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(1998 Video Game)

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One of Quentin Tarantino's favourite computer games. He has stated he wishes someday to make a film adaptation of it.
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Half Life was the highest-selling first-person shooter of all time up until the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) - that's a total of 13 years.
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Several of the security doors in the game have the writing "Security 7G". Homer Simpson of The Simpsons (1989) is the safety inspector for Sector 7-G of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
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Inside the files of this game, there is an extended line from the G-Man character, if you choose not to join him. He says the identical "Well, it looks like we wont be working together. No regrets Mr. Freeman," but goes on to comment on there being "a few survivors of your personal holocaust" who would "like to meet the man responsible for the total annihilation of their race".
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The military first appear in the chapter "We've got Hostiles!" and they last appear in the chapter "Forget about Freeman!". Apparently, none of the military made it into Lambda Core.
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Fans have created a remake of Half-Life called Black Mesa (2012) which uses the latest version of the Source engine. This remake has completely redone graphics, new character models, and some new voice-overs. Valve, whom are the creators of the original game, fully supported this remake.
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It is the first game to have the CD key copy protection system for online play.
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The hero Gordon Freeman does not say a word throughout the game.
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First game built by the creators Valve Corporation.
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There are just four types (four faces) of scientists and one type of security guard in the game.
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Artillery bombardments occur frequently throughout the game. The 'whistling' sound that can be heard before the explosion is that of the German Flak 88.
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The fictional military unit in the game uses a wide variety of military vehicles, that exist today. These vehicles include the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, AH-64 Apache Gunship, V-22 Osprey and F-16 fighter.
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The names on the lockers in the bathroom in the beginning of the game, and the names on the footlockers in the Half-Life: Opposing Force (1999) training level, are the names of people who worked on both games.
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The Black Mesa PA system is composed of single words, instead of entire lines of dialogue. This allows dynamic creation of PA messages by level designers. Most of these single words are not used in the game proper, but were created so that independent level designers could make realistic sounding PA messages for their levels, instead of relying on default ones.
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Inside Freeman's locker is a book called "The 37th Mandala". It's written by Marc Laidlaw, the writer of Half-Life.
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Half-Life: Blue Shift (2001) was originally designed to be an extra feature exclusive to the Sega Dreamcast version of Half Life. When the Dreamcast version of Half Life was canceled due to the poor sales and impending death of the Dreamcast console, the game's developers, Valve and Sierra decided to release the Blue Shift add-on for PC instead.
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First game to use WON (The World Opponent Network), using it for CD key copy protection system for online play.
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The game is built on the Quake (1996) engine, and had support for Direct3D hardware acceleration and skeletal animations.
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The game uses a heavily modified of id Software's Quake engine (Goldsource, abbreviated as Goldsrc) which had some similarities between Quake and Half-Life.
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There was supposed to be a Dreamcast version but it was canceled due to slow loading. However you can find rare copies of the canceled Dreamcast game surface from time to time on Ebay/Amazon.
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Level designer Dave Riller put his surname in the game at least twice. Firstly - as a surname on the locker in the beginning of the game and then as a well-known "Easter egg" hidden in the Materials Transport, under a HECU outpost in the map "c2a2c". Second time his surname is only seen from a specific angle.
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