I was recently shooting the shit with Jeep Barnett, one of the Portal developers. He said some things that I want to pass on to the community.
[. . .] I do have a general complaint for all the community sites I’ve seen. It seems that very few map creators are using the BMZ system that I set up ( http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Bonus_maps ). It was intended to making playing custom maps MUCH easier for non-technical people. Though it’s our fault for not giving the details on how to create BMZs until long after the flood of custom maps had started, I wish that the community portals themselves would automate a system for packaging them this way.
Thanks for the Community Spotlight link. I’ve passed all the Portal peoples so they can take a look. Thanks for trying to pimp the BMZ stuff. I have seen it used a few times, I’m just saying as a whole I think it’s been ignored. The bugs with custom content does sound pretty bad though.
I had hoped to do more post lauch support for the Portal community, but instead chose to work on other non-Portal projects such as Left 4 Dead almost immediately after Orange Box came out. But a lot of the original Portal team is still working on some cool new stuff for you guys and I’ll be sure to point them to these bugs.
Here’s hoping for a Portal update that fixes the problem with BMZ!