npc_combine_camera

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npc_combine_camera is a point entity available in Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two Half-Life 2: Episode Two, and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch Half-Life 2: Deathmatch.

Combine Security Camera

A ceiling-mounted camera. This is the more popular cousin of npc_turret_ceiling. A "glow" sprite, initially green, is attached to the rotating camera portion, and changes colors if it detects enemies within its radius. (specified below)

Icon-Bug.pngBug:The camera is coded to ignore NPCs that get into its inner radius, because that was how they behaved in the plaza at the start of HL2. This is easily fixed in mods though.
Note.pngNote:Some keyvalues, flags, inputs, or outputs might not affect an NPC, based on the functionality and coding of the NPC.

Keyvalues

BaseNPC keyvalues
Relationship (???) <string> !FGD
Changes whether this NPC likes or dislikes certain others. Used like the ai_relationship entity, with this NPC as the subject. Format: <string|targetname or classname> <string|disposition> <int|rank>.
Values for disposition are:
  • D_HT: Hate
  • D_FR: Fear
  • D_LI: Like
  • D_NU: Neutral
Target Path Corner (target) <targetname>
The path_corner that this NPC will move to after spawning.
Squad Name (squadname) <string>
NPCs that are in the same squad (i.e., have matching squad names) will share information about enemies and will take turns attacking and covering each other.
Hint Group (hintgroup) <string>
Hint groups are used by NPCs to restrict their hint-node searching to a subset of the map's hint nodes. Only hint nodes with matching hint group names will be considered by this NPC.
Hint Limit Nav (hintlimiting) <boolean>
Limits NPC to using specified hint group for navigation requests. Does not limit local navigation.
Sleep State (sleepstate) <choices>
Holds the NPC in stasis until specified condition. See also Wake Radius and Wake Squad.
  • 0: None
  • 1: Waiting for threat
  • 2: Waiting for PVS
  • 3: Waiting for input, ignore PVS
  • 4: Auto PVS
  • 5: Auto PVS after PVS
Wake Radius (wakeradius) <float>
Auto-wake if player comes within this distance.
Wake Squad (wakesquad) <boolean>
Wake all of the NPCs squadmates if the NPC is woken.
Enemy Filter (enemyfilter) <targetname>
Filter entity to test targets against.
Ignore unseen enemies (ignoreunseenenemies) <boolean>
Prefers visible enemies, regardless of distance or relationship priority.
Physics Impact Damage Scale (physdamagescale) <float>
Scales damage energy when this character is hit by a physics object. With a value of 0 the NPC will take no damage from physics.

DamageFilter:

Damage Filter (damagefilter) <targetname>
Name of the filter_damage_type entity that controls which entities can damage us.
Inner radius (???) <integer>
The camera will only lock onto enemies that are within the inner radius.
Outer radius (???) <integer>
The camera will flash amber when enemies are within the outer radius, but outside the inner radius.
Min req'd damage for hurting camera (???) <integer>
Default target (???) <targetname>
The default target is the entity that the camera follows when it has no other target to track.
Icon-Bug.pngBug:This was never actually coded, but can be easily added in mods.

Flags

  • 1 : Wait Till Seen
  • 2 : Gag (No IDLE sounds until angry)
  • 4 : Fall to ground (unchecked means *teleport* to ground)
  • 8 : Drop Healthkit
  • 16 : Efficient - Don't acquire enemies or avoid obstacles
  • 32 : Always Become Angry On New Enemy
  • 64 : Ignore Enemies (Scripted Targets Only)
  • 128 : Start Inactive
  • 256 : Long Visibility/Shoot
  • 512 : Fade Corpse
  • 1024 : Think outside PVS
  • 2048 : Template NPC (will not spawn, used by npc_template_maker but not point_template)
  • 4096 : Do Alternate collision for this NPC (player avoidance)
  • 8192 : Don't drop weapons

Inputs


Base:
AddContext <string>
Adds to the entity's list of response contexts. See Context.
AddOutput <string>
Assigns a new keyvalue/output on this entity. For keyvalues, some rely on extra necessary code to be ran and won't work if its simply just changed through this input. There is a strict format that must be followed:
// Format of changing KeyValues: "AddOutput [key] [value]"
//// Raw text:
"OnUser1" "!self,AddOutput,targetname new_name"

