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People Have Waited for this Fan-Made Half-Life Game for Over 15 Years

Fans have waited for Black Mesa, a fan-made Half-Life game, for over half of the years I have been alive. That’s…wild. And the patience is commendable. Black Mesa is a third-party remake of Valve’s Half-Life, which was released in 1998, developed by Crowbar Collective. What was originally a free mod…

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The Many Faces of Trains in Games

Since I spend a lot of my life on trains, crammed into small seats and suffering frequent delays, it’s given me space to consider why they hold such a strong place in the canon of gaming tropes. While games formally about trains are fairly rare — limited to the simulator…

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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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In Lieu of Meaningful Work, Valve Patches Original Half-Life

Nearly 21 years ago, Sierra Studios published a new PC shooter called Half-Life. It was the debut game of a fresh-faced Washington studio named Valve and was heralded as an instant classic — an achievement so monumentally important to its genre that the history of first-person shooters would henceforth be…

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The goofiest weapons in videogames

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m kind of tired of all these guns that military shooters keep throwing at my feet and expecting me to be impressed. The M14s, the Benelli shotguns, the oh-so-real guns with customabizle bits and bobs that don’t make them anymore exciting. All the weapons…

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