Yep, Valve Is Experimenting With Half-Life In VR

Valve's virtual reality demo at the Game Developers Conference melted my brain. Afterward, my mind swam with possibilities. So of course, I ignored most of them and asked the age-old question: "Half-Life?" Surprisingly, Valve actually had an answer for me. » 3/05/15 6:30pm 3/05/15 6:30pm

Fan Turns Half-Life 2's Headcrab Into A Gun-Wielding Criminal

Here's a short but intense Half-Life 2 fan-clip by animator Nathan Hibberd. His version of the game's annoying little enemy steals airboats, uses machine guns and acts like a crazy cartoon character. » 2/19/15 9:40am 2/19/15 9:40am

Half-Life 2's Cut Content Tells A Very Different Story

The story of Half-Life 2 is considered by many to be one of the most memorable in gaming history. I wonder, though, if things would've turned out the same way with the story fans have discovered by combing through an ancient Half-Life 2 beta. » 2/11/15 5:30pm 2/11/15 5:30pm

The Best Video Game Art Book

Video game art books aren't just a pretty face. While a collection of concept and promotional art is a nice treat for hardcore fans, the best ones go beyond the superficial and also tell the story of how a game was made. » 1/23/15 11:48am 1/23/15 11:48am

Fan-Made Silent Hill Game Is Nearly As Creepy As The Original

In case you forgot, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and horror movie maestro Guillermo del Toro are making a new Silent Hill together. If you're not excited/weeping in terror at the prospect, you might actually be one Silent Hill's soulless denizens. Sadly, it's still a long way off. Thank goodness for fan games. » 1/19/15 3:30pm 1/19/15 3:30pm

Half-Life 2 Characters Fit Perfectly In Artist Pogo's Neighborhood

Artist Nick Bertke, AKA Pogo, made this video compositing elements from Half-Life 2 into footage of his real-life neighborhood and what looks like his home. And it looks astounding. » 1/11/15 4:31pm 1/11/15 4:31pm

Half-Life 2 Is Now A Strategy Game. Thanks, Modders

It might seem like an odd fit at first, but Valve's legendary Half-Life series—with all its tug-of-warring alien factions infesting Earth—seems like it was practically made to play host to a strategy game—albeit in the same way the human body was "made" to be host to a headcrab. But hey, this one is free. » 12/08/14 4:20pm 12/08/14 4:20pm

To Really Appreciate Red Dead Redemption, Listen To It Closely

I don't think people say that Mass Effect "feels like sci-fi," or The Witcher "feels like fantasy." But people do say that Red Dead Redemption "feels like a Western," and I'm compelled to agree. Why? Listen to the game. » 12/05/14 5:56pm 12/05/14 5:56pm

Half Life 2 On Oculus Rift Looks Like The Future Of Shooters

HL2: episode 1 on the Oculus Rift with Razer's Hydra motion controllers so you can see your hands move? Hell yes. Check out this Half-Life VR mod video from Kiwi YouTube gamer Goldfish highlighting some of the amazing dev work. » 8/23/14 9:02pm 8/23/14 9:02pm

Gordon Freeman Is A (Relatively) Tiny Murder Machine

Artist Andrew McGee, who did something similar for Shadow of the Colossus, returns with another "for scale" pic, this time for Half-Life 2. » 8/06/14 9:30pm 8/06/14 9:30pm

Something To Watch While You Wait For Half-Life 3

Ever the beacon of hope, resilience, and the most useful coping mechanism of all—denial—I continue to believe we'll see legendary shooter sequel Half-Life 3. Someday. Until then, we can always torture ourselves with great videos that make us desperately want to see more of this world. Good idea, no? » 7/28/14 2:30pm 7/28/14 2:30pm

Up Close With Valve's First, Unfinished Game

The inner workings of Valve are shrouded in mystery, particularly when it comes to game development. Consider the unfinished game that Valve was working on at the same time as the original Half-Life: Prospero. » 7/21/14 7:15pm 7/21/14 7:15pm

The Best Non-Violent Moments In Video Games

Violence in games can be great—not to mention really powerful, as we recently discussed. What about the other side of the coin, though? The moments (or even entire games) when bloodshed stops and everyone shows their true colors? Let's sit back, get all deep, and talk about those. » 6/30/14 9:08pm 6/30/14 9:08pm

ICE Is The Insane Unofficial Sequel to Half-Life 2

In the crazy alternate universe where this mod comes from, Half-Life has snow zombies. Also, instead of Alyx, there's a trash-talking robot buddy who looks like a dustbin with wheels on it. And there's penguins! You can see one in the screenshot. I think you're aiming a harpoon gun at it. » 6/24/14 5:00am 6/24/14 5:00am

Improving Half-Life 2 Through Animation (And Slapstick)

Half-Life 2 is starting to show its age, which is fine, because it is ten years old. Not that this will stop us looking at this animation video and wondering what it would look like with some more modern touches. » 6/16/14 9:59pm 6/16/14 9:59pm

Corrupted Half-Life 2 Is Full Of Nightmare Crab People

The limbs. They never end, the limbs. It's like the characters in this glitched out playthrough of Half-Life 2 are related to Slenderman or something. » 4/11/14 3:30pm 4/11/14 3:30pm