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  • Blog Post: See Halo's Enemies, Vehicles, And Master Chief All Drawn To Scale

    Artist Andrew McGee, who brought us every colossus from Shadow of the Colossus drawn to scale , as well as a similar piece comparing Half-Life 2's assorted monsters, vehicles, and humans , has release a new piece focused on all things Halo. The sizes aren't quite as perfect as McGee's last... More
  • Blog Post: Last Of Us Creative Director Neil Druckman Jokingly Requests The Half-Life License From Valve

    In a fun bit of "imagine if..." thinking, Neil Druckman, creative director of The Last of Us and Uncharted 4, jokingly requested the Half-Life license from Valve, pointing out that they've already suited up Alyx Vance's performer, Merle Dandridge, in a motion capture suit once before... More
  • Blog Post: Playable Mash-Up Brings Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun To Hotline Miami

    A fan-made mash-up, dubbed Half-Line Miami, mashes up two disparate games in an impressive way. You can check out a video from the game below which comes from creator Thomas Kole who wrote on his website , "I made this game as a declaration of my love for these two games, and as an experiment in... More
  • Blog Post: Mod Places Half-Life 2 Gravity Gun In Grand Theft Auto V

    YouTube user Tom Jackson posted a video recently of a GTAV mod that places a Half-Life 2-style gravity gun in Los Santos. You can check out the video below where Jackson uses the weapon to lift and fling cars, people, helicopters, and maybe even something bigger if you stick around until the end of the... More
  • Blog Post: Black Mesa, A Community-Created, Modernized Half-Life, Goes From Free To Early Access

    Crowbar Collective, a third-party team of developers, is in the final stages of launching its long in-development update to Half-Life on Steam. Black Mesa was built on Valve’s Source engine and originally released for free in 2012 . Now it’s on Early Access. According to the Steam store page... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's Gabe Newell Responds To Questions About Mod Sales On Steam

    Update: Valve's Gabe Newell is recently engaged in an "ask me anything" session on reddit responding to questions about Valve and Steam's paid mods initiative. Newell opened the conversations writing, "On Thursday I was flying back from LA. When I landed, I had 3,500 new messages... More
  • Blog Post: Abandoned Half-Life Episode Featured Magnet Gun, Warren Spector Says

    It's not every day that we get to write news about Half-Life, but we do today. We have new details about video game legend Warren Spector's role in a ditched Half-Life project. Warren Spector is one of the most influential developers in video game history, with each of his games (Deus Ex, System... More
  • Blog Post: New Gravity-Defying Half-Life 2 Mod Out After 2 Years In Development

    Half-Life fans have had to learn to be patient, since Valve doesn't seem to be in a rush to revisit Half-Life any time soon. Fortunately, modders have unofficially kept the franchise alive. A new mod called Transmissions: Element 120 was recently released, showing what a single developer can do with... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Is Your Favorite Gaming Weapon?

    Video games are filled with exotic locations, creatures, and ways to attack those creatures. Many of the ways we annihilate the bad guys in video games would never work in reality, but that's why video games are fun. What are some of your favorite video game weapons? Personally – and I know... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Do You Prefer Open World Or Linear Experiences?

    There's plenty of room for both types of games, but do you have a preference? One of the themes of my personal top five games of last generation list was how much I enjoy linear, directed experiences. I love games like The Last of Us and Half-Life 2 that have dedicated paths leading to specific storytelling... More
  • Blog Post: Marvel Heroes And Gaming Icons Collide In An Epic Battle

    We've all had the dream of our favorite heroes from different walks of life meeting for the first time. Of course, the first thing that always seems to happen when your favorite fictional heroes meet, is they start slapping each other around. Watch the sparks fly when gaming's biggest guns meet... More
  • Blog Post: Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell Creative Director Moves Over To Valve

    Saints Row IV and the upcoming Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell's creative director Steve Jaros is leaving Volition to join Valve. Jaros made the the announcement with a series of tweets offering his excitement for the future and past of Volition and Saints Row, as well as his excitement for his future... 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: Speedrun Group Defeats Half-Life Record Beating The Game In Just Over 20 Minutes

    A new record has been set for speedrunning Half-Life by a group of talented, and devoted speedrunners completing the game – on hard – in 20 minutes and 41 seconds. The group, which posted its run as quadrazid on YouTube , has been working on perfecting this speedrun since 2010. It breaks... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Has Been The Best Year For Video Games?

    With 2013 behind us, we can all agree that it was a fantastic year for video games. Was it the best year for video games? Or is there another, more impressive year? 2013 saw new Sony and Microsoft consoles, but it also saw a slew of excellent video games that we will surely be discussing and playing... More
  • Blog Post: Black Mesa To Be Sold On Steam

    Black Mesa, which was among the first games to be Greenlit on Steam, will soon be available on Steam as a retail product. The free Half-Life 2 mod remade the original Half-Life, bringing the first chapter of Valve’s revolutionary franchise up to par with modern shooters. The collection of Half... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's Pipeline Program Will Help Introduce Hopeful Young Game Designers To The Industry

    Valve has announced a new program called Pipeline designed to help teenagers interested in video game design answer some of their questions about the industry. The program will help both Valve and young game designers. Valve has always hired industry veterans with lots of experience, but it has hired... More
  • Blog Post: Gordon Freeman and Chell Go On A Date

    We've known that the worlds of Half-Life and Portal are connected if not entirely the same, but what would happen if Gordon Freeman and Chell were to find their way to one another? What would happen if that meeting weren't an accident? Mike Ngary has envisioned just such an encounter. The video... 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: Reader Discussion: Do You Trust J.J. Abrams With Film Adaptations Of Portal And Half-Life?

    Director J.J. Abrams was recently handed the director’s chair for the new Star Wars film, and while at this year’s D.I.C.E. Conference, he announced that a deal had been made with Valve for a series of adaptations based on some of their video game properties. Abrams and Valve president and... More
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