looking for originality. ill definitely be keeping an eye on this one.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
TheSkunk
TheSkunk

Looks intriguing, tracking

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Dremth
Dremth

sounds cool

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Post a comment
Sign in or join with:

Only registered members can share their thoughts. So come on! Join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) and join in the conversation.