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The Next Generation

Today, October 10th 2017, marks 10 years since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Today is also the day we're announcing something exciting that's coming to LambdaGeneration soon. Rather than go on about things in an article, we created a video instead to talk about, where we've been, thoughts…

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Hot Damn, They’re Making Insurgency 2

Other Hot Damn, They’re Making Insurgency 2

Slightly late news, yes. But it’s something that, to my surprise, almost no one knew anything about: turns out that the 2007 multiplayer classic: INSURGENCY: Modern Infantry Combat (or INS for short), the hyper-realistic Source mod that put you in the combat boots of a U.S. Marine or Iraqi insurgent, caught in the middle of the Second Gulf War – is getting a sequel.

But let’s do a quick recap. Sadly, despite its initial success, and its official release directly on Steam; Insurgency’s intense difficulty, combined with tremendous turmoil within the mod team and, later on, a critical lack of support – all only meant one thing: that by its 2nd anniversary, Insurgency had literally begun bleeding players. But its community valiantly held its ground, and to this day, Insurgency’s most critical and insightful community blog remains open. The mod itself, however, does not.

And just like that, Insurgency was gone. But at last, it seems that it has returned to us – and in safe keeping to boot. Read on!

News Roundup #17

Other News Roundup #17

Good news. Despite our minor accident, which we’ll be able to talk about as soon as the court documents allow us to, the office isn’t completely destroyed… at all!

We fixed up the place and invited a local inspector to visit. He gave us some great compliments, such as “numerous flammable hazards”, “about to collapse”, “trash everywhere”, and “eviction notice”.

He also complained that the Roundup was late again, but I just yelled at him and called him a “foolish old man who probably hasn’t even played Half-Life”.

Apparently, one of those new-fangled SWAT APC’s with the water cannon and stuff is on this street, as I write this.

Bah! I laugh at their silly attempts to intimidate us! Don’t they know how much I love water? Water cannot kill me!

Presenting The LambdaGeneration Monthly Mini-Poll! [POLL UPDATED]

Other Presenting The LambdaGeneration Monthly Mini-Poll! [POLL UPDATED]

[UPDATE: We’ve updated the poll with a tenth option: Valve’s upcoming space-based game: “SOB”. If you were holding off on voting, then you can now head on over and decide what to vote for.]

Today we’re launching the first in a series of Mini-Polls that we’ll be doing on a monthly basis. This one is titled “What is the next Valve game you are most anticipating?”. You can find it further down the page, under the “Recent Comments” section of the sidebar. There’s 9 choices, plus an “Other” choice (we forgot to add SOB, and we’ll be updating the poll with that soon, so if you’re actually waiting for SOB, hold off on your vote until we add it). Let us know what you think – in both the poll and here, in the comments section.

Don’t Look Now, but Valve May Have Just Filed a Trademark for Half-Life 3

Half-Life Don’t Look Now, but Valve May Have Just Filed a Trademark for Half-Life 3

Update: Due to a loophole with JIRA and Google Cache, people were once again able to access Valve’s project tracker. NeoGAF user ekim managed to snap some pictures of the tracker before it was closed, showing that the Half-Life 3 group have increased in members (to a total of 46), and reveals a new group called Half-Life 3 Core, with only 10 members.

Update 2: The trademark has been removed, and we can safely assume the whole thing was a fake. As fellow writer Dhel says, there is no trademark for either Half-Life 2 nor Left 4 Dead, which further fuels the assumption.
But hey, at least we got some delicious hype out of it, didn’t we?


It hasn’t been long since the leak of the internal changelog at Valve, which confirmed the existence of Source 2 and Left 4 Dead 3.

Ignoring the leak however, we’ve gone long without any news on both Ricochet 2 and Half-Life 3 (the former which I’m personally more excited for). Well, it’s time to quench some of your thirst for news!

NECA’s Official Gordon Freeman Action Figure Revealed

Other NECA’s Official Gordon Freeman Action Figure Revealed

Ever since the NECA got involved with producing Valve-licensed merchandise in June of last year, they’ve been releasing a steady stream of swag, taken straight out of the Valveverse. But there hasn’t really been anything of note – anything that really captured my attention. Until now, that is.

Gasp! Could Half-Life 2 Be Non-Canon?

Other Gasp! Could Half-Life 2 Be Non-Canon?

Many Half-Life fans have speculated – are the Gearbox expansions canon, or are they non-canon? Sure, some elements are part of the established continuum, like Black Mesa’s destruction, but what about the rest? At the very least, elements from the Gearbox expansions that do not contradict or convolute the overall plot can very well be used as “flavor material” by the fans.

But what if we’ve been looking the wrong way all along? What if the canonicity of a different Half-Life title is up in the air? Read on!

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