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    Mike Gonthier
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  1. MikeGon

    CSGO - Questions about custom loading screen

    Huh? So that would mean the problem was with the PC which I downloaded and tested it on... I'll look at it again tonight just to make sure, but that would mean question#1 and #2 are solved ...and for my last question, do guys know how I could add my map symbol to the loading screen? Just like this: The logo is done since a long time ago, but I never found out how to put it there
  2. Hey guys! I've been having problems with my loading screen for my map since the Panorama update: I have 3 questions in regards to this. I have searched around but couldn't find an answer... How come my loading screen background image has stopped displaying since the Panorama update? (Both on my machine and other's machines) How come the top down map has stopped displaying since the Panorama update? (Only on other's machines) How can I add a logo for my map at the top right, like official maps usually have? Cheers, and Thanks in advance!
  3. MikeGon

    MapCore CS:GO Playtesting 5.0

    Hey guys! Not quite sure how to do this, I hope this is the right place to ask but... I'd like to organize a playtest for de_opal, on Sunday, with who ever is available and willing to help! I would also be there myself, and record the whole thing! Is that possible? Thanks, Cheers!
  4. MikeGon

    Hypothetical-Contest Rules Voting

    Neat idea! I agree, personally I would love to design a map and hand it over to others that are much better at level art than me. I feel like this could result in better maps. Just curious... What's the LD/LA ratio of potential participants, or of Mapcore overall? because we need a lot of artists to do something like this, like twice as many as LDs or something...
  5. Check it out if you're interested: https://www.eidosmontreal.com/en/jobs/463 (English at the bottom of the page) Cheers, Have a nice day! -Mike
  6. MikeGon

    Hypothetical-Contest Rules Voting

    You guys are bringing great points, I agree that judges should be industry professional, for all the good reasons you guys mentioned! I would certainly participate as well! Really loved the contest last time and learned so much This whole question is very important to me, because of that tragic misunderstanding that happened at the very end of the last one. As long as the rules are clear, I'm in! (and for the record I don't mean that they were bad last time at all, just they were like... 99% clear haha) One thing I would like to be changed this time around, is to strongly encourage people to form teams, and have equally sized teams if possible. I thought it was a bit weird last time to have a competition between people that are by themselves vs teams of 3-4+ persons... For instance, art for a typical map is so much work, that one LD could be matched with 1-2 artists to make a solid team! I may be speaking only for myself here, but when I work on a project like this, I want to focus on level design, not everything. I do game jams here in Montréal on a regular basis, and most of the time the organizers strongly encourage or even force participants to be in teams with people they don't know. Participants simply specify their discipline, and are matched accordingly. That way they make new contacts, and learn to work with all kinds of people! Game development is a team activity, at the end of the day. I'm not saying we should go that far with this concept, just food for thought... Oh and... why not do one on a modern engine this time around?
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    v1.15 is up, my friends! Notable changes with this version: Fixed an issue where radar was misaligned since the Panorama update Added color correction to kill low-ends and improve visibility in dark areas, notably the tunnels near T-spawn (yep... I didn't know post-processing existed in this engine up until now ) Changed CT models back to SAS, to prevent them from blending in with foliage (they might change again in the future, as long as it fits the Skopelos setting) Clip-brushed a couple foliage spots that were easily exploitable Fixed a lot of a dark, heavily shadowed surfaces (still not completely done with that one... takes forever I swear) Replaced ugly buggy flag I made with beautiful flag from @I ♡ The 1950's (Thanks again for that!) Removed an overpowered cover on Bombsite A, the small wall right next to the half-moon block Made many small, mostly visuals improvements all across the map! Most important known issues I'm tackling for v1.16: Bug where none of the looping ambient sounds will play (I swear when this one is fixed, I pop the champagne) Some very cheeky spots that are still in there (small cracks we can shoot through and stuff like that) Issue where custom loading screen image doesn't show up since Panorama update Some very dark surfaces that are still there, found especially around windows and door frames Special thanks to @Radu for the great feedback! My goal is to organize a playtest ASAP, and have this thing finished once and for all before the Christmas holidays. Working on Source is very... interesting, to say to least. I will certainly write a post-mortem at the end of this, and present it here or in a separate thread... there's so much things I learned and would like to share, if you guys are interested! Cheers!
  8. MikeGon

