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Half Life 2 To Appear At E3

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the now-decays-even-faster dept.

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MonsieurEvil writes "Valve announced today (http://www.planethalflife.com) that the long-awaited Half-Life 2 will be appearing at E3, and will be released this year. The NDA for press is supposed to end on April 28th, and quite a few magazines are already hyping their scoops. Hopefully all the teen-angst types that show their superiority through decrying this as vaporware can now listen to their elders..."

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A good game? (1, Flamebait)

reiggin (646111) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777840)

Wow, finally a game worth spending money for this year. At least, I hope so.

Re:A good game? (5, Interesting)

deadsaijinx* (637410) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777860)

I was looking forward to Unreal2, but it just didn't live up to the expectations. That is really too bad, I know a lot of people who were looking forward to it .... sigh.

But hey, I think Doom]|[ will be released before this year is over :) , so that makes two cool games with totally pimped out graphics. Hopefully, the gameplay wont be sacrificed in HL2, cuz its the gameplay more than the graphics that made HL what it is.

Re:A good game? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777865)

Way to waste an FP, nigger...

Re:A good game? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777881)

More like spending countless hours playing it. I'm glad I'm going to be done with school in May. That way I can just stay inside and play this game.

Re:A good game? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777993)

This is flamebait? How is this flamebait?

Yeah BUT ... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777855)

Just because it's at E3 doesn't mean it'll be released this year. Wasn't TF2 at E3 in like 2001 ... but there is still no sign of it?

Re:Yeah BUT ... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777891)

Dumbass....they leaked the info. that it would be released this year....RTFA...it's like 1/4 a page long!

Re:Yeah BUT ... (1)

TheAntiCrust (620345) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777900)

One of the things Valve anounced is that it will be coming out this year. THat anouncement and the fact that it will be at E3 are completely seperate. That being said... I CANT WAIT!!!

Re:Yeah BUT ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777911)

Nope. It's almost done at this point - but you'll see in a couple days for yourself...

Re:Yeah BUT ... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777944)

I was wondering what "teen-angst types" that article was referring to. I guess now I know.

Still single player focused? (5, Interesting)

spoco2 (322835) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777859)

One would hope and expect so. The thing that made the first game was the fantastic story line, the incredible scripted sequences, and the feeling of intellegence from the enemy.

When the first one came out, it really blew me away with that mix... will the second one be able to live up to that? The marketplace has moved on, and it's harder to impress gamers than it was then...

I hope they've come up with a brilliant single player game as I'm sick of the focus on multiplayer these days. (Which is one of the reasons I'm so looking forward to Doom3)

Re:Still single player focused? (0, Troll)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777890)

One would hope and expect so. The thing that made the first game was the fantastic story line, the incredible scripted sequences, and the feeling of intellegence from the enemy.

Disagree, game was OK but I would have never heard of it if not for counter-strike. Valve owes the cs team everything for thier success.

Re:Still single player focused? (3, Insightful)

deadsaijinx* (637410) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777947)

no, valve owes all sales AFTER the initial 5 months to the CS team. Lotsa people bought HL for HL, and then CS was a kick ass bonus. Of course, lotsa people like you never yeard of HL till after CS became THE game. So, the prolonged success is due to CS, the game can stand on its own merits though.

Re:Still single player focused? (4, Interesting)

grumpygrodyguy (603716) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778008)

So, the prolonged success is due to CS, the game can stand on its own merits though.

OK, but I would bet you top dollar that over 90% of sales were "AFTER the initial 5 months".

Re:Still single player focused? (5, Insightful)

shazbotus (623281) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778133)

One must also mention that one of the main reasons why HL is such a great game is its nice modibility and Valves open policy / support of mods (great marketing!!) So give HL and Valve a lot of obvious praise for allowing CS to become what it has become.

Re:Still single player focused? (4, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777895)

I hope they've come up with a brilliant single player game as I'm sick of the focus on multiplayer these days. (Which is one of the reasons I'm so looking forward to Doom3)

Hmm, I think you broke my sarcasm detector.

Re:Still single player focused? (5, Funny)

Lord_Slepnir (585350) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778108)

Hmm, I think you broke my sarcasm detector.

oh yeah, like that's a useful invention

System Shock 3 (4, Insightful)

Rubel (121009) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777896)

that's the scary, story-based sequel we need.

