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Black Mesa, the re-imaging of the original Half-Life released out of Early Access recently after a long development period and it's quite brilliant. Crowbar Collective have now release the first proper post-release hotfix.

Like a lot of games it's big, complicated and bugs always slip through no matter how thorough a developer you are when testing. On the Linux side, an issue came up where some players saw visual issues across different dynamic lighting quality levels so they've changed their "internal texture formats" to hopefully solve it.

Here's what else they fixed/changed:

  • Fixed a bug related to the engine not detecting controllers
  • Fixed HECU bullet spread distribution not changing based on difficulty
  • Decreased HECU reaction time
  • Balanced damage of frag grenades used by NPCs (higher damage radius)
  • Added an option in new UI to toggle classic iron sights ON/OFF
  • Fixed Xbow classic iron sights not rendering crosshair
  • Fixed a crash related to marionettist
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TheSHEEEP Apr 21, 2020
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Quoting: Linas
Quoting: PopeRigbyYeah, games always get that wrong. A shotgun isn't supposed to have the range of a melee weapon. The spread of the pellets is usually pretty tight, letting them travel relatively far.
And pistols are not sniper rifles .

TL;DR Games are not realistic. Neither are movies. It's just our perception.

Game developers have to work with a surprisingly delicate balance between "realistic" and "fun". Hollywood has given us a very twisted perception of how guns work. So if you make it too realistic, it feels less realistic, because you subconsciously expect the guns to work like they do in the movies.

But the hardest thing to simulate accurately is "you", because in the actual reality the mechanical accuracy of the gun does not mean nearly as much as the person wielding it. There are even records of actual soldiers in actual conflicts complaining that their guns were inaccurate or ineffective, whereas it was often the case that under stress and pressure they were simply not able to keep on target.

The closest I have seen is the original Operation Flashpoint, later renamed to Arma: Cold War Assault, where you would basically have no chance of hitting anything while walking around, and sprinting would make your heart race and your hands tremble. But this clearly wouldn't work for a fast paced game like Half-Life.

Another very realistic gun work was Brothers In Arms where the developers listened to old WW2 veterans that told them that early in the war they could empty a full clip at point blank range without hitting anything. I think most gamers finds the guns in that game "frustrating".
Wasn't Brothers In Arms marketed as being especially realistic, though?
I might confuse it with another game, of course - it's been a while.

In the case of being marketed as realistic, I could see that as being more of a positive thing, though.
Certainly not fun for a lot of people, but those people might not be the target audience.
F.Ultra Apr 21, 2020
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Quoting: TheSHEEEP
Quoting: F.Ultra
Quoting: Linas
Quoting: PopeRigbyYeah, games always get that wrong. A shotgun isn't supposed to have the range of a melee weapon. The spread of the pellets is usually pretty tight, letting them travel relatively far.
And pistols are not sniper rifles .

TL;DR Games are not realistic. Neither are movies. It's just our perception.

Game developers have to work with a surprisingly delicate balance between "realistic" and "fun". Hollywood has given us a very twisted perception of how guns work. So if you make it too realistic, it feels less realistic, because you subconsciously expect the guns to work like they do in the movies.

But the hardest thing to simulate accurately is "you", because in the actual reality the mechanical accuracy of the gun does not mean nearly as much as the person wielding it. There are even records of actual soldiers in actual conflicts complaining that their guns were inaccurate or ineffective, whereas it was often the case that under stress and pressure they were simply not able to keep on target.

The closest I have seen is the original Operation Flashpoint, later renamed to Arma: Cold War Assault, where you would basically have no chance of hitting anything while walking around, and sprinting would make your heart race and your hands tremble. But this clearly wouldn't work for a fast paced game like Half-Life.

Another very realistic gun work was Brothers In Arms where the developers listened to old WW2 veterans that told them that early in the war they could empty a full clip at point blank range without hitting anything. I think most gamers finds the guns in that game "frustrating".
Wasn't Brothers In Arms marketed as being especially realistic, though?
I might confuse it with another game, of course - it's been a while.

In the case of being marketed as realistic, I could see that as being more of a positive thing, though.
Certainly not fun for a lot of people, but those people might not be the target audience.

Yeah I think so, unfortunately the AI was very very bad (at least on the WII version) so your squad (it was squad based combat) members often messed up and alerted the enemies when you where trying to sneak past them... That part was really frustrating.
Ardje Apr 21, 2020
Meeh, 5 minutes in and it crashes (walking into the computer room that in the original is only accessible after the incident). So I tried using the proton version, and that doesn't start at all.
Back to the pile of retry in a year.
grigi Apr 23, 2020
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[quote=Linas]
Quoting: PopeRigbyThe closest I have seen is the original Operation Flashpoint, later renamed to Arma: Cold War Assault, where you would basically have no chance of hitting anything while walking around, and sprinting would make your heart race and your hands tremble. But this clearly wouldn't work for a fast paced game like Half-Life.

Well, a game like Half-Life you have an HEV suite, which is a powered suit, it apparently augments your physical capabilities. So one could make the case that it allows the "you" to be a lot more accurate.

I mean, look how little kickback there is on the large weapons. And apparently that was done on purpose as the powered suit handles a lot for you.

I mean, just watch your sprinting speed with the HEV suit, and compare it to the marines... You're like double their speed.
Linas Apr 23, 2020
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Quoting: grigiWell, a game like Half-Life you have an HEV suite, which is a powered suit, it apparently augments your physical capabilities. So one could make the case that it allows the "you" to be a lot more accurate. [...] I mean, just watch your sprinting speed with the HEV suit, and compare it to the marines... You're like double their speed.
I wonder if this is explained anywhere in the Half-Life lore?
andy155 Apr 26, 2020
Quoting: ArdjeMeeh, 5 minutes in and it crashes (walking into the computer room that in the original is only accessible after the incident). So I tried using the proton version, and that doesn't start at all.
Back to the pile of retry in a year.
Its sadly still bugged as fuck ;-(
bugs I reported 3 years ago are still in there -.-
Yesterday I played a round from the front and it crashed after 10min I think because of the flashlight
sry google translated :P
https://youtu.be/SZvkYLXhgso


Last edited by andy155 on 26 April 2020 at 7:43 am UTC
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