My second entry for the HL2Files.com contest. You can visit that page and see the other articles. You can’t vote for this one yet because it hasn’t been added.
Back in 2001 I was a big Unreal fan. I had downloaded as many maps as I could find and had played most of them. I had heard about a game called Half-Life and knew that it also had some expansion packs (or so I thought). I was reluctant to play another game because I was so hooked on Unreal.
Eventually I decide to take the plunge and buy the game. Little did I know how much my life was about to change. From the moment the screen brightened to reveal the transit train journey I have been absolutely immersed in the Half-Life world. I still remember hearing her voice and explaining about Black Mesa.
I wanted that ride to go on and on. I was almost disappointed when it stopped and I realized I had to get off. But boy am I glad I did. Never before had a game, book or film managed to capture my attention so completely.
From that day forth I have been under its spell. Much has been written about why Half-Life is such a special game and I’m not going to repeat it here, suffice to say that it will remain the best game ever made. How can I be so sure? Well, the first time of anything (yes, even that!) can be special and often the emotions surrounding the event add to the pleasure of the event itself. Who remembers the second or third time of anything?
So why is the name too accurate? Because from playing the game onwards my life was split into two areas: the game and everything else. In reality I have two Half-Lifes! (sic)