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FPSC Classic Work In Progress / [X9] ZER0 Day Virus

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TerrorNation
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Posted: 27th Mar 2010 23:19 Edited at: 26th Jul 2013 21:18


“Why am I here?”

“Everybody is gone Alex. They wouldn't tell me why.
Just a sudden decision to pack up and leave. They didn't take you. 'Because of your incompetence.' The others seemed to be in a rush.”

“Why won’t you tell me what’s really going on?”

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You are Alex Doferman, and you are a hapless, failure of a scientist. You made blunders and blew up equipment; everyone had had enough.
They deserted you in an abandoned laboratory functioning underground. You were excluded from the experiments, so you are oblivious to the horrors that loom....

And, the worst of all.....

The ZER0 Day Virus.

***NEW 21/07/2013***
Video 1


***NEW 29/08/2012***
Video 2


***NEW 08/02/2012***
Video 3



***NEW 19/01/2012***
Video 4


***NEW 02/01/2012***
Video 5


***NEW 30/9/2011***
Video 6


***NEW 12/2/2011***
Video 7


***NEW 9/1/2011***
Video 8


----- Older Videos -----
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Video 2
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Constructive criticism is always welcome!
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Posted: 27th Mar 2010 23:50 Edited at: 28th Mar 2010 15:03
I know my lighting skills are not great, but hey, I\'m here to learn .

Screenshot 3

Thanks to Cosmic Prophet (for the segments), bond1 and charger bandit (for the zombie).

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Ok, firstly, you're going to need to learn to control your segment editor. The rooms are overly big to the point that the entities within them look completely out of place. Scale those rooms down massively. Also, increase the ceiling to the level above if you can. Your rooms will feel alot more open. You should also consider using interesting shapes of rooms - be experimental. Don't just make "rooms" - make areas which have interesting architecture.

Secondly, increase your lightmap quality etc so you get some nice shadows that compliment your lighting and put your settings up so the screens show the best of what FPSC can offer. Lower your ambience and decrease the range of your lightmaps. It's very lazy to just stick one light in a room to light it up. Try several small lights coming from various sources. Restrain yourself from using multitudes of coloured lights and try not to use the default one - create your own lighting palette.

Next, really fill your rooms with entities. They are extremely bare at the moment. Carefully choose which you are going to use for each room - don't randomly place entities that don't fit in the environment (like that barrel in the second picture).

Have a look at some real buildings and architecture and get inspiration from those. Good luck with your game!
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Posted: 28th Mar 2010 02:38 Edited at: 28th Mar 2010 12:50
@Butt Monkey

Thank you for the advice and I will take heed and improve.
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Posted: 28th Mar 2010 11:46
The first shot reminds me of Duke Nukem 3D, which is good!
Also, being able to play as Mike Reid a.k.a Frank from Eastenders would be absolutely amazing

Keep going with this!

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@Wehtam_
Thank you so much for the compliment, and I will keep up the work.

As for the name, I might have to reconsider changing it as it conflicts with the actor
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Posted: 28th Mar 2010 13:37
Screenshot 4 (update on the 3rd screenshot with lowered ambience levels).

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Another screenshot attached.

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Posted: 28th Mar 2010 16:01
Screenshot 5:

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Posted: 29th Mar 2010 03:23
Looks pretty good, considering you seem to be pretty new here. This your first WIP/Showcase? But I would suggest making the blue a bit brighter, it looks like you're using default blue. It's coming along nicely. Keep it up!

http://forum.thegamecreators.com/?m=forum_view&t=166194&b=25
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I'll make a suggestion--
When you make a building interior, visualize the whole structure. Start with the supports, are there any visible? There might be depending on the type of building. Also get the stuff that absolutely has to be there, put that in first before moving on to stuff like crates and debris and stuff like that. Make sure that the building has a sort of logic to the way it's built. What's the purpose of the rooms in the screenshots? Once you know that answer, then you can decide what sorts of entities to decorate it with and the more specific you are the better. Is the room a lab where mutants are cloned (for example)? Then put in cylinders with dead creatures inside, cloning machines, lab equipment, etc. Each room should have a purpose in terms of the actual building

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Posted: 29th Mar 2010 20:22
Thanks guys! It's great to get advice on mapping.
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Hope you like them!
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Yay,actually someone that uses my zombies.Looks great.


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Thank you and bond1 for the great zombies
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Posted: 31st Mar 2010 20:50
It looks great!

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@AbdulAhad

Thanks for the compliments
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Posted: 31st Mar 2010 22:20
New screenshot:
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@ Everyone

I've just had to reinstall my OS on my PC, and whilst backing up my game, I lost vital scripts I wrote, which took me a lot of time to write. At the moment I feel very disappointed, and not in the mood to write them again. This means I may have to scrap a level requiring said scripts and change the storyline a bit.
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Posted: 5th Apr 2010 19:53
Well, I'm back to work, and here's an update!

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Here's a video for you to watch of one of my levels in progress.