Re:System Shock 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777967)

No word on any Shock 3, but Thief 3 is being made, and hopefully will be released in the next year or two.

Re:System Shock 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5778028)

System Shock 2 was definatly the best first person single player game ever.

Ultima Underworld 1 and 2 are contenders as well as Theif games but System Shock 2 was BAD ASS. I love that game so much.

Well these days Morrowind is definatly in a top spot, thats a damn fantastic game too...

But will it run on Linux? (2, Interesting)

MrResistor (120588) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777861)

I don't mean to be the typical troll, here, but I've managed to ween myself from Windows completely now. I really want to play this game, but not enough to go back to the dark side. besides, so many other FPSs support Linux now that it seems like a reasonable thing to expect.

Re:But will it run on Linux? (3, Interesting)

deadsaijinx* (637410) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777886)

Weening off of windows is always a good thing, but would it really hurt to leave a 10gig partition to play windows only games? And even if HL2 doesnt support it natively, i'm sure that the gaming version of wine will be able to pick it up within a month or two.

Re:But will it run on Linux? (0, Offtopic)

MrResistor (120588) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778050)

Weening off of windows is always a good thing, but would it really hurt to leave a 10gig partition to play windows only games?

Yes it would, since I'm quite fond of my SGI USB keyboard which GRUB doesn't recognize, and for some reason it simply won't work on a USB->PS/2 adapter. Also, now that I've escaped, going back is fairly abhorent to me, as is the case when one finally escapes from any bad relationship.

And even if HL2 doesnt support it natively, i'm sure that the gaming version of wine will be able to pick it up within a month or two.

I'm not sure that will be a significantly less painful solution, at least for the next year ot so, when my system specs might be 2-3x the system requirements for the game.

Re:But will it run on Linux? (5, Insightful)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777924)

Well, hopefully even if Valve does not release a Linux client, the Windows client will run under Wine - that's how I played through both OpFor and Blueshift.

However, all I can say is, "Let Our Voices Be Heard" - contact Valve.

(of course, I expect this to work about as well as previous efforts [slashdot.org] at software advocacy have worked [slashdot.org])

Re:But will it run on Linux? (1)

rpillala (583965) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777938)

As I understand it, many FPS have linux servers, but not clients. However, if they use a Quake engine then it seems like there will be better chance for a linux client. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on the Linux client vs Linux server answer.

Assuming anyone reads this :)

Ravi

Re:But will it run on Linux? (1)

MrResistor (120588) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777995)

Last I heard they were using the Tribes2 engine, which Loki did some work on, so who knows?

Heavily mod'ed Q2 (2, Insightful)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777997)

The HalfLife engine was a heavily modified QuakeII engine - and as I understand it many of the modifications Valve made were done in such a fashion to make them very tied to the Windows API.

As a result, there was no native port of the HalfLife client. However, due to much demand Valve eventually did release a native HalfLife server.

Now, did Valve learn from this, and if so, what did they learn? Did they make the server code portable, so that there will be a native Linux server (most probably)? Did they make the client code portable (less likely, but who knows?)?

I don't know about anybody else, but I would pay a premium price (e.g. US$20 more) for a native Linux version than for a Windows version.

No matter. When HL2 comes out, I will in all probability buy it. However, when I send in my registration card (and send it in I shall), I will scratch out all the Windows 9x, Windows 2000, and such options and write in WINE & Linux.

It may not make a difference, but it most certainly won't make a difference if I don't do it.

Re:Heavily mod'ed Q2 (0, Flamebait)

Pvt_Waldo (459439) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778057)

It was not based on Quake 2, it was based on Quake 1.

It was based on Quake 1, not Quake 2.

Instead of Quake 2, it was based on Quake 1.

Realy it was based on Quake 1, not Quake 2.

Actually, Quake 1 was the source of it's code, not Quake 2.

In fact if you did your homework, you'd know it was based on Quake 1, not Quake 2.

It is a common misconception it was based on Quake 2, but in fact it was based on Quake 2.

OMF YOU IDIOT - QUAKE 1 WAS THE BASE! HOW COME SO MANY PEOPLE GET THIS WRONG!??!?

Damn compression filter test.

