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Added the retracted version to the main download for the user to choose between the two.
The Laser Beam Sword was developed in the early 21th century when they first started developing portable destructive laser beam technology linked to a very original Sci-Fi contest sponsored by Gamebanana.
Some time later a big accident happened in the factory, releasing a dangerous virus that turned almost everyone immediately into brainless zombies roaming the earth.
However there were some uninfected by this virus and who would wield this most dangerous sword to defeat the virus itself and everyone who crosses their path!
This skin provides you with a very unique Katana replacement:
- A great looking view and world model.
- High Quality Textures and Shaders tweaked for the Source Engine.
- Glowing textures that give a great effect in the dark!
- An extended and retracted version of the side pillars.
The creation of this sword really started out pretty weird, where I was just trying to fit in with all the other great concepts that were released for the contest and then just a couple days before the deadline decided to actual model it, which in the end it got me to actually releasing it one hour before the deadline! Thanks to some awesome teamwork of Yogensia this was also possible, as I really couldn't do it without his help!
For those who're interested in viewing the development progress, I made a complete live broadcast that youtube provides as playback so if you have 14 hours of free time then feel free to give it a watch, all the information can be found in this thread: http://gamebanana.com/threads/195318
> **Posted by simple rule 02516**
> Model and Texture is flawless.
> This really needs better animation, default katana animation make it feels too light as if it is made of aluminium or cardboard.
> Need more moving parts like on & off blades, slash trails.
That was indeed something we had to sacrifice due to time constraints like mentioned below. But I'm probably going to release it sooner or later in another game and hopefully there we'll see the intentional animations I have in mind for this sword (more on this can be read below).
> **Posted by Corvalho**
> Oh man that thing is so sexy, amazing texturing job, I wonder how you achieved that glow effect around the beam.
Like 4Echo already mentioned, those are planes put around the middle beam with a clamped glow effect, this was created by Yogensia and it sure looks amazing!
> Not sure if you solved that shadow problem, but perhaps a shadow lod would do it?
No that's not fixed yet as it was mentioned after the deadline but well I might look into shadow lods however I personally never worked with them so I'm not sure how they actually work, but thanks for the tip! I'll look into it.
Model and Texture is flawless.
This really needs better animation, default katana animation make it feels too light as if it is made of aluminium or cardboard.
Need more moving parts like on & off blades, slash trails.
> **Pinging Hawkshadow741**
I made an additional closed beam support version which is not a part of the contest as it was created after the deadline but throwing that in the description as some might actually like it more than the fully extended version:
For those interested, you can download it here: Retracted.rar