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Hello friends. I was not sure if I should make this post. I was thinking that a page about Half-Life modification is not a place for bringing up other topics. However the current events in the world affect many people and, even more, they affect one of our devs directly.

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Paincake (aka KRSK) (the real name's Cyril Fomin), our mapper and texture artist, is a citizen of Ukraine and currently he lives in the town called Kharkiv which is being attacked for a past few days. We keep in touch everyday and he's fine (to the extent one can be fine in situation like this), but he can't post here due to the lack of resources. We hope Cyril stays safe. And while we care for Cyril, he cares even more about citizens of his country, his homeland. The situation is tough there and Cyril is asking one thing: send aid to people of Ukraine. You can find articles on that matter on Internet, e.g. on Time website.
If you wanted to support our dev team with donations, you can instead support people of Ukraine.

Meanwhile the rest of the team is working on an update for Field Intensity. It's gonna be nothing big, mostly fixes and little improvements. We received a lot of feedback and bug reports and we watched a lot of playthroughs to understand what was done wrong in the mod. We want to polish these things out to make Field Intensity even better.

I also personally want to write a few articles (that can be even considered tutorials in a way) with some details about Field Intensity development and share the experience with the community. I already have a number of topics in mind, but I also want to ask people who might be interested: is there anything you wish to know about Field Intensity development? Leave your questions in comments.

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DarkShift
DarkShift

That was really crazy to see you release your mod after 13 years… the day where « the world went away ».

I guess we can all learn something these days with your Russian-ukrainian team and its work being played and praised by several gamers from France to South Korea, UK, or USA…

Good luck for your team member.

For what we would want to learn about FI’s development, well, I guess we can all learn something from a so long development time… was there parts of the mod that were cut or heavily reworked? For some reason, even if the last outdoor map is incredible, the part after the Verge/Xen felt a bit underwhelming and a little too long as there is nothing about the story besides the truth about Kevin, and trying to finally go away.
The rest of the mod was so crazy and amazing, that at this point that I was expecting to fight a cyborg Gene Worm in a multi dimensional battle helped by the displacer Cannon.

Also, were there long period of months… maybe years were virtually no work was done at all? I think not really because with its 10 hour long gameplay, those 13 years were probably well used.

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FreeSlave Author
FreeSlave

I'll probably touch these subjects in other topics, but they won't be main subjects. However, I can provide short answers.
1. Yes, we has cut maps.
2. We abandoned the development a few times for a quite long periods due to the temporal shift of interests or lack of motivation, so of course it's not 13 years of active development straight. I think there was a huge gap after 2013 or so. We returned to work in 2017 and made the first demo in 2018.

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23-down
23-down

Hey guys. This is a difficult subject.

First: I believe we're all united here as fellow Gamers. We all came here because we share a common love for a game and title that was released well over 2 decades ago. Here hatred, religion or any other philosophy shouldn't play any role at all.

I myself am ex military within the German Armed Forces and while I haven't attended on any excises for the past 5 year due to my Civilian job I feel somewhat worried that the current Russian - Ukrainian conflict might lead and escalate to something more. If a clash between NATO and Russia would truly happen it would automatically mean World War 3. Lets make that for sure and a fact. Like everyone else I hope it won't come to that and let me reassure you as ex Military soldier: It probably wouldn't either.

Nato has zero interest in fighting a war with the 2nd, 3rd largest military might in the world. (The numbers differ). Person X ain't a fool. He played Poker with the world and unfortunately for his sake he played wrong and things didn't turn out how he wanted it to be. He hoped to intimidate the Western Nations and divide Europe and the NATO even more but his gamble had the opposite effect. The European Union and NATO are now more aligned & combined and in agreement than ever before since the fall of the Soviet Union. So the gamble of a certain Person didn't work out quite the way he anticipated.

Do not worry about Nukes from Russia or the USA. He implemented that strategy more as deterrent and diversion to keep NATO Forces out of the fighting and as diversion to the world to see what's truly happening in Ukraine right now. I can respect that 'cause lets be honest if NATO and Russian Forces would truly come face to face it would mean World War 3. A prospect I do not cherish nor would any regular sane Soldier in any Military Force throughout the World. Soldiers are usually the last people to hope and pray for war 'cause we know better than the average citizen does as what to expect thanks to the training we received.

