A new developer journal has been posted on the City of Steam site that takes a look at the art of breaking barrels. There's more to breaking a barrel than simply smashing it to pieces with your character's weapon.
You see, there’s more to barrels than just getting what might be inside. We had to make sure they would break correctly, its pieces flying around with proper physics (as much fun as it would be seeing them fly across a room when you kick them, it would be overdoing it… just a little). So, we devised a little minigame to test the barrels out back in 2009. And yes, thanks to Andrew, we still have a copy of it!
Read the full blog post on the City of Steam site.