Re:Heavily mod'ed Q2 (5, Funny)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778129)

"It is a common misconception it was based on Quake 2, but in fact it was based on Quake 2."

people spouting things like that might have somehting to do with it.

Re:Heavily mod'ed Q2 (3, Funny)

Renli (585818) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778137)

"It is a common misconception it was based on Quake 2, but in fact it was based on Quake 2.

OMF YOU IDIOT - QUAKE 1 WAS THE BASE! HOW COME SO MANY PEOPLE GET THIS WRONG!??!?"

When you flame someone, proofreading is always a good idea. Nothing makes you look like more of an ass then calling someone an idiot with mistakes in your post. Just a little FYI

Re:Heavily mod'ed Q2^H1 (4, Informative)

Osty (16825) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778088)

The HalfLife engine was a heavily modified QuakeII engine - and as I understand it many of the modifications Valve made were done in such a fashion to make them very tied to the Windows API.

s/QuakeII/Quake/. Somebody always gets this wrong when Half-Life is mentioned. Half-Life was based on the Quake 1 engine. Yes, it heavily modified the engine (skeletal animation, better lighting and hardware acceleration, particles, etc), but in the end it's still based on the Quake 1 engine. Most people confuse this, since Half-Life was released shortly after Quake 2 (IIRC, Q2 was Christmas 97, while Half-Life was Spring 98 -- off the top of my head, so probably wrong). Of course, just thinking about it for a second would prove that HL wasn't based on Q2 -- If HL was released so soon after Q2, how could Valve have had time to modify the Q2 engine, as well as provide all of the necessary IP in formats Q2 would accept (models, maps, textures, etc)? History repeats itself -- SiN and Soldier of Fortune were based off of the Q2 engine (so were Daikatana and Anachronox, but those are bad examples simply because Q3-based games launched before they did), and they came after Q2 by a year or more, and without the major engine modifications Half-Life had. Alice, FAKK2, and RTCW were Q3-based games, and they came a year or more after Q3. Valve must be some kind of special, then, if they can highly modify the Q2 engine and launch within months of the official release of the Q2 engine (not supported by the length of time it's taken them to develop HL2 and the later-than-DNF TeamFortress 2).

Correction: QUAKE 1, not 2. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5778134)

HL is based on Q1, not Q2. Amazing how many people get this wrong...

Re:But will it run on Linux? (4, Interesting)

Blondie-Wan (559212) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778002)

I play on a Mac, and after the original Half-Life debacle on our platform I think many Mac gamers are so resentful of Valve they'll probably refuse to touch the sequel even if it's ported and it's a great game.

Of course, not everyone would behave this way, but still, Half-Life is a very sore subject for Mac gamers. That said, if it showed us anything, it turned out it's indeed true one can have a satisfying gaming experience on the platform without having a specific "A-list" title, and I'm sure that's true for Linux as it is on the Mac, even if there are fewer Linux games than Mac ones. Certainly my own biggest problem isn't too small a selection of games, but too little time to play the ones I have and too little money to get the rest of the ones I want, smaller though the Mac selection may be. Even with more money and time, though, I wouldn't do Windows for games. One has to have principles. ;)

Re:But will it run on Linux? (5, Funny)

irc.goatse.cx troll (593289) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778148)

"even if there are fewer Linux games than Mac ones."

I already beat photoshop, There isnt enough replay value to keep me on a mac.

Re:But will it run on Linux? (3, Interesting)

xaqar (112761) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778124)

Say what you will about Windows for other applications, but for gaming, it works well. As far as WINE goes, why futz with WINE, when you can get better performance out of Windows? You should just use the right tool for the job. Sure you can dig a hole with a hammer, but it's a hell of a lot easier with a shovel. Windows for a server? No. Windows for gaming? Yes.

OMG! (1)

fine09 (630812) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777864)

Now this is news!

I bet TF2 is comming too! (grin)

As a mod player that has worn my HL copy into a fine paste, i would love to pick up this game just to show my support for a great company.

a great company? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777915)

A great company? They only released one game 4 years ago!

You have to release a lot more than that to earn great company status!

Re:a great company? (1)

lostchicken (226656) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777981)

A company that has a game that, in this day and age of faster and faster machines, has remained firmly seated in the top spot in multiplayer games for the past 5 years. Not exactly something to piss at.

