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Half Life is 10!

A previously unknown company called Valve, released ten years ago, a game called Half Life. Heard of it? Thought you might have- although believe it or not, Gordon Freeman’s debut on our gaming systems was initially more of a ‘quickie’ technology showcase, designed to make the industry take note of this up-and-coming game developer. According to Ars technica:

Initially, Half-Life was supposed to be this quickie FPS that would give the company a resume and get us on our feet to do whatever the real thing was that we were going to do. We could learn some stuff doing this, then we’d do some other thing.”

I remember borrowing a friend’s copy of the game and playing it on my first self-built pc, a relic with a 333Mhz AMD K6-2 processor and 128Mb of RAM, gosh 1998 seems such a long time ago… Despite being a phenomenal game in it’s own right, redefining the baseline for game narrative and story telling, the mod community is what really developed Half Life’s appeal. Mods like Day of Defeat, Counter Strike, Natural Selection as well as literally countless others all attracted their own fan-bases and showed what a small group of fans could accomplish. To this day, the degree of flexibility and mod-ibility of the Half Life engines present a target for other game development houses to aspire to.


Well, ten years later and Half Life has been a remarkable success proving to the world that a guy in a lab coat with an unhealthy penchant for physics problems can have the most amazing adventures and get the girl. To celebrate, Valve are offering this classic for $1 over at their online store Steam.

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  1. November 25, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Aaaah the memories.

    Actually the first PC I played it on was exactly 333Mhz too. It was a brand new “Celeron Compatible” Packard Bell PC that came with 32Mb ram (upgraded to an incredible 64Mb) with the state of the art Windows 98SE. I can’t remember what the video card was, but it had the choppiest gameplay ever. And I was still happy playing.

    And goodness, who knew CS would have legs on its own back then?

  2. December 5, 2008 at 12:35 am

    One of the great classics, no less important than Doom. I played this for the first time back in 2002* and have finished it three or four times since. I actually enjoy it more than its (excellent) sequel.

    [It’s impressive how rapidly technology developed in a few years: My machine back then was a 1.7GHz Pentium 4 with, oh, 384Mb of RAM and a GeForce 2.]

  3. lunaticg
    December 12, 2008 at 2:18 am

    the only FPS in my list beside Doom. I never played any FPS games since then. thank you for sharing the great offer friend.

    See you around.

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