From Civilian to Messiah – A God Complex Towards Freeman

After playing Half-Life a bit more, browsing through Half-Life 2 maps in GMod, re-reading what is basically Half-Life 2: Episode 3 and watching a large array of Half-Life content, I’ve realised something. The more you play Half-Life, the more people begin to worship Gordon Freeman. And that bothers me. As I re-watched the delightful series Freeman’s Mind, I was reminded by an argument a friend of mine came up with. In Half-Life 1 and the other goldsrc games, you’re just a person who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. In Half-Life 2 and onwards, you’re… [Continue Reading]

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Sven Co-op and Half-Life with Siblings

I like to be left alone when I play games, yet I constantly get roped into playing games with my brother and sister. Generally games they want to play, not games I want to play. If I ever suggest something, it’s always “nah don’t fancy that”, but I’m not allowed to complain about their choice of games. Luckily, we managed to convince each other to give Sven Co-op a go, after I said it was free. Everyone likes Half-Life, right? Maybe not. Sister had never really played before. Okay, she’s looked at it and knows what the game is and… [Continue Reading]

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How to Play Half Life For Free

The original Half-Life is one of the most important and influential first-person shooters ever released. Have you ever wanted to experience it but don’t own the game? Well now you can! Half-Life comes bundled within Sven Co-op, a free-to-play GoldSrc mod available on Steam. In this article, I’ll be explaining step-by-step how to setup Sven Co-op so that you can play Half-Life they way it was meant to be. Step 1: Go to the Sven Co-op page on Steam and download it by clicking ‘Play Game’. Step 2: If you don’t already have Steam, you’ll be prompted to setup an account. If you already… [Continue Reading]

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Half-Life: C.A.G.E.D.

A free Half-Life mod with a single player campaign by an ex-Valve developer? Why, yes please. Though it should really be called “C.A.G.E.D. – A Half-Life Mod” considering it has nothing to do with the world of Half-Life, it just shares the engine and models of the original. Some point through the game I noticed this and felt a tinge of disappointment but I wanted to reach the end and judge it accordingly on its own merit. The basic premise is that you’re locked up for some unspecified crime and you prefer the view from the outside of the bars,… [Continue Reading]

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A Tribute to Half Life 2’s Male07 Civilian

Gordon Freeman encounters a lot of different people when he emerges from his mysterious sleep to find himself in an alien-occupied Earth in Half-Life 2. Assetwise, Valve used a handful of models to represent these civilians and Resistance members. But why is male07 far and away the most popular civilian among the Half-Life community? With his thin beard, widow’s peak, bald spot, and a dash of the real-life poser’s handsomeness, male07 is in all respects and purposes an average character model. The first fan project to give male07 special treatment was the fancomic Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman. Author Christopher C.… [Continue Reading]

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Epistle 3 – Too Late an Ending, But an Ending Nonetheless

It’s been ten years since Half-Life: Episode 2 came out and left us on a cliffhanger, with Eli’s death and a world of opportunity opening itself out to the Resistance. In ten years, a ton of things have happened, as is often the way with the passing of time. Heck, in the last 4 years, we’ve managed to pump out 1600 articles, and there’s been a billion new Call of Duty games. But the one thing that HASN’T happened was an answer or a sequel to what occurs after Half-Life 2 and its chapters. Then, all out of the blue… [Continue Reading]

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Sven Coop – A 2017 Review

Yesterday I realized that I’m never playing the original Half-Life again. It’s one of my favorite single-player games of all time, and I have hundreds of hours in in from various playthroughs. It was the first game I ever tried to mod (to varying degrees of success, though none of my attempts were ever released to the internet) and its artstyle and gameplay will forever hold a special place in my heart. But I just installed Sven Coop and discovered that it contains the original Half-Life playable in multiplayer! Completely for free, you can go enjoy Half-Life 1 right now! Apparently Sven… [Continue Reading]

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These are a few of my favourite guns~

As any gamer will know, weapons are the bread and butter of almost any video game, with the exception being some platformers, fighting games, and the Stanley Parable. And anyone who has played at least three different games will have a few favourites. With that said, these are my six most favourite video game weapons. And the only reason why I listed 6 and not 5 is because the last two are actually really close. Number 6 by a margin smaller than the amount of Heavy mains in TF2 is the Tomislav. As a flank Heavy, this gun has been… [Continue Reading]

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Transmissions: Element 120

I almost didn’t pick this game up because someone out there tagged it as “horror”. While I don’t mind horror games, I prefer not to have my time wasted by petty jumpscares with no effort to build up any kind of atmosphere, but this game wasn’t that. I’d say it was creepy, but in the same way ALL Half-Life games are. Unnerving, for sure, but it never tries to exploit the player for a cheap thrill which I appreciate immensely. Instead, it uses the properties of light and dark in interesting ways as well as providing new mechanics not seen… [Continue Reading]

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5 Great Guns in Gaming that Didn’t Make the Sequel

Some gaming franchises like Payday or Left 4 Dead manage to port everything forward, good or bad, into future sequels. Others aren’t quite that thorough, and various parts of older titles are abandoned as the franchise moves forward toward newer and better things. Oftentimes the missing elements were either widely disliked or mostly replaced by something that fills a similar role, but sometimes one of those abandoned guns carries a whole playstyle or game mechanic with it. Today I wanted to talk about a few of the fallen soldiers who will sadly never grace our inventory again. 1. Saints Row 2’s Shock Paddles: The defibrillator is the… [Continue Reading]

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