I do hope and pray for the Ukrainian people to emergence victorious out of this conflict. I do not hate or disrespect Russians in any way and I do hope that these fine brave young men and women will survive. The same for the Ukrainian military Forces even knowing that this is wishful and naive thinking. It's a war happening over there, people die! How ever the average age of a soldier in any modern army lays usually between 17 and 22 years. These people on either side barely know what life is truly all about, hell many statistically speaking may still be virgin and never even faced true love before. Let us pray for all these fine service men and women on either side and of course the civilian populations on each side. No mothers want to lose their sons and daughters in a brutal and senseless conflict or in any conflict at all. It's clearly the war of 1 specific mad and sadistic man. Before that conflict arose I actually considered that Certain man to be no threat at all.

I even partially understood his movements as a soldier. But lets face the facts - the cold war has ended long ago. Yet that very special person still feels threatened by NATO and western cultures. Kinda sad. He needs to be stopped before he takes us all down to that very deep chasm he resides in.

Our future in my opinion lays in space. Instead of focusing on few Land marked resources: All of us - as Humanity should focus on what lays out there beyond our planet to ensure our survival as species 'cause the Earth's Resources are diminishing and that's a fact. Oil reserves will be most likely depleted within the next 50 to 60 years. Water reverses within cities become more sparse.

So yes if you're still among the privileged that still possess some money and value feel free to donate towards Ukrainian people, that is: If you call empathy and human compassion among your traits. I for myself work in a bakery nowadays and barely got enough to cover my own expenses. I willingly admit that. I'm what academics would call a civilian failure. Although there's a larger story as to why that is. The art of how this text is written should indicate that I'm more than the mere sum of things that have been written on my personal papers.

If you can support Ukraine financially or convince Russia to change their position in anyway then by all means go for it. On behalf of humanity I wish us all the best of luck. Lets make sure this terrible war ends quickly and possibly with no additional casualties on any side.

In good old Half-Life manner "Have a safe and productive day."

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Freeman665
Freeman665

You described the situation very one-sidedly, but this is understandable, your media are very silent about many things.

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23-down
23-down

Freeman665 I understand the other side as well. But I believe that war can never be a proper solution to anything. That being said: Are you so sure that you're not brainwashed by your media yourself? Can you be 100% certain?

Neither you nor I can tell for sure I would imagine. There's western propaganda and there is Russian propaganda. But that isn't what this post was all about. People are dying, Russians and Ukrainians alike. That's what we all should focus on about right now. And as for the pro Russian citizens living within Ukraine. If they are so unhappy why didn't they simply immigrate to Russia? By definition the pro Russian citizen sectors still belong to Ukraine soil. You wouldn't tolerate it anymore if a bunch of Germans simply decided to split Russia into some sort of German Country Zones. Before WW2 there were actually a lot of German settlers in Russia. Entire zones existed where German was spoken exclusively within Russia.

But lets not turn this into a political debate. Both sides probably got very good and valid points of view for sure. I do distrust my own EU media as much as I distrust Russian media. People are getting lied to - to often on a regular and daily basis by the various governments throughout the world. Independent media is often a good valid source of information but that too can be risky and tricky to verify and differentiate between insane lateral thinkers and left radicals and normal thinking regulars that are neither left nor right but mainly reporting neutrally and simple facts.

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Freeman665
Freeman665

You are right, this is not the right place for political discussions.

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FreeSlave Author
FreeSlave

Gamer community is surely chill. As dev team we haven't got any accusations yet based on nationalities. Glad to see we're united.

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Lordrassis
Lordrassis

All the same, let me express myself here: the North Atlantic Alliance has steadily expanded towards the Russian Federation and has not prevented the deployment of missile weapons in the countries of Eastern Europe.
Moreover, now we all see that there is some interest of people in prolonging the conflict (sending large batches of weapons and the help of "volunteers") and some provocations from neighboring countries of Ukraine (not from its eastern side).

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monster_urby
monster_urby

It's heart warming to see a Russian-Ukrainian development team pulling together in these uncertain times. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible situation, on both sides.

I hope for a resolution as soon as possible, for everyone's sake.

Also, congratulations on the release of the mod of course. Hopefully the bug fixes and tweaks don't cause you too much hassle and you can take some time away from working on it for a while. :)

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MrGnang
MrGnang

I hope you all stay safe, this is awful for everyone involved.

We are all better than this - it is so unfair how the fragile ego of one person can ruin the lives of so many.

Just so you all know as well, I have just started your mod and am very much enjoying it! I look forward to playing more.

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