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March 23, 2019

Gabe Newell Really Likes Resident Evil 2 And Confirms Valve Is Still Working On VR Games 

Gabe Newell, the president of Valve, has been answering a lot of emails lately and sharing some interesting information about his gaming tastes, the state of Valve, the future of VR and more. The YouTube channel Valve News Network, a popular channel that covers Valve news, has been collecting and sharing Newell’s…

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February 26, 2019

Half-Life Is Now A Top-Down Shooter

If you’ve ever wanted to experience Valve’s classic shooter as more of Hotline Miami-type of affair, this mod by Sockman111 might be something you should be downloading.

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November 20, 2018

14 Years Later, Half-Life’s Remake Is Almost Finished

I reviewed Half-Life remake Black Mesa—which began development in 2004—six years ago. It was great, but it was also missing something: the game’s final act, set on the alien world of Xen. That’ll be out next year, and if you’re wondering why it’s taken so long, it’s because the section has been almost completely…

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November 19, 2018

Half-Life turns 20, and we all feel very old

The only thing that’s crazier than the fact that Half-Life was released exactly 20 years ago is that I wrote up its 10th anniversary on this very website… well, 10 years ago. We’ve both aged well, I like to think. But Half-Life has already left a legacy.

Half-Life was Valve’s first game, when they were a young game studio and not the giant gaming conglomerate we know them as today. The game was also a big risk — its narrative-heavy gameplay, including the now famous arrival-at-work intro sequence, was a departure from the generally simple shooters of the late ’90s.

At a time when most games were still level-based, Half-Life set forth a continuous [...]

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