the old school Medkits are a bug aren't they? not a secret really. i can't imagine someone trying to exploit it either.
The alternate medkits are actually the 'script' medkits given to wounded Stalkers. It seems there's a glitch that makes NPC's sometimes sell them (much like the guitar, harmonica & PDA). ---END QUOTATION---
we were trying to figure this out ages ago, i can say that mine didn't come from buying them from NPC's didn't ever do that. i do help the wounded and have no idea otherwise where they came from.
if i 'give a medkit', does a script spawn an old school one for the wounded guy or does he just get health back? i don't really understand how an old one comes about!
I have 10 of the odd medkits. I bought them off NPCs or found them on dead bodies. Not all NPCs carry them, usually they carry the regular style medkits.
"That’s it. We were in the Zone! I felt a chill.
Each time I feel that chill. And I never know if that’s the Zone greeting me or my stalker’s nerves acting up. Each time I think that when I get back I’ll ask if others have the same feeling or not, and each time I forget." Redrick Schuhart (Roadside Picnic)
The thought has crossed my mind that my Russian version of the Game
using the English translation pack might have made both descriptions
of the two different types of Orange Medkits the same if others find
them written differently in the English version. In my Game the big
difference is I can sell an ordinary Medkit for 375 rubles while the
Medkit missing the symbols will sell for less at 300 rubles. I'm not
sure where I got my first one but once I realized the difference I
always check NPC's Inventory and I've managed to buy 5 more.