Obligatory DNF post (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777867)

I still have my $5 down for DNF at the local EB, and have had it there since it first showed up in their books (97 or 98).

Do I get a prize for that much dedication for a TRUE vaporware product? =P

About Time (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777869)

How long has it been since the original engine came out? 5+ yrs? HL has produced the most successful mods out of any 3D shooter I can recall. Let me name a few, Couterstrike, Natural Selection, Day of Defeat, Team Fortess, Action HL, The Matrix, etc...

IN SOVIET RUSSIA . . . (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777873)

IN SOVIET RUSSIA, we don't talk about what goes on IN CAPITALIST AMERICA anymore.

TEAM fORTRESS 2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777874)

Uh so what ever happened to the much hyped never released Team Fortress 2?

Valve was supposed to release it in the summer of 1999! A tad late are we?!

Oh well these days Americas Army or RTCW does everything TF2 was claiming to do so no big loss, but back in 1999 it looked SWEET!

I mean if you don't release it fine but was SO much HYPE really needed for a game that was never going to be released, sheesh...

They're waiting for you, Gordon. (4, Funny)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777875)

Gordon, there you are. They're waiting for you in the test chamber, Gordon.

I hope they don't go all hollywood on this and do it as a "prequel". Although, that would be quite amusing ... :)

Re:They're waiting for you, Gordon. (5, Funny)

demonbug (309515) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777916)

Half Life 2: Gordon: The College Years

Find out what it really takes to get your PhD.

Re:They're waiting for you, Gordon. (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777988)

Mm ... sex, drugs, and alien orgies. Everything the college years need.

Re:They're waiting for you, Gordon. (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778012)

you know I have always wondered why some geek scientist can just pick up a weapon and kill everyting in sight including well trained US marines.

also, I hope they don't have some lame ass puzzles like that one in the reaction chamber where you have to go in and out of the warps to land on the platfoms that are spinning around for no reason...that was so stupid in compairison to the rest of the the game.

John Carmack's Ferrari is on eBay!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777879)

Click this link [ebay.com] to view the auction on eBay!!!

Does anyone have an archived copy of when Romero had his on eBay as well?

Re:John Carmack's Ferrari is on eBay!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777914)

This car is offered AS IS. Cylinder #10 has 100% pressure leak.

Ooh! Ooh! I want a car with an extra hole in the engine!

Re:John Carmack's Ferrari is on eBay!!!! (5, Funny)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778015)

Ooh! Ooh! I want a car with an extra hole in the engine!

As with most of Carmacks engines, I'm sure there'll be a mod somewhere that'll both fix the hole and create a capture the flag mode.

What do you think . . . (2, Interesting)

sixdotoh (584811) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777883)

of half-life as a movie? you could integrate all three of the first episodes (gordon/calhoun/shepherd).

can't wait to see hl2!

Mac version? (5, Insightful)

Mister Black (265849) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777888)

If there isn't a Mac version of this I'm going to become a an angry and bitter person. Well, OK, more so than normal.

Re:Mac version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777963)

Troll? WTF? I own a Mac and I'm still friggin' pissed they canceled the Mac version of Half-Life.

Re:Mac version? (4, Funny)

Hawthorne01 (575586) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778131)

Yeah. Whoever modded that down needs to read up on the sordid history of Half-Life on the Mac.

Oh, wait, I just asked a /. ' er to read. Nevermind.

Re:Mac version? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5778140)

We need a MAC version. Please make a Mac version. PLEASE make a mac version. This is the only thing that makes me sad about my Mac. Please make a version for the Mac

Let me get this straight... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777907)

The worst terrorist attack in recorded history occurred in September 2001, followed by a WAR against Islam in Afghanistan and and then ANOTHER war against Islam in Iraq, which will likely be followed by MORE wars against Islam in Syria and Iran, followed by a possible NUCLEAR war with North Korea, and you people have the gall to be discussing a video game???? My *god*, people, GET SOME PRIORITIES!

The bodies of the thousands of innocent civilians who died (and will die) in these unprecedented events could give a good god damn about obscure science fiction, your childish Lego models, your nerf toy guns and whining about the lack of a "fun" workplace, your Everquest/Diablo/D&D fixation, the latest Cowboy Bebop rerun, or any of the other ways you are "getting on with your life" (here's a hint: watching Cowboy Bebop in your jammies and eating a bowl of Shreddies is *not* "getting on with your life"). The souls of the victims are watching in horror as you people squander your finite, precious time on this earth playing video games!

