On this day, 20 years ago, Half-Life was released. Makes you feel old, doesn't it? It's because you are old, you wrinkler. November 19th, 1998 - what were you doing then?
Anyway forget that, there's a new Half-Life game in development. No not Half-Life 3, although if Half-Life were 30 years old I could have written "Half-Life 30 today", which for a moment reads as "Half-Life 3", which is really exciting, isn't it?
The new game - or part of a game, really - is Xen, the final piece and pièce de résistance of Half-Life remake Black Mesa. But Black Mesa's Xen is much more than a simple remake of Half-Life's Xen.
A new Half-Life mod replaces Gordon Freeman with Spyro the Dragon.
We may never get to play the long, long-awaited Half-Life 3, or Half-Life 2: Episode 3, or whatever Valve once had planned for the future of its legendary series. But we might now know how its story would have unfolded.
Valve's seminal first-person shooter Half-Life has received a new patch, nearly 19 years after its November 1998 launch.
It's nothing major, to be sure, but it fixes a few crashes the community had pointed out. That may not be much, but it just goes to show that Valve has not given up on its most well-known game despite it being old enough to legally drink in many countries.
As for the patch notes themselves, here's what we've got:
There exists an officially-licensed Half-Life comic - and this month Chapter 3 comes out.
The already-delayed Xen levels of Half-Life remake Black Mesa have unfortunately been delayed again. Rather than be released this summer they will now arrive in December.
Chet Faliszek has brought his 12 year career at Valve Software to a close, our sister site GamesIndustry.biz has revealed.
Valve was once working on a Half-Life-related game with Three in the title. No, not Half-Life 3. Threewave.
There's a cheeky Half-Life 3 poster here at Gamescom - but all is not as it seems.
A jury ruled in favour of defendant Valve on 2nd November 2017, finding the plaintiff was not discriminated against for transgender or disability reasons, nor dismissed for such.
Earlier this week Valve released its very own SteamVR Performance Test, and now people are fussing over Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3. Again.
Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw has left Valve after 18 years at the company.
UPDATE 13th November 2015: Valve has updated the Steam beta client so Mac users can use the Steam Link and Steam Controller.
The long-awaited and Valve sanctioned Half-Life 1 re-envisioning Black Mesa has been released on Steam Early Access for £14.99.
Valve has launched the Steam Music Player, which lets you listen to your music collection while you play games on the digital platform.
Speedrunning collective quadrazoid has set a new world record by blazing through the original Half-Life in a scant 20 minutes and 41 seconds.
Valve has revealed the specifications of its Steam Machine prototype.
Nearly 15 years later, Valve's thrown a Half-Life 1 modding team a bone - Sven Co-op is to become a free, standalone game.
Valve's Santa Claus I mean Gabe Newell will be the video game hero awarded a BAFTA Fellowship this year.
Update: It looks like this was more than just a gag as J.J. Abrams is actually in talks with Valve about developing movies based on Half-Life and Portal.
Half-Life 1998 - the Half-Life - was very different to the preview alpha build of Half-Life 1997. And now you can see it for yourself.
A demo build of 1997 alpha found on a disc intended for journalists at the time, apparently, has been shared on the internet by Reddit user Jackaljayzer (via ValveTime).
"To play the alpha," instructs the site, "delete or renamed the '...\Half-Life 0.52\Half-Life\Opengl32.dll' file and then run '...\Half-Life 0.52\Half-Life\enginegl.exe'."
Half-Life scribe Marc Laidlaw has said he would like to see a film version of Valve's game series helmed by Guillermo del Toro.
Such is his influence on the world of videogames and computing that it's a wonder Gabe Newell hasn't been inducted into the prestigious Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame already. This coming February at the 2013 D.I.C.E. summit will be his moment.
Gabe Newell has confirmed what we all suspected: that Valve is working on a new game engine, undoubtedly Source 2.
When members of 4chan popped over to Valve's office to deliver Newell's 50th birthday present they also asked him some questions. The most pertinent was this:
Is Valve potentially already working on a new engine? Source 2? Could or… could not be?
I jumped - this short Half-Life film made me jump. Heavy on the atmosphere, great costumes and make-up, well put together, dark. Enter the Freeman: Half-Life Film is worth a watch (embedded below).
Black Mesa - the Source-powered, modder-made re-imagining of Half-Life 1 - will be released 14th September.
Project Leader Carlos Montrero announced the news on the Black Mesa forum.
"On September 14th, you will see the first release of Black Mesa!" he wrote. "This will include our re-envisioning of Half-Life all the way up to Lambda Core. We believe this is a great way to provide a complete-feeling 8-10 hour experience with a solid ending, make our fans happy and help us make the best overall game possible."
Gameplay videos of Black Mesa, the long-awaited modder-made Half-Life remake, have hit the internet.
The first video, published by ValveTime.net, shows the On a Rail chapter from Half-Life, and is captured from a "fairly old build" of the modification, built using the latest version of the Source engine. Fans have been quick to criticise what looks like the use of iron sights for the .357 Magnum. Apparently, this is simply the weapon's zoom feature made available in the single-player portion of the game.
The second video, of terrible quality, was published on LambdaGeneration.com, and shows footage from the Surface Tension chapter. Again, the footage is taken from an old and, according to LG, outdated mod development build. Oh, and the music was added by LG - it is not from the game itself.
Valve Time - the term coined by fans to describe the seemingly endless development of the Half-Life maker's games.
As the wait for news on the next Half-Life game goes on, Valve boss Gabe Newell has explained the famed developer's current strategy on revealing new titles.
More than 10,000 gamers have joined the Steam Group campaigning for more Half-Life communication from Valve.
Valve's classic first-person shooter Half-Life is ten years old. To celebrate its birthday yesterday, the developer has made it available to buy for 98 of your American cents.
Valve has bundled a whopping Complete Pack of games together on Steam for a quite ridiculous discount price.