Minecraft: Aircraft Carrier & Underground Cathedral

November 24th, 2010

I have been playing Minecraft for a while now and with each server reset at Racked.eu my projects have gotten bigger, at first it was just a house like build, then came the Statue of Liberty (still want to do one 5 times bigger so I can actually make the statue) and now I am working on an aircraft carrier with the following dimensions: 69 blocks high (51 above water, 18 under water), 220 blocks long and 70 blocks wide.

 

Here are a couple more pictures of the current progress:

 

And once again this time I am not the only one with an interesting project on the server, last time it was Ashman's ship and this time it's TJ's underground cathedral.

The idea sounds insane and took many hours to complete (the inside of the cathedral still isn't finished), the idea was to dig out a 50x50x50 cave and build a massive cathedral in there:



I will be updating this blog post with the progress of the projects but in both cases it already looks very impressive.

 

I had written a big part of this blog post before Notch released the Health update, combining that with me making really long work day's I have no idea when I will be able to make some real progress with Carrier. :(

TF2 modifications: Damage indicator

November 24th, 2010

In this second update I will discuss a simple but very useful addition I made to the standard TF2 HUD. It is a damage indication of the last damage done next to your health as the damage report floating above the head of your opponent for a couple of seconds can be very easily missed.

I got this idea from the many different custom HUD that are on the internet for TF2, most of them are used in competitive TF2 but I simply prefer the original HUD.

The mod:


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Notice the small yellow text next to the health, that is the mod. Small, simple and very useful!
I basically extracted the needed file from Broeselhud and modified it.

Installation:

  • Download the .zip file
  • Place the file in ..\Steam\steamapps\Your account name\team fortress 2\tf\resource\ui


And that is all. :)
In the next modification report I will talk about how to remove the unusual hat effects and the Earbuds notes.

TF2 modifications: Main menu

November 21st, 2010

Normally I play my games vanilla style but TF2 has changes so much over the past years and a combination of me liking the original graphic style of the game and playing 6v6 competitive games I have made a couple of modifications to the game and I will do a short series of articles explaining what has been modded and how it has been done.

In this first article I will be showing the main menu modification, with the Mac update of Team Fortress 2 Valve also introduced a new menu even tho I prefer the original menu.

This mod was not made by me, it was made by someone calling himself Kuni on FPSBanana. This is how it looks:


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It is slightly different then the original but the essence is the same, no massive buttons with vague icons but simple text buttons.

Installing this mod is really simple and I will explain it step by step:

  • Download the .zip file
  • Choose between news or no news
  • Select your screen aspect ratio
  • Extract the resource folder in: ..\Steam\steamapps\Your account name\team fortress 2\tf


It is that simple. :)
In the next modification report I will talk about a small but useful HUD improvement.

RX-78-2 Gundam

November 21st, 2010

In celebration of the 30 year anniversary Sunrise has build a life sized Gundam, it's 18 Meter (59 Foot) tall in Tokyo on Odaiba island. By now this statue has been taken down again as it was only up for 2 months but it was long enough to end up with a couple of good pictures:

My as a Gundam fan simply enjoys looking at pictures like this. :)

 

For the people that have read my old blog (Wordpress version) will recognise this post, but since I still find this blog worthy I decided to repost it.

Development of the inner geek

November 21st, 2010

Since I started my IT education 4 years ago I have developed allot of interest in IT related news; especially CPU's and GPU's but also other hardware you find in a computer. It started out as reading articles on a Dutch IT site called Tweakers.net but this soon grew to reading other news sites and tech forums.

During the same time I started becoming more and more active within a UK based gaming community and decided to create a thread on the forum where I would post some interesting articles and rumours concerning CPU's and GPU's, this thread has since grew slowly with followers over time and even tho there were only a handful of people which followed this thread that I actually spoke to on a regular basis it was enough of a motivation to revive this thread when I moved over to the Racked.eu gaming community.

Now for the past couple of days I have been contemplating if I should do something similar on my blog but I have now decided against it, I might write my own articles in the future but for now I will leave the link to the thread instead.