Twelve approvals this week. Standards are tightening, and skins which would have easily won approval in the past no longer get by. In particular, skins which don't fit the post apocalyptic theme of the game are getting rejected. So before you pour the sweat of your brow into a skin, consider: Could a clever person make or find or maybe repair this item with few tools and machines?
The Desert Hoodie is one of two Desert Set skins by Nevil112 approved by Facepunch. There are more in the set, but these are the two that made it.
It's a good looking skin--leather straps everywhere, curved pockets, shoulder pads, and realistic burlap material on the inner shirt. The only thing that seems out of place is the shirt pocket sewn over the other material, but if it was a homemade patch it makes sense.
This is the second part of Nevil112's Desert Conqueror Set. The pants are also very well detailed, but we think the leather on the back of the pants seems a little stiff, and the added pockets and knee pads are kind of small.
Worn together with the hoodie, the set looks great and makes clan identification easy and certain. We're happy to see the two items in the set get approved together--Facepunch has been reluctant in the past to approve sets, so the change is welcome. Maybe we'll be seeing more coordinated sets in the future.
The Victorian Food Vault by Steve Dredd is an example of a creative, highly detailed skin that almost didn't make it in the game for lore reasons. We're glad it did, but the skin is a bit hard to justify. Maybe there was one in a shipping container, or a rich guy's fallout shelter.
Facepunch has mentioned a few times that they will more seriously avoid skins that don't truly fit in the game, so skins like this one may become a lot less common. Get 'em while you still can.
Exenoxx has produced a follow up to his hit Base Invaders vending machine with this semi-auto pistol. It's a simple design, but fun and colorful--you'll probably shoot yer eye out, kid. We like it, but we wish the artist had done more than simply mirroring the left and rights sides.
There was a bit of controversy over the gun, with some people arguing that a toy gun doesn't belong in the game. They're right, but this isn't a toy gun--it's a real gun painted like a toy. Here, put this apple on your head, I'll prove it...