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Anticipation of Black Mesa: Xen

Fans of Half-Life are no strangers to waiting. The latest official Half-Life title released from Valve Software was back in 2007. Even the first game Valve published got delayed. 552 more words

The ultimate mashup: Gordon Freeman’s Model of a Modern Major General

The juxtaposition of the unlikely always has had appeal to me. Not least because it’s often very funny. I think such things are usually called ‘mashups’, but a century or so ago the word was ‘dada’, after the art movement that pivoted around superficially irrational juxtaposition. 419 more words


Review: Team Fortress 2 (17 hours and 40 minutes)

Merry Christmas to all!

This I suppose is the last game in The Orange Box. It’s really interesting that Team Fortress fans told people to avoid the Xbox 360 version in particular. 536 more words


Review: Portal 2 (~7 hours)

This is almost exactly what I wanted from a Portal sequel, though it still isn’t perfect. The most fun you can have in the first Portal is the moment you break through the wall and attempt to escape the laboratory. 651 more words


Review: Portal (~4 hours)

This is a game, as I understand it, that was a concept created by students at DigiPen (a college for game development), and Valve Software was so impressed that they hired the team to make this game at Valve. 498 more words


Review: Half-Life 2: Episode Two (~7 hours)

Valve fixed a lot of what was broken in Episode One with Episode Two. First and foremost, the combat is fun again, perhaps the most fun combat in all Half-Life 2 games. 465 more words


Review: Half-Life 2: Episode One (~6 hours)

It was nice of Valve Software to give us two new games in the Half-Life series, right before Half-Life was put on hold indefinitely. Though some fan out there is probably still begging for Half-Life 3, sometimes you have to be grateful for what you got. 437 more words