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Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

After eight years of development and several years of silence, it seems Black Mesa may be coming. No, seriously this time. The fans remaking Valve's Half-Life as a Source Engine mod have shared new screenshots, teasing that there's more news to come. At some point. Hopefully.

The eight screenshots came after a campaign to drum up attention with 'Likes' on that social networking thing Facebook. I don't know, kids these days! Back in my time, you'd simply send your mod news to sCary's ShugaShack.

"You can expect more updates from us in the near future," the dev team said. "This is just the beginning. We have more in store for you in the near future! Hold on to your lab coats!"

But why has Black Mesa taken so long? Well, it turns out there are a fair few hurdles to overcome when a volunteer team attempts to "reimagine" one of the most-acclaimed games of all time with professional quality. Project lead Carlos Montero explained it all in a recent two-part interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, which is well worth a read if you're interested.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

On Wednesday, we revealed that the second title to be included in the Shacknews list of Moby Games Classic titles was Valve's 1998 hit Half-Life.

Released in 1998, Half-Life set the stage for story-driven first-person shooters. Widely considered one of the best games of all time, the original Half-Life is a welcome addition to our list of classics. After the break, the Shacknews community tells their stories and impressions of Half-Life, and answer why they feel it's deserving of a spot on our list of classics.

Replayed it a few times, and a few times on source. What always surprises me is how well it flows, from combat to puzzle," Shacker nutcrackr wrote, adding that the Team Fortress Classic mod stole hours from his life. "Half Life is probably my 2nd all time favorite game, behind Deus Ex." Coincidently, Deus Ex was the first game inducted into the Moby Games Classic series.

"One of the games that truly marked a spot on my life and really opened me up to what could be done on a PC, which was great since I came from a pure console background till about 13," edge198 admitted.

Beyond the fact that Half-Life was awarded "over 50 Game of the Year awards" when it launched, it helped usher in a new era of gaming. Titles like Counter-Strike owe their creation and success to Half-Life's development and Valve's support of its passionate community.

"The bad thing about classic games is they are dated. If someone has never played Half Life and decided to play through it they would wonder what the fuss was all about. But honestly that person would have to play other FPS's that existed prior to Half Life to understand what that game did to the industry," Shacker dookiebot says. "It was the little things about Half Life that took the FPS to a whole new experience.

Marrbe agrees, noting that by "modern standards" Half-Life may seem humble. "But in [1998]? Going through an underground research facility with things going on left and right, an information and safety announcer, moody ambient music, and opening credits? That was memorable."

That is what makes a classic. A title that remains memorable for years after launch. A title that, when you ask for memories from a gaming community, brings in a flood of positive reaction.

Check out the original Chatty thread for more stories and memories from the original Half-Life.

Half-Life on MobyGames.com

Description: Black Mesa Research Facility is an ultra-secret laboratory under government contract, conducting top-secret and extremely volatile experiments, where the protagonist Gordon Freeman works. One particular morning, Freeman makes his way to the office for an ordinary and scheduled experiment. However, when the experiment initiates, Gordon realizes that it might not be as ordinary as he thought. Chaos ensues and aliens from the planet Xen begin to flood the complex. Gordon is then thrust into a new role: one of defender and survivor of the Black Mesa complex.


Moby Games Classic is our chance to look back at the games that helped shape the video game industry with the help of our sister site MobyGames.com. It combines a short history lesson on the title and anecdotes from the Shacknews community.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Released in 1998, Half-Life set the stage for story-driven first-person shooters. While games like Halo have been praised for thrusting the genre into the modern age, its cinematic nature couldn't exist without stepping through the doors burst open by developer Valve. Widely considered one of the best games of all time, the original Half-Life is a welcome addition to our list of classics.

"It reeks of quality, and stinks of class--the creators obviously cared about making a good game, and that simple fact sets 'Half-Life' apart from everything else," MobyGames.com user Ashley Pomeroy wrote in her 2000 review of the game.

Following its success on PC, Half-Life was brought to the PlayStation 2. It was clear that the title had begun spilling beyond the reach of PC gamers and into the growing console market, a market that craved a title of its quality. At one point, a Dreamcast version was nearing release but was never made available in stores, disappointing more than a few (Xav still complains about it).

Beyond the fact that Half-Life was awarded "over 50 Game of the Year awards" when it launched, it helped usher in a new era of gaming. Titles like Counter-Strike owe their creation and success to Half-Life's development and Valve's support of its passionate community.

Tell Us Your Stories! We want to hear about your experiences with Half-Life. Tell us your stories. Why did you love it? What drove you crazy? Remember it fondly with us in the comments below. We'll select some of your thoughts and memories and add it to a Weekend Update to this feature.

Half-Life on MobyGames.com

Description: Black Mesa Research Facility is an ultra-secret laboratory under government contract, conducting top-secret and extremely volatile experiments, where the protagonist Gordon Freeman works. One particular morning, Freeman makes his way to the office for an ordinary and scheduled experiment. However, when the experiment initiates, Gordon realizes that it might not be as ordinary as he thought. Chaos ensues and aliens from the planet Xen begin to flood the complex. Gordon is then thrust into a new role: one of defender and survivor of the Black Mesa complex.


Moby Games Classic is our chance to look back at the games that helped shape the video game industry with the help of our sister site MobyGames.com. It combines a short history lesson on the title and anecdotes from the Shacknews community.

Shacknews - Chris Faylor
The Half-Life 2 Collection and EVE Online: Tyrannis represent this week's latest additions to the Steam for Mac digital distribution platform, operator Valve has announced.

The Mac editions of Valve's celebrated shooters Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two are now available through the digital distribution platform, while Tyrannis--the lastest update to CCP's space-faring MMO EVE Online--will hit "later today" and marks "Steam's first day-and-date release for the Mac and PC."

Half-Life 2 and EVE Online: Tyrannis

To commemorate the occasion, Steam has discounted all three Half-Life 2 titles by 30%, making Half-Life 2 $6.99, Episode One $5.59 and Episode Two $5.59.

Those that already own any of the Half-Life 2 titles via Steam

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Shacknews - Brian Leahy
[Update 4:47 PM - BL] Valve has confirmed to Shacknews that this release includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2.

[Original Story] Gordon Freeman's epic adventure through City 17 will hit the Mac version of Steam sometime tomorrow. To tease this, Valve has released an homage trailer to the landmark 1984 Apple Macintosh commercial.

Watch the video on Shackvideo.

I've reached out to Valve to find out if this is just the original release of Half-Life 2 or if it will include Episodes 1 and 2.

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