How do you view custom maps?

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by Rusty, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. Rusty

    Rusty L1: Registered

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    I've tried for ages to find a way to view maps (eg pl_cashworks) in SDK and i cant find them anywhere. Does anyone know how to open them in Hammer?
     
  2. drp

    aa drp

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    the simple answer is you cant. unless you decompile. but thats like killing a kitten. only the mapper has the original source file to view the map in hammer. not sure how open mappers will be in just simply giving their vmf away.
     
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  3. strangemodule

    strangemodule L5: Dapper Member

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    Like drpepper said, you can decompile, but some of the brush entities (from my recollection, areaportals and some triggers) will be unassigned. Despite the stigma surrounding decompiling maps, it's perfectly okay to decompile a map if you wish to see how a mapper did something or if you want to learn how to detail a map/make good prop placement. As long as you don't attempt to alter it and release it as your own, you're okay.
     
  4. Psy

    aa Psy The Imp Queen

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  5. Terr

    aa Terr Cranky Coder

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    Depending on why you want to view them, you can also view them in-game and use a variety of console commands to see invisible brushes and other details.