If you played the original Half Life, then you MUST play Black Mesa!!
If you were there back in ’98, ’99, then you probably had a similar experience to myself:
I played through the original Half Life in the week leading up to release. I played Half Life for the first time back in 1999. I fell in the love with the game and have played it through probably about twice a year ever since.
Playing through the original last week gave me a chance for a ‘last hurrah’ with a game thats been with me for 13 years.
I play through HL fast, run is always on and its always a kind of speedrun now (esp as the engine is so old and framerates so high)
It was also a chance to just watch all the scripted sequences again in preparation for BM.
Friday 14th – A Red Letter Day.
BM website was taking a battering, the official mirrors werent working, not even the torrent link was working.
Had left my PC on at home so I could RDP into from work at 4pm just to get the download starting so when i got home at 6 I;d hopefully be ready to go.
no joy, had to wait until around 6:45pm for a fast german mirror to pop up and max out my fiber 4.3MB/sec, took about 11 minutes ish
Installation – flawless.
Utterly gobsmaked, just honestly grinning from ear to ear not only on my face but kind of inside as well, The sheer detail and ‘aliveness’ of the facility was incredible.
I was half tempted to just do the inbound tram journey again when I got to Sector C test labs just because I wanted to see it all again!
The whole of inbound was beautifully ‘alive’
I loved the Barney reference by the guard who meets you at the tram.
I particularly loved the dialogue sequence between Kleiner and Vance just before you head into the test chamber, it made HL1 and HL2 seem so much more homogeneous.
All of the level design, considering this was a volunteer group of basically part time/spare time amateurs is simply staggering.
You are at once ‘at home’ and yet somewhere new and it is a GOOD feeling that brought back so much nostalgia and yet so much desire to ‘explore’ this new, yet familiar environment.
Blast Pit was simply :O
Because of the advances in tech, the whole story was tighter, more fleshed out and fluid, It was a joy sometimes just chatting to the scientists and watching their dialogue with each other.
I was very impressed with the quality of the voice acting, It could have been really bad, but i was very suprised at how good it was and just how much more dialogue had been added to flesh out the facility and make the bond between HL1 and HL2 more solid. It defiantly makes for a better experience.
Some of the levels being tightened up and more focused was great and didn’t detract from the experience (On a Rail is soooo much better now)
Overall, quite possibly the greatest fan made mod ever (single player)
Brought back waves of nostalgia, along with the joy of discovering the new environment/puzzle changes that made it more than just a remake
Cannot wait now for Xen!!!!!!
Inception: quite possibly one of the greatest films ever made! A more intellectual man’s Matrix, deeper on more ‘layers’, much more believable setting that draws you deeper into the film, and oh! that closing shot!
Kick ass action film that delivers everything you hope it will but think it ultimately wont. This film delivers so much more than you hope!
Looking forward to Scott Pilgrim next!
Well last Saturday I did my first timed event. A 5km run around Bute park in Cardiff. Came in 147th with a time of 27:05. Pretty average but still was nice to get my first timed event under my belt (I hate running. I’m a cyclist by nature and I just cant seem to get the mental focus required for running, but its free and money isn’t something I have at the moment).
What amazed me the most was that it was just the most well organised event I’ve ever seen on a grass roots level. I mean this thing is done every Saturday in a busy inner city park with sophisticated timing equipment, timing tags, barcode ID’s etc and its all done by volunteers. It was incredible.
If your interested in running one of these events, be sure to stop by the main website PARKRUN WEBSITE
They post full race results and photo’s of every event and monitor personal best times as well as age average % performance monitoring which is outstanding for monitoring your performance and also for comparing against your friends/race buddies.
The Cardiff Parkrun can be found here PARKRUN CARDIFF
Here’s the ‘action’ photo’s of yours truly being mediocre and being overtaken by a guy pushing a pram and various small children! I really do hate running……
So I was trawling through my old bag of photo’s from some 17 years ago and I came across some old photo’s of some artwork I’d created around 1991/1992 when I was about 17/18. Altitude was an old band name for a band I was in at the time. I designed the logo as a simple pencil sketch than tried to do something on art board. It was about this time I bought my first airbrush after falling in love with HR Giger’s work. The Altitude logo was one of my very first attempts at airbrushing…..
It was rubbish!! Ladies and gentlemen, exhibit A:
Many many years later (yesterday to be precise) I was scanning these old photo’s for prosperity and was really a bit bummed that the original was so shockingly bad (I thought it was cool as hell as an 18 yr old obviously!!)
So AutoCAD and Photoshop in hand I decided to re-work it digitally and see if it could look presentable to the modern world of 2010……
Altitude Logo 2010
My best mate Jason had his 36th birthday celebrations last night, we had an absolute blast! we started off in the best pub in Aberdare, The Cambrian (obviously!) where i bumped in to some old friends I’d not seen for years! Hello Messa’s Darren and Paul Jones!!, did the usual Witherspoons, Conway, Pickled Pepper then finished the night in the Beluga Bar which was jumping!
Much Jaegermeister & Monster was had by all, along with copious amounts of vodka. Along the way we saw a rugby themed hen night (see pics), Gail (hello Gail o/ ) Jane and Lisa Webb and various other people we’d not seen in years.
Ended the night with Stuart and Kellie having a riotous laugh with Queens who are genuinely hilarious and a right good laugh!
Came home very drunk and very chipper at such an excellent night.