Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Day103 Eclipse HL2 mod

Eclipse HL2 Mod
Just have to know to put the mod folder root directly under the sourcemods folder - not buried as per the .zip downloaded.
Well I am very very impressed with the mod, it takes lots of work, energy and style to bring a mod together. This one was built by students and inspires me to be part of a team like this. It took the team of 16 half a year to build it, but it shows I am hoping for an opportunity of this ilk to coma along in my MDM when that kicks off later this year.

So how is the mod?
The telekenesis skill is a great integration of the physics engine into gameplay - better than the gravity gun I think. Then using it interactively with the globes and such works nicely. The combat is all at range using the physics, so no swords and other spell type logic - but this keeps the game self contained and simple enough to just enjoy what is there.
The whole things is very well realised, not in the same class exuded by the polish of HL2, but for a bunch of students in 6 months - awesome - really ekelent. There are nice touches like butterflies, breakable toadstools and such. THe animations arent perfect, but are pretty good and dont ruin the gameplay at all. It isnt a full game in a sense, almost like a teaser of the great things this engine could do.

Here's a shot of me at the endgame - very nice stuff:

The GuildHall student 3D team projects(http://guildhall.smu.edu/specializations/teamgames/3dgames/index.html) look very impressive atop this one (that is what their students do really). Several look tempting - will have to give some of them a try. They have other types as well - very productive bunch they are.


Google Trends

I havent been to the Google Trends site since it first came into being. Visiting it again today was revealing as always (http://www.google.com/trends). Sane things like trends on 'green energy' (http://www.google.com/trends?q=green+energy&ctab=1&geo=all&date=all) are telling ans show Australia in a good light. I assume irelend comes up as just being fond of the colour green :-) You can compare gmail and hotmail as well (http://www.google.com/trends?q=gmail%2C+hotmail&ctab=1&geo=all&date=all).
Digital Art (http://www.google.com/trends?q=digital+art&ctab=1&geo=all&date=all) is trending downwards unfortunately. Dont forget to whack in 'sex' just to see where all those searches are coming from - interesting social research just waiting to be done!

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