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Half Life was released in 1998, which means.....dear god in heaven.....that some of you might not have even been alive to play it.

Or you were, but couldn't do much more than drool on the keyboard and gnaw the mouse like a rusk.

Luckily for you, some die-hard fans have spent the past 8 years using Valve's own tools to lovingly rebuild the legendary locale that Gordon Freeman escaped over a decade ago….

….well, most of it. Xen is missing for now, but that bit was sh*t, so who cares?

Black Mesa will be free to download on the 14th September….which really did surprise me.
When I first heard about the project (a good few years back) I thought Valve themselves would snap up the concept and bundle it in with an "Orange Box 2".
I'm usually opposed to remakes, but the prospect of seeing Half Life 1 rendered in glorious Half Life 2 detail does make the geeky nerves tingle.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-…

www.blackmesasource.com/
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:iconjohnsegway:
JohnSegway Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest I just find anything in Source really boring now as I've played HalfLife 2+ to death as well as a LOT of games being based on Source as well as using the same models... But for die hard fans of HL1 I'm sure it'll be great for ya =3
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MGBGT Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Heard about this for a while, never thought they'd finish it. Hope it turns out alright.
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ThatGuyWithACape Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Is it that the graphical update is free, or are they giving out the entire game with updated graphics free?
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Also keep in mind that high expectations is a sure fire way to end up hating something. If don't take off the nostalgia goggles before playing Black Mesa, you'll end up making a HtP about how it sucks.
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was one of those who met the game with a resounding, "Meh". Honestly the only portion that held my interest was the expansion where you played the security guard.
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LioNeL-K Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
great news! I remember stressing about it just by listening my friends: "dude, you start with nothing and your first weapon is a crowbar..."
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staplegun111 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
I was still really young when Half Life came out. Stumbled upon Ross Scott's "Freeman's Mind" back around episode 7 or 8 (?). Proceeded to buy Half Life... And Half Life 2... then Episode 1 & 2. Both left 4 dead's came somewhere in that time frame, as well as Opposing Force and Blue Shift (which no longer works for me anymore). And many more games not created by Valve. Never would have thought that one video could lead me to spend so much money (granted, over a period of a few years).
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Yuxtapuestoelmono Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Yeah we are all waiting here!
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AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Was born at the start of the 90s so was around when Half Life was out never cared for it however didn't know much about it but when finally saw and played Half Life 2 lets just say I got interested fast in the series so YAY HL1 remake!
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Bladebitch Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I was there when it was released and altough I just watched my brothers play it at first it has always been my favorite game.^^ I've been following Black Mesa since my brother became one of the die-hard fans working on it. I haven't checked the site lately though so I got these glorious news from you first.
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ConnorCat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Wow that's a great day too! My birthday!
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:iconroolsilver:
roolsilver Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
My grandfather couldn't believe that a movie from 1997 was something I remembered as 'when I was little'. I feel so old.(I was 12)
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:iconhewhoislost:
Hewhoislost Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I had no idea, thanks for the heads up. I loved that game, it's what got me in to gaming in the first place.
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anotalenthack Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
You're watching Piranha DD for the Hoff?

Sure, and you watched baywatch for the Hoff too...
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:iconjollyjack:
jollyjack Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
The Hoff was in Baywatch?
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:iconanotalenthack:
anotalenthack Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
My point exactly. :)
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shafafooey Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
YESSS!!
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:iconnoxshade:
Noxshade Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
GaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSP
Squee!
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TheGreatHibiki Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
15 years old.

I think back then I was more into boobs than games.

