Considering the fact that i have been making maps for GoldSRC for over 9 months (yep, before i became a member i started practicing a bit...), i really can't decide whether i should move to Hammer 4 and to mod Source, or should i stick to the simplicity of the GoldSource engine? I know that the Source SDK has distorted itself, at least in the launcher, with the SteamPipe update, but i can get around that.
Anyways, should i stay with GoldSRC, or should i abandon it?
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Alright, soon after seeing a few tutorials on the Source engine, I was absolutely thrown off my chair, by just taking a "preview" of it, I especially admire it for the "lightmap control" where you can set how detailed lightmaps can be per face (in the Texture Application tool).
But, there was a problem. In order to make maps for a Source game, I have to purchase a copy of a Source game, so what's the problem in that? Obviously, I'm 13, which means that the only way to earn virtual cash is to do surveys, and create a PayPal account.
Of course, there are alternatives, such as SteamPowers, which is a site in which you earn points by completing offers and, again, surveys, so you can then later get a PayPal gift card, or Steam Wallet card.
So, even if I decide to map for Source, I would have to wait a lot (for some methods, it could take years, sometimes months, or even days, but I'm not from the USA, so I'll definitely not be able to speed up the process, as many survey sites are US only).
Yes, so the conclusion is, 0-16 year old persons CAN'T map for Source, unless their parents purchase games for them through Steam. So, I'll see Source after 0.5 to 4 years.
For now, I'll map for GoldSRC and CryEngine, and I apologize for you who would want me to make maps for Source, as I personally would make some innovations, like new game modes, and fun and interactive maps for various games, mostly Half Life 2 and Counter-Strike Source, but not CS:GO as my laptop certainly can't support it. Probably Half Life: Source? Yeah, that would be a good idea.