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Archive for November, 2007

City 7: Toronto Conflict Half-life 2 Mod

Half-life 2: City 7 Toronto Conflict mod screenshot

City 7: Toronto Conflict
is an interesting looking mod, produced as part of the first thesis project from the Game Design program at George Brown College in Toronto, for Half-life 2.

City 7: Toronto Conflict, is an action packed Half-Life 2 mod with a variety of unique levels and game play. Explore what has become of City 7 in areas like Dundas square, Eaton Center , Mel Lastman square, St. Michael’s Hospital and TTC system under the Combine rule. This version features Gordon Freeman as the main character, stuck in Toronto due to a teleporting accident in Kleiner’s lab. Try to escape this war torn city by finding any type of teleporting technology and send him back to City 17.

Despite our small development team and short production time, we managed to get halfway to the CN tower and have already created 2-3 hours of fun and action packed game play! We want to finish this mod the way it was intended it to be, as a glimpse at what happen to a part of North American during the Combine invasion.

I’ll have to check this out at the weekend… Though I still haven’t played through Episode 2! (via Boing Boing)

Seeing as we’re on the topic of Half-life 2: Episode 2, here’s a bunch of cool stats that Valve released on the game (that I meant to write about before, but forgot). There’s some cool new stuff in there like a heat map of where players have died the most.

Mr T and Bill Shatner Tout World of Warcraft

Mr T (above) and William Shatner star in commercials for Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. They really play. No, really, they do.

The iWeb Conversator Tee-shirt

iWeb Conversator Tee-shirt

Check out this absolutely awesome t-shirt from The Internet’s Penny Arcade.

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Firefox 3 Beta 1 Rolls its little butt out

Mozilla have just released the first beta for the next Firefox. Obviously not for day-to-day use, but great for developers. Read the release notes for more details, too numerous to mention here!

Doctor Who Children in Need Special

I haven’t watched many of the newest Doctor Whos with David Tennant, but I did watch a huge number with Peter Davidson as a kid. Here’s an 8-minute special which aired last night as part of BBC TV’s Children in Need appeal containing both of them in a nostalgic paradox. Enjoy.

And, of course, there’s more information than you could ever want to know about it over at Wikipedia already.

Illustrator Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers sketchbook

With a little boy on the way I find myself checking out more and more children’s books, especially ones with interesting and quirky illustration. In Waterstones today I spotted a great book by Oliver Jeffers called “The Way Back Home” about a little boy who finds an aeroplane in his bedroom cupboard and flies to the moon, where he finds he’s not the only one that’s lost. It was a little while later, after getting back and Googling, that I realised I’d seen his work before.

Anyway, here’s his site, and an interview. Enjoy.

Halloween Bioshock Big Daddy / Little Sister costumes

Awesome Big Daddy and Little Sister Halloween costumes

I had a Halloween post all ready but never got around to posting it. I guess it’s a bit late now so I’ll have to save it for next year. C’est la vie.

This, however, I do have to share. Friends of a friend of a friend (yeah, we’re that close) created (and dressed up as) a Big Daddy and Little Sister from the Bioshock. Amusingly, the costumes are better than the ones at the games own launch event! (Thanks to See-ming for the tip!)

More Bioshock Halloween costumes on Cult of Rapture.

Update: Forgot to link the “making-of” set.

Update 2: Another video of a dad and his kids playing Big Daddy and Little Sisters. “no little sisters were harvested in the making of this video or when walking rapture looking for treats” (via Wonderland).

An Intermission: The Tokyo Dance Trooper

And, just in case you missed the earlier one, here he is again. And again with Dance Vader.