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  1. ^Ben

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    Ben Davison <[email protected]> Sat, Dec 18, 2004 at 11:37PM
    To: Adrian Finol <[email protected]>
    Hi Adrian,

    You mentioned in a post to the hlcoders mailing list that the code for
    HL2DM will be out "soon" will "soon" be this year? I ask this because
    if it comes out within this year there is no point starting our MOD
    code wise, because the HL2DM code will fill in a lot of blanks for us.

    Thanks for your time.

    --
    - Ben Davison
    - http://www.shadow-phoenix.com
    Adrian Finol <[email protected]> Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 12:17AM
    To: Ben Davison <[email protected]>
    Hey Ben,

    Sorry but it wont be until next year. There's a couple of stuff we are
    working on that we want to get in the codebase before we release it.

    Take care.
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    Ben Davison <[email protected]> Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 12:39AM
    To: Adrian Finol <[email protected]>
    Thanks for replying Adrian.

    Do you mind if I share this with halflife2.net? Also is it just me or
    does HLMV crash whenever I close it.


    [Quoted text hidden]

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    Adrian Finol <[email protected]> Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 12:58AM
    To: Ben Davison <[email protected]>
    I belive David just fixed that HLMV crash on exit.

    And sure, go ahead and post it.
     
  2. Varsity

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    A PM on Steampowered.com:

     
  3. Dan911

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    FROM Yahn Bernier :) about tf:s

    i asked
    can u please jus tell me antyhing or at least reply to my email thank
    you- a fan

    he said

    Hi,

    Nothing new to report yet.

    Thanks for writing in,

    Yahn

    makes me think is it canceled or has no work been done on it it lonng time... :frown:
     
  4. samuelk

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    My original e-mail to Gabe:

    Response from Jay Stelly:

     
  5. Chris D

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    Great stuff, keep the responses from Valve coming - we, just like the rest of the community, love to see this stuff :E
     
  6. skidz

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    Ryan Sheffer
    to GabeN
    More options 23/02/05 (1 day ago)
    I didn't know who to send this too, but I figured because you were the
    big boss over at valve maybe you could help me with something or
    redirect this message.
    Ive been playing HL2 multiplayer and building maps to mess around in
    but I realised there was no swim animation for CSS and I thought this
    might be the same problem with HL2 DM as well but I don't know for
    sure. I do know that if you die underwater the water sound plays over
    and over.
    My question is, does valve plan to update the player models with a
    swimming animation so we can build those water world maps we all know
    and love, and fix the water sound loop?
    Plus someone told me that you can shoot underwater with any weapon in CSS.

    Thanks for your time gabe, you have truly made an amazing game and I
    cant wait for expansions and especially TF2.
    --
    ~skidz

    ReplyForward


    Erik Johnson
    <[email protected]> to me
    More options 09:26 (8 hours ago)
    Hey Ryan,

    Yes, we will be adding this at some point.

    Erik

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Gabe Newell
    Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 6:20 PM
    To: Erik Johnson
    Subject: FW: Player Swim Animation in HL2DM and CSS
     
  7. DarkStar

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    Looks like we won't be getting the deluge of new content some of you suspected. The mythical "ATI levels" and "The Lost Coast" are indeed one in the same.

    My original email to Gabe:

    Response from Gabe after about 2 minutes:

     
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    Here you go Chris ;)

    DigiQ8 posted this in the Aftermath forum

     
  9. ríomhaire

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    I e-mailed Gabe and asked him 2 storyline questions
    -Did the Combine control the Xenians before HL1
    -Are Race-X from Xen
     
  10. pizzahut

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    My question to Gabe Newell:
    The reply:
     
  11. Chris D

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Chris Deeming [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Friday, April 29, 2005 8:37 AM
    To: Doug Lombardi
    Subject: Re: For immediate release

    Just a clarification about "VU Games will cease distribution of retail packaged versions". Does this mean as of August 31 2005 there'll be a new publisher for Valve's titles?

    Regards,
    Chris Deeming

     
  12. petey

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    Hi Jay, I saw the interview you gave for IGN and was wondering if the loading/streaming optimizations you've made for HL2: Xbox will find their way into the PC version of the Source engine.

    Generally, that's the plan. The xbox version of the Source engine is not the typical dead-end separate codebase you'd expect with a port; it's being developed in conjunction with ongoing work on the Source engine by the Source engine's original developers. Many of the xbox features have already made their way into the PC codebase. Some of the technology is xbox-specific, but will be implemented differently on the PC. (e.g. the xbox texture streamer takes advantage of the xbox's unified memory architecture and fairly transparent D3D layer - so we can use async DMA I/O to put a native-format texture directly into the chunk of memory that it will use. We can't get this done as efficiently on the PC because of necessary abstraction in D3D to support multiple video vendors.)

