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Over a bottle of vodka…

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Games Posted on Jul 21, 2010 23:33:29

For the most part, being a lone stalker is a life in anonymity… you’ve come to the Zone hoping to find artifacts, fortune, or just bringing a desire to learn more about what the Zone really is and how it came to be. For those who dare to venture beyond the safe areas, danger awaits, and only few truly fulfill their wishes; either because they’ve been through some “hostile negotiations” (ie. gunned down by military stalkers) or because they’ve become victims of the Brain Scorcher. Only the few are lucky enough to make it and attain fame – but that’s really a shame; they become legends while everyone else is stuck in Cordon trying to get by with a rusty PMm, a loaf of bread and a bottle of vodka.

But perhaps that can be changed. Perhaps there is an opportunity for even the rookie stalkers to have their voices heard, their tales told, and their backgrounds fully exposed.

Ok ok, enough of this high-spun introduction. I got an idea yesterday and I wanted to to explore it a bit further. It’s the thought of doing interviews with stalkers from the community – ie. you guys. Yes, you! After having read what feels like a million posts on various community websites, including the official GSC forums, I think it could be quite fascinating to get to talk to some of you; how did you get into playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R., what do you like the most (and least, perhaps) about the game(s), what’s your background, what do you find most fascinating about the Zone, what would it take for you to kiss a snork, etc. etc. Ok, that last one might not be appropriate, but you get the idea 😉 And since the community has grown ever since the release of Shadow of Chernobyl, some stalkers have begun to make a name for themselves – people know them from forums, mods, YouTube videos, and whatnot. Personally I think it could be quite fascinating to get to learn something about you guys.

So what do you think, is it an idea you see going somewhere, something you would be interested in? Either as a participant or as a listener?

In other words, would you care to share something about yourself over a bottle of vodka? 😉

Your favorite moments?

The S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Games Posted on Jul 20, 2010 22:56:56

I can’t even remember the countless of times where I’ve experienced something really cool in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games – and I’m not talking about all the neat things that are supposed to happen (scripted as part of a mission, for example), no I’m referring to those situations where things just happen because of the non-scripted AI – cool firefights between factions, lone stalkers getting torn to pieces by a pack of dogs, and NPCs running into obvious anomalies 😉

I wish I had taped all those moments – some of them have surely been trivial but probably still fun to watch. However I did once manage to catch something cool on tape – at least I liked it alot; it features a rookie stalker that is leaving the Bar area in ShOC but then being prowled and eventually killed by a merc. Obviously I would have loved to save the poor rookie, but as you probably know, shooting someone – even obvious enemies – in the Bar area means trouble for you. The Duty guys will usually ignore it, but the other stalkers in the area probably won’t. I can just imagine the conversation – from behind cover – I would have with them:

Me: Hey, why are you shooting me?

Them: You shot someone in the Bar territory! Die, scum!

Me: But it was a merc, he was about to gun down your friend!

Them: If only, we could have looted him then… he’s supposed to be carrying some neat stuff!


Anyways, I’ve been meaning to add a videos section to the website for a long time featuring videos with moments like that – the cool, the odd, the… wonderful? Sadly though I haven’t really had time to do it and I guess the real issue is of course having Fraps or a similar recording program running at just the right time when a situation like the one above comes up; even if I did add a videos section for stuff like that, I just don’t have any suitable videos except for the one linked above. Perhaps I should always play with Fraps (or a similar recording program) running in the background, just in case.

But I’m guessing the situation mentioned above is pretty trivial so let me ask you, what are your favorite moments in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? What has been the coolest, the most cruel, or just the weirdest?