Monday, January 21, 2008

Mods



Nope, not those has-beens from the Sixties but Mods for Games.

In recent years it has become all the rage for smart young things (any old Modders out there) to show how clever they are by designing new levels or new graphics for existing games. Some games have even supported this by including level design programs or level editors or by making tools available from official websites. Many games have such mods now.

What is the cool thing about these mods is that many are high quality and most importantly, FREE!

The game that probably most epitomises the mod is Counterstrike. This game sprung from the loins of Valve Software's Half Life and was a freely downloadable online-enabled multiplayer game that you needed the original Half Life to play. Later they even packaged Counterstrike as a separate game and sold it. Counterstrike is arguably the largest online game (because I refuse to acknowledge World of Warcraft as a game as it's pathetic, IMHO!). It's still great some years later and has been remade using Valve's HalfLife 2 engine as "Counterstrike Source".

A good starting place to look for mods for your old and completed game is Moddb.com. A few mods that I think are worth a look are listed below. Feel free to post details of your favourite mods.

Operation MarketGarden mod for Call of Duty
German Front Mod 2 mod for Call of Duty 2
Zombie Stress Mod (single player) for Half-Life 2
Zombie Panic Source mod (multi-player) for Half-Life 2

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Firefox



Sorry but when Googling Firefox images I spotted this one. It has many things that are dear to me such as cats, Firefox etc... ;-)

OK, Firefox.

I've mentioned this before but last day or two I have had more of a play with it. I was already familiar with AdBlock Plus (a great extension for blocking adverts and also blocking half naked "lady" pics from websites that I would otherwise be happy for my kids to use like Torrentspy.com) but I like Internet Explorer (or rather I am used to it).

Internet Explorer often copies other browsers better features like Tabs from Firefox and Opera and pop-up blockers. Well, recently with IE7 they copied the idea of extensions like AdBlock Plus. I tried the IE version but like most things associated with MS products, it isn't free and it isn't that great! So I came back again to try Firefox.

Here are the extensions I have been trying:

AdBlock Plus - speeds up loading web pages by not downloading all those crappy adverts as well as de-porns some.
Flashblock - blocks all Flash anims unless you click to allow them. Useful for blocking those Flash adverts that AdBlock misses.
PlainOldFavorites - use your old IE favorites as a menu item in Firefox. Useful if you store your Favorites centrally. Check out Foxmarks also.
MyFirefox - make Firefox look like IE7. Ease yourself into being a Firefox user.
Chatzilla - IRC client for Firefox. Online chat.
FireFTP - integrate a proper FTP client into Firefox.

There are many more. Let me know what you like about Firefox and which extensions you use or enjoy.