You people disgust me!

Booooring (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777951)

Your troll grows stale. Leave now, or I will get CoyBoi Kneel on your ass.

Re:Let me get this straight... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777976)

odd, this exact same post usually generates dozens of responces... damn post must be broken!

Did anyone see.. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777913)

that pig just fly by?

hrm good? (1)

Vej (199488) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777917)

Hehe, this might be the only time a new version is a bad thing.

Half-life one has been used so much, it's almost a cult....I hope there's easy porting and compatibility.

Deus Ex 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777920)

When is Deus Ex 2 going to come out? I heard in June.

If Deus Ex 2 and Half Life 2 are released in 2003 (3, Interesting)

Travoltus (110240) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777991)

Then you can expect a HOLY WAR in the offices of those game review companies.

And if TES III: Bloodmoon is as good an add-on as we Morrowind fans hope it is, this year will be even hotter than last year, which brought us blockbusters in triplicate (NOLF 2, GTA 3, AND Tes III: Morrowind / Tribunal).

Then again, sadly, all three could fall short...

Counter Strike 2 (2, Interesting)

MidoriKid (473433) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777933)

Does anybody actually play Half-Life? I only bought it for the excellent mods. Day of Defeat and Counter Strike top my list there.

Re:Counter Strike 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5778037)

Yes

TH15 5H1T H45 C0NTR0L C0D35 B3C4U5E 1M 4 W3BM4ST3R (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777952)

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Awesome (1)

I Am The Owl (531076) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777953)

I finally decided to go through the single-player mode and just finished up. I will be anticipating this with great relish.

Re:Awesome (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778022)

yeah...we all knew how ick ass it was when we bought it the first time...try opposing forces and blue shift..... you get the view of the event from the side of the marines and the guards.

the cool part is when you try to get out on the transport plane and the dude it takeing coordinates from gordan when he had to kill that alien in the parking garage.

Re:Awesome (1)

I Am The Owl (531076) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778067)

I tried out Blue Shift and the end was... depressing. It was OK overall, I guess, but it didn't have the same feel as the original. I haven't tried Opposing Forces, though, I'll have to give that one a look.

Bah... (1)

Chymaera (607989) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777964)

Great--I start wondering what all the hullabaloo over this CS thing is, and I finally get a copy of Half-Life for my birthday. Then the day after this they announce Half-Life 2?

Oh, well, I've had worse...like getting a copy of Daggerfall after Morrowind was released and trying to work my way through both games at once. :-)

Half-Life 2? What's the full title? (4, Funny)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#5777966)

I'm guessing that it's Half-Life 2: Full Life.

Or Half-Life 2: How The Other Half Lives.

Or Half-Life 2: You Only Live Twice.

Or Half-Life 2: Life Begins At 2.

Or Half-Life 2: Half-Liberty. (With the third game to be called Half-Life 3: Half-Pursuit Of Happiness.)

Re:Half-Life 2? What's the full title? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5778121)

half life 2: half-assed.

Fantastic! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5777971)

As a mac user, i eagerly await the day Half Life 2 is released, so we can begin the fantastic four-year wait that we have in store while whoever now owns sierra (or whoever they farm the port out to) very very slowly and incompetently attempts to port their game to our platform. Although that is nothing compared to the eager anticipation i have for what comes after that, when upon finishing and discovering that the port they have created is of very poor quality, Sierra suddenly announces "hey, the mac market is small and we don't want to bother porting to it" so that they can simply insult the mac market rather than releasing what they would percieve to be a public embarrasment! That was my favorite part of Half Life!

Ooh! Or even better, maybe they'll go with the ever-so-popular development model they used with Tribes 2. You know, the one where they lie to the consumers for years, then at the end of the development cycle suddenly react to unexpected overruns in schedule by releasing the product before it's finished, promising lots of patches and a macintosh version really soon, and then firing the team that programmed the game before they can even begin to attempt to fix things! That was SO fun, i can't imagine they wouldn't jump at the chance to repeat their success at completely destroying a critically acclaimed franchise with a cult following! If so, I SO hope that they add insult to injury like they did with Tribes 2 by creating a fantastic Linux version that by all indications could run in Mac OS X's UNIX layer with little more than a recompile, one or two small compatibility layers such as an X11 server, and a trivial amount of slowdown, and then refusing to comment on this despite repeated and wide-scale petitioning on the part of would-be customers requesting Sierra attempt to make the Linux port run on OS X!