    Jay
     
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    Not sure if anyone here will actually care about this but it was being discussed at the BMS forums so..

    I asked...
    Marc Laidlaw replied (very quickly I should add ;)) with...
     
  14. GonzoBabbleshit

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    and again...
     
  15. Varsity

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Tom Edwards [mailto:youwish]
    Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:20 AM
    To: Alfred Reynolds
    Subject: Data collection in Source

    I've been looking at ways to get a wider profile of my computer than
    the standard msinfo or dxdiag reports give. As well as SMART data from
    my hard drive and a few other useful bits and pieces (stuttering is the
    driving force here, not that it matters) I've come across the full might
    of vprof.
    With that, minidumps, and Steam there's a lot of from what I can
    tell unused data collection potential. I'm just curious as to whether
    you are considering tapping it?
     
  16. DoctorWeeTodd

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    Thanks for your time.
     
  17. MiccyNarc

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    Didn't rule it out haha :p
     
  18. Adrik_Senturu

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  19. Kadayi

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    From an email received today from Gabe:-

    Q) Do you ever invisage FPS technology that will allow us to engage in co-operative /multi-player play across differing maps at the same time without recourse to a principal server like a mmporpg? So for example on one map my avatar might flick a switch, which causes a door to open on another map that my friend tobes is playing on? (I'm not aware of any game that presently allows this, so forgive my ignorance if this is already possible). One of the first things that struck me about Source was the quality of the characters and it really got me thinking that there exists so much more potential for character driven games (especially co-op) however the one map scenario really restricts things in the sense that, the map exists as an objective to be overcome rather than a virtual space to be revisited. It's a complex question with a lot of what if's about it, but if you have the time to answer I'd appreciate it

    A) Yes. This is an idea that goes back to Quake 1. The issue is more game design and having a robust enough system for managing the economy. I don't know of any FPS company that hasn't thought about doing this, so I guess I'd agree it's a good idea that needs a lot of hard work to pull off.


    Q2) Are you looking with Steam 3 to add dynamic updates, so we don't need to restart to know whether there have been changes?

    A2) Yes. It's one of many reasons to move away from the connectionless approach we had for Steam 1 and 2.
     
  20. NeptuneUK

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    marc: Those things came through during the portal storms, which continue
    erratically to this very day. Some of the critters came early
    (immediately after the Black Mesa Incident) and adapted to Earth. I
    think the poison headcrabs must have eaten something poisonous at one
    point, and liked it so much they added it to their repertoire.

    The bullsquids are around here somewhere.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: meh
    Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 11:04 AM
    To: Marc Laidlaw
    Subject: so where did they come from? and where did they go?

    never really thought of this before, but... where did poison headcrabs,
    fast headcrabs and antlions appear from??
    and will we find out where the all the bullsquids went? oh woe become
    us!!
     
  21. NeptuneUK

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    marc: Hi,

    As you probably know, we don't talk about any of our plans until we've
    made public announcements, so I can't say one way or another. I will
    say that the Lost Week is one of my favorite parts of HL2.

    Marc


    -----Original Message-----
    From: Gabe Newell
    Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 11:23 AM
    To: Marc Laidlaw
    Subject: FW: HL2 expansions



    -----Original Message-----
    From: meehh
    Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 11:18 AM
    To: Gabe Newell
    Subject: HL2 expansions

    are there any current plans to develop a blueshift/opposing force style
    expansion pack in the near future for half-life 2? this is where the
    player experiences the half-life universe from another character's point
    of view.
    for example during the week (or 2?) gordon and alyx went missing (this
    part of the HL2 universe is begging for it, seeing as the player has no
    knowledge of what happened during the the time they were absent apart
    from that the uprising has begun) er yeah, thanks in advance
     
  22. NeptuneUK

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    It's virtually certain.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Gabe Newell
    Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 2:41 PM
    To: Marc Laidlaw
    Subject: FW: just a quick question (i bet you hear that a lot!)

    yours

    -----Original Message-----
    From: meehh!
    Sent: Monday, September 05, 2005 2:35 PM
    To: Gabe Newell
    Subject: just a quick question (i bet you hear that a lot!)

    in one of the overwatch radio messages i heard:

    "rank leader, reminder: 100 sterilised credits qualifies non-mechanical
    reproduction simulation "

    so do the combine get rewarded with some 'you-know-what' for good work??

