Half-Life 2's Characters Can Finally Blink Again

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In one of the weirder Steam updates, non-player characters in Half-Life 2 and related episodes can now blink, after an update from Valve.


Valve put out a small update yesterday for Steam builds of the Half-Life games that includes the note “Fixed NPCs not blinking.” As explained by Rockpapershotgun, NPCs lost the ability to blink following a SteamPipe update five years ago. They could still blink in scripted moments, but they wouldn’t do it generally. I don’t blame you if you never noticed, but plenty of players did.

Now, we have a solution. NPCs will blink in Half-Life 2, Episode 1 and 2, Lost Coast, and Source. Here’s the G-Man’s opening monologue from 2015.

Gif: YouTube

And here’s a grab from this morning:

It’s going to be a good day.

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I kinda prefer the G Man not blinking. I distinctly remember that adding to the mega-creepy vibe at the beginning.