Making Tutorials – It Really Is An Art Form
2-19-11: Initial release.
Finally, this is the time I get to write an article about life and not something tangible like a game or a movie.
So ever since I started the blog back in September 2006, and many years later when I started my Youtube adventure in 2008, I realized that a lot of what I do is about helping people and more specifically, creating content related about tutorials.
As I reflect on what I have done so far, why do I do what I do? Why do I continue to spend time on working on tutorials to share on the Internet, an activity that can easily take more time than focusing on friends, family, work, or myself? Why spend the time to do it with possibly very little return on “investment”? Well, the answer may surprise you.
[Novice Guide] How to Get Started with PS2 and Backups
6-23-09: Initial release
Note: This is just a guide to let users know what they can do with the PS2. The Underground Staff does not advocate piracy, and this is just an informational guide. We cannot be held liable for what you do with this information. I am just repeating information that I have across the net and am just going to re-iterate for Underground needs. ~ Versatile
It is my understanding that some people know about the whole scene related to PS2 modding, and some don’t. Perhaps some are just getting onto the bandwagon, and perhaps some have moved onto other consoles for modding and left their PS2 in the dust. Now that the PS2 slim is only $99, it has made many people eye the price and consider modding it to create backups of their existing games and save their PS2 library while the PS2 is still alive.
Whatever the case may be, I am going to explain what PS2 modding is, why you may be interested, and how you can do it. Please note that modding the PS2 is not illegal, it is the intention of what you may do with it is illegal. The DMCA thing is not very clear, nor has it been, but I assume it is all right to make back up copies of games you own. It is illegal to get backed up copies of games that you don’t own. It is just stealing. I will leave it to that. What you do is your own business.
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[Indirect Tutorial] Killing Floor – The New Left 4 Dead?
Foreword: I have named this tutorial very strangely. The “Indirect Tutorial”? What is that supposed to mean? *smiles* Please recognize that the nature of this article is to simply open your eyes about this game, and what it can do for you, or what you can do for it. I leave the rest of the mystery to you. ~ Versatile
5-27-09: Initial release
5-29-09: Added the new link to the other tutorial website. >_>
It was bound to happen. With the success of Valve’s game of the year “Left 4 Dead”, it was bound that another zombie game would hit the market soon. Tripwire has the answer with their different game called “Killing Floor”.
What is Killing Floor?
Killing Floor is a mod for the Unreal Tournament 2004 video game, first released in 2005 as a demo, and full version, later that year. The mod acquired popularity after appearing in several game magazines. It is a survival horror first-person shooter based game, with Co-op multiplayer action. A retail version of the game was released via Steam on May 14, 2009.
To me, think of it as Counter Strike meets Left 4 Dead. Main features include:
- Killing zombies for cash.
- Fighting waves of zombies similar to Left 4 Dead.
- 6 player co-op.
- Each map has a “boss”.
- Available SDK map making kit.
- In game voice communication
and more! See the full details at http://www.killingfloorthegame.com/.
Is there a Single Player?
Yes, sort of. All you do is go as yourself and fight against waves of zombies until you reach the boss. You can earn perks this way too so you can unlock other achievements. Due note that there are no AI computer players to help you, so you are definitely on your own here.
How about Online Multiplayer?
Yes, there is online multiplayer. You can host your own online games and have up to six people playing with you on Steam. If you have a custom map that your friend doesn’t, your friend will automatically download the map from you. Left 4 Dead currently does not have this feature, so this is nice to have.
Can Killing Floor be played without Steam? *wink*
Yes, there is a LAN mode so you can play offline.
No, you misunderstood me. Can Killing Floor be played online without Steam? *double wink*
Oh, you mean can it be played online without having Steam? Yes, it can. However, you do realize that this is circumventing the Steam system. I have heard the argument from players who own the game that Steam players are bothersome, and they would like to try a different way of playing their game online. Perhaps with more mature audience. I have no argument against these cases. In fact, I want people to be aware of all opportunities to play their game online besides Steam.
Currently there are two popular ways to play your game online:
- Garena (most popular)
- Hamachi (second most popular)
Garena is starting to become the most popular online portal to help you play your games online. In fact, as of today 5-27-09, Killing Floor was added to the Garena network!
Hamachi is another good way to play online. It is a virtual VPN solution that essentially emulates the LAN over the Internet so you can play with your friends by playing in what is called Hamachi networks.
How can I play Killing Floor Online with Garena or Hamachi? Do I need special patches?
Due to the nature of WordPress.com, I don’t think I am allowed to go into those type of details as that is frowned upon. However, I do recall among my adventures on the Internet that there are guides that explain how to play Killing Floor online with Garena or Hamachi. Should I post a link to one of those sites? Would there be any harm in that? I don’t think so, do you?
Here is the link: [How To] Play Killing Floor Online – Garena/Hamachi
Note: This article is simply to make you aware of other online gaming alternatives. No way do we infer or advocate piracy. We are not held liable for what you may learn at other websites on the Internet. How you want to live your digital life is up to you, and the Underground Staff wishes you the best of luck on your journey.
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