Sorry about the low quality and erratic frame rate; that was HyperCam's fault

Updated first post with video link.
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550 views and not even 10 comments? Could someone please give me gome feedback?
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Quote: "550 views and not even 10 comments?"

That happens... 10 comments is very much comments to get.

I see you are improving with this! You design is getting better, but still it looks a bit boring to me. THere couls be something more in there. But it's still good!

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things that I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
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Posted: 14th Apr 2010 12:05
What could I add to make it look a lot less boring?
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Some fitting sci-fi stuff. Maby some wires or pipes somewhere. I can see this has potential and it might become a very good looking game! Not that it's bad right now!

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Posted: 14th Apr 2010 16:40
Thanks MetalDevil123!

I was wondering whether I needed pipes and things like that for a water source etc.

PS When are you releasing your huds?
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Posted: 14th Apr 2010 17:41
Thanks for reminding, will do it right away!

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No problem
Thanks again for the feedback
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Well, here's a small update, as I have been off working on my game for a while, so here it is:



Constructive Criticism is appreciated!
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Posted: 31st May 2010 02:21
Nice! Seems you impoved alot, comparing to your first screenshot! Looks actually really nice. I like it!


Heimo Vesa ROCKS!!!!!
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Looks good! Improved a lot as well.

Just one question, are you using Cosmics Scifi stuff?

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@Metal Devil123 & AbdulAhad

Quote: "Looks actually really nice. I like it!"

Quote: "Improved a lot as well. "


Thanks for the positive comments! I will keep up the good work!

PS Yes, I am using Cosmic's Scifi stuff. It's amazing!
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A new screenie showing a dissecting room in the lab.

Special thanks to Kravenwolf, bond1, Cosmic Prophet and charger bandit.

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Your Welcome!

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Looks pretty nice! The red could be toned down though.


Heimo Vesa ROCKS!!!!!
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Yeah I did think the red was a bit too 'harsh'. I'll work on it!
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Quote: "550 views and not even 10 comments? Could someone please give me gome feedback? "


You really need that explained?

6 or 7 of the views are from me. I check if there is a demo out and be gone if not.

When I was new I was commenting screenshots in over 50 WIPS threads.

Of these 50 WIPs less than 10 led actually to a demo.

And over the half of them where accompanied with lousy excuses why the actual game looked horrible, had a framerate below 20 or not a single of the "promised new features".

So much for spending time commenting screenshots.....

In case you find my grammar and spelling weird ---> native German speaker ^^
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@The Storyteller 01

I'm not exactly sure what your point is...

I made that post quite a while ago, and now I realise why the amount of views are highly out-proportioned to the replies.
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Posted: 4th Jun 2010 13:17 Edited at: 4th Jun 2010 13:44
Anyhow, I've got another screenshot here to show you all!



EDIT: Sorry about the screenshot size; I will resize them from now onwards.
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Actually, your screenshot... doesn't show anything. Or let's say nothing of interest, nothing remarkable.

What's the point?

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Haha yeah, I'll have to stop posting useless screenies like that

I hope this one is better:
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mm those walls dont fit the scene, try getting your Lightmapquality up

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What would a good level be for lightmapping?
Should I try a darker colour for the walls?
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i meant in Setup.ini, in Lightmappen put 32 and in quality put 95-120

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I know what you meant by lightmapping, don't worry.

You mentioned the walls didn't fit the scene, so I was wondering whether you wanted me to tone down the colour.
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No the thing that dont fit is the Seams from it

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If you're talking about the white things, they are curtains for dissecting (found on the other side of them). I will fix them up later though.
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Quote: "You mentioned the walls didn't fit the scene, so I was wondering whether you wanted me to tone down the colour. "


The curtain doesn't look seamless - each segment has big lines down each side. Some of the actual seams of the curtain look too blocky as well (top left). If I were you, I'd tone their colour down massively to a kind of greyish, murky green (similar to the colour of the shadows in that scene) and then mess them up further - perhaps add dark brown marks for dried blood etc.

I just want to say that I really like the lighting in the last screen. It's a good improvement over the others. I like the subtle, angled shadows on the walls. The highest light has no source by the way.

Just be careful - Don't rely on shadows alone to create a nice scene. While they can be very important, they need to go hand in hand with the lighting. For example, the screen with the cage - while it casts a nice shadow, the lighting itself isn't so special. Use the shadows to compliment your lighting, but don't rely on them soley.

Personally, I'd tone your blue lights down a tad and make them a bit greyer, but that's just me.
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Quote: "The curtain doesn't look seamless "


I am fully aware and I'll improve


Quote: "I just want to say that I really like the lighting in the last screen. It's a good improvement over the others. I like the subtle, angled shadows on the walls. The highest light has no source by the way."


Thank you for the constructive criticism I will get rid of that light at the top or give it a source.
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Posted: 6th Jun 2010 15:45
I've had a shot at retexturing the curtains:



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