// Format of adding an Output: "AddOutput {targetname}:{inputname}:{parameter}:{delay}:{max times to fire, -1 means infinite}"
//// Raw text:
"OnUser1" "!self,AddOutput,OnUser1:SetParent:!activator:0.0:-1"
// Arguments can be left blank, but the empty blank should still be contained.
//// Raw text:
"OnUser1" "!self,AddOutput,OnUser1:ClearParent::0.0:-1"
ClearContext
Removes all contexts from this entity's list.
ClearParent
Removes this entity from the the movement hierarchy, leaving it free to move independently.
FireUser1 to FireUser4
Fires the respectiveOnUseroutputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
Kill
Removes this entity and any entities parented to it from the world.
KillHierarchy
Functions the same as Kill, although this entity and any entities parented to it are killed on the same frame, being marginally faster thanKillinput.
RemoveContext <string>
Remove a context from this entity's list. The name should match the key of an existing context.
SetParent <string>
Move with this entity. See Entity Hierarchy (parenting).
SetParentAttachment <string>
Change this entity to attach to a specific attachment point on its parent. The entity will teleport so that the position of its root bone matches that of the attachment. Entities must be parented before being sent this input.
SetParentAttachmentMaintainOffset <string>
As above, but without teleporting. The entity retains its position relative to the attachment at the time of the input being received.
Use  !FGD
Same as a player invoking +use; no effect in most cases.
DispatchResponse <string> !FGD
Dispatches a response to the entity. See Response and Concept.
DispatchEffect <string> (removed since Left 4 Dead) !FGD
Dispatches a special effect from the entity's origin; See also List of Client Effects. Replaced by the particle system since Left 4 Dead.
RunScriptFile <script> (in all games since Left 4 Dead 2) (also in Team Fortress 2)
Execute a VScript file from disk, without file extension. The script contents are merged with the script scope of the receiving entity.
RunScriptCode <string> (in all games since Left 4 Dead 2) (also in Team Fortress 2)
Execute a string of VScript source code in the scope of the entity receiving the input. String quotation may be needed when fired via console.
Icon-Bug.pngBug:In Hammer, using string arguments will corrupt the VMF file's structure, making the file unviewable for the next Hammer session.
Note.pngFix:Remove the string argument manually with a text editor.
Note.pngNote:Team Fortress 2 Backtick characters ` are replaced with quotation marks at runtime, allowing quotation marks to be used when normally not possible.
CallScriptFunction <string> (in all games since Left 4 Dead 2) (also in Team Fortress 2) !FGD
Calls a VScript function defined in the scope of the receiving entity.
TerminateScriptScope  (only in Team Fortress 2) !FGD
Destroys the script scope of the receving entity.
SetLocalOrigin <coordinates> (in all games since Alien Swarm) !FGD
Send this entity to a spot in the map. If the entity is parented to something, it will be offset from the parent by this amount.
SetLocalAngles <angles> (in all games since Alien Swarm) !FGD
Set this entity's angles.


