HALF-LIFE: ALYX

All These Half-Life Crossovers Are Weird, Right?

To Valve’s credit, the company did finally release a Half-Life game with Half-Life: Alyx, a VR spin-off starring fan favorite Alyx Vance. Statistically, not that many people are going to be able to play the game as they lack the necessary hardware, but the game is apparently pretty dang good and after…

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If You Think the Real World Isn’t Scary Enough, Experience P.T. Remade in VR

“There’s goosebumps all down my legs,” says YouTuber William McMahon as he plays through a Half-Life: Alyx mod of the legendary Playable Teaser, or P.T, of Silent Hills. The mod has been created by modder AmbientDruth, who is gradually adding more features from the 2014 demo of what would have…

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Fanbyte Sunday Edition May 3, 2020

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After Half-Life: Alyx, Only Less Than 2% of Steam Users Own VR Headsets

Half-Life: Alyx has added nearly one million VR users to Steam, making it a record gain for the platform. Interestingly, however, is that despite this, only 1.9% of Steam users own VR headsets. The data comes from Valve’s recent hardware survey, which has been collected and analyzed through Road to…

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Breaking VR with the Half Life: Alyx Speedrunning Community

In many ways, the Half Life: Alyx speedrun is just like any other. For about half an hour, players race through the game, combining ordinary precision play with glitches that allow them to skip major parts of levels. Though it may look familiar, the game’s virtual reality format makes the…

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The 6 Chunkiest Video Games Featuring Retrofuturist Tech

“Retrofuture” is a strange term. Contradictory, it asks us to imagine what tomorrow might look like through the lens of yesterday. This strangeness brings something else into focus: the fact that “the future” is always rooted in history. When we talk about the future, we’re not just referring to some point in time,…

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The Protestant Reformation of the First-Person Shooter

Doom wasn’t the first first-person shooter. Depending on who you ask, that was either Maze War or Spasim. In fact, Doom wasn’t even the first FPS developed by id Software. The cutting-edge studio released Wolfenstein 3D one year prior. But it was Doom, of course, that really put the FPS on the map.…

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Fanbyte Morning News March 23, 2020

Here’s your audio roundup for this morning’s news! Direct link here or use the embed below. You can find our Morning, Evening, and Sunday edition short podcasts on the Fanbyte FM feed of your favorite podcatcher.

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Half-Life: Alyx is Opening the Floodgates For More Half-Life Games

Half-Life: Alyx, the VR game set in the long dormant shooter franchise, may not have been what some fans wanted and expected when they heard a new game in the series was coming, but Valve says that this game signals a proper return to this universe for the company’s development…

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“The Game Is Done”: Six Major Answers From The Half-Life: Alyx AMA

Excited for Half-Life: Alyx? Valve too, apparently.  seem to be bursting at the seams with excitement — enough to make a whole AMA, aka a Reddit Q&A session, out of it. There’s definitely precedent to the hype. Half-Life: Alyx is the first real Half-Life game since Half-Life 2: Episode 2. And even…

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Fanwidth (A Fanbyte Podcast) Episode 41: Jeff Baseball’s Pizza Reckoning

Even pleasure planet full of mandroid sex bots couldn’t keep Fanwidth away this week! We’re coming out you live (to tape) with the latest video game podcast goodness. Merritt finally played Disco Elysium! Danielle is deep in the interactive fiction mines! Niki doesn’t love the story of Pokemon Sword &…

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ICYMI: Everything From Today’s Half-Life: Alyx Reveal

True to its word, Valve today unveiled Half-Life: Alyx, “a new full-length entry in the Half-Life series” coming to Steam VR-compatible PC devices next March. The game takes place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, with the player filling the shoes of anti-Combine resistance leader/scientist Alyx Vance, who…

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Alright, Well, Valve Is Announcing a New Half-Life Game on Thursday

Every journalism bone in my body is yelling at me to stop, that there’s no way this can be right, but by all accounts Valve will announce a brand-new Half-Life game this Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific time. (Bones can yell now, it’s horrible.) Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s “flagship VR…

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