    ;-)
     
  23. NeptuneUK

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    CP/Metrocops are humans at the first level--basically unaltered
    volunteers. From here, if you are hardcore, you must volunteer for
    modification in order to become a soldier, so advancing in rank requires
    surrendering even more humanity.

    This stuff was certainly thought through in advance; sometimes we just
    make things up though.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: meh!
    Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 11:25 AM
    To: Marc Laidlaw
    Subject: metrocops human?

    hi,
    A) are the metrocops standard humans who have not been brainwashed or
    augmented?
    from what i can tell:

    1) Barny has managed to stay undercover as one undetected
    2) The overwatch radio message "memory replacement is the first step
    towards rank privileges" suggests that if the CPs have to go through
    brainwashing of some sort and only then they are they granted access to
    higher ranks.
    3) The overwatch 'non mechanical reproduction simulation' message, one
    can only but imagine.
    4) The general 'human-like behaviour of the CPs compared to the
    soldiers, such as the can and the trash can incident at the start of the
    game

    also

    do you thoroughly think all of these kinds of things through when
    developing the story or do you hope that some fans dont overanalyse
    absolutely every small aspect of the story
     
  24. NeptuneUK

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    Erik Johnson: Hi,

    The HDR solution we're going to ship will run on virtually any DX9
    capable video card. It is a fairly expensive process, so if you aren't
    in the x800/6800 family of cards, then performance might not be OK for
    you.

    In our daily DoD: Source playtests I run with HDR on on a 9800XT and my
    framerate is fine for me, but you'll have to try it out on your card
    yourself.

    Hope this helps.

    Erik
     
  25. Kirix

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    To: Gabe Newell
    Subject: Father Grigori's age?

    How old is Father Grigori? He looks a little young..



    Hi, Andrew,

    I am not very good at telling ages by looking at people, so I couldn't tell you exactly. To me, he seems just about old enough.

    Marc Laidlaw
     
  26. Kadayi

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    Earlier post quoted for the sake of continuity:-

    A further response from Gabe received today to further questions following that email:-

    Q3) With respect to multiplayer/multi-map gaming (I think I just coined that phrase...) is it an area of investigation/development you see Valve looking into as a company? Or will you leave it to your competitors?

    Q4) No one really seems to have really picked up on the Imaged Based Rendering Technology (IBRT) that you mentioned in the interview. If I recall correctly you had stated that this was something that Gary McTaggart was developing originally for HL2 but never made the technology cut off deadline in 2002. It sounds quite an exciting technology based on what you say (Genuine ingame busy city streets would be gameplay nirvana imho as opposed to the sleight of hand techiques used in the GTA series). Obviously at the moment the focus is very much on the forthcoming HDR technology, however are we lightly to see a showcase of the IBR tech before the years end or will we have to wait till E3 2006? Also is it something that can be applied retrospectively like HDR (some levels in HL2 will get revised to HDR if I have my facts straight), or is it something that we are might likely to see exclusive to HL3.

    Q5) Single player or multi-player mods, what holds the greater interest for you personally?

    Kad
     
  27. azumi

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Helena Kjörling [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Friday, September 30, 2005 5:29 AM
    To: Gabe Newell
    Subject: Hi!

    Hi Gabe!

    Thanks a million for taking time to write to me, it really means a lot! Yes my
    friend Colt is really special, a man who stands by his word.

    Ofcourse I have a million questions, but I don't want to take up too much of
    your time, so I'll try to keep it short. First and foremost, I was wondering a
    little bit about HDR. Will you use HDR in all your games from now on, or was Day
    of Defeat just a try-out? It's really amazin by the way, what technology can do
    these days, makes the games look more and more realistic.
    And another thing, I read somewhere that you weren't gonna use HDR in HL2, but
    when I played last night (for the fifht time) and HL2 upgraded, I saw that I now
    could use HDR? Anyway, that's amazing and it took me by suprise!
    :D

    I talked to Erik Johnson about selling and sending poster and stuff outside USA,
    and he told me the sad news that you don't do that? I hope in a near future that
    you'll be able to, because I would die for a Gordon-poster (well almost ;))
    Specially from you guys at Valve (ofcourse I can buy one from ebay or whatever,
    but so not the same thing!)