BaseNPC inputs
AddHealth <integer> (in all games since Half-Life 2: Episode Two)
RemoveHealth <integer> (in all games since Half-Life 2: Episode Two)
Add to or remove from the NPC's health.
SetHealth <integer>
Set the NPC's health.
Break
Smash into pieces. If this is not possible, disappear.
BecomeRagdoll  (in all games since Half-Life 2: Episode Two)
Remove itself and instantly become a ragdoll with zero force (just go limp). OnDeath, etc. outputs will NOT be fired.
ForceInteractionWithNPC <string> <string>  (in all games since Half-Life 2: Episode One)
Force the NPC to use a dynamic interaction with another NPC. Syntax is <targetname> <dynamic interaction>.
ForgetEntity <targetname>
Clears out the NPC's knowledge of a named entity.
UpdateEnemyMemory  (in all games since Half-Life 2: Episode One)
Update (or create) this NPC's memory of of the given entity.
GagEnable
GagDisable
Gagged NPCs won't speak (or moan, caw, etc.) unless made to be a choreographed scene.
HolsterWeapon  (in all games since Half-Life 2: Episode One)
UnholsterWeapon  (in all games since Half-Life 2: Episode One)
Force the NPC to holster or unholster their weapon. Ignored if the NPC is scripting or if the NPC doesn't use weapons.
HolsterAndDestroyWeapon  (in all games since Half-Life 2: Episode One)
Same as HolsterWeapon, except the weapon is destroyed once it has been concealed.
IgnoreDangerSounds <float>
Ignore danger sounds for the specified number of seconds.
physdamagescale <float>
Scales the damage taken when this character is hit by a physics object. 0 means this feature is disabled for backwards compatibility.
SetBodyGroup <integer>
HACK: Sets this NPC's body group (from 0–n).
SetMaxLookDistance <float> (only in Garry's Mod)
Sets the maximum look distance for the NPC. Defaults are 2048 and 6000 for long range NPCs.
SetRelationship <string|targetname or classname> <string|disposition> <int|rank>
Changes whether this NPC likes or dislikes certain others. Used like the ai_relationship entity, with this NPC as the subject.
Values for disposition are:
  • D_HT: Hate
  • D_FR: Fear
  • D_LI: Like
  • D_NU: Neutral
SetSquad <string>
Change the name of this NPC's squad. Leaving the parameter blank will remove the NPC from any existing squad.
StartScripting
StopScripting
Enter/exit scripting state, where NPCs ignore a variety of stimulus that would make them break out of their scripts. They ignore danger sounds, ignore +Use, don't idle speak or respond to other NPCs' idle speech, and so on.
Wake
Wakes up the NPC if it is sleeping.

DamageFilter:

SetDamageFilter <string>
Sets the entity to use as damage filter. Pass in an empty string (no parameter) to clear the damage filter.


Disable
Disables the camera. If open, the camera closes.


Enable
Enables the camera. If closed, the camera opens.


Toggle
Toggle - If open, close. If closed, open.


SetAngry
Causes the camera to become angry as if it has seen something to get angry about.


SetIdle
Causes the camera to calm down if it is angry.

Outputs


Targetname:
OnUser1 to OnUser4
These outputs each fire in response to the firing of the like-numbered FireUser1 to FireUser4 Input; see User Inputs and Outputs.
OnKilled  (only in Left 4 Dead)
This output fires when the entity is killed and removed from the game.


BaseNPC Outputs
OnDamaged
Fired when this NPC takes damage (!activator is the damage inflictor).
OnDamagedByPlayer
Fired when this NPC is hurt by a player (!activator is the attacker or vehicle driver [if friendly fire]).
OnDamagedByPlayerSquad
Fired when this NPC is hurt by a player OR by one of the player's squadmates (!activator is the attacker or vehicle driver [if friendly fire]).
OnDeath
Fired when this NPC is killed (!activator is the killer).
OnDenyCommanderUse
Fired when this NPC has refused to join the player's squad.
OnForcedInteractionAborted
Fired when the NPC aborts a forced interaction for some reason (target NPC died, couldn't be pathed to, etc.).
OnForcedInteractionStarted
Fired when the NPC starts a forced interaction.
OnForcedInteractionFinished
"NPCs in actbusies can no longer perform dynamic interactions."
Blank image.pngTodo: What does this mean?
OnHalfHealth
Fired when this NPC reaches half of its maximum health.
OnHearCombat
Fired when this NPC hears combat sounds.
OnHearPlayer
Fired when this NPC hears the player.
OnHearWorld
Fired when this NPC hears a sound (other than combat or the player).
OnFoundEnemy <targetname>
Fired when this NPC establishes line of sight to its enemy.
OnLostEnemy
Fired when this NPC loses its enemy. Usually due to the enemy being killed/removed, or because this NPC has selected a newer, more dangerous enemy.
OnLostEnemyLOS
Fired when this NPC loses line of sight to its enemy.
OnFoundPlayer <targetname>
Fired when this NPC establishes line of sight to its enemy, and that enemy is a player.
OnLostPlayer
Fired when this NPC loses its enemy, and that enemy was a player. Usually due to the enemy being killed/removed, or because this NPC has selected a newer, more dangerous enemy.
OnLostPlayerLOS
Fired when this NPC loses line of sight to its enemy, and that enemy is a player.
OnSleep
Fired when this NPC enters a sleep state.
OnWake
Fired when this NPC comes out of a sleep state.


OnFoundPlayer <targetname>
Fired when the player is spotted within the inner radius.


OnFoundEnemy <targetname>
Fired when a non-player enemy is spotted within the inner radius.

See also