I like sitting in the back of the class, not because I’m a slacker who doesn’t pay attention in class, but because the feeling of eyes in the back of my head makes me uncomfortable. I also like people-watching; pensive looks down their notes, awkward shuffles in their chairs, girls playing with their long hairs, incessant texting… Perhaps I like to sit in the back because I fear people like me are sitting behind.
Two Years of Abandonment: The Evolution of zf_industry
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.
Worked on it for a while, then basically abandoned it. This is the story of what happened to it on the internet after that moment. (And some stuff about the start of it)
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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
where are you from? name your favorite song, book and film. 123 go
California. Favorite song? Fuck, can Exogenesis as a whole count? Otherwise…Citizen Erased? Book, Rant, by Chuck Palahniuk. Film Fight Club. (Or V for Vendetta.) If I can pick a series Star Wars WITHOUT epi 1-2.
That was a lot harder than the last time I tried identifying my favorite things. Favorite song definitely is a Muse one, but exactly which is complicated.