Lab coats and safety goggles at the gun show...
August 20, 2009 9:56 AM   Subscribe

Playing Half-Life with a real gun? The magic of drywall, accelerometers, and geeks. (SLYT.) Courtesy of the good people at Waterloo Labs.
posted by Tesseractive (10 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
is there a decaf version?
posted by kuujjuarapik at 10:05 AM on August 20, 2009 [2 favorites]

Was that really Halflife? It looked more like a flash game that used HL2 images. Still, it's a great idea. I'm guessing movement and aiming is the tough part for retrofitting an existing FPS to use a Wiimote/targeting wall, since in a typical FPS you turn with the mouse and aim towards the center of the screen. It'd probably involve vertigo-inducing snap camera movements if they applied this to a FPS engine.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:22 AM on August 20, 2009

Heh. Pretty funny :) But why did they use a suppressed pistol? What's the point of substituting a real gun if you don't get the real bang?
posted by Salvor Hardin at 10:51 AM on August 20, 2009

"Try this at home... but not with real guns."

I won't, but just because even cases of .22 ammo from Walmart are expensive these days. I thought using shovels was a cool idea, airsoft or BBs would also be cheap alternatives.
posted by Science! at 11:01 AM on August 20, 2009

Why are they out of breath?
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:12 AM on August 20, 2009 [1 favorite]

The shovels were the best part.
posted by kaseijin at 12:21 PM on August 20, 2009

This won't be any fun until the Combine can shoot back. Put an accelerometer on the people, I say.
posted by disclaimer at 12:37 PM on August 20, 2009

mccarty.tim, it does say that they use the flash version in the video description.
posted by mkb at 12:47 PM on August 20, 2009

Amusingly high tech, but I'm afraid it's a pale imitation of shooting sports with real reaction targets and opponents.
posted by Tube at 5:36 PM on August 20, 2009

As one of the comments mentions, they're using MS paint (1:52)! What's up with that?
posted by scose at 5:43 PM on August 20, 2009

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