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IT’S HAMMER TIME: Using Valve’s Hammer Editor To Create Cool Portal 2 Maps - Part 2

Posted on Dec 7, 2019 12:00:00 PM by Hakim Ottey in game design degree, in Student Ambassador, in game apps, in Game art and animation degree, in Game Art and Design Degree, in game concept, in game designers, in game dev, in game engine programming, in game programmer, in game programming degree, in game studies, in game studies degree, in Editing, in hammer

Welcome back to another entry within this series. Let’s just jump right into it. As with any form of game development, we would need documentation to keep track of concepts, current work in progress, what is needed, etc. At the moment, you already created a piece of documentation - the papermap. This will help you envision your project and give you a reference for how you want your map to look like in the end. However, we need more. Now, we have to create the design document: This document is one of the most important things that you would have for your map. It outlines the theme of the map, the assets that the map will use, and an idea on how the map will be completed. Due to the flexibility of the design document and the project at hand, you can say that you can not fully complete a design document. However, to get a document that is useful for development, you should flesh out the following pieces of it.

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IT’S HAMMER TIME: Using Valve’s Hammer Editor To Create Cool Portal 2 Maps - Part 1

Posted on Dec 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Hakim Ottey in game degree, in game design degree, in game developers, in Gaming Industry, in gaming is my passion, in Student Ambassador, in Editing, in game design tips, in hammer

For my Advanced Level Design class, I decided that I would create a map for one of my favorite games - Portal 2. I have played the game multiple times, struggling through all of the main story’s puzzles and the community-made puzzles that can be found in the Steam Workshop. I wanted to see what developing these maps were like, so I jumped right into the Hammer editor and got myself started. It was a long and rather exhausting process, but I believe that learning about how maps within Team Fortress, Portal, and Left 4 Dead are made is a fun skill to have, as it would allow me and other people to join Source modding communities and create cool content that would keep these old games alive. So today, I am going to tell you the process that you need to go through to create a decent looking map and some tips about using the Hammer editor. Keep in mind, I am going to talk about Hammer from the perspective of developing a map for Portal 2, but most of the content within this post should be usable across all Source games. 

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Why University of Advancing Technology (UAT)?

Posted on Dec 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Andrew Maddox in general education, in UAT Classes, in SyncFlex, in Synchronic Learning, in critical thinking

I wanted to write about the structure and importance of the specific classes that are required at UAT for the network security program as I am a network security student. The reason I believe this plays so much importance is the fact that university is not just an experience of learning only your core information, but also a time in life that shapes you as an individual for life. UAT takes a different approach to many classes that differs from most university's or colleges.

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Tour After Tour: When Hard Work Pays Off

Posted on Dec 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Hakim Ottey in campus visit, in Student Ambassador, in campus life, in campus tour, in human computer interaction degree, in UX, in ux design

Today, I had to face a total of 5 tours happening within not even a 5 hour time span. It was a lot that I had to handle after a week of being sick, but it wasn’t like I haven’t dealt with harder tasks before. But, when these things happen, it really shows the harder sides of being a Student Ambassador.

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Disney+ Is Not A Happily Ever After Story

Posted on Dec 3, 2019 1:47:49 PM by Marcos Xochihua in Network Security, in Computer Network Security Degree, in habits, in hacker, in hackers, in cyber monday, in ethical hacking, in cybersecurity degree

With the release of Disney+ with amazing new shows and movies available it's hard to see any negatives. Wrong, just mere hours after the release thousands of accounts have been hacked and hijacked. Many accounts now are being offered on hacking forums from ranges as of free to $11. With the account sharing process, many have used it as a charity for other users on the hacking forums while others sell off the accounts which some even have 3 years of pre-paid subscription.

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Bad Cheap Tech Is Not Good. Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones.

Posted on Dec 2, 2019 12:41:00 PM by Marcos Xochihua in Network Security Degree, in Network Security, in technology, in technology forensics, in cyber defense, in cyber, in cyber attack, in cyber crimes, in cyber monday, in cyber security, in cyber security curriculum, in cyber security degree, in Cyber Warfare Range, in cybersecurity, in cybersecurity training, in smartwatch

A recent Smartwatch exposes the location of more than 5,000 children and parents. Chinese SMA-Watch-M2 is one of the most vulnerable smartwatches in the market to date. The IoT testing division AV-TEST found enormous amounts of security measures in place to protect the backends of mobile apps. 

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My take on First Person Shooters

Posted on Dec 2, 2019 12:27:54 PM by Hakim Ottey in game degree, in Game Art & Animation, in video game, in video game reviews, in degree in game art, in video game producer, in game development college, in Game Production

The earliest memories that I have of First Person Shooters would be sitting down and watching my dad play Medal of Honor: European Assault on his PlayStation 2. I bet the only reason that I became such a Medal of Honor fan was due to the time that I spent watching my father take down enemies. Even while I did not play the game, I still felt like I was there, fighting in World War 2 and fighting with my allies. I actually felt immersed in the game.

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Who are the Watchers of the Front Desk?

Posted on Nov 25, 2019 11:40:29 AM by Marcos Xochihua in Student Ambassador, in campus life, in campus tour

The Watchers of the Wall are the Student Ambassadors who defend the front desk. I’m one of these said Watchers that perform these daily tasks. I am but a simple Knight with a monster in my sheath always prepared to joust. Why there are also other knights! Such as Sir John he is the Jester of the Wall. Then there is Sir Jordan a true man of merit with chivalry unrivaled. We also have Sir Hakim who is not afraid to show off his pride. Another Knight is Sir Andrew who can charm his way out of every situation. Ah yes how could we forget Lady Bailey she a greenhorn just like me, formed a rivalry for the coat of arms purple. Our Lady Stefani a Baron in her own right orders us and make sure we are well rewarded for our duties. As we serve the High Lord Sir Robert of the high table, he gives us the honor to serve in his name. We man the cleverly named Wall, the “Donut” and it resembles just that, A Donut.

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Microsoft to uphold Privacy Law not only in California

Posted on Nov 13, 2019 6:07:00 PM by Marcos Xochihua in Network Security, in data security, in online privacy, in cybersecurity, in data privacy

Microsoft said in a post today that it would apply California's upcoming strict privacy legislation across the US. So Non-Californians get the benefits. The California Consumer Privacy Act or the CCPA is planned to go into effect on January 1, 2020. This law is going to be the most restrictive privacy legislation to date. 

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The Importance of Maxwell: Being a UAT Student and Being Social

Posted on Nov 8, 2019 2:10:18 PM by Hakim Ottey in founder's hall, in campus life, in instagram stories, in tours, in cats, in maxwell

Maxwell has been a resident of the quad for about two years now. Believe it or not, last month was the anniversary of Maxwell’s first appearance on campus!

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