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8:00 PM on 12.18.2012

NECA is making Half-Life 2 Gravity Gun replicas

Loved NECA's Portal gun replicas? Well you'll have another gun to add to your arsenal come Spring 2013 as the toy company is working on creating Gravity Gun replicas from Half-Life 2. NECA will only be making a limited amount...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





8:15 PM on 11.12.2012

The DTOID Show: Mass Effect 4, Source 2, & Adam Sessler

Hey gang! We're back with another steaming pile of gaming news for your brain-holes! A new Mass Effect game is in the works, and the exciting part is that it's gonna be running Frostbite 2. Black Ops II comes out tomorro...

Max Scoville



Review: Black Mesa photo
Review: Black Mesa
by Joshua Derocher

Half-Life is a great game, but it's been over ten years since its release. What if Half-Life were made in 2007 instead of 1999? Black Mesa is a re-imaging of Half-Life using Source, the engine powering Half-Life 2. Valve has already created an HD remake of Half-Life called Half-Life Source, but that was a simple port over to the new engine. The textures, level design, and models remained the same. Black Mesa is more than a simple remake of the original game. It's a complete re-imaging of the core game with new level design, character models, textures, voice acting, and gameplay. 

It's an ambitious game that was created by a group of modders and fans over the course of seven years. While the core ideas of the levels are still here, each one has been completely recreated, resulting in an overall larger game. Half-Life was about twelve hours long while Black Mesa is easily over fifteen, and Black Mesa doesn't even yet include the original's final four levels.

High-definition remakes have been done before, but this is a creative recreation of a game. It's more than just sexy textures and layers of post-processing tricking us into thinking an old game is new again.

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8:45 PM on 09.21.2012

The DTOID Show: Halo, Revengeance, Half Life 3, & DmC

Hey everybody! I'm back from my travels in the far east to host another fine episode of The Destructoid Show. Today we talk about a random rumor about Half Life 3 being open world, Tara runs down what's new in Halo 4, Metal G...

Max Scoville

1:00 PM on 09.20.2012

Rumor: Half-Life 3 is open world, coming after 2013

An ANONYMOUS SOURCE has told Journaldugamer that Valve's highly anticipated Half-Life 3 will take a dramatic break from the traditional linear progress featured in past games. According to the latest gossip, Gordon Freem...

Jim Sterling



Impressions: Black Mesa is awesome photo
Impressions: Black Mesa is awesome
by Joshua Derocher

Black Mesa is now available, I am playing it, and I can tell you that it's awesome. It is an amazing recreation of the original Half-Life with updated graphics and sounds. We'll have a review up soon. In the meantime, here's 30 minutes of gameplay and my early impressions.

I went back and played some of Half-Life yesterday so I would have the original fresh in my mind when I started playing Black Mesa. The old game definitely looks dated, and this new visual update greatly enhances the experience. The textures are all very crisp and HD, the lighting is dynamic and modern, and physics have been fully added using the Havok engine.

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11:00 AM on 09.14.2012

Time to bash some headcrabs: Black Mesa is now available

Black Mesa, the long awaited and long delayed Half-Life fan remake done in the Source engine is now freely available on the developer's website. Don't worry, I checked and it's not a link to a Rick Astley video. I can't belie...

Allistair Pinsof



Black Mesa will come out September 14, world is ending photo
Black Mesa will come out September 14, world is ending
by Allistair Pinsof

The President of the United States of America:

"Good evening, men and women of America. At 5:42 PST, today, our elite crew of internet lurkers spotted a post from Black Mesa Source Project Leader Carlos Montero on the mod's official message board. Montero states that the long delayed Half-Life remake, made in Source, will arrive September 14. The soundtrack is available now.

"Many Americans have died since Black Mesa was announced in 2005. It has become the Duke Nukem Forever of its time. After years of terrorizing American citizens through the odd Reddit comment from a developer and mysterious screenshot, we can finally say that we got the bastard!

"God bless Black Mesa and God bless America! Also, this initial release will not contain the final chapters in Xen or multiplayer. WTF? Well, whatever. At least we are getting something. I'm going to go get a Big Mac. President out!"

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5:45 PM on 07.18.2012

DTOID Extra: LEAP's motion-control makes Kinect look dumb

The LEAP is essentially a precision Kinect that senses various types of gestures in a 3D space, and can be used for a whole ton of stuff besides Fruit Ninja and dance games. The video on the LEAP's website makes it look...

Max Scoville

8:00 AM on 07.17.2012

Pitchford: Duke Nukem Forever is exactly like Half-Life 2

Most reasonable gamers would consider Duke Nukem Forever, on its own, is a big enough insult to the industry. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, however, has decided to take the mockery further by comparing it to one of the most be...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 06.28.2012

Rumor: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 artwork leaked

A wave of new Half-Life 2: Episode 3 chatter has been triggered for the millionth time this year, now thanks to the Facebook page of fan site Valve Time. The page posted what it claims to be official artwork for the upcoming ...

Jim Sterling



The 'geek' question: hobbyist vs. intellectual photo
The 'geek' question: hobbyist vs. intellectual
by Ryan Perez

The one thing that has always bugged me the most about sports is the use of the word "we." As in, "We won!" No, you didn't win, John Sofaturd from Nothingsville, Ohio. You didn't do anything except sit on your ass and obtain a contact high from the fruitful efforts of someone else who worked their ass off for their success.

To my disappointment, gamers can sometimes have this same habit. Not too long ago, a friend of mine posted an image on Facebook associating the reclusive and unorthodox lifestyle of Nikola Tesla with that of a gamer/comic lover/D&D player, so on and so forth. This was all accomplished via the generalization of the term "geek." Sports fans, meet gamers, the DeVito to your Schwarzenegger.

This made me realize that the debate should not be regarding the differences between "geek" and "nerd"; the two terms virtually mean the same thing, these days. What the debate should be, though, is what different types of geeks/nerds exist. I was led to wonder just why my geek friends enjoy associating themselves with scientific geniuses, when they know practically nothing about science, themselves, as well as how to distinguish the two.

I then proceeded to try that good old-fashioned sociological method. I asked a variety of attendees at E3 two questions: one pertaining to general "hobbyist geek" knowledge and one of general "intellectual geek" knowledge. I wanted to see if we gamers are indeed the same as brainiacs, or if we're simply holding up a "We're #1!" foam finger of our own.

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8:00 AM on 05.03.2012

Valve: No Half-Life 3 at E3

Most will likely agree that the whole Half-Life 3 joke has worn a little thin. I am certainly tired of it, and just wish Valve would announce the thing and get it over with. Well, apparently that's not going to happen at E3. ...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 04.09.2012

Jimquisition: Cutscenes aren't a failure state

It's become increasingly popular to disparage cutscenes and the games that use them in the past few years. It is argued that interactive art should never force a player to watch a movie and, while there's merit in that, that...

Jim Sterling

5:00 PM on 01.16.2012

Free mod Elevator: Source is crazy enough to work

Elevator: Source reminds me of a time back when technical limitations were more constraining, before some of today's popular genres even existed. A team could build a game about inner tubes, or put a banjo-playing man on a b...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 01.04.2012

Half-Life movie mock-up posters are Batman-y

Forget Valve, that gang of meanies and tricksters. The fans can do a better job of teasing us with the prospect of things that will never happen without coming across as trolls. Things like, say, a fictional Half-Life movie. ...

Tony Ponce