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WIP #006: PubComp – A call for replays

Posted by on July 19, 2011 | One comment

The long-awaited “new” PubComp site is up. I catch up with Parable about the changes the site has seen already in their first couple of weeks. Steam’s Open ID is being utilised to allow participants to engauge in the entire system with just one login and Phife has brought his own style to the artwork.

There’s a casting call for players to donate their replays. Crowd sourcing to get real experiences for each of the required clips.

The coding is being left open to allow for a multitude of changes to be made to the core design. A forward looking attitude that has payed off already since the potential is there for players to create their own game modes and have servers respond to those conditions without having to recode everything from scratch.

Finally, Parable looks to the future; at an entire prebuilt development package for new coders to get up and running without having to start from scratch each time.

Intro/outro sampled from Daddy_Scrabble's "Monkeys have arrived". Used under CC License

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WIP #005: VanillaTV – literally the most alien thing

Posted by on July 8, 2011 | No comments

In this our first show with Torden of VanillaTF2.org we take it nice and slow. Torden shares the stories of how he came to Team Fortress 2 and how, in turn, VanillaTF2 started. Given the respectability of the site in covering competative TF2, it seemed almost inevitable that VanillaTF2 would want to start their own shoutcasting site. Rather than starting from scratch Torden looked to TF2TV.com to provide this solution. The two sites merged and VanillaTV was born.

The merged sites required a rehash of the VanillaTF2 site. Running on WordPress, a number of features have been added and customised to allow news and scores to be linked directly to shoutcasted events. It’s not just the site that’s seen a rethink. OWN3D has been dropped in favour of JustinTV’s new games broadcasting group, TwitchTV.

There are more projects that Torden thinks VanillaTV could be associated with. He chats about a few that are on the radar at the moment and hints and what could be in store for the future.

Intro/outro sampled from Daddy_Scrabble's "Monkeys have arrived". Used under CC License

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