I was but a young lad, just 10 years old, when Half-Life was released. I honestly don’t remember how I found out about the game, or how it ended up on my PC. I do remember one thing distinctly at least, it was the most impressive game I had ever played. As a kid, meeting those headcrabs for the first time with nothing more than a crowbar was beyond terrifying. Black Mesa was just begging to be explored though, and I pushed on. What is it about the game that makes it so special? This documentary attempts to explain the Gordon Freeman phenomenon.
What’s that you say? Gaming has some great heroes these days. Korvo from Dishonored, Kratos from God of War and Desmond McMonkeyface from the Assassin’s Creed franchise? I scoff at your selection. Scoff to the max. Back in the day when those guys were nothing more than pen on paper diaper concept drawings, there was one hero who stood tall and kept damn quiet. Gordon Freeman was his name, and he was an ass-kicking scientist in a biohazard suit and spectacles, swinging a crowbar around and kicking head-crab head-ass. And now he’s been immortalized, in statue form.
I’ve been very much unimpressed with the movie industry for the last say, five years. With all this new technology and what not you’d think that movies would be better. There have been a select few that have been absolutely amazing and then there have been the most boring films since, well, the beginning of mankind.
Hereâ€™s a fun fact: Valve is awesome. If you play games, then itâ€™s rather likely that youâ€™ve played one of theirs. And you know what, their games are invariably jam-packed with awesome-sauce. So itâ€™s safe to say that if you love games, you love Valve. Right now, I hate Valve. I mean I love themâ€¦ in a totally weird, obsessed stalker kind of way, but right now, I hate them. Half-Life 2 Episode 3. Do you know itâ€™s been four years since we all played Episode 2? Four years and not a damn smidgeon of information on the final chapter. But just in case Portal 2 steals away all the hype around Episode 3, Valve has (in minute detail) reminded us that itâ€™s not over yet.
Of All time! And Beyonceâ€™s not one of them, thankfully. Empire have put together yet another list that will be unable to please everybody, this time focusing on the greatest video game character of all time. I canâ€™t say I personally agree with the list â€“ particularly the character given its number one spot. Theyâ€™ve awarded the accolade to Half-Lifeâ€™s Gordon Freeman. While a fantastic character in an even better series of games, Iâ€™m not sure a silent protagonist â€“ one where you, the player, essentially become the character â€“ should nab top honours. hit the jump for the top ten, and see if your favourite characterâ€™s made the grade.
I woke up this morning to a whole pile of emails telling me about the awesome G-Man song from indie sing writer Jonathan Lewis.
Now I have to admit that I am not much of a music buff and therefore maybe I am missing something but I donâ€™t quiet get what the huge excitement is about.
Yeah itâ€™s cool that someone made a song about a video game but I didnâ€™t think it was epic, rather just a cool novelty.
Let me know if you think I am talking nonsense and if you like the song make sure to head on over to iTunes and pick up a copy to support the guy in his work.
Check his site for full details of this and other songs that he has penned.
[Thanks Niel, Sally and Jake for the tips to various websites]