*** /me grumbles and bitterly huddles back closer to his GameCube, where he never has to worry about this kind of thing. Hmm.. dammit, "Navi", i hate you.. ***

-- super ugly ultraman

Will it work through a Nat firewall? (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778003)

I have counterstrike but never played it.:-(

I can not do autoupdates either thanks to my dlink nat firewall. IT does not like apps that use multiple streams. No its not a MTU setting like some have suggested. It just that the networking code in the first one sucked!

Re:Will it work through a Nat firewall? (1)

lostchicken (226656) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778040)

Perhaps it's your firewall. If HL can't run through a NAT firewall, then I've spent countless hours only thinking I've been playing HL at school, while I was really just shooting at walls.

Gaming Platform (5, Insightful)

lostchicken (226656) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778026)

I just hope that Valve has kept in their minds the fact that HL's continued reign as #1 comes not from the game Half-Life, but the fact that HL makes a world class gaming platform. It's just an operating system for games. They had better get TFC, CS, DoD, NS, and everything else ported, or HL2 will just be another game, not the gaming OS that it is today.

Look at how many people buy Windows. They don't do this for all the "features" M$ tries to cram into the box, but rather for all the things that run on Win32. The same goes for HL.

HL2 will be a really good game, but will it be the next (and second, after HL1) gaming platform? If they could manage to let HL1 games run under HL2, (perhaps with some kind of 3d improvements like higher-rez, automagic shadows, etc) they'd have a killer. If not, HL2 will sell about as well as WinXP would if it couldn't run Win98 apps.

Re:Gaming Platform (1)

tedgyz (515156) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778068)

Who the F cares about all your stupid Fing mods!!!

HL was an incredible single-player experience. The fact that it has lived on as a superior multi-player platform is just gravy.

Besides, they stood on the shoulders of Quake2.

Re:Gaming Platform (1)

lostchicken (226656) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778107)

I am not saying that HL wasn't a great, great single player game. Probably the best 1st person shooter ever.

And Q2 did run the engine, but Q2 was just much harder to mod (palette issues).

And I finished HL single player in '98, yet I still play HL, and its various mods, almost every day. It's the only multiplayer game I use. I hope HL2 will still be #1 in 2009.

Now! only game title haven't been released yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5778038)

Duke Nukem Forever...

Play our game till she gets naked (-1, Offtopic)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778076)

On mine I want cheese and bacon! If I had another quarter, I could reach the next nude border...

Maybe now is not the time (2, Interesting)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778090)

But what the hell happened to Team Fortress 2?

Is this the first time vaporware has been deprecated?

Teen angst (0, Offtopic)

tangentman (115555) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778092)

Hopefully all the teen-angst types that show their superiority through decrying this as vaporware can now listen to their elders...

Damn... I hate it when my dad is right about video games. I'm going to paint my computer purple. That'll show him!

The bar has been raised (1)

tedgyz (515156) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778099)

HL2 has a tough job for itself. Metroid Prime (GameCube) has shown me what a modern-day Half-Life should be.

Bugger (5, Funny)

mlk (18543) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778109)

I'd finally got my life back in order, no more CS'ing & TFC'ing til the wee-morning hours. I was clean, CLEAN...

WHERE IS MY TF2?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5778132)

To hell with HL2, Valve owes us TF2 still. :(

Vaporware has to exist... (3, Interesting)

drzhivago (310144) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778136)

How is it that Half-Life 2 could be considered vaporware? A product is only vaporware if it was publicly announced by the maker, and Half-Life 2 was never mentioned by Valve until today.

Sure, rabid fanboys have been speculating about it for years, but that doesn't qualify it as vaporware.

Give it 2 years before calling it that! Considering they plan to have it out by year's end, it should never get that far.

This is so great... (1)

miketang16 (585602) | more than 10 years ago | (#5778138)

I can't wait for this release. Half-life was the only game that I'd ever paid for, and HL2 will be the 2nd. =D
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