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Half-Life 2: Lost Coast

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JonDixon 14th September 2005, 14:09 Quote
Sweeet.

I'm about to get HL2 this week by joining steam. I'm a bit late on the uptake on this game due to having a year where I worked away from home and didnt have b/band.
keir 14th September 2005, 14:13 Quote
looks good, U just wanna see it now for myself :)
neillyb 14th September 2005, 14:18 Quote
Nice, very nice.

You can also have a sneaky peek at the new Day of Defeat HUD in the picture of Newell playing it
PA!N 14th September 2005, 14:22 Quote
Omg Valve always knows a way to impress me
finboz 14th September 2005, 14:40 Quote
looks good but i still need to complete hl2
Firehed 14th September 2005, 14:54 Quote
All this hype over 15 minutes? Well, woot anyways. Why else have top end hardware if I can't use it for great textures and HDR rendering? I just hope that if this is successful that they have high-res textures in future games or even remakes of current games with the same (high-res texture pack or something).

You didn't mention if HL2/CS:S would get HDR added in in the future though...
Fatboy 14th September 2005, 15:01 Quote
http://forums.facepunchstudios.com/showthread.php?t=21286

I cant wait till i can actually run HDR on my machine.
eek 14th September 2005, 15:51 Quote
wow.
stephen2002 14th September 2005, 16:16 Quote
Looks good, although I'm a bit miffed at the 15 minutes. I wasn't expecting much, but it was certantly more than 15 minutes. I tend to take games this pretty slow and marvel at the environments, so I'll probably take an hour :D

I hope that HDR will be enabled for HL2.
beedubaya 14th September 2005, 16:22 Quote
Looks totally awesome...I just hope it runs fine with my X800 Pro.
sadffffff 14th September 2005, 16:39 Quote
ouch, hurts my eyes to look at it. im glad real life doesnt look like that. all fuzzy and over bright and you try to focus but cant because its a static image on the screen.
Da Dego 14th September 2005, 17:34 Quote
sadfffff,

Keep in mind that screenshots represent a second in time, like a picture. The point of HDR means that as you move, as the lightsources move, etc...the effect is going to appear, then dissipate properly. :) Kinda neat, actually, when you think about it.


As for Lost Coast, I'm quite sure at this point in time that it's all one big mass hallucination. It's kinda like the phantom console..."It'll be here someday...it's just around the corner..."
-Xp- 14th September 2005, 17:48 Quote
Valve have a gold crowbar in their lobby?! Wow, I'm jealous!

I hope HDR is all it's cracked up to be. I'm going to enjoy the new level, but I also hope it lasts more than the 10-15 minutes it took me to complete each level of Half-Life 2!

Arf, read the post just above mine...15 minutes...ahh well, it's at the top end of my "wow short level" scale!
P2D 14th September 2005, 18:46 Quote
Imo, its gona be the same as the game, Massive hype and then a big let-down to everyone, Altho im guessing it`ll be good, and i certanly cant wait.
r3seken 14th September 2005, 18:52 Quote
Check out the pic of Gabe playing DoD. Take note of the boxes of games on his desk, now is that a copy of what I think it is underneath Counter Strike?
mushky 14th September 2005, 19:19 Quote
Do we know when it will be available? I didn't see it in the article but I may have missed it.

P2D - I wasn't dissapointed by HL2, even with all the hype. It didn't change my life or anything but I really enjoyed playing it through, and to see graphics like that running on my mediocre computer was pretty cool. Weren't you too impressed then?
Da Dego 14th September 2005, 19:20 Quote
mushky,

the short answer to that is, "it won't ever." The long answer is "nobody knows." The official answer is "soon." :)

I swear, I think this level is actually just a series of images that we're meant to print out and use as a flip-book. :)
kickarse 14th September 2005, 20:13 Quote
You mean DOOM....


And he's using a Mac LCD too...
Yohji 14th September 2005, 21:54 Quote
This looks amazingly good!
Dezza 14th September 2005, 21:56 Quote
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RTT 15th September 2005, 00:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yohji
This looks amazingly good!
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Originally Posted by Dezza
Thank god I had enough money to buy a new gfx card

Welcome to bit-tech ;)
Greenie 15th September 2005, 02:20 Quote
i hope they stick HDR onto Counter Strike Source and HL2, that would be amazing. I am definetly getting DoD now :)
Tim S 15th September 2005, 03:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Greenie
i hope they stick HDR onto Counter Strike Source and HL2, that would be amazing. I am definetly getting DoD now :)
Welcome!! ;)
jedeyeNite 15th September 2005, 03:03 Quote
nice article guys!

i'm looking forward to this regardless of how long it takes to play through it, but i'll be honest, i had always thought that HDR required Share Model 3.0, so being an ATi card owner im stoked that i can play it with SM2.0 :)
Tim S 15th September 2005, 03:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by jedeyeNite
nice article guys!

i'm looking forward to this regardless of how long it takes to play through it, but i'll be honest, i had always thought that HDR required Share Model 3.0, so being an ATi card owner im stoked that i can play it with SM2.0 :)
There are a few different types of HDR - the method that I think Valve are using is a fixed range 16-bit integer, rather than a 16-bit floating point (potentially unlimited range of colour values).

Current ATI hardware cannot do a 16-bit floating point blend, but I understand that R520 will be able to do this.
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