MINERVA: Episodic, Single-Player Half-Life 2


Everyone underestimates the 1980s

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In other news, I've still to upload a tonne of photos. In addition to areological infrared imagery of Hawaiian volcanoes, along with plain old visible light - I found more rusty stuff in Seattle. Child-friendly rusty industrial stuff, in fact...

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1. Areological?

Posted by fuzz at 9:48AM, Thursday May 13 2010

Not to be nit picky or owt, but isn't areology the Mars version of geology?
Or is Valve's portal technology that good now?

Pyro's gravatar

2. Soo...

Posted by Pyro at 3:42PM, Thursday May 13 2010

Is there a new BBS login encrypted in an outdated Soviet code hidden in the sound spectrum for the background music, or is this really just a funny new trailer?

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3. Intriuging...

Posted by Pyro at 11:43PM, Thursday May 13 2010

I'm almost certain I heard the HEV suit "transmission received" sound from MINERVA at about 0:45.

What are you up to?

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4. Re: Intriuging...

Posted by Sortie at 6:28PM, Friday May 14 2010

Yes! Yes you did! Although, as these things tends to be, it is just the sound of the modem as the acolyte accessed the Internet. I can perfectly assure you there is absolutely nothing hidden in this video whatsoever. And that anything that seems remotely so is just accidental and with no real value to it.

Share and Enjoy!

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5. Requires flash

Posted by LocoYokel at 1:58AM, Saturday May 15 2010

I don't have it and don't want it. Got a version that that doesn't require it?

Cargo Cult's gravatar

6. YouTube without Flash

Posted by Cargo Cult at 4:11AM, Saturday May 15 2010

First, go here and enter the YouTube HTML5 beta with a single click:


Then, go here:


And watch the Aperture-sponsored corporate message in glorious non-Flash H.264 video.

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7. Re: Re: Intriuging...

Posted by Pyro at 4:08PM, Saturday May 15 2010

So you're saying that's actually just a modem connect sound? Even in MINERVA?

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8. Yes

Posted by chiasaur11 at 8:06PM, Saturday May 15 2010

Also, Santa Claus is dead.

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9. Re: Yes

Posted by Pyro at 8:53PM, Saturday May 15 2010

Aw. I though I was on to something.

Now that I think about it, I have heard that sound before somewhere. I can't remember where.

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10. Re: Transmission

Posted by bcarr at 2:38AM, Sunday May 16 2010

It's probably the same sound, but the sound definitely sounds like the static of a dial-up connection.

Oh the days.

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11. Recognition failure

Posted by Mikel_S at 4:11AM, Sunday May 16 2010

It surprises me how many people don't recognize that sound anymore... I remember back in the day when my grandmother's computer made that sound... (back in the day = about a... wow. Decade ago. That makes me feel old)

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12. Modems

Posted by Cargo Cult at 8:04AM, Sunday May 16 2010

I mean, I even recognise it's a 56k modem handshake - the 'boingy-boing' gives it away immediately.

(Not that I've heard endless 2400bps handshakes recently...)

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13. re:Modems

Posted by tfx2 at 8:27AM, Sunday May 16 2010

Placed the BBS machine too close to your desk? ;)

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14. re: Modems

Posted by Sortie at 11:05PM, Sunday May 16 2010

There is just something awesome about hearing the modem connect to the Internet. It just doesn't feel the same any longer. Constantly being online, even my cellphone automatically connects to any wireless network it finds. Hearing the dial up reminds me it's all based on the telephone network. But then I torrent files with 20 mbit/s and I remember why I don't use modems any longer. But I still wish my cellphone played the dial up sound when I ssh'd into a Linux box from its terminal. :D

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15. Modem dialup sound

Posted by Mikel_S at 5:16AM, Monday May 17 2010

I want somebody to make me something that will make my computer make that sound every time I log in...

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16. In Win XP...

Posted by locworks at 1:36AM, Tuesday May 18 2010

Control Panel > Sounds and audio devices > Sounds

Pick the event and browse to the modem sound file.

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17. Win7

Posted by Mikel_S at 7:16AM, Tuesday May 18 2010

Yeah, I've found the equivalent to that dialogue in Windows 7, but I'm not totally at home with it just yet, so I can't find my way back.

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18. Faxes

Posted by fuzz at 5:26PM, Tuesday May 18 2010

I turn the audio on all of the fax machines at work, just because it makes troubleshooting that much easier (I can hear a successful connection).
I'm not sure why businesses still use faxes in this day and age but hey, they pay me to fix 'em...

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