The Final Hours Of Half-life 2

UKchaosUKchaos Members Join Date: 2002-08-10 Member: 1132Posts: 808
Gamespot's behind the scenes article
http://www.gamespot.com/features/6112889/

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Now, for the first time, the team at Valve opens up about its journey in stunning detail. No question was off limits: From the missed release date to the code theft to the lawsuit with Vivendi, you'll hear directly from Valve about what really happened. And you'll find out about other struggles that have never before been revealed to the public. Ultimately, this is a story about sacrifice. A story about how 84 passionate gamers gave up nearly everything over five years to create what Newell believes is the best first-person shooter ever created.

This is the story behind the making of Half-Life 2.


Interesting read, they talk to Valve about the sept 30th fiasco.
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  • ThE_HeRoThE_HeRo Members Join Date: 2003-01-25 Member: 12723Posts: 1,599
    Reading it now, on page 3, its pretty interesting.
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  • BobTheJanitorBobTheJanitor Members, NS1 Playtester Join Date: 2003-12-10 Member: 24228Posts: 1,717
    Well that was a long read, but very informative. It's always nice to know what goes on behind the scenes. And unfortunately no one ever releases 'making of' dvds for games.
  • QuaunautQuaunaut The longest seven days in history... Members, Constellation, Reinforced - Shadow Join Date: 2003-03-21 Member: 14759Posts: 7,216 Advanced user
    The ones that do though never ever have enough though. Read: Halo 2

    This is probably the best article I've EVER read from Gamespot- usually their barely above the tabloid BS tounge.gif
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  • HibameHibame Members, Reinforced - Shadow Join Date: 2003-11-16 Member: 22974Posts: 585
    Yea it was a tad long but a good read in the end. And the pictures helped it some too
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  • MavericMaveric Members Join Date: 2002-08-07 Member: 1101Posts: 2,923
    QUOTE (Hibame @ Nov 12 2004, 06:28 PM)
    Yea it was a tad long but a good read in the end. And the pictures helped it some too

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  • eedioteediot Members Join Date: 2003-02-24 Member: 13903Posts: 3,281 Fully active user
    It was interesting. I didn't realise how much of a crunch it was for them, as well as the Sept 30th release date fiasco.

    I wonder what happened to the german guy after he was arrested.
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  • booogerboooger Members Join Date: 2003-11-03 Member: 22274Posts: 223
    a very good read, i must say. interesting stuff.
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  • A_Boojum_SnarkA_Boojum_Snark Members Join Date: 2003-09-07 Member: 20628Posts: 710
    edited November 2004
    Same as everyone else, very interesting.

    however... wow.gifbiggrin-fix.gifwow.gif

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    And finally there is one other game on the horizon: Team Fortress 2, which Newell says is far from a dead project. So what's the release date? "I'm sure we will screw that up again," he says with a sly grin. "I can connect the dots and look at history at this point."
  • panda_de_malheureuxpanda_de_malheureux Members Join Date: 2003-12-26 Member: 24775Posts: 1,633
    Great read, had a few good laughs. Gabe should have so used the golden crowbar on that scanner though.
  • DOOManiacDOOManiac Worst. Critic. Ever. Members, NS1 Playtester Join Date: 2002-04-17 Member: 462Posts: 8,596
    Very touching. Really adds a human side to the whole fiasco that most people probably hadn't considered.
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  • QuaunautQuaunaut The longest seven days in history... Members, Constellation, Reinforced - Shadow Join Date: 2003-03-21 Member: 14759Posts: 7,216 Advanced user
    QUOTE (DOOManiac @ Nov 12 2004, 08:51 PM)
    Very touching. Really adds a human side to the whole fiasco that most people probably hadn't considered.

    Most people had, but some people(yeah, most of the people on these forums) just didn't want to get flamed because they still had faith.
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  • torquetorque Members, NS1 Playtester, Constellation Join Date: 2003-08-20 Member: 20035Posts: 862 Advanced user
    Great read, thanks for sharing the link smile-fix.gif

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    thanks. Great read.
  • Private_ColemanPrivate_Coleman PhD in Video Games Members Join Date: 2002-11-07 Member: 7510Posts: 2,412
    Long enough to be a book...
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  • MantridMantrid Lockpick Members Join Date: 2003-12-07 Member: 24109Posts: 3,614
    QUOTE (Private Coleman @ Nov 12 2004, 11:44 PM)
    Long enough to be a book...

