Two Years of Abandonment: The Evolution of zf_industry

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  1. BrokenTripod

    BrokenTripod L5: Dapper Member

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    About two years ago, a guy on the Penny Arcade forums by the name of Sirot made a mod for Team Fortress 2 and asked if anyone would make a custom map for it. I volunteered and created the very first map for this, entitled zf_industry.


    So the map started with Sirot making a mockup of it
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    Then I made it and he posted pictures of it.
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    It got some popularity so I basically doubled the size of the map for replay value, entitled zf_industry_rc1.


    If you click on that, you’ll notice that the first two comments have serious business feedback.
    Then I made another version and removed the CPs from the map (It was broken because of them, but that’s literally all I did)

    So after this point I completely abandoned the project. Everything after this is happening with me not knowing. Keep in mind I spent very little time on the map and it’s actually really really bad, you can’t possibly comprehend. (Okay, it’s not THAT bad.) Ubercharged.net welcomes Zombie Fortress and play my map, as it’s the only one. There’s a screenshot of the map there. Yay.

    They continue playing it, despite the new maps that have been released. They are enjoying the hell out of it and the train that is somewhat dysfunctional. Note that article is not about The Train God as in the train that is in a ton of TF2 maps, but it’s specifically about MY Train God and how dysfunctional it is. Then Ubercharged decides to do away with Zombie Fortress, but not before talking about Industry.


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    At some point, it gets put on a random Wiki. I didn’t even take this picture. Someone else took this and put it on their wiki. It’s never looked so pretty.

    I’m pretty amazed that it was popular and got played, so I had a good laugh there, but here’s the part that made it so good:
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    That’s my map. Adapted for a mod called Undead Garrison for Gang Garrison (A 2d spinoff of TF2) What’s even crazier is that someone says right after that: “WAIT A SEC There's hills in the BG of industry.”
    I’ll be honest, I spent two minutes, MAX on those hills, but here’s someone who has played my map enough to remember that the map has hills.

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    Let there be hills. That’s not even the end of it. Someone notes: “CP-less, right? Everyone hates zf_cp_industry” This guy even knows that there’s a version of the map with the CPs. This is like 6 months after I’ve made the map. Okay, so the mod they’re working on dies, but STILL. It’s my map 6 months after the fact, and now there’s ~20 other maps that they could be playing. At this point, I’m loving the internet for everything. I keep looking and look at some stats for the map and notice that zf_industry_v2_1b2 is being played. What’s that? Did I make that at some point and accidentally put it up somewhere?

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    Nope.

    They went and decompiled my map and made improvements on it. They credit me, but as far as I know didn’t try contacting me. I could care less, though. So I’m laughing at this and notice that it was posted 6 months ago.

    Wait, what? Someone took my map and improved it and posted this new version 6 months ago? People can’t possibly still be playing my map. That’s just…

    Wait, there’s other versions? Okay, okay, let’s check just MY version. Wait. What? 21/32 people played my map? TODAY? (What the hell?) Apparently Zombie Fortress is popular in Russia. And my map was played by a bunch of people in Russia 2 years after I put it on the internet.

    WHAAAT?

    I love the internet. Also, this is the best thing I’ve done ever and the most fun research I’ve ever done. I’m sure I missed something, though. I’m kind of sad that I didn’t credit myself with making it in the map, but whatever. Crazy things happen.

    9/20/10 got the comment: "Can I just say that I had such a bloody good time on it? Dude. You created some serious brilliance man; and you definitely get a piece of the glory-pie.

    Love from a gamer girl in Singapore! xoxo"

    :'3 Love the internet.
     
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  2. nik

    nik L12: Fabulous Member

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    Magic of the internet

    yes I read fast
     
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  3. Moose

    Moose L6: Sharp Member

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    moral of the story: make bad maps and get popular.

    (SWATY, duel_duel2, and pretty much any popular custom map out there on servers besides TF2M are other examples of this.)
     
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  4. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    You'll never beat achievement_idle.

    No one will.

    Not even Valve.

    It's not even a real map.

    Sucks to be them.
     
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  5. Grim Tuesday

    aa Grim Tuesday

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    Says Captain Idle4life.
     
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  6. Bermuda Cake

    Bermuda Cake L9: Fashionable Member

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    ah, yes, the new version of the map not by you... I've played it on the GFL zf servers. It seems popular solely because it's terrible. This huuuuge map sees the red team crowding into a tower that's maybe 256x256 units for the entire round.
    I love the original, though, especially with the new zf perks like leap:)
     
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  7. Jethro

    Jethro MUSty Complainer

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    Heh, reminds me of this oblivion mod I made aaaaaaages ago, that now has 5000 downloads. :D
     
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  8. Micnax

    aa Micnax I maek map

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    I searched myself on Google a while back and found a really, really old holiday resort I made for The Sims: On Holiday/Vacation for the PC.

    8,900 downloads.

    It wasn't even GOOD.
     
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  9. Prestige

    aa Prestige im not gay anymore

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    shall call this "the 2fort effect"
     
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  10. Lancey

    aa Lancey Currently On: ?????

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    At least old things of yours people like are playable. I still get shivers from Lone Wolf.
     
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  11. BrokenTripod

    BrokenTripod L5: Dapper Member

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    Someone just found me from this and asked if I really made it and I got:

    "Can I just say that I had such a bloody good time on it? Dude. You created some serious brilliance man; and you definitely get a piece of the glory-pie.

    Love from a gamer girl in Singapore! xoxo"

    :'3 I love the internet.
     
  12. Grim Tuesday

    aa Grim Tuesday

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    No comment.
     
  13. Retroid

    Retroid L5: Dapper Member

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    God I shuder to think of some of the shit Gabe and Robin must get through the post...
     
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  14. REEJ

    REEJ L7: Fancy Member

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    This reminds me when I was writing an instrumental, played it to my cousin in a jam session..
    2 weeks later I see him post "his song" on youtube, he took my main riff, added some random effects like auto-wah and chorus.
    This kind of crap happens in any field
     
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  15. nik

    nik L12: Fabulous Member

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    don't worry broken, all these downers are jealous that they can't make a SUPER AWESOME MAP that gets played by people years after making it


    suckers
     
  16. Hawk

    Hawk L7: Fancy Member

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    The internet is craaaaaaaaazy :)

    Over a decade ago I made a Quake 2 player model and people are STILL contacting me and asking to put it in their homebrew games. It's not a particularly fantastic model, but like you, I'm a bit tickled that people are still using something I made.
     
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