February 2010 in the Life of Ben (Blog)
Capital City by Z-Men (25th February 2010)
I’ve just been flying around Capital City. It’s listed near the end of the GTAMP
!maps list. An oldie but a real goodie, with superb detail throughout the entire square kilometer of terrain. Lantyz and Heri can also match this quality, now I think about it, but in much smaller levels.
- The street lights are spaced properly and alternate sides.
- Bus stops and drains distributed logically around roads and pavements.
- Light sources are placed exactly on the light fixtures.
- Really creative use of textures
- Uses the
wil.stygraphics, which modders rarely choose even though it has some great stuff
- The detail of the windows, rooves and surface edges are impeccable.
- Overhead cables.
- Railway system with varied railway station designs.
- Lots of rooftop exploration, with stairs and foot jumps.
Big levels usually play quite badly in multiplayer. Especially with so many areas that are tucked away. For single player, it’s an absolute masterclass of map-making ability. I’m blown away. It’s amazing. Totally on a par with the original levels.
TradeMark’s GTA 2 Map Editor
After about a year of anticipation, there is a public release of his OpenGL map editor! The greatest features are:
- Full colour rendering.
- Unlimited draw distance.
- Supports all slope types, transparency and filters.
The screenshots in this entry were taken using his editor. Even if it stays as a screenshot tool, it’s epic eye-candy to finally see the original and custom levels this way!
Triple Wisdom Tooth Extraction (21st February 2010)
At about 7am, dad drove mum and I to the hospital where the surgey was to take place. All went very well. NHS Hospitals are:
- staffed by caring professionals;
- properly equipped;
- and comfortable, although not homely.
I even got an egg sandwich at the end.
Some sort of Cold (23rd February 2010)
During the past couple of days, my nose has started running and I’ve started getting mild headaches. Maybe my throat was vulnerable after the operation, as the nurse said to expect a sore throat.
My mouth is feeling a bit tight and tender on the right but the left almost feels normal.
Considering how much more work had to be done, I’m impressed!
Japanese Food becomes a Favourite! (19th February 2010)
Our team at work went to a nearby Waggamamas restaurant for Friday Team Lunch. After some deliberation I ordered the Cumin Chicken Salad and absolutely adored it! This is now one of my all-time favourite meals to have.
Update (7th August 2010)
I’ve gone back several times during the subsequent few months, ordering this each time and loving it each time. They also do an outstanding hot chocoloate. The green tea is often lukewarm and sometimes very weak. The orange juice is expensive but large and tasty.
Mum’s Birthday Lunch (13th February 2010)
We all headed off to The Hatchgate Inn. I had the massive battered fish with salad and chips, which is usually way too much for me. This time I ate nearly the whole lot…and it was absolutely delicious!