Tag Archives: Source Engine

L4D2 Hoth Survival Map WIP

I’ve been working on a survival map for Left 4 Dead 2. It’s another Star Wars themed location, Echo Base on Hoth. Placed during the invasion of the Empire and the Rebels evacuation. I think this is a perfect survival scenario. It fits the similar themes and action of classic last hold out stands such as the battle of the Alamo, Thermopylae, or another L4D2 favorite Helm’s Deep from Lord of the Rings. I hope to bring this battle to life… or dead, lol, and create a fun experience and another Star Wars fantasy. Some of you have already seen me posting pictures on social media such as facebook and twitter. I decided to catch up my blog and post pictures and updates here as well. Here are the photos I have collected so far.

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Intro to Optimizing Maps in Source

Nice informative article that uses simple terms, useful metaphors, and eye catching visuals to describe the complected topic of BSP trees and VIS leaves that make modern 3D first person shooters possible. If you are interested in the topics, then this is a definite read. Read time is about 5 minutes.

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Game Banana: “Demystifying Source Engine Visleaves”

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Link – MapCore: Source Lighting Technical Analysis: Part Two

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I finally got a chance to read Part Two of leplubodeslapin‘s Source Lighting Technical Analysis series over on MapCore. This one focused more on model lighting in your maps for Source Engine. Might be worth the quick read if you are interested. The article isn’t that long.

MapCore: Source Lighting Technical Analysis: Part Two

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Link – MapCore: Source Lighting Technical Analysis: Part One

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This is a pretty sweet article about the lighting in the source engine written by leplubodeslapin over on MapCore. I totally learned a bit more about lighting in the engine and lightmaps in general. The animated graphics in the article definitely helped. While it got a bit “mathy”, I’d say it was worth the read and a definite recommend. Check it out if you think the Source Engine or game engine lighting in general is interesting.

MapCore: Source Lighting Technical Analysis: Part One

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