Half-Life 2

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Chet Faliszek has left Valve

Portal and Left 4 Dead writer runs out of Steam.

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Former Valve employee is suing the company for $3.1m

Alleges developer exploited minors for free labour, discriminated against transgender staff.

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Half-Line Miami, a free fan-made crossover, is out now

Do you like hurting people, Mr. Freeman?

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Half-Life 2 RTS Lambda Wars releases on Steam

Alien Swarm mod now a free download after Valve Greenlight.

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FeatureHalf-Life 2 remembered

"You've arrived in City 17..."

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FeatureHalf-Life 2: 10 years on

You remember, don't you, Mr Freeman?

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Steam Music Player lets you listen to your music while you play

Half-Life and Portal soundtracks DLC going free.

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The Half-Life 2 VR mod makes even reloading seem cool

See how Oculus and Hydra combine to revolutionise shooters.

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Valve set to demo its own Virtual Reality hardware

And reveal how it will work with Steam.

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Valve reveals specs of its Steam Machine prototype

Combines high-end power with a living-room-friendly form factor.

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FeatureOmni treadmill: The future of VR goes in every direction

Walk this way. No, not that way. THIS WAY!

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Ex-Valve hardware chief offers an alternative view on life inside the Half-Life maker

"There is actually a hidden layer of powerful management structure in the company, and it felt a lot like High School."

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FeatureMinerva matter: The Half-Life 2 mod that opened the gates of Valve

Adam Foster's two-and-a-half-year job application for the world's most enigmatic game developer.

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Half-Life 2 gets official Oculus Rift support

See video of it and Dishonored played with the headset.

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Screenshots of Half-Life 2 mod Minerva

A single-player story by a fan-turned-Valve-employee.

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Acclaimed Half-Life 2 mod Minerva polished up and released on Steam

The mod that bagged Adam Foster a job at Valve.

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J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell want to collaborate on movies, games

UPDATE: Abrams really is in talks with Valve about Half-Life/Portal movies. "It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets."

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Gabe Newell named as next AIAS Hall of Famer

Oh they'll induct anyone have they no standards etc..

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Gabe Newell confirms Valve working on Source 2

Waiting for a game to release it with. What could that be?

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Valve "jumping in" to computer hardware space

"We're frustrated by the lack of innovation."

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Viktor Antonov's Half-Life 2 concept artwork

Some of it, and not in glorious real-life-like resolutions.

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Why Half-Life 2 City 17 creator Viktor Antonov left Valve

"It causes a lot of surprise that anyone would leave."

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FeatureValve Interview: Gabe Newell Isn't The Boss of Me

Jason Holtman gives a peek inside Valve's unique structure

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Feature"It's been a poor, poor five years for fiction in the video game industry"

The creator of Half-Life 2's City 17 and Dishonored tells us why.

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Valve on Valve Time: "It's charming. It's kind of a compliment."

Plus, we ask, what's taking Half-Life 3 so long?

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Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive support Razer Hydra PC motion controller

Added to Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2 and 250 Steam games.

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Newell: Valve wants its games "more baked" before revealing them

"We're acutely aware of how much we annoy our fans."

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FeatureWhy Devs Owe You Nothing

When does a game belong to its fans rather than its creators?

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10,000 Valve fans stage Half-Life 3 protest

But far less than 50,000 signed up to do so.

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Half-Life 3 fan campaign staging mass gameplay session

Up to 29,000 gamers to play Half-Life 2 this Saturday.

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Valve: piracy a "non-issue" for Steam

Perhaps Gabe Newell along.

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Games bleeding into real life - study

Fantastical reactions to mundane situations.

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Garry's Mod racks up a million downloads

Big update planned for Half Life 2 mod.

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Valve's Half-Life dev hampered by Steam?

Impulse maker Stardock draws parallels.

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Garry's Mod sets trap for pirates

Clever code names and shames.

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FeatureThe boy who stole Half-Life 2

From the archive: the story behind the $250m robbery.

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Steam owns half PC download market

Is "tremendously profitable" says Newell.

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VideoHalf-Life fan film premiered online

Beyond Black Mesa took 2 years to make.

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VideoMolyneux gets son begging Valve for HL3

Lucas Molyneux makes YouTube plea.

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Half-Life 2 actor passes away

Robert Culp played Dr Wallace Breen.

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Valve bundles 22 games for USD 99

Includes Left 4 Dead. Bargain!

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Steam Cloud to launch this week

Centralise game data starting with L4D.

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Chunky Orange Box PS3 patch released

Should remedy many of the problems.

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FeatureValve's Doug Lombardi

Chatting about Portal and whether Orange Box will return.

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Portal: First Slice for NVIDIA users

Valve loves it some NVIDIA.

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The Orange Box

We pit EA's port against PC and 360.

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World of Mods: Half-Life 2

Games that are free, so long as you've already paid.

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AMD and Valve hold hands

Free Steam for Radeon owners.

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FeatureOpening the Valve

Part 2: On Warren Spector, Alyx, and the importance of playtesting.

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FeatureOpening the Valve

Gabe Newell and co. on Hollywood, Episode One and future expansions.

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Half-Life 2 on Xbox 360?

Possibly. One day.

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Garry's Mod to be sold on Steam

$10 for Half-Life 2 mod.

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Half-Life 2: Episode 2 underway

Valve confirms its existence.

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64-bit Half-Life 2 released

For Athlon 64 FX processors.

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Half-Life 2

Console yourself, it's finally here.

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Half-Life 2 Xbox dated

'-Life is complete.

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A Few Good G-Men

Movie gets HL2 makeover.

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HL2 Lost Coast screens

It's all gone HDR.

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Half-Life 2

Could the gravity gun lift the Xbox?

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Valve unveils E3 plans

Half-Life 2 Xbox, PC's Lost Coast bit on show.

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HL2: Lost Coast trailer

It's a weighty download, mind, but very pretty indeed. On Eurofiles now.

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Euro HL2 Xbox late summer

Valve confirms the console port of Half-Life 2 should be out "late summer", but Aftermath won't be included.

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FeatureHalf-Life 2: The Lost Coast

Valve gives a glimpse of its next-gen plans, providing more info on its single Half-Life 2 level for high end PCs.

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Half-Life 2

Moves the goalposts. With a gravity gun.

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FeatureE3 2003: Half-Life 2

Three words: Oh. My. God.

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FeatureHalf-Life 2

The original game had a decent Half-Life, and this one looks like it might too...