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This fan made Half-Life 3 teaser trailer is pretty great  photo
This fan made Half-Life 3 teaser trailer is pretty great
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Will Half-Life 3 ever come out? I'm at that point where I've lost all anticipation. Still, exceptional fan made trailers like this give me a small glimmer of hope.

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Carmack's Oculus rift and Half-Life left for Left 4 Dead photo
Carmack's Oculus rift and Half-Life left for Left 4 Dead
by Conrad Zimmerman

In this latest installment of Office Chat, I'm joined by Jim Sterling and Jordan Devore to commiserate over Valve's seeming decision to prioritize Left 4 Dead 3 ahead of Half-Life 3. Plus, John Carmack has joined the team developing the Oculus Rift VR headset, but is anybody going to care anymore once the thing is actually in consumer hands?

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7:00 AM on 08.09.2013

So that's how the Gravity Gun works!

WITH TRANS-DIMENSIONAL SPACE CRYSTALS!   

Hamza CTZ Aziz





1:00 PM on 07.08.2013

Speedrun: Half-Life 2 cleared in remarkable 1:27:51

You know it's a good speedrun when it gets me to let out an audible "Whaaat?" I lost count. Believe me when I say that this record-breaking Half-Life 2 run by the SourceRuns Team is a good one. Actually, I'm probably va...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 07.01.2013

Beautiful infographic charts all of Valve's voice actors

I'm a sucker for a good infographic. You can take something ordinary and uninteresting, like a list of all 50 actors who have provided voice work for Valve's 174 characters, and make something magical. It becomes an adventure...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 06.28.2013

Surgeon Simulator 2013 ARG isn't related to Half-Life 3

Yesterday, word got out about a peculiar clue hidden underneath a statue in Surgeon Simulator 2013. This was part of the update that brought Team Fortress 2's Medic and Heavy to the game and, knowing Valve's history with alte...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 05.10.2013

Half-Life 2 receives Oculus Rift support in latest patch

Oculus Rift promises a richer, more immersive game experience, so pairing it with the monumental Half-Life 2 is a no brainier, right? Valve's Joe Ludwig has done just that, adding Occulus Rift support to the game. The Oculus ...

Allistair Pinsof

6:00 PM on 04.30.2013

Nagging from Valve co-workers got MINERVA on Steam

Up until now, I wasn't aware of Adam Foster's highly-regarded Half Life 2 mod MINERVA in any real sense. The name sounds familiar, so I'm sure I had at one point or another come across it within the last few years, but I...

Jordan Devore



Seven more of the toughest games to run on PC photo
Seven more of the toughest games to run on PC
by Brett Makedonski

A few months ago, we compiled a list of some of the toughest games to run on PC in honor of the release of Crysis 3. While each of the games listed were certainly troublesome, plenty of additional titles were mentioned in the comments that were notably demanding. 

It's only right to give these games their proper due for being so damn difficult to run. I mean, if we don't preserve their legacy, people might eventually forget that these were all total pains in the ass.

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4:30 PM on 04.02.2013

New mod adds Doom weapons and characters to Half-Life 2

Have you ever asked yourself, "What if someone took the concept of fighting flat 2D enemies from Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard and put it into a much better game?" I know I have, and thankfully the modder Ghor has answ...

Jason Cabral

12:45 PM on 04.01.2013

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 announced

A Steam store page has appeared for Half-Life 2: Episode 3 and I'm sure it's totally legit. It's actually just a joke from CheapShark, but wouldn't it be funny if Valve really did announce it today? It being real would be the best joke of all.

Joshua Derocher

4:30 PM on 02.26.2013

Valve discusses its boss-less work environment

Valve is a company unlike any other in game development, but we knew this when we read its employee handbook last year. In an interview on University of Texas's EconTalk podcast, Valve's economist-in-residence Yanis Varoufaki...

Allistair Pinsof



Trends of this Generation: Gamification photo
Trends of this Generation: Gamification
by Daniel Starkey

Leading up the possible PlayStation 4 announcement on February 20, I've been looking into some paradigm shifts we've seen over the past generation. This is stuff that will likely be with us for a while; these are things that I think will continue on for at least a decade to come.

So far, we've taken looks at motion controls, consoles becoming more like all-in-one media centers, and eSports. Today I want to briefly talk about achievements and gamification.

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10:30 PM on 02.08.2013

Half-Life & Portal Movies? Rayman Delayed? What MADNESS!

What a bunch of wacky news today about the video games! There's the ongoing Rayman Legends debacle, with it being delayed for a multi-platform release, causeing devs and fans to speak out. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrahms a...

Max Scoville







Can a Half-Life or Portal movie really work? photo
Can a Half-Life or Portal movie really work?
by Brett Makedonski

With today's somewhat startling revelation that J.J Abrams and Valve intend to collaborate on Half-Life and Portal movies comes speculation as to how these movies are actually going to work. Specifically, the notion that Abrams may have a difficult time staying true to the source material with regard to the protagonists.

While the Half-Life world will make for a fascinating setting for Hollywood to explore, Valve has made a habit of defining their main characters with one particular inaccessible character trait that wouldn't lend itself all that well to the big screen.

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3:30 PM on 02.06.2013

Half-life & Portal films are happening, J.J. Abrams says

Director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Valve are cooperating on film adaptations of Half-Life and Portal, with early ideas already being tossed around Hollywood. Abrams also dropped hints that a game collaboration might be in d...

Allistair Pinsof