    [Source] European flag models

    Awesome, great job! Picking up the Greek one, here's what it looks like in de_opal: ...tried to make one myself from scratch but failed miserably, and I don't have time to go back and fix it, so that helps me a lot. Thanks!
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    Pretty good @Radu, Thanks for asking! I was about to give an update on that other thread but I'll just continue here instead... After seeing how great displacement surfaces looked compared to func_detail, I decided to go ahead and replace pretty much all func_details across the map! That's still in progress, but I should be done this week. I LOVE the way they react to light, and have a nice "rounded" effect on the edges, even when its just a simple hard edge: In the screenshot above, the gray-looking trim at the bottom is a func_brush. They have the same material applied- notice how well the displacement looks compared to it! I also made a couple new props this week, some new Greek residential signs, an European power outlet and a Mapcore graffiti: (position not final, I might put it somewhere else- still, its at T-spawn right now) Next step: I will actually sculpt and vertex paint some of those displacements, to make them look a bit uneven- especially those white plaster blocks since they're everywhere in the map. I think I will have to make a custom blend material for those Cheers! EDIT: Corrected typos
  10. MikeGon

    CS:GO - Shadows on slim surfaces are very dark

    @Radu @Squad But adding displacement brushes counts towards the overall brush count right? What you guys are suggesting involves multiplying the amount of brushes on facades that are already complex... Are you sure its okay to do this? I'll start by backing up my stuff, then try it with one buildings and post it here! These buildings really need rounded corners like the ones you're showing @untor, I will try to get similar results! All the buildings that are outside the play area are instances, and apparently they act the same as if they were in the main vmf file. They don't really help with performance (from what I can tell) Thanks guys!
  11. MikeGon

    CS:GO - Shadows on slim surfaces are very dark

    I managed to get away with replacing a lot of these trims with static_props. It not only fixed the issue for these particular cases, but also looks better (Thanks @poLemin and @ElectroSheep) : I other cases, with large brushes, I simply split the brushes and that fixed it- but like I said I can't do that too much though (Thanks again @poLemin !) Unfortunately @Harry Poster, the Disable Shadows trick didn't seem to work on any of the func_brushes I tried it on... Bad shadows are still visible on all of them- Was there another value that needed to be set perhaps? For the lightmap scale trick, I'm happy to say that it worked like a charm! I agree. The challenging thing with these buildings in particular though is that they're made of so many brushes, to create negative spaces to fit the doors and windows: ...a decision which I'm kind of regretting now though, I'm thinking of reworking them all from scratch... They're likely the #1 reason why my brush count is so high is the first place But yeah converting all those to displacements would be one hell of a mess right now... I have to simplify them first! (Thanks @grapen and @untor) I really didn't want this to become an art project, but the more I work on it, the more I realize that I must step back in 3ds Max and make tons of new props- otherwise it'll never look like what I want it to... Thanks so much for your help people, I really appreciate it!
  12. MikeGon

    CS:GO - Shadows on slim surfaces are very dark

    Wow those are great answers! Thank you so much! Yes I did mean to increase the resolution of those lightmaps, but I never though about decreasing it- Great idea, I'll try that! It totally agree, BSP shouldn't be used for micro, looks horrible anyways. I didn't want to make too much custom art for this project since I want to focus on design, but it looks like I might have to, if I can't find a basic CSGO prop that looks decent... Neat trick! I do have this problem with some brushes that are already func_brush, I'll use that for those! Is there some cost to that though? I'm surprised we are so limited with brushes, and not with displacements even if they seem to be a lot more complex... Wow I didn't know that groups could have an impact on performance- I though it was only an editor tool... With this info I can now optimize a lot of stuff across the map- Thank you!! Thanks again for the great answers people, I'll recompile and keep you posted!
  13. Hey guys! Title says it all. Here's what I'm talking about: It looks like shit This happens on faces that have a large surface that's in contact with another brush. These trims under the roofs there are a large, flat brushes that touch the brush below them. I found a couple methods for approaching this, but all of them have major downsides: Increasing Lightmap scale: Helps mitigating the issue, but doesn't fix it, at the cost of larger shadowmaps Adding a light source close to it: Helps but difficult to justify most of the time, increases compile time Split them into 4 parts, one for each side: Fixes the issue completely, but increases brush count for the map, which is dangerously close to the limit... Have you guys seen this issue before? I don't remember seeing this on other maps in the past... Do you know a "golden solution" I'm not aware of? How would you approach this? Help would be greatly appreciated Cheers! -Mike
  14. MikeGon

    Cyberpunk 2077

    omg hmm I can't watch this at work can I
  15. MikeGon

    [Wingman] Station

    Looking good! I really like the composition in the first image!