Floor plans for PAYDAY Map “Diamond Heist”

I’ve played PAYDAY the last few weeks, it is a 4 player CO-OP FPS (think of Left 4 Dead in a different setting). One of the maps has caused me a bit of difficulty (Diamond Heist). There is an achievement called “Are Those The Blue Ones?” where you have to collect all the sapphires before the alarm goes off, and I kept forgetting where they were. Also keeping track of the cameras was a bit of a pain, so today I threw them all together on a map for easier reference (right-click “Save link as …” to download): Graphics sources: http://www.overkillsoftware.com/payday/ http://openclipart.org/detail/125695/diamant–diamond-by-lmproulx http://openclipart.org/detail/31891/surveillance-camera-by-maxim2

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How to increase Fraps performance with a ramdisk

I recently started playing Battlefield 3 and remembered that I have a Fraps license so I installed it and started recording some stuff. Unsurprisingly the performance made a big dip when I recorded. A glance at my PC told me the harddrive was at fault, probably bringing the whole system down due to IO. Since my PC has more than enough RAM I decided to set up a 5Gb Ramdisk to see if that helped. It did, when writing the video files to the ramdisk I hardly had any performance hit. Unfortunately 5GB isn’t going to last long while recording 1920×1080 @ 40FPS (a few minutes footage at most). Here is my little […]

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Thanks for the free games @Valve

For the release of their latest game Portal 2, Valve went to great lengths marketing wise. They set up an “Alternate reality game” (ARG) with tips and puzzles hidden in 13 independent games (to promote indie games). Some of the games even added extra levels just for the ARG.  Solving puzzles, finding passwords, and triggering special events led to the possibility to gain “potatoes” as a sign of progress. If all 36 potatoes were found in the 13 games involved players got a golden potato. After the ARG was solved by the community, Valve added a countdown a few days before the release of Portal 2, allowing the community to get Portal2 to […]

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Grid clicker script

I finished up my “grid clicker” script. it is intended to simplify testing of games where you have to click certain patterns (a grid). Typical facebook games like farmville or funfari are great examples of this. just download the file (here is the sourcecode), execute it, and an eye should appear in your task bar. Double clicking on the icon in your task bar will start the script, just follow the instructions and everything should be fine. And while I am at it: here is a spreadsheet I started for plants/trees/animals in funfari: Google online spreadsheets

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Gamescom

Last weekend was full of stuff. Saturday we took a train up to the Gamescom in Cologne. Even though the media has been hyping it in the news and says how great it is now that it moved from Leipzig to Cologne this year, I was pretty disappointed by the convention. Even if it is closer (to me) and easier to reach now, the fact the half the games there were clones of Singstar or Rock Band didn’t make things better. Anyway, after the convention we headed over to the Hard Rock cafe and had some good food before we took the train home.

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Gaming & Photo

Haven’t posted here for a while, so I’ll catch up on events. I got two new lenses for my camera, both Nikon. The 50mm 1.4 and the 18-200mm 3.5-5.6. Both very good lenses, and it seems that either Nikon heard the complaints about the 18-200 and fixed the design, or I am just plain lucky because mine has no creeping when used vertically. Very cool. And words can’t describe how great the 50/1.4 is in low-light situations. New games: Street Fighter IV (PS3) and Wii Fit I played Street Fighter IV at the Games Convention in Leipzig last year, and it was fun. I liked the good old Street Fighter […]

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Left 4 Dead

(Original posting on gameserver.dopefish.de) The Left 4 Dead game servers are up and running. IPs are on the top right of this page. I added sourcemod and an extra gore plugin to the server for added fun I also moved the Teamspeak Server over here, turn your head slightly to the right to see the status page. No related posts.

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Another flash game

Ok, here is another cool flash game: “Auditorium”. It is a puzzle game with a twist, divert a flow of particle around the playing area with different tools trying to reach goals. It’s hard to describe, have a look for yourself: http://www.playauditorium.com/

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Retro Text Adventure

I stumbled across a cool text adventure today (it was mentioned on a mailing list a work). Even if you have never played a text adventure before, you should really have a look at it. It’s really good, kind of mind bending at times. http://nomediakings.org/games/everybody_dies_takes_bronze_at_ifcomp.html

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Orange Box

Bought myself the Orange Box (Half Life Portal, Team Fortress 2 and Episode 2) and I must say I had a lot of fun yesterday. Playing Portal was a blast. I don’t want to reveal too much of the “story” but it was really well done, had you thinking around corners the whole time. After I got done with Portal (haven’t tried any of the special challenges yet) I gave Team Fortress 2 a look. The graphics are simply “lol”, you have the feeling you just landed in a Pixar film. After playing all the classes i must say, if you have 3 or less players on each side, the […]

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Team Fortress 2

Yeah, Team Fortress 2 for Half Life will be release with Episode 2. This is going to be a “must have” on my gaming list. I just noticed that 2 more videos were released, grab them and have a look at the engineer and soldier class: https://www.dopefish.de/files/mtt_engineer.wmv https://www.dopefish.de/files/tf2_soldier.wmv

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