Community Spotlight

Gamma Energy

By Christopher Dollard

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Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight: Gamma Energy

Portal

“Gamma Energy” is a mod for Portal which revisits the troubles of Aperture Science.

Originally released in 2010 by Christopher Dollard, the mod contains almost 30 Test Chamber levels which each feature unique and intricate puzzles, complete with turrets, acid pools and lazers.

Community Spotlight: SteamDB

Steam

For this week’s Community Spotlight we wanted to feature a project known as “Steam Database” or “SteamDB” for short.

Essentially, SteamDB is an online tool which catalogues information about games and applications on the Steam Store. It acts as a one-stop shop for pretty much everything and anything that you need to know about every single release on Steam, from technical data such as “AppIDs” and “depot configurations” to sales information such as DLC listings and worldwide pricing, it even gathers live player statistics.

Community Spotlight: The Half-Life Saga Story Guide

Half-Life

The Half-Life Saga Story Guide is an informative fansite dedicated to providing a simplified explanation of the events of the Half-Life and Portal series in chronological order.

The project was created by interface designer Chan Karunamuni (who currently works for Apple Inc.) between 2003 and 2007 with help from readers and contributors from other community sites such as the Steam Users’ Forums.

Community Spotlight: Lego Portal 2

Portal

“Lego Portal 2″ is a stop motion animation created by Alex Kobbs of Kooberz Studios.

The animated video depicts various events from Portal 2 and follows Chell, ATLAS and P-body on a fan-influenced adventure through Aperture Science, leading partially into a scene from Half-Life 2 alongside Dr. Freeman and the Combine.

Community Spotlight: Focalpoint

Half-Life

It has been over 15 years since Valve developed the GoldSrc engine. As a result of this, and the subsequent release of the Source Engine in 2004, there is an insane amount of community-created maps and mods out there, each showcasing amazing talent, ability and creativity.

We haven’t featured many modding projects yet on our weekly ‘Community Spotlight’ feature, so when it came to choosing a single project to feature, it was a difficult decision. However, even after completing so many different maps and mods over the years, there are always certain projects that stand out and Focalpoint by Dimitri Vujicic is certainly one of those.

Community Spotlight: The works of Chemical Alia

Half-Life

There has been a lot of impressive Valve-related art over the years, from the Team Fortress 2 propaganda contest to WillHelmKranz’s works on DeviantArt, and among them, Chemical Alia’s paintings have to be some of the most impressive pieces of fanart we’ve seen. In this community spotlight, editors ThePerson5 and Jeff share and discuss their favourite pieces of Chemical Alia’s artwork, and present an interview with her.

Community Spotlight: Half-Life Fact Files

Half-Life

Do you want to learn more about Half-Life? To see the obscure? To witness the oddities? Then you’ve come to the right playlist!

The ‘Half-Life Fact Files’ is a small project by Rikki D’Angelo or more well known to the Half-Life community as Marphitimus Blackimus (or Marphy Black for short).

Self-described as ”an instalment in this series of Half-Life educational film strips”, the project is focused on exploring the outlandish knowledge, obscurities and fascinations that lie behind the very fabric of Half-Life.

Community Spotlight: Spooktacular Special!

Other

Hello and Happy Halloween!

For this week’s Community Spotlight we thought we would share some of the Halloween creations from around the community. Unlike usual though, we are going to be dynamically updating this post from now till the end of the week with anything sent in.

Community Spotlight: Combine OverWiki

Half-Life

Hello LambdaGeneration readers! I am ThePerson5. For our second Community Spotlight, I am here to talk to you today about Combine OverWiki, a wiki-encyclopedia focusing on the Half-Life and Portal video game series.

I would first like to express my utmost gratitude and appreciation to the dedicated team of editors who made the OverWiki what it is today. Combine OverWiki is an excellent example of the Half-Life and Portal fanbase’s dedication to the community.

Community Spotlight: Half-Life Mobile

Half-Life

Welcome to the first Community Spotlight on LambdaGeneration!

To start off, we have chosen a small project from the community known as “Half-Life Mobile”. As the name may suggest, the project is an attempt to bring Half-Life to the mobile platform.

It’s an amazing effort which combines the experience of Half-Life with the technical potential of the modern smartphone.

Community Spotlight: A New Feature by LambdaGeneration – Featuring something created by the community here every week.

Other

Hello and welcome to the new LambdaGeneration! One of the main new features of the site is ‘Community Spotlight’. For an entire week, Monday-Sunday, we will be giving content creators the opportunity to have their work independently showcased across our entire website.

The purpose of this feature is to give a dedicated platform to the diverse amount of community generated content that is out there. We will be showcasing both new and old work from a wide range of mediums.

Examples of things which will be featured include:

  • Short films and movies
  • Game modifications
  • Animations
  • Maps
  • Artwork of all mediums
  • Physical creations
  • Comics
  • Other websites
  • Projects

We felt it was only fair that we started the first proper Community Spotlight after the websites launch, so we will be releasing the first Spotlight article on Monday 7th October (1 week).

We will be choosing what to feature ourselves, however if you want to share your work or informs us of someone else’s with us, you can email it in to one of the sites sections by email. Alternatively you can submit your work to our Tumblr feed where we will likely feature it even if it not chosen for the Spotlight.

Spotlight posts will be placed into the sections which relate to the subject best and so it is anticipated that the majority of Spotlight posts will be categorised within Modding & Development, Multimedia & Film, Art & Creations and some in Community & Projects. They also have their own article format so they are permanently archived together. We would like to create a visual archive of the Community Spotlight posts in the future with some sort of rating/favouriting system so that you can interact more with the work featured.

Bare in mind that there are only 52 weeks per year and to cope with the huge amount content we want to feature there is an organised queue/calendar for the spotlight, so don’t be disappointed if your work isn’t featured around the time you submitted it, it could still be upcoming!

If we want to feature your work, we will attempt to get in touch with you the week prior to when we would like to feature yours. We also have plans to do interviews with creators if they are willing to, either in text based or audio based (which would also be featured on our YouTube channel).

LambdaGeneration came to be as a result of the inspiration from the Valve and Half-Life Community and so we would like to share more of that with you in a way which can exchange inspiration back to content creators by giving them a place of promotion.

Get creating!