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Valve's Half-Life Game Franchise

Published 21 May 2019

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It's been pretty well ten years since the last of the Half-Life 2 episodes came out. Watch for lots more articles on the internet about the anniversary. And after 10 years of silence from VALVE, can we expect Half-Life 3... We sure hope so. Valve's Half-Life 3 is probably one of the greatest retro games that never was. It rates up there with escapes from the Bermuda Triangle.

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Some of us missed half-life as the Commodore Amiga at the time. Unfortunately, the Commodore Amiga and First-Person Shooters (FPS) do not mix. Eventually everyone turned to the dark side and supported the Wintel franchise. After a major upgrade in 20014 with an investment in a decent video card the author purchased Half-Life 2. And fell for it in a big way. In doing, many gamers unwittingly became a convert to Valve's Steam distribution.

Most player's biggest confession, and shhhh I will only whisper this, is that they used games cheats to finish these very difficult games. That is maybe not as bad as it would first seem because it was the story line and the characters that people really enjoyed so much.

Half-Life 2 is still such a masterpiece of gaming and it's a crime that we will never see the conclusion we were promised more than 10 years ago.

— Zarah (@ZarahLP) May 19, 2019

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As always, there is an excellent write up of the Half-Life franchise in Wikipedia. Half-Life became the starting point for many items. Starting with the story development of the protagonist Gordon Freeman. The game also forced players to install the Steam content management system fronted by steampowered.com. Half-Life 2 was both a critical success, described as one of the best videogames of all time and huge commercial success, listed as one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time.

There have also been numerous short films and fan content developed on the Half-Life story.

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