    My last question is just one for fun. How long did you think about making a game
    like Half Life 2, before you actually did it. I mean, where you "before your
    time" and wishing years ago that a game like Half Life 2 would be possible to
    make, but the technology only allowed you to make a game like Half Life (not
    that that's a bad game, but the possibilities sure has changed since then). Or
    did you do Half Life and then though about Half Life 2? I hope you get my
    point.. just something I've been thinking of :p

    Again, thanks a million for your time! It's really wonderful to see that you
    takes time for your fans, makes us love you guys at Valve even more!

    Best regards
    /Helena, Sweden

    -----------------------------------

    Hi, Helena.

    HDR is a pretty useful technology, and we expect that all of our games going
    forward will incorporate it, and we'll be gradually be updating our older titles
    to take advantage of it as well.

    The HDR option is there, but the lighting, sky maps, env_cubemaps, etc...
    haven't been changed. It would take one artist about 100 days to go through and
    update everything, so we're waiting for someone to free up to go back and do
    that.

    Kathy, can you help Helena out on the poster?

    When you think about games you think about long-term and short-term at the same
    time. For example super long-term we know that people will have direct neural
    connections to games (e.g. the electronic vision systems have gone from 16
    pixels to 3200 pixels in pretty short order). However we don't know even
    vaguely when this will happen (standard deviation of 10 years). We also can't
    really think of ways that this fact changes what we are actually doing as there
    aren't any long lead-time pieces of work we would need to do to be ready for
    this.

    That's an extreme case, intended to illustrate the kind of probabilistic
    thinking you do at a game company. Other examples are you assume the steady,
    rapid growth in graphics performance and functionality (easy to plan for), and
    you know that software is going to have to transition at some point to
    multi-threaded execution (hard to plan for).

    Gabe
     
  28. jheaddon

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    From Robin Walker:

    -----

    Our work on XBox HL2 has involved streaming a lot of our content (It streams everything except entity & brush data). Our plan is to move most of that code back over to the PC version so that everyone can take advantage of this. We don't have a timeframe for that yet, so I wouldn't rely on that happening for you to succeed in your own projects.

    -----

    Asked about passive-progressive map loading for seamless (or near seamless) level transitions on the Source engine. Good news i guess for the future!
     
  29. A.I.

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    That's my #1 feature.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: UnGooglable[mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Monday, October 17, 2005 1:32 PM
    To: Gabe Newell
    Subject: For Steam III

    What about setting your settings like nickname, keyboard controls etc.
    in the Steam itself instead setting up things in every game again and
    again. Would come handy wouldn't it?

    Cheers,
    xxxxxxxx
     
  30. MoD

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    Tf2™

    Exciting news for me!

     
  31. CrazyHarij

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    Don't post any unanswered questions in here, only e-mails with answers from Valve are allowed.
     
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    Day of Defeat: Source retail

    I emailed Doug Lombardi about a DoD:S standalone retail version, and this is what he responded with..

    My e-mail:

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Jeff [mailto:[email protected]]
    Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 2:23 PM
    To: Doug Lombardi
    Subject: Day of Defeat: Source retail packages?

    Hello Doug,
    I was wondering if you could tell me if there are plans to release Day
    of Defeat: Source as a standalone retail package, and if so, when this
    might happen. Currently, all I can find in the stores is DoD:S bundled
    with CS:S, but I already own CS:S so I don't really want to purchase it
    again just to get DoD:S. I would purchase it through Steam but can't due
    to lack of a credit card.
    Thanks in advance!

    Jeff

    His response:

    Hi,

    Yes. A stand alone retail version is coming in early February for about
    $20.

    Cheers
     
  33. RP.

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    CS:S future models

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=381817&perpage=15&pagenumber=1
     
  34. Maxey

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    Neat tiny bits of info coming up!

    Yay! :cool:
     
  35. RP.

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    SourceTV
    This was posted on CSnation.net, and I didn't found the original new post on GotFrag.
     
  36. RP.

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    Me:
    Alfred:
     
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    I recently emailed Gabe, congratulating Valve on EP1 and asking them to put some Team Fortress merch in the store... this is the reply:

    \o/
     
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    i emailed Gabe about the headcrabs being sold out and when people can expect the Valve store's supplies to be replenished.
    Jason Holtman is the person taking care of that and this was his response:

    so the ever popular houndeye might be available? probably not since it all seems to be based on Half Life2 and onwards but i suppose ya never know. ;)
    Antlion, Strider or Dog anyone? :cheese:
     
  39. Sloth

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    Just wondering - is anybody still asking many questions of valve?
    Or are they just not posting much?
     
  40. FISKER_Q

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    Well i can post this answer i got regarding the TF2 Group shot, also wrote this in the news story.

     

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