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skacky

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  1. The level design discussion is interesting. This is something I noticed as far back as around 2009, so I wasn't too far off from Hourences' observation. I've worked with many editors and engines and I grew incredibly dissatisfied with newer tools because they required me to specialize in other fields, especially modelling which is something I honestly don't care about in the slightest. I can model stuff in Maya easily, but I'd rather work on scenes or layouts and I'm a terrible texture artist anyway. I also don't like putting meshes around much, it feels incredibly restrictive compared to th
  2. Thanks, that did the trick. Should've tried that.
  3. Hey, I'm trying to update to 2.05 but the updater is stuck in a loop. It will check my local 2.04 files and then download tdm_update_win.zip (1.5mb). However, when I click Restart, it starts the process all over again. I've tried renaming the folder to no effect. The game is not installed in Program Files or any secure folder. The updater worked fine when I updated to 2.04 when it was released (on the same machine).
  4. The thing is level designers and environment artists are on very tight schedules and work on many things at once, so errors and mistakes like that are bound to happen. Besides, a crushing majority of people will never notice most of that.
  5. TDM's lockpicking mechanic is the best I've seen in any stealth game so far. Takes the simplicity of Thief 1 and 2's and adds a new layer with possible failure, making the thing more stressful if enemies are around. It doesn't feel like a minigame at all to me. One of the few good things introduced in Thi4f and I wish was in TDM is that your lockpicks make noise if you fail, which could potentially alert guards who are very close by.
  6. There is a high resolution image in the pk4 file (open it with 7-zip or another zip explorer).
  7. Hahaha, I didn't even think of doing that, though I figured out how to get there quite easily using the intended method.
  8. As usual I'd be more than happy to help.
  9. The screenshots look rad, especially the fourth. The whole thing has a very peculiar eerie feel that I've never quite seen done in TDM before. Good luck with the test!
  10. This is an excellent mission through and through, with a very TDP-like feel mostly thanks to the dark textures, the overall deep darkness in the manor and the brilliant use of sounds to create a very unwelcoming atmosphere. Definitely one of the best TDM missions I've played in a while! I asked this on TTLG but I will also ask here: One little bug I found: there is a solid brush with brick textures on the floor in the dining room.
  11. Come on, taken on its own Masks is fantastic. It's actually one of my favorites from T2. Too bad the rather horrid Casing really spoils it.
  12. Yeah that really feels like Gervaisius' library.
  13. Dominus has taken a whole bunch of shots of Carol Reed's The Third Man. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6YxBwmB63FKTkhEbjI2dDlqamM&usp=sharing
  14. Looks amazing. Only criticism I have is that the fencing on top of the roof on the right from 0:15 to 0:20 looks "unnatural". The two other sides should be visible.
  15. What's even more impressive is that it's technology from 10 years ago.
  16. I wonder if this game has weather cycles. One of my favorite activities in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is walking around during a thunderstorm (or just before a blowout shows its nose!), and I'd love to be able to do just that in this game.
  17. Yeah, and do note that the slider is inverted for some odd reason. It's from right to left.
  18. It's strictly line of sight. Different enemies react differently, faster or slower. Their reaction time also depends on the difficulty level. Sound does have an impact though, creeping is almost completely silent while running makes a lot of noise and attracts attention (and using weapons obviously makes a racket). Sound propagation and spatialization is actually very good.
  19. I'm 21 hours in. Almost done. It's definitely my favorite game released this year and also one of the best games I've ever played. Earns a spot in my top 20 games. I'm going to write a very lenghty review of the game after I'm done.
  20. In other news the IGF has no sponsors anymore on their sponsor page (at the time I'm writing this): http://www.igf.com/05sponsors.html
  21. Geoff Keighley is a sellout but at least he writes about games, unlike some other "journalists".
  22. What I find funny with this whole situation is that people preaching tolerance and respect are some of the most hateful I've ever seen.
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