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  • Blog Post: Half-Life 2: Update Is A Community Remaster That Won’t Cost You A Dime

    Console players are becoming all too familiar with remasters of older games. Publishers are asking gamers to pony up for enhanced graphics and sound for the new hardware. On PC, community members are doing it themselves. Half-Life 2: Update is a mod for the 2004 game that enhances a number of graphical... More
  • Blog Post: This Is What Half-Life 2's Combine Invasion May Have Looked Like In Its Early Stages

    By the time Half-Life 2 begins, the Combine invasion is well on its way. This video imagines what the invasion might have looked like in its early stages. Buildings are still intact, it's bright and sunny, and crates of ammo and explosive red barrels are intermittently placed instead of showing up... More
  • Blog Post: Animator Recreates Notable Locations From 15 Video Games In Impressive Short Film

    Animator Tim Hijlkema has taken a collection of video game locations, a recreated them for an impressive short film montage. You can check out the video below which looks at locations from Left 4 Dead, Half-life, The Last of Us, and many more. You can find a cheat sheet of featured locations on Hijlkema's... More
  • Blog Post: See Half-Life 2's Enemies Drawn To Scale

    From artist Andrew McGee, who brought us every colossus from Shadow of the Colossus drawn to scale , comes a new size comparison collection focused on Half-Life 2. In the piece you will find, I believe, every enemy that appears in Half-Life 2 from the tiny Headcrab, to the gigantic Striders. Even the... More
  • Blog Post: Half-Life 2 And Portal Are Now Portable On Nvidia Shield

    Two of Valve's greatest games are now available on the go for Nvidia Shield owners. Both of you can find the games right now on Google Play , and they run natively on the console (as opposed to streaming from Nvidia PCs). They retail for $9.99, so pick them up now if you're looking for a couple... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Publishes Free Comic Book Day Catch-Up Comic For Team Fortress 2

    Today is free comic book day, and in honor of the sort-of holiday, Valve has published a comic to catch readers up on its ongoing Team Fortress 2 comic book. The comic has been published for free quarterly by Valve for some time. It recently published its third issue. Valve has offered the catch-up comic... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Holiday Sale Day 13: Mana, Masks, And Mute Scientists

    Today’s Steam Holiday Sale deals are up. Half-Life 2 is in this batch, but we’re pretty sure this isn’t Valve secret code for “Half-Life 3 confirmed.” In addition to Gordon Freeman’s second adventure, the Belmont family embarks on its first. You can also pick up a... More
  • Blog Post: Modder Adds A Whole Lot Of Doom To Half-Life 2

    What is the one thing Half-Life 2 has been missing all these years? Doom's weapons and enemies, of course. The video below comes from YouTube user GhorsHammer who added Doom's weapons and enemies to Gordon Freeman's world using the always entertaining Garry's Mod. Freeman is used to fighting... More
  • Blog Post: Half-Life 2 VR Head And Gun-Tracking Mod Looks Great

    We recently posted a news story showing off a Half-Life 2 mod that uses a camera to sense player’s head movements, allowing them to carefully peak around corners. A new head and gun-tracking mod has arrived on the scene that puts the previous effort to shame. Oculus Rift developer Nathan Andrews... More
  • Blog Post: Morgan Freeman Cosplays Gordon Freeman In GTA IV Mod

    Have you ever noticed that Gordon Freeman, silent protagonist of the the Half-Life series, and academy award winning actor Morgan Freeman have very similar names? And that neither has anything to do with the Grand Theft Auto series? The mod seen in the video below comes from YouTube user wapeddell ,... More
  • Blog Post: Half-Life 2 Gravity Gun Replica On The Way

    After a successful run of replica Portal guns , NECA is looking a little further back into Valve's game library for it's next project. The Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator, or Gravity Gun to those folks who prefer their weapon's names to have fewer than 13 syllables, is from Half-Life... More
  • Blog Post: Here's The Full List Of Last Night's VGA Winners

    Even if you watched the show, you didn't catch the winner for every category. Here's the full list. Game of the Year The Walking Dead: The Game Studio of the Year Telltale Games Best Xbox 360 Game Halo 4 Best PS3 Game Journey Best Wii / Wii U Game New Super Mario Bros. U Best PC Game XCOM: Enemy... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Concept Art Appears Online

    Another day, another Half-Life 2: Episode 3 rumor, this time with pictures. A thread has appeared on the Valve fan site ValveTime.net showing off supposed concept art for the next installment in the Half-Life series. It's high-quality art that fits with the Half-Life concept art style, and also has... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Hires In-House Economist To Study Virtual Economies

    Greek economics theory professor Yanis Varoufakis will research the political economy of Valve's in-game currencies and report his findings weekly in the Valve Economics blog . The hire is in-line with Valve's decision to move to free-to-play. Valve sought out Varoufakis after Gabe Newell became... More
  • Blog Post: Watch This Live Action Half-Life 2 Short Right Now

    "Escape From City 17" part two is finally out, and it turns out to be worth the wait. Check out the video below the break. The first "Escape From City 17" short came out way back in 2009 and ran all of four minutes. The follow-up is 14 and a half minutes long. Ever wonder what a live... More
  • Blog Post: Garry’s Mod Hits 1,000,000 Sold

    Valve fans love getting under the hood and tinkering with amazing PC games like Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead. Garry’s Mod, essentially a big sand box which allows players to experiment with Valve’s physics engine, has hit big milestone today with over 1,000,000 served. Creator of Garry’s... More
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Half-Life 3 Hints Surface

    UPDATE: Valve's Doug Lombardi responded to this rumor in about as clear a way as we could hope for: "This is fiction (aside from the fact that Mike D is a real person)." Well, back to the waiting game, everybody. ORIGINAL STORY: Most true Half-Life fans such as myself have given up hopes... More
  • Blog Post: Meet Lego Gordon Freeman's Worst Nightmare

    Even in Lego form, Half-Life 2's Combine Striders are terrifying. Sure, you could step on one of these guys with little effort, but the memories it evokes still make me shudder. Martin Latta is the clever Lego engineer behind the creature, which you can see on his Flickr page , along with a totally... More
  • Blog Post: Portal 2 Writer Says It's The Best Valve Single-Player Game Ever

    In a recent interview, Valve writer Chet Faliszek says he feels Portal 2 is the company's best single-player game to date. That's a bold statement, considering the fact that many place Half-Life 2 on the shortlist for the honors of the best game of all time (it finished fifth on our Top 200 Games... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Tortures Us With A Reminder That More Half-Life Is Coming One Day

    I've been thinking a lot about Half-Life lately, since fellow GI editor Dan Ryckert is finally playing through Half-Life 2: Episode Two, one of the best pieces of content for one of the best video game franchises of all time. Just the other night I realized that it's nearly been four years since... More
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