6

In celebration of Half-Life turning 19 today, here’s a few photos of the original Half-Life dev team working hard and having fun at the old Valve office.

Crazy to think this was 19 years ago!

From top to bottom:
Gabe Newell, John Guthrie, Chuck Jones, Mike Harrington/Gabe Newell, Ken Birdwell, Half-Life Dev Team Group Photo

Today, November 16th 2017, marks 13 years since the release of Half-Life 2.


Feels like it was only yesterday when I was rushing home from school to buy this from my local PCWorld before it closed for the night so I could play it on release day. Didn’t even have internet back then and had to ‘hack’ the game’s files to run without Steam. Wow.

The signs as quotes from Freeman's Mind
  • Aries: "Ugh. Darwin was right. I didn't realize I was working with a bunch of lemmings."
  • Taurus: "I should think less like a human being that uses doors, and more like a... squirrel that has anger problems."
  • Gemini: "It's like the classic debate of why measuring the position of an electron changes its momentum and vice-versa. The only correct answer is to get drunk and set fire to things."
  • Cancer: "Since this morning, I've been bitten, shot, bombed, electrocuted, almost drowned, almost fallen to my death, and strangled. Rasputin wasn't so lucky."
  • Leo: "I HAVE TO BLOW EVERYTHING UP. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO PROVE THAT I'M NOT CRAZY."
  • Virgo: "You can never prove the absence of ninjas, only their direct presence."
  • Libra: "What was that Nietzsche said? 'He who fights drummers should see to it that in the process he does not himself become a drummer'? [...] I wonder if Nietzsche was in a band. I bet he was. I should look him up when I get out of here. I bet the songs have pretty deep lyrics."
  • Scorpio: "Friends are like weeds that scream."
  • Sagittarius: "It looks like an anemometer, but it is not. Anemometers don't fire bullets. Not even the expensive ones. Or I don't think they do. If they do, meteorologists are more hardcore than I thought."
  • Capricorn: "So yeah, I'm killing people now. But that was NOT murder. That was TOTALLY self-defense. Just because I have a sub-machine gun doesn't change anything."
  • Aquarius: "I do belong in a pedestal, but metaphorically, God damn it!"
  • Pisces: "CALL ME ISHMAEL, BITCH."