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I’m working on the next FM episodes and I’ll have them as soon as I can, although in the meantime I want to get some feedback on subtitles. Subtitles are going to be a big section of the new website, so I’m trying to standardize what method will be used. I have two options right now. One will have subtitles color-coded to the speaker. I thought this might make it easier for people to distinguish who is talking, since Mike and Dave use identical models for the characters. The other option I’ve heard of is to make the subtitles all the same color, but use a hyphen to distinguish when two characters are talking in the same time frame. Below are snapshots of each method:

Color coded:
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Hyphenated
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Let me know what you think in the comments and I may put up a poll. I’m especially interested in international viewers who will benefit from future translations. If you don’t care about the subtitles, then just ignore this. Thanks everyone.

EDIT:
Alright, due to feedback from translators and viewers, I’ve made my decision. My plans are to make plain white outlined text using hyphenated versions for the hard-encoded Youtube copies, and make both hyphenated and color-coded subtitle files (for ones that get done this way) available for download.

I’ve found a workaround for the barnacle problem I’ve been having. For those that care, if you go into noclip mode then clip through a wall while looking at them, it seems to fix the problem for the remainder of the demo. This does add an extra step and may make transitions between load zones even less smooth, but it does seem to be a solution for now.

I’m going to try and get two more Freeman’s Mind episodes out this month to make up for the delay on the last one. Since there’s lagtime between when I’m done and when it actually gets uploaded, I can’t promise anything, but that’s my goal.

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Well here’s the latest FM episode after a lot of delays. This one has several bugs that I basically just ignored. There are missing bloodstains, the barnacle problem is back, and one of the signs wasn’t glowing like it’s supposed to. One viewer has told me it’s not even possible to finish HL Source without cheating because of a bug, I guess I’ll find out.

This is going to be the LAST video release before the new website, we’re getting really close now, I hope to have something semi-functional in about a week on that front. After that focus will be on the next CP episode, but I may do another FM first just to make up for the delay on this one.

Well judging from the comments, people really want an update, so here’s what happeneing. Steady progress is being made on the next Civil Protection episode, but there’s still a ways to go. I’ll get started on a new Freeman’s Mind episode soon to try and make up for the delay. I lost a couple days to doing some additional contact work, but that’s done now, so I’ll back to work on everything else. Progress on the website is going very well and I think it will be done quite soon. My plans are to get it up before the next video is released. Finally, some initial work has been started on a “pilot episode” for something new I want to try. Without spoiling anything, it will be in the Source engine, but will not be Half-Life related. You’ll definitely see the next CP and FM episodes out before this however.

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Well here’s the latest episode of Freeman’s Mind. I got lucky with this one and demo recording worked without the barnacles going crazy. This is good because I was able to swap out some lines for the scientist at the end, something that wouldn’t have been practical with just raw video recording. The barnacle problem is NOT SOLVED however, I simply got lucky with this map. My offer of getting in the credits for anyone who can solve the problem is ongoing. Also, the cattle prod story mentioned in this episode is not even an exaggeration, I knew someone who used to do that.

I plan to go back and focus on the next CP episode for now, but if the rest of production ends up taking a long time, I’ll get another FM episode out to tide you over. Hopefully the new website will be finished before either one is done!


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