Category: Tutorials

Don’t Make Overkill’s Mistake: The Preemptive Strike FAQ

One other separate issue from the Spring Break Day 8 announcement I think bears mentioning is the FAQ.

I already talked about the second question in the previous post in this series, but the first question in this announcement is its own folly.

Q: You said everything in the Hype Train was free!?
A: Did you even read the Hype Train website? Yes, everything that was announced in the Hype Train has been released for free thus far, with the final free release coming out tomorrow. We threw this in as a bonus to those who are interested in indie multiplayer games. We think it’s a cool collaboration and hope you will too.

This hypothetical Q and A is not only worded rather rudely, and it tries to reassign blame for the inevitable upset the day’s content will bring.

Don’t make Overkill’s mistake.

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Don’t Make Overkill’s Mistake: Promotional Content as “Rewards”

Day 8 of the Spring Break Event announcement brings us a fuck-up that Overkill has committed before. And curiously, it seems that they’d learned enough from the past to know people won’t like it, but not enough to know why.

Yesterday’s Spring Break “reward” is a collaboration with the developers of SpeedRunners, tinyBuild and DoubleDutch Games. For Overkill’s part, they are offering four masks to players who buy SpeedRunners. Players who own both games will also get Dallas, Wolf, Hoxton, and the Cloaker as playable characters in SpeedRunners.

This is all fine and well except that they’ve released this content during their Spring Break event, when one reward the players earned during Hypetrain event is to be released each day. This content is not one of the unlocked rewards and you have to make a purchase to obtain it.

Don’t make Overkill’s mistake.

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Decor is Very Important: Action Figures

All right, nerds. I’mma have to be real with you.

You need to stop with the packaged action figures. It’s sending all the wrong signals.

I see a lot of “nerd” rooms that have action figures, still in their boxes, on display like they were cherished tchotchkes. It is my assumption that aside from declaring loudly and proudly that you like nerdy shit, the intention behind this is to convey a sense of fun and childlike whimsy to your visitors. Because who but a fun person would collect Legends of the WWF toys or obscure DC superhero action figures?

But “fun” is not what piles upon piles of toys you cannot play with suggests.

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Decor is Very Important: Eclecticism (Like on Friends)

Let’s talk about that respite from brokeness, limited options, and fear of commitment to a style: eclectic decor.

It’s been around forever, I’m sure, but the most famous and popularizing example of it is probably Monica Geller’s apartment in the TV show, Friends. Monica’s home is full of mismatched furniture, different wood grains and stains, and knickknacks everywhere. It’s busy as hell and there’s shit every way you look.

Monica Geller's living room from the television show 'Friends'.

Monica Geller’s living room from the television show “Friends”.

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Anatomy of an Update: Lessons from Robotic Boogaloo on Community Updates

It’s been a good long while since Robotic Boogaloo, the first (and thus far only) community-created update, and I’ve been thinking about it lately. The update never sat well with me and even if we don’t all agree that the update wasn’t that great, we should all acknowledge it wasn’t well-received. But I don’t feel that should be the end of community-created updates. I think the TF2 community can and does do better. If we want community updates to be a thing that people celebrate on the same level as normal Valve updates, though, they need to BE on the same level as a Valve update, as opposed to being a thing of people seeing one is out and thinking “Aw fuck, hat glurge”. The next one, if there is a next one, is gonna have to really knock it out of the park to prove this is a thing worth doing on the regular.

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Launching Games with Unusual Formats (including DOSBox and Other Studios’ Knock-Off Clients) in Steam

So maybe you are like me and you have 50+ games on your Steam account and you are using the rest of Steam’s functionality enough that you want to launch all of your games from Steam’s neatly organized and alphabetized library. Or maybe (also like me) you just think it’s fun to let your friends know when you’re playing 5 Days a Fuckfest or Tales of Game’s Studios Presents Chef Boyardee’s Barkley, Shut Up & Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa.

It’s easy as hell if your game launches with an .exe file, as most games these days do. But what about older shit? Or ROM dumps? Steam doesn’t permit importing of most proprietary formats just by the usual way, nor links to webpages. As such, how to launch browser games or anything in an emulator, especially the clusterfucks that are DOS-based games, is not something readily obvious in Steam.

But you can do it and here is how.

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Importing Team Fortress 2 Item Models into Blender

So maybe you, like me, are interested in making an item for Team Fortress 2. And maybe you’re new to modelling so you want to look at TF2 models in, say, Blender (though this will get you far enough if you’re using something else). With the new SteamPipe content distribution system, though, shit’s all hidden and confusing now ’cause they converted all the .gcf files into .vpk’s. Even if you’ve extracted stuff from TF2 before, maybe you’re having a hard time now. All the tutorials for how to do this are outdated and I can’t be the only dumbass who couldn’t figure this out in two minutes, so I am gonna put this here for anyone who needs it.

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DJ’s Guide to Computer Viruses: The Cure

So what do you do if you have a virus?

I work at a computer shop, you know. And it may surprise and delight you to know that everything we use to remove viruses at work is absolutely free for you to obtain and use too. Don’t worry. Virii removal is not our bread and butter, and if one were to Google it, they could very come upon these things themselves. What I’m giving here is the 90% tried and true procedure we use at my office.
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