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  1. Valve - Soon Shipping Games Again

    Valve are such a strange company, really the only game they’ve created is Half Life. The seed of everything else has come from outside: Counter Strike & Team Fortress were mods, Left 4 Dead was Turtle Rock’s baby (they work with Valve of CS), Portal famously was birthed from a student project, they tried the same with the new key mechanic for Portal 2, DotA 2 they brought in IceFrog who was a designer for the DotA mod. Now I’m not saying Valve doesn’t bring anything to these game because they do, an incredible amount, because without execution an game idea is nothing. So it fits their style to buy another team to have another “Valve” game. However, it also seems to me there’s something wrong with the way Valve work. There’s their much vaunted handbook that got leaked, but that’s increasingly feeling like a flawed way of working. Go to any game company and ask for game concepts, almost everyone will have at least one, most will have more, some will have none but they’ll be the minority. Like most concepts only a few will actually be any good or worth making, but there will be something there. So why does Valve have to constantly look outside itself for concept? What happens in its own culture that stops concepts being able to flourish internally? Also it seems like you have to be a certain type of person to work at Valve. I know people who have worked there for years, and I know people who have passed through. I only know the Campo Santo guys through years of listening to Idle Thumbs, but that makes me suspect they’ll mostly be out in the couple of years following the release of Valley of the Gods. I hope I’m wrong because it would be nice for Valve to have more people around who remember what it’s like to ship a game.
  2. The Hobbit Trilogy

    Quite the opposite.
  3. The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    I didn’t expect to be immediately good at this but, man… I am so out of practice. Can’t see where I’d put highlights, basic shit and rookie mistakes. I decided try and add some shadows, using a very thing paint, I’d probably say a glaze. Speaking of rookie mistakes, I’m getting tide marks with this how do you prevent this? It could just be too hot in here, thermometer claims 23 deg, and this are drying faster than I expected. Still practice, practice, practice. This is only the second time brush in hand in many years. Fear my poor mini
  4. Help me out in a quiz

    Is it the dude from Infamous?
  5. Yakuza 6 - Baby's Day Out

    I’m at the start of ch 5 & loving it. There’s nothing quite like that mix of crime/family epic, virtual tourism, crazy sub stories, and beating people senseless in the middle of the street - even better now without instancing as the cars just honk their horns at you. It’s so comfortable.
  6. The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    Fuck… that’s good @Mikes what did you do in the end?
  7. Yakuza 6 - Baby's Day Out

    I like that they’re all in appropriate poses Silly tweet but could be seen as a spoiler for P5 & old Yakuza games
  8. Archer

    So Archer’s Baloo in TaleSpin now
  9. Yakuza 6 - Baby's Day Out

    It is, but it’s set 29 years later and a lot has happened, there’s a detailed summary of each game’s plot available from the main menu. The only review I watched was Hamish Black’s which I thought was good The game’s also good so far, unsurprisingly, but I’m still only in chapter 1.
  10. The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    Paint them metallic & glaze them with blue?
  11. Yakuza 6 - Baby's Day Out

    Yeah, this. I’m glad the new GoW has turned out well and I’ll pick it up at some point, but it’s Yakuza all the way.
  12. Radical Heights - First update now live

    From what I hear this isn’t the game they were taking to publishers.
  13. Does Trackmania have the platform mode from earlier games? That was always my favourite part.
  14. The Miniatures Appreciation Thread

    There’s a few things out there about this (eg http://brokenzealot.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/paint-toxicity.html?m=1) as far as I can see from reading around Vallejo seem to be the only ones that use it, and that seems to be a byproduct of them manufacturing artists paints too. I’d be interested to hear what you decide to go with, as you may have gathered it’s sparked some thoughts in me. I picked up some Vallejo paints cause they were widely recommended, but my health is screwed enough without the paint I use being a potential issue.
  15. Far Cry 5

    I believe that’s a tech limitation where they’re not storing the state of part of the map when they get unloaded. Would have been nice if they did.
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