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Thread: Half-Life Retrospective

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    Half-Life Retrospective



    An excellent retrospective review of Half-Life, plus all of it's expansions.

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    My first thought was posting this video, but I see that inspiration has preempted my endeavor.

    Half-Life is fantastic, and I even liked the Xen levels.

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    I love LGR <3

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    Noclip is also about to drop a documentary about the Half-Life series (coming out today I think?), featuring interviews with Valve and Gearbox people, fans, mod makers, etc.

    Watched the LGR video last night. It's fine, but it also feels like little more than just the guy reading the Half-Life wikipedia page out loud.

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    He also did one on F.E.A.R a week or so ago:



    Equally good. Covers the expansions, just as with the Half-Life video.

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    Correction to my last post, the new NoClip doc will feature interviews with everyone but Valve.

    Trailer just dropped. "Coming soon" it says. Not sure if that means in 1 hour or later in the week or if we're talking Valve-time here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Buccura View Post
    I love LGR <3
    I do too, but his handling of PCBs is frightening.

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    Did anybody notice the BM: Xen trailer that was posted a couple days ago? I'm still not hyper-pumped for it because I think that needs to ramp up given how long it's taken.

    Anybody remember that trailer that said "2009" at the end of it? Yeah.

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    Noclip is presumably finally going to post their documentary next monday, and they put up yet another teaser. Apparently the full thing will be almost two hours


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    Ok, finished watching it. That was good! I particularly liked the Randy Pitchford, Robert Yang and Laura Michet interviews. And Danny's drug story of course.

    Yang also had this good post in the comments section:

    Hey, I'm Robert Yang, I'm in this documentary. Some additional engine politics talk / commentary: It's cool to see Gearbox's side of the story, and the lack of support / communication with Valve is pretty telling but also not unusual -- it's a lot of work to maintain a game engine and support your licensees, that's part of the reason why id Software got out of the engine licensing business, their heart just wasn't really in it. Yet both Half-Life's were driven a lot by their game engine technology, and now in 2018/2019 Valve can't scale to match the usability or feature-set of Unity or Unreal anymore -- while also pushing a VR ecosystem, while also running Steam, while also etc. etc. Project Borealis moving to UE4 is also very telling; Source 2 has technically been available for tinkering (in DOTA2) for years, but at this point, even diehard Valve fans have given up on it, and Valve themselves are using Unity a lot... Really, the only big tech advantage that Valve has left is their VR expertise, which definitely fuels the Half-Life VR rumors, it's basically the best way to rescue the VR game industry at this point.
    (not that I share his bleak view of VR)

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    Half life isn't really the most original thing in the world,.

    face huggers,
    the marines from that stupid alienS movie,
    the ole rebel against oppression fantasy in part 2...

    It was just all done really well as a game.
    The engine plays well, the art design is good.

    But to be honest, I would prefer if VG's went ahead and avoided pretensions of hollywood dramatics.
    Its almost always hamhanded braindead tropes and stereotypes that make up every straight to dvd steven segal movie.
    Just go ahead and leave that out of it.

    Just give me some weapons and a justifiable framework to use them and get out of the way.

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    I think the influence of Half-Life is somewhat overstated in retrospect. Half-Life was released right in the middle of the FPS "golden era". A lot of great first person games were developed simultaneously with it and released around the same time.

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    Excellent documentary.

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    Location: Texas
    I agree excellent!

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