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  • ElestiaElestia Members Join Date: 2002-08-09 Member: 1130Posts: 60
    I find the nabbing of the hacker to be anti-climatic, and just plain silly. I mean, GOD, how stupid can a hacker be? I had really wished it was the dedicated fans that nabbed the hacker. Oh well, it was very illuminating tale.
  • UKchaosUKchaos Members Join Date: 2002-08-10 Member: 1132Posts: 808
    Actually it was the fans that helped tract the source of the leak and so helped make a stronger case against the hacker(s).
  • ChronoChrono Local flyboy Members Join Date: 2003-08-05 Member: 18989Posts: 5,863
    QUOTE (BobTheJanitor @ Nov 12 2004, 06:55 PM)
    And unfortunately no one ever releases 'making of' dvds for games.

    World of Warcraft collectors edition comes with one

    very nice and long read intresting too
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  • CMEastCMEast Members Join Date: 2002-05-19 Member: 632Posts: 1,655
    Definitely worth a read.

    For those who don't like to read anything longer than a page

    "Newell is already thinking about where Valve goes next. One thing is for sure: The company won't embark on another five-year project anytime soon. "We need to do smaller and shorter projects at first to avoid burnout," he says. On that note, one cabal has already started work on what Newell refers to as the "ATI levels," a series of single-player levels that will require a super-high-end graphics card to run. Valve hopes to release those over Steam later this year. Newell is hoping that the other cabals will move on to creating episodic single-player content that will be released in chunks over Steam. One tentative plan calls for Valve to start developing an episodic game that lets players assume the role of Alyx Vance. "I'd love to play a game that tells the story of Alyx and Doc, her pet Robot," Newell says. "

    Hadn't really heard about this stuff, interesting smile-fix.gif
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    I'm getting on a plane and I'm bringing my crowbar with me.


    Classic

    a good read, although i skim read most of it
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  • brute_forcebrute_force Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-10-04 Member: 21433Posts: 1,616
    Awesome read. Lots of interesting information. Stayed up until 3am last night reading this tounge.gif
  • SoulSkorpionSoulSkorpion Members Join Date: 2002-04-12 Member: 423Posts: 4,417 Advanced user
    It's nice to hear the other side of the story. It's definately restored my faith in Valve somewhat.
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  • antifreezeantifreeze The guy with the goods! Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-05-12 Member: 16232Posts: 1,612 Advanced user
    A good read.
    Would have been good to hear in the news that gabe had gone to germany and beaten the hacker to a bloody pulp with a crowbar.
  • KradKrad Members Join Date: 2004-08-26 Member: 30914Posts: 273
    /me just looks at the pictures tounge.gif
  • AlcapwnAlcapwn "War is the science of destruction" - John Abbot Members Join Date: 2003-06-21 Member: 17590Posts: 1,965
    I liked Gabes plan for arresting the hacker tounge.gif

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  • MausMaus Members Join Date: 2002-11-03 Member: 5599Posts: 2,532
    ... as Gabe slips Gamespot a swift $50 ^^

    The article in a nutshell: "No, really, Gabe's a good guy, don't hate him"
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  • antifreezeantifreeze The guy with the goods! Members, Constellation Join Date: 2003-05-12 Member: 16232Posts: 1,612 Advanced user
    QUOTE (Maus @ Nov 13 2004, 05:02 PM)
    ... as Gabe slips Gamespot a swift $50 ^^

    The article in a nutshell: "No, really, Gabe's a good guy, don't hate him"

    And we shouldn't, he is a good guy.
    A damn rich good guy at that.
  • BigMadSteveBigMadSteve Members Join Date: 2003-02-12 Member: 13472Posts: 1,922
    QUOTE (DOOManiac @ Nov 13 2004, 04:51 AM)
    Very touching. Really adds a human side to the whole fiasco that most people probably hadn't considered.

    I agree. Superb article.

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  • KungFuDiscoMonkeyKungFuDiscoMonkey Creator of ns_altair 日本福岡県Members, NS1 Playtester, Reinforced - Onos Join Date: 2003-03-15 Member: 14555Posts: 2,589 Advanced user
    That was a really good read.
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