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The Half-Life Saga Story Guide

By Chan Karunamuni

"I'd Have Done the Same Thing" - Garry's Mod Creator Says

Garry Newman, the creator of Garry's Mod says he would have done the same thing in Minecraft creator's shoes.. sell off the popular game Minecraft to Microsoft.

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What Makes a Free-to-Play Game Successful?

Why does Team Fortress 2 succeed when Loadout, a mechanically very similar game, fails?

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A Guide to Lighting in Source - Part One

The next in our level design tutorial series helps make your level look stunning with Source's lighting capabilities.

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'The Creative Minds Editing Competition' Announced

Amateur video game filmmaking website Style-Productions.net has launched a competition offering a €300 prize pool for the winning submission, which covers games such as Team Fortress and Counter-Strike.

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Fanart Friday #05

Just when you thought it was gone for good, Fanart Friday returns once again.

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Community Spotlight: The Half-Life Saga Story Guide

The Half-Life Saga Story Guide is an informative and visually engaging timeline dedicated to providing a simplified explanation of the events of the Half-Life and Portal series in chronological order.

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US Propaganda – From TF2?

Team Fortress

With what’s happening in Eastern Europe now, each side claims that the other is spinning the truth. However, the most recent development is that Russian state media claims that the US has, and continues to spread propaganda.

Valve Being Chased by the ACCC

Valve

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are issuing a law suit against Valve.

While Valve doesn’t have physical presence in Australia, they still serve clients and customers there. This means that they are bound to Australian law. The ASCC states that Valve has not fulfilled its requirement for mandatory customer guarantees.

Half-Life Backwarding?

Half-Life

Recently, GoldSrc speedrunner “quadrazid“, previously famous for his 20 minute Half-Life 1 speedrun, uploaded a video of what he calls “Half-Life Backwarding”, which is exactly what it is.

In the short video, quadazid attempts to make his way through various Half-Life levels such as the Hazard Course as fast as he can, but this time facing backwards.

If you thought normal Half-Life speedruns are crazy enough, then this has just taken it to a whole new level.

‘Lambda’ Fan Film Trailer Released

Half-Life

We previously covered the announcement of a new Half-Life fan film called “Lambda” a few weeks ago however the director Connor Botts just put up the official trailer, which looks pretty epic.

The story is set just prior to the events of Half-Life 2 and follows a character known as Dominic Ryan, a resistance fighter who teams up with Barney Calhoun and Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2 in an attempt to rebel the Combine forces currently dominating the Earth.

If you want to find out more information about Lambda you can read our original announcement article which contains exclusive information about the film, there is also a Combine Overwiki page for it too!

You can also follow the film’s Twitter and Facebook page for future updates.

Analyzing New Steam Account Phishing

Steam

Phishing isn’t new, and certainly not for Steam accounts. While Steam Guard has been an integral defence since the last major Steam Community upgrade, it still isn’t enough. We take a look at a new method of circumventing Steam Guard and how attackers can gain access to your account.

No More Room in Hell 1.08 Released

Source

The once Source mod, now Greenlit game “No More Room in Hell” has just recently released version 1.08.

Changes in this version include the FN FAL weapon, the highly demanded suicides by gun shots, two new official objective maps, two community maps, difficulty levels and new player spawning.

Four Things Valve Didn’t Intend for the Sandman to Do

Team Fortress

When the Sandman debuted during the Scout Update, Valve broke new ground regarding ranged melee weapons. Not since the Direct Hit has Team Fortress 2 been given a more spammable immediate-range weapon that crits like crazy, since the Sandman’s baseball shares the bat’s increased melee crit chance.

However, perhaps because of it’s unusual design, there have been a number of bizarre exploits associated with this weapon over the years and a few of these are still in the game today.

ESL One Cologne 2014 Starts

Counter-Strike

The CS:GO competition ESL One Cologne started just a few hours ago.

Like many of Valve’s games, they can be very competitive at times. So much in fact, they are used for ‘real world’ competitions around the globe. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one such game, and it’s being played right now at ESL One, in Cologne, Germany.

Road to Gamescom

Valve

Valve is once again attending Gamescom, Europe’s largest gaming trade fair, which takes place on August 13th-17th at the Koelnmesse exhibition center in Cologne, Germany.

As in recent years, they’ll be set up in the Business Hall, so there will be no public access to Valve’s booth.

LambdaGeneration confirmed this in an email to Valve’s Doug Lombardi earlier, who said that there will be no press or public showings planned this year and only business related meetings will be taking place.

But that still begs the question, what will Valve be doing there?

City 17: Episode One Devs Release Assets to the Modding Community!

Source

Well, the holidays are finally over! It’s a new year and it’s about time to get back to reporting news…from last month. Better late than never I suppose. – You may remember a mod announced a couple years back called City 17: Episode One. If you don’t, feel free to check out their ModDB page. Since you’re clearly a mole person who’s been living under a rock. The developers strove to make a number of enhancements to the Source engine to offer a more visually enticing experience to compliment the mod’s atmosphere and nicely crafted gameplay.

DefendVille contains ten new Half-Life 2 Episode 2 levels where you defend Villes

Half-Life

There is truly no time to rest in the world of Half-Life 2 custom maps at the moment. The first 3×10 mapping competition (Ambushville) yielded nine levels for your enjoyment, now Defendville ups that number to ten!

The theme was again simple but with plenty of room for interpretation. Create a level in 10 days where the player defends a location, with a short prep time before the assault begins. Enjoy!

Defendville can be downloaded from PlanetPhillip right now for the cost of 60.4 Earth megabytes.

“Lambda Protocol” live-action series teased

Half-Life

A while back, a series titled “The Freeman Chronicles” was announced and a fundraiser was started on Indiegogo. It raised close to a third of its $75,000 goal, and donations are still available on the official website. Apart from the “Escape From City-17” shorts, this is probably one of the closest thing we’ve had to a live action Half-Life series. However, less than a month ago, CoolBrosChannel uploaded a teaser for an upcoming project.

Let’s check it out.