Half-Life 2

PC, XBOX / Action / Release: Nov 16, 2004 / ESRB: M

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Report: 37% of purchased Steam games are never played

Report: 37% of purchased Steam games are never played

If you’ve ever felt ashamed of games you’ve picked up but never played, at least you can rest assured you aren’t alone. A study into Steam playing habits has found that more than a third of all games purchased through the service have never been loaded up even once.

Read more: 37% never played, 17% played less than one hour »

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Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

Valve launches 'Steam Trading Cards' in beta

What do you do when your platform already sells and launches video games? Make the platform itself a video game, naturally. Valve announced the beta launch of "Steam Trading Cards" today. The collectible meta-game lets you upgrade your Steam profile by playing games and collecting and trading their associated (virtual) cards.

Read more: Currently supports Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 »

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Half-Life 2 mod Minerva re-released on Steam as Director's Cut

Half-Life 2 mod Minerva re-released on Steam as Director's Cut

It's been about six years since the Minerva mod for Half-Life 2 was released, but after some cajoling from co-workers at Valve, developer Adam Foster has given it a new coat of paint and is releasing it on Steam as a Director's Cut.

Read more: Tweaked visuals, bug fixes and better puzzles »

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The Specialists mod team Kickstarting free 'spiritual successor'

The Specialists mod team Kickstarting free 'spiritual successor'

You, the grizzled PC gamer in the corner, you remember diving around with akimbo pistols in that Half-Life mod in The Good Old Days, don't you? No, not Action Half-Life. No, you big silly, not The Opera. Gosh, no, not Matrix Half-Life. You know, The Specialists! Some of the folks behind that side-diving, slow-motion shooter are now working on a "spiritual successor" mod, Double Action, and want Kickstarter help to finish it faster. You can give an alpha version a go now, too.

Read more: $18,000 to release first beta this summer »

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Half-Life 2 VR mod awaits Oculus Rift

Half-Life 2 VR mod awaits Oculus Rift

With the Oculus Rift getting people all hot and bothered about virtual reality once again, one canny modder has prepared for its launch by whipping up a VR mod for Half-Life 2 and its episodes. Able to track the player's head and any plastic weaponry they may be holding, the mod looks jolly impressive in a new video.

Watch: Become Gordon Freeman more than ever »

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Half-Life 2: Episode 4 media details the 'Return to Ravenholm'

Half-Life 2: Episode 4 media details the 'Return to Ravenholm'

"Return to Ravenholm," aka "Half-Life 2: Episode 4," was a Half-Life 2 episode set in the spooky abandoned town. It's been canceled for a few years now, but we've gotten a better look at the game that could have been thanks to some new concept art and animation tests. It was in development at Dishonored developer Arkane Studios around 2006, but was ultimately scrapped.

Watch: The Half-Life episode that never was »

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Black Mesa: Uplink remakes Half-Life demo

Black Mesa: Uplink remakes Half-Life demo

The Black Mesa mod is a remarkable accomplishment, remaking Half-Life in the Source engine, and now a mapper building upon their work has remade another slice of Valve history. Black Mesa: Uplink remakes HL's classic Uplink demo, which curiously for a demo was a new slice based upon levels cut from the game during development. And now that's available in shiny Source-o-vision.

Read more: Took three months to finish »

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Shack PSA: Black Mesa now live

Shack PSA: Black Mesa now live

Grab your crowbars and spectacles, everyone. The Source engine fan remake of the original Half-Life is now available. It went live at 8:47 AM Mountain Time, which should sound awfully familiar to fans. The labor of love has taken eight years and has added a few notable tweaks to the classic, with at least one more revision on the way post-launch.

Read more: Xen revision coming »

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Black Mesa coming September 14

Black Mesa coming September 14

You thought the day would never come, and it still hasn't quite yet, but Black Mesa now has a release date. After eight years of development, the fan remake of Half-Life in the Source engine will be released on September 14. Except it won't be quite complete; the team is still working on expanding HL's reviled Xen section and plans to release it later.

Read more: Xen "basically a complete game in its own right" »

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Black Mesa gameplay trailer leaked

Black Mesa gameplay trailer leaked

The Half-Life remake mod Black Mesa really is coming, and now a leaked video confirmed as real has surfaced with a peek at its jazzed-up 'On a Rail' chapter. You know, that frightful section with the tedious trains then glorious rocket launch.

Watch: Three minutes of confirmed leaked gameplay »

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Interview: Beyond Black Mesa Director, Brian Curtin

If you're a Half-Life (or Left 4 Dead) fan, and you haven't yet seen the recently released fan-made short film, Beyond Black Mesa, do yourself a favor.

We reached out to get some more information about how the project came together from Brian Curtin, who directed, produced, wrote, edited, acted, and art-directed the film, among other things. Making a high-quality fan-film on a shoestring budget (while working full-time) isn't an easy task, but Curtin and his cabal of film and Half-Life enthusiasts persevered to pull off one of the better bits of cinematic fan-fiction based on video games that we've seen to date. Read more »

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Valve Reports Mac Game Performance Gains with Latest Mac OSX Update

Since the launch of Steam for the Mac and the release of Valve's back-catalog of Source-engine titles, Valve has been "working with Apple and their GPU vendors to close the performance gap with Windows." It has paid off!

The latest Mac OSX update, released yesterday for Snow Leopard implemented changes that led Valve to see, "depending on the game, video settings and the hardware.. measured frame rate improvements from 15% to 120%." Read more »

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Shack PSA: Steam Discounts Borderlands, Max and the Magic Marker and More

[Update: 12:41pm] Steam has updated the sale again, replacing Crysis with the Crysis: Maximum Edition for $19.99. Crysis remains $14.99 alone. Earlier, Day of Defeat was swapped with Day of Defeat: Source; however, Day of Defeat remains 75% off.

Another day, another set of titles on sale during the Perils of Summer promotion on Steam. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled and your wallets at the ready, as a few of the deals we initially reported yesterday were changed soon after they had been announced. Read more »

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Steam for Mac Adds Half-Life 2, EVE Online

The Half-Life 2 Collection and EVE Online: Tyrannis represent this week's latest additions to the Steam for Mac digital distribution platform, operator Valve has announced.

The Mac editions of Valve's celebrated shooters Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two are now available through the digital distribution platform, while Tyrannis--the lastest update to CCP's space-faring MMO EVE Online--will hit "later today" and marks "Steam's first day-and-date release for the Mac and PC." Read more »

"Achievements? Wooo. Was thinking about replaying HL2 soon. It may be sooner than expected."
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Half-Life 2 Hits Mac Steam Tomorrow; Teased via Epic Homage Trailer

Related Topics – Half-Life 2, Trailer, Apple, Steam, PC

[Update 4:47 PM - BL] Valve has confirmed to Shacknews that this release includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2.

[Original Story] Gordon Freeman's epic adventure through City 17 will hit the Mac version of Steam sometime tomorrow. To tease this, Valve has released an homage trailer to the landmark 1984 Apple Macintosh commercial. Read more »

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