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MobyGames Classic: Half-Life

MobyGames Classic: Half-Life

Released in 1998, Half-Life set the stage for story-driven first-person shooters. While games like Halo have been praised for thrusting the genre into the modern age, its cinematic nature couldn't exist without stepping through the doors burst open by developer Valve. Widely considered one of the best games of all time, the original Half-Life is a welcome addition to our list of classics.

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"Bringing up the shooter landscape in which Half-Life launched is pretty important. People who ..."
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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 »

"Well, I'll go out on a limb here and say because Half Life has zombies in in. Though, I'm a bit ..."
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Morning Discussion

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I have it on good authority that a certain well-known developer is going to announce something related to a popular franchise at E3. I don't, you must understand, but when one inevitably does I'll look like an ace industry insider. Even if nothing is announced and E3 is all original properties, I have already whipped excitable readers into a frenzy, speculating wildly and imagining its the sequel they've already dreamed off--yes, James Pond is being rebooted in the God of War mould--and they'll be telling all their friends how brilliant I am. After E3, I can pretend it never happened or play for keeps and say that the announcement is being saved for a later date, extending my amazingness.

By now you have deduced that I dislike the tedious torrent of rumours flooding the Shacknews Newsdesk. Yes, some are no doubt from actual leaked insider info but the deluge of pointlessness renders those essentially worthless until they're announced. Read more »

"My nephew went through something similar, extreme stomach pain upon eating anything, lasting for ..."
- grandmasterlee    See all 6820 comments

Valve's Steam Coming to Mac on May 12

The Mac OS version of Valve's digital distribution platform Steam will be released on May 12, the company confirmed today.

No other details on the launch were given--the announcement was a brief two sentences--though it will presumably debut alongside the native Mac versions of Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal and the Half-Life series originally slated to launch with the Mac client in April 2010. Read more »

"don't know about all games but in Unreal Tournament and Deus Ex I always switched the renderer ..."
- MamiyaOtaru    See all 54 comments

Steam Coming to Mac in April, Portal 2 This Fall

After some heavy-handed hints, Valve today confirmed that it will be bringing its previously Windows-only digital distribution platform Steam to the Mac in April 2010.

Said the company: "Steam and Valve's library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April." Read more »

"Complainers on this topic: please consider that as the PS3's graphics engine is based on ..."
- SketchyFletchy    See all 219 comments

Valve Reveals Lifetime Retail Sales of Half-Life, Counter-Strike Series

Beloved developer Valve has released lifetime retail sales figures for some of its more popular games, including the Half-Life and Counter-Strike series, revealing that the studio has sold over 32.8 million games since the 1998 release of the first Half-Life.

Sales from Valve's digital distribution client are not factored in, with the figures only accounting for worldwide retail sales. With Half-Life 2, Valve began simultaneously releasing all of its PC games at retail and via Steam. The numbers were originally printed in the November issue of Game Informer, then republished by Gamasutra. Read more »

"....or very high and they'd like to keep outside parties from investing heavily in their own ..."
- edgewise    See all 143 comments

CERN's Freeman Picks Up Crowbar from Gamers, Begins Saving the World

Related Topics – Half-Life, half-life, PC, PlayStation 2

Back in September we reported on the sighting of a rather suspicious-looking scientist at CERN, the site of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator, which was then in preparation for its historic first test. In the test chamber.

Sensing imminent invasion, alarmed gamers at Reddit took the initiative, mailing CERN a wrecking bar, headcrab hat and Half-Life strategy guide. Read more »

"right; i can't stop laughing my ass off,,,anyway, who the heck is gordan freeman?"
- apfelstrudel2    See all 51 comments

Shack PSA: Half-Life 1 on Steam for 98 Cents

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In honor of the tenth anniversary of the original Half-Life (PC), developer Valve has put the game on sale on its Steam digital distribution service for 98 cents, a nod to its 1998 release.

The oft-delayed Half-Life was Valve's first release and went on to receive countless Game of the Year awards and high-ranking spots in several publications' "best games of all time" lists. The studio has followed up the adventures of silent protagonist Gordon Freeman with a sequel and two episodic mini-sequels, with Episode Three on the way. Read more »

"Hmm I never pay in € on Steam, its always USD, maybe because I am in a non EU country?"
- Lukiopimp    See all 53 comments

Gordon Freeman Spotted in CERN Tessst Chamber

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Ever watch the same disaster movie twice and find yourself trying to warn off the actors? Some gamers might be doing the same after checking out this photograph (left) provided by Popgive, which appears to show an unwitting Gordon Freeman standing in the CERN test chamber. Read more »

"You all fail to notice Charles Martinet in the left hand side of this picture!"
- Rookoka    See all 138 comments

A Non-gamer's Adventures in Black Mesa

Related Topics – Half-Life, half-life, Valve, ESA

PapaBoo is a long-time Shacker (that's him up above) but, interestingly enough, not a gamer. He hangs around the Shack community for the ever-addictive absorbing discussion and camaraderie it provides, not because of the gaming nature of the site.

So, in order to better relate to his Shack brothers, he is attempting to play through a game that is near and dear to the hearts of the Shacknews readership: Valve's classic Half-Life. Read more »

"Arrg. I can't figure out the spoiler tag. Sorry, new poster. Nuke that if anyone thinks ..."
- IHATEDUST    See all 11 comments

Half-Life 1 / CS Patch Released

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According to the Steam website, a new update is now available for players of Half-Life 1 and the original Counter-Strike. The engine now allows you to set 2560x1600 as your screen resolution.

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"You mean like the "Do not update this game automatically" option every game has when you ..."
- Sapiens    See all 15 comments

Steam Updates

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According to the Steam website, a Steam client update is now available. It fixes an occasional hang on startup, IP sorting, responsiveness of the favorites list and a few other items. Updates are also available for Half-Life 1 and Source engines.

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"finally the favorites and history fixed! I sent a few bug reports over the months of that ..."
- T.I.E.    See all 3 comments

Marc Laidlaw Q&A

Related Topics – Half-Life, half-life, Valve

Over at Computer & Video Games you can find a Q&A with Valve's Marc Laidlaw. Questions focus on the Gordon Freeman and G-Man characters, and characters cut from the first Half-Life.

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"When you go out on a date with Mark, you get laid, and thats... the law"
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Valve Software Interview

Related Topics – Half-Life, half-life, Interview, Valve

1UP's Valve coverage concludes today with a two part (one, two) Gabe Newell interview in which he talks about his company, the industry and the next generation of systems. Yesterday they had a story about the history of Valve.

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"From all the info i've read from Carmack, Gabe and then the anonymous source article on Anand ..."
- thesubtlesnake    See all 4 comments

Half-Life: Blue Shift Now On Steam

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As expected, Half-Life Blue Shift is now available on Steam. It is available for people who own Half-Life 1, the Half-Life 2 Silver package, or the Half-Life 2 Gold package.

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"but yea on a side note, before i bought hl2:silver, i put in my hl1:bs cd key, and it unlocked ..."
- voique    See all 60 comments

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