ned's blog

[L4D] Zombies everywhere! 
Thursday, 5 February, 2009, 08:34 - Left 4 Dead
Posted by ned
Well I've started getting into Left 4 Dead! It's a game by VALVE.

Left 4 Dead is a co-op action horror game for the PC and Xbox 360 that casts players in an epic struggle for survival against swarming zombie hordes and terrifying mutant monsters. Set in the immediate aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, L4D's survival co-op mode lets you blast a path through the infected in four unique “movies,” guiding your survivors across the rooftops of an abandoned metropolis, through rural ghost towns and pitch-black forests in your quest to escape a devastated Ground Zero crawling with infected enemies.

This game is a heap of fun ;] Online and LAN are great! There is a singleplayer mode which is ok but coop & mp is where it really excels in my opinion. To add to the game there's a bundle of achievements you can go for. Here's a list of them all and the percentage of world players that have them - link. As you can see, some of these would be quite hard to get (legitimately). I've been slowly working at mine. I've been keeping track of them chronologically - here.

I've already had a play around with the dedicated server pack and it ran well. I've only tested it via LAN so far. When my server eventually gets a dedicated connection again I'll run some test nights where while testing the server I'll organise some achievement goals as well.

Stay tuned ;p


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[UT04] BotManager mod by FlakMagnet available for download 
Thursday, 29 January, 2009, 11:02 - Unreal
Posted by ned
If you're an Unreal Tournament 2004 fan then this mod (mutator) is essential! It's a non-ut4mod install version of FlakMagnet's BotManager v7.1

For more details see - here -

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[U] The Unreal intro clip, view it here! 
Wednesday, 28 January, 2009, 08:59 - Unreal
Posted by ned
arrrrrr the memories of playing Unreal. This game was epic! For anyone who has played this truely amazing game here's a treat. You can view the intro clip here on this site. Let the memories come flooding back.

I've actually started playing this game again! Yes, over 10 years after it's release and it still has fans.. there are even still online servers for it! ;]

To see the intro movie and find out how to play (or replay!) this great game click - here -

There's more to good gaming than new releases!


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more FREE ned-friendly useful software found! 
Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 13:08 - >Misc Chat
Posted by ned
I've added some new goodies to my - Useful Free Software - list!

• multi-video formats to flash (.flv) converter

• multiformat website media player

• video capture/processing utility


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ned's Steaming! 
Saturday, 24 January, 2009, 05:55 - >Games (PC)
Posted by ned
I tried Steam a few years ago and had many issues with it. I swore I'd never touch it again. It was a buggy, laggy, slow downloading POS in my opinion.

BUT... now I'm back using it after buying Left 4 Dead and I have to say that I can't fault it! Resonable downloads, good layout, user friendly, huge variety, great info per game, xfire-like features..

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I've also run quick tests with a couple of dedicated server setups (Left 4 Dead & GTR Evolution Demo) and everything went well with no complaint.


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[FEAR2] Project Origin single-player demo out now 
Friday, 23 January, 2009, 09:28 - FEAR
Posted by ned
The F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Single-Player Demo was released today and I'm downloading it as I type. It's time to brace myself for some painful frights!

Links and demo discussion - here -

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Is Microsoft's Flight Sim X the last in the series? 
Friday, 23 January, 2009, 07:30 - >Games (PC)
Posted by ned
Flight Simulator X is the latest version of Microsoft's long standing Flight series. Is this the last?

For more info on this series and news of it's possible demise see - here.
The future of the three software lines in or out of house is unclear..

Thanks to TOG Father for this info.

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JW FLV Media Player test 
Sunday, 18 January, 2009, 08:25 - >Misc Chat
Posted by ned
I'm testing out a flash player for the blog by LongTail Video called the JW FLV Media Player. The original CAforNoobs.wmv file was converted by EasyFLV Free FLV Converter.

This movie by Fox from TOG ( is a newbies guide to Combat Arms. The original higher res version will be available for download from this site soon.

I'll be playing around with this software quite a bit trying to ustilise the flashvars.


TOG Fox and I have been playing a bit of SWAT 4 lately, Specifically the Sheriff's Special Forces mod v3.1 for The Stetchkov Syndicate expansion pack. As you can see from this quick video put together by Fox we would both be in jail by now if we were real SWAT 4 guys lol.

I'm the one in view because Fox was filming using Fraps.

LOL moments were at the 20 and 40 second marks with me punching the suspect in the back of the head after he taunted me and later when Fox twitched after hearing the sound of my taser only to shot and kill a subdued suspect =]

If you're interested in playing SWAT 4 SSF mod with us then contact me via this blog or contact myself or Fox at forum (Ned or Fox) or simply post in this thread - here.


Thanks to domc from the Simple PHP Blog forum for starting me off with this embedding flash idea and providing some code I could use!

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Alien Swarm: Infested 
Friday, 16 January, 2009, 23:57 - >Games (PC)
Posted by ned
Alien Swarm started out as a mod for the FPS title Unreal Tournamnet 2004 but not as an FPS! This Alien Swarm mod is an overhead view tactical squad-based shooter. This game was the first non-FPS/sim game I played that I liked.

It was looking to be a dedicated game and it deserves it in my opinion!

AS:I is built upon the Source Engine from Valve and will be available as a competitively priced commercial game!

Alien Swarm: Infested is an upcoming action strategy game featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad level tactics all in an overhead view. As a Commander in the Interstellar Armed Forces, your job is to guide your squad and successfully complete their mission against the ravages of the Swarm infestation, a threat which plagues mankind across the breadth of colonized space. it's looking to be a Half Life 2 mod


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Rise of Flight - upcoming WWI flight sim 
Friday, 16 January, 2009, 13:44 - >Games (PC)
Posted by ned
This is something I've been waiting for for quite some time... A World War I flight sim!
The whole western front of the First World War on one map: 125 000 square kilometres of the territory, which have been carefully transformed in digital format from the maps of that period (1917-1918)

Check out the media and Key Features etc

System recomendations are also on the site.

Rise of Flight is being made by the Russian company Neoqb.

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