Half-Life 10th Anniversary Deal

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About 10 years ago, in November 1998, Valve Software released the first installment of one of the greatest and most enduring gaming franchises in history; Half-Life. In this classic science fiction first-person shooter, you assume the role of Dr. Gordon Freeman, a recent graduate theoretical physicist. Unfortunately your day job at the Black Mesa research facility just took a turn for the worst (as if working in a windowless research bunker a couple hundred feet underground in the middle of a remote desert wasn't bad enough). The experiment you were just performing blows up in your face, literally, as well as everything in the surrounding area, unleashing all manner of unpleasantry upon the world. Your goal is to find your way out of the Black Mesa facility, all while unraveling the truth behind exactly what went wrong (or very right, if you ask us).



While we bet most of you have already played through the first chapter in Gordan Freeman's saga at least once and have likely also battled your way through the expansions and second installment, there are still some poor souls who have somehow missed out on this venerable classic. Well, those uninitiated among you just got lucky because Valve has got a deal for you. Until noon on Thursday November 21st, Valve is offering the original Half-Life game on their Steam distribution service for the paltry price of just $0.98. If you haven't yet experienced this seminal classic, don't miss out on this deal!




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imAcpufan replied on Thu, Nov 20 2008 11:17 AM

Nice. The Half-life saga is my all-time favourite game series to this day. I can't wait for Half-life 2: Episode 3.

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98 cents. That's awesome. I need to play through all the games again before episode 3 comes out.

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IMHO the original HL is more difficult/challenging than HL2/E:1/E:2.

I'll be playing through the games again too!

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I love Half Life... When is the nest one going to come out? I last played EP2

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Nov 20 2008 6:21 PM

I got Half-Life free with an ATI 9600XT years ago. The ATI card was supposed to come with HL2 (via a quick Steam download of the soon to be released game), but after the source code theft the game was delayed for nearly a year... they gave card owners HL, CS, and CS:S as free bonuses.

I'm almost ashamed to say, I never could bring myself to play it. I started it up to see how it works, but apparently I'm a "graphics-whore" or something.

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3vi1:
I'm a "graphics-whore" or something
I can understand that and relate, but HL original is worth a play through to fully understand the story.

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MikeL_HH replied on Thu, Nov 20 2008 7:42 PM

The original Half-Life has also been ported to the Source engine by Valve. I've played through both the original and the Source version and I gotta say the port is quite good. One of the puzzles sort of got messed up due to the new realistic physics engine in Source, but that was very minor.

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If I didn't already have the game, I woulda bought it for 98 cents for sure.

In many ways, I like the first game better than the second.  And of them all, Opposing Force (the "expansion" for HL1) is possibly my favourite.  We don't need no stinking gravity gun... we have a freakin barnacle gun.

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One of the guys in my TF2 clan was going around looking to see if everyone had it and buying if for the people that don't today.

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ice_73 replied on Fri, Nov 21 2008 2:40 PM

also black mesa source is coming out, its a complete graphical rework of the original hl! and not that badly ported hl-source (in hl source, it uses same textures, and just updated the engine, in black mesa source its a complete rework with new textures and everything). even though i played and owned the original hl, i lost the cd a while ago looks like now i can buy it via steam and never loose it agian!

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Awesome deal for the game but I don't have a credit card or a paypal account to buy it :(

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ice_73:

also black mesa source is coming out, its a complete graphical rework of the original hl! and not that badly ported hl-source (in hl source, it uses same textures, and just updated the engine, in black mesa source its a complete rework with new textures and everything). even though i played and owned the original hl, i lost the cd a while ago looks like now i can buy it via steam and never loose it agian!

When is that coming out. I saw it a while back and it looked far from done.

 

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ice_73 replied on Sat, Nov 22 2008 1:34 PM

when its done!

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By the time it's done the gfx are gonna be very long in the tooth, but I'll still wanna play it.

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