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4. Are there any plans for addressing the issues raised about the
Weíre always listening to our users and we have been and will continue
to be diligent about addressing exploits and the like. As far as bugs,
we will certainly address those on an ongoing basis. As for more global
decisions/design decisions, we will also reevaluate those over time. We
want our games to be fun, that is our main motivator.
5. It also seems that most of the discussion about the netcode revolves
only around its effects on Counterstrike (but the Counterstrike changes
are sometimes attributed to Valve), do you see this is a problem that
other Half-Life games are seemingly ignored often?
Actually, there is quite an active debate going on about these issues
in the TF1.5/TFC community as well as the HLDM community (note that HLDM,
unlike CS and TF 1.5, does not include support for lag compensation or
client-side predicted weapons). We saw a lot of reaction to the update
right after the initial ship date. Having a few bugs slip through only
served to cloud the issues further. With TF1.5, we made a few changes
to a game that had remained unchanged for quite some time. A lot of users
were caught off-guard by the scope of the changes. Also, there, was a
perception that the feel of the game had changed and that users would
have to relearn certain maneuvers. By now, though, most users have accepted
the changes and by and large seem to be having a great time with the new
stuff. As for CS in particular, I believe that the CS team intentionally
decided to make the weapons a little harder to aim with. This has led
to the perception that the netcode is the problem, when in fact the behavior,
in a lot of cases, is an intentional game design decision. Thatís not
to say that there arenít some bugs left in the netcode (there always will
be) Ė just that Iím pretty sure that the netcode works they way it was
designed most of the time.
6. What other new additions to Half-Life or TF can we expect to see,
whether before or after the release of TF2?
A lot of new stuff will come out as additional functionality exposed
in the Half-Life SDK. With that said, a few of the things that we are
planning on releasing and using in TF1.5 before TF2 ships are voice support,
new player models and improved animation, and possibly a new class.
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About Yahn Bernier: "Yahn was an Atlanta patent lawyer with
a degree in chemistry from Harvard. So obviously he ended up in Seattle
developing computer games. He taught himself to program at the age of
12 and, more recently, developed what we at Valve have called "that other
level editor," BSP. Now that he's getting paid to make games, he figures
he'll practice law in his spare time (little does he know). Yahn worked
on Half-Life's multiplayer code, and is currently hard at work on Team
Fortress 2. His favorite phrase, when imbibing too freely, is "Yucca will
assimilate you.""(From Valve)
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