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Marc Laidlaw has left Valve

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

In an email posted to imgur Marc Laidlaw lists off all of the reasons that he left super publisher Valve. Citing a large number of reasons “but mostly im just old” the email also says “I am no longer a full or part time Valve employee, no longer involved in day to day decisions or operations, no longer a spokesman for the company, no longer privy to most types of confidential information, no longer working on Valve games in any capacity.”


So what does this mean for the long delayed never materializing Half Life 3? Readers will remember that Laidlaw wrote both Half Life and Half Life 2 solo. With out his influence is Half Life 3 destined to never exist at all? Does anyone really care?  I mean its been so long at this point that FPS games have shifted completely away from story having story at all (see Star Wars Battlefront, and the last Call of Duty for examples). Does the gaming public really want another story driven FPS set in the world of Half Life or should we let it die?


J.J. Abrams Plans Half-Life and Portal Movies

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Jason Nason

Director J.J. Abrams, who is wrapping up the new Star Trek movie and will be working on a new Star Wars movie after that has two video game projects in his sights.

The producer-director plans to work closely with Valve to adapt the games Half-Life and Portal into films. Abrams made the announcement to a gathering of videogame creators at the D.I.C.E. Conference in Las Vegas.Read More


Original Half Life Now Available For OSX and Linux

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Rae Michelle Richards

Gordon Freeman might spend a lot of time in suspended animation between the two Half Life games, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t busy killing aliens on brand new platforms. According to Cult of Mac, Valve Software has ported 1998’s Half Life to both Mac OS X and Linux. While these platforms are not confirmed on the game’s official steam page, second hand confirmation has also comes from Joystiq.

Buying the game on one platform should allow you to play it on any of the above operating systems. If you don’t just want Gordon Freeman’s original adventure, which is available for $9.99, you can also pick up the Half Life Anthology for $14.99 which includes Half Life and the Blue Shift and Opposing Forces expansions.


Black Mesa Source Beta Released

Posted on September 14, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

There are certain gaming projects that we just all assume will never see the light of day – Duke Nukem Forever, Black Mesa: Source, Half Life 3 but now we can cross of two of those three. The team behind Black Mesa: Source have released a preview build of the game that includes all content up to the Lambda Core.

Black Mesa: Source was a self funded recreation of Valve’s 1998 classic using the Source Engine, the same engine that Powers Half Life 2 and Counter Strike: Source. After running into some legal trouble the group has finally released their modification, with Valves blessings.

This beta version of Black Mesa includes around 8 hours of gameplay and can be downloaded here. Be warned the file is rather massive, a staggering 3GBS, and requires the Steam Software Developers Kit.

Look for our impressions soon!


Black Mesa, a Fan Recreation of Half Life, Releases Sept 13

Posted on September 2, 2012 by Rae Michelle Richards

Black Mesa, a source engine powered remake of the original Half Life has remained one of the most elusive fan run projects in recent memory. On their official website the team replaced their regular blog roll with a countdown clock, leading to the release of the game’s first public beta on September 13th!

The team behind this mod of epic proportions aims to recreate Valve’s 1998 classic using updated high definition graphics as well as fine tuning everything using the company’s latest engine. After running into some legal trouble regarding the use of some of Half Life’s original assets everything seems to be on track.

We will be waiting in line to download this sucker on Thursday September 13th. Get your crowbars ready gamers! Head on over after the jump for their full announcement.Read More


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