Unless the games had boobs in them.
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moonman169 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just 2 clarify the orange box bundle was a combo of half life and team fortress..rite?
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ExplositionRooster5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I was around, but being 8 at the time plus having no control over the computer plus the fact that I wouldn't hear of Half-Life some 6 years later meant that I never got to play it. Hmmm.... might have to get that...
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Lysander45 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Valve notice Black Mesa is released. A week later Half Life 3 appears on steam. No announcement, its just uploaded and they move on. And from deep within his lair on Tatooine, Gabe Newell feeds another coder to his Rancor.
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ExplositionRooster5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would that Rancor be the uber rare Rush Limbaugh version?
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Lysander45 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Possibly. Gabe the Hutt is a wealthy man-slug-thingamiejig.
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ExplositionRooster5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that a Gabe fat joke!?! Because if it is, then we've just saw Half Life 3 pushed back another VALVe year.
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Lysander45 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
If he reacted like that then my stone is just one of many made in the lightest of whimsies. Have you seen some of the gifs made using his face alone. Gabe's face on a naked womans body...disturbing to say the least.
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AprilMoonshine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome :headbang:
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ApolloMasque Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shi-, It's actually DONE?
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Ben-G-Geldenhuys Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was 13 in '98, and I fookin' loved it!
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FanArtFantast Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Heh. Will be fun to hear the current gamer crowd go into a full power spin over how hard it is. If they actualy make it as "hard" as the original was. As in, not terribly for us oldschool gamers, but by comparison to modern games... fiendishly hard.
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BarryWoods Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Makes you feel old doesn't it!
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:iconm0n0cr0me:
m0n0cr0me Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Interesting
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Wabefuhon Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Now this, I would like to see. I was given Half-Life years ago. For the longest time I couldn't play it because I didn't have a computer of my own. When I finally did, I installed it. An it was fun. When I made cheats work, I went around killing all the scientists and Barneys, flying through the walls and killing everyone I saw. Of course, there was the VALVe sale which was $50 for all their games. I bought that.
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Edelroark Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I remember playing Half Life. I was five at the time. I didn't get very far.
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Kitfox0430 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
this will indeed be fun and in the proper graphics to give the game justice
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Starbolt-81 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eyyup, i too thought that the Black Mesa team had been snapped up by Valve, hence the lack of updates. Still, good to see that Black Mesa Source is finally on its way :D
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MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
I was 13 in 1998 :O_o:

I've only ever played a bit of Half life... I lean more towards the left 4 dead games though :lol:
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Eldalosse Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
In 1998 I was...nineteen. So I could have played it if I had a computer that could run it.
(The hazards of all your computers being castoffs from your parents. Fortunately my dad needs powerful computers for his work...)
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JackKeller Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Writer
I was ~four years of age when HL was released, but have bought and played a copy.
So good to see such a slick restoration of a classic game.
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evilscary Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I heard the news a few days back, and did a little dance of joy. Been following Black Mesa for years now, so glad it's nearly done.

Am I the only person who actually liked Xen?
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LandingZone Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Yeah I been flowing this project from the very start, and were so disappointed when it didn't came out in 2009 as the first announced it to be. I tough still happy that it actually got finished, and didn't die somewhere in the way. So I can't wait to get my hands on it and replay the game I so loved.
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LordBurn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I tried playing the PS2 port of Half Life years ago, but the disc I got was scratched and died before the end of the tutorial. So I've never been able to play it.

Free sounds good though. If it works on Mac, I'll definitely get it a shot.
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Riaayo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As someone who never actually played Half Life 1, and really didn't even know of it until we were far passed its graphical era, I'm really excited to play this remake. I've loved HL2, though been a bit lazy in finishing episode 2.

I was totally alive when it came out, though! And not drooling.
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chaoman Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Neato. This is going to be fun! Are the models and resources available too?
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Puddleboy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Xen was AWESOME! Massive ball-bags can never dissapoint!
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Lupinebrother Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Awesome! I was hoping someone would do this.
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s0lar1x Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SQUEE~!! :happybounce:
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darquewanderer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Watching: Piranha DD (uh....I rented it for The Hoff)

Yeah, I'm sure you did.
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anjuw87 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


BOUT FREAKING TIME!

I've been following this since I first heard about the project years ago.
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Hamsterloki Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
I was four when the first game came out >.>; That game would have scared the shit out of me.
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