The Science Behind Half-Life: Game Names

The idea of an article about the science behind some aspects of the Half-Life games popped into my head when I was listening to a physics podcast. It was talking about Zero-Point Energy and of course I immediately recognized the term.

I performed a quick search to see if somebody else had already written something and was initially disappointed to find somebody had. However, after scanning it and seeing the author say that the “Zero Point Energy” was just “a pointless quasi-scientific name that has no serious grounding in genuine physics”, I decided I would write my own.

11th April 2015 13 Comments

Half-Life 3 Review Writing Competition Results

Back on 27th February, I announced a writing competition, asking for people to write a review of HL3.

I received 4 interesting entries.

Continue reading to see them all and then select your favourite.

And the winner is…

23rd March 2015 6 Comments

Half-Life 2: Episode Two: Our Mutual Fiend

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Arriving at White Forest, Alyx and Gordon reunite with Dr. Kleiner and Eli Vance, and Alyx finally delivers the transmission packet acquired in Episode One to them.

They also meet Dr. Magnusson in person, another former Black Mesa scientist who is egotistical, verbose, authoritarian, and holds a grudge against Gordon.

Gordon and Alyx learn that the White Forest team is preparing a special rocket which they plan to use, in conjunction with Alyx’s data packet and the satellite array launched during the events of Half-Life, to close the Combine superportal.

5th August 2013 11 Comments

Colour for Movement

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

Allow me to introduce three seemingly unrelated points and then try to bring them together.

Apparently that’s what clever writers do, so I thought I’d try it.

I once remember reading that snakes can only “see” you when you are moving.

16th July 2009 16 Comments

The Absolute

for Half-Life 2

“Krieger starts at the military compound and must retrieve the stolen technology from this militant faction and get back to the point of extraction before enemy soldiers capture him.” Reader Recommendations Avoid It! Think Twice Maybe Play It Later Play It Now! 10 recommendations, average score: 2.8 (out of 5), standard deviation: 1.56 (what's that?)


Total Downloads: 60517th January 2008
12 Comments and 10 recommendations, 3 say "Maybe?"

Cultural Influence of Stories and Mods

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

I think I am beginning to see a pattern emerging regarding the cultural influences of FPS games. I have been thinking about this longer than I have been playing games and have been planning a post about it for a long time. The announcement of Inhabited Island: Prisoner of Power has forced me to write something.

25th June 2006 2 Comments

Grey Gamers Unite!

Introduction When you are new to something it can be very daunting; there seems to be so much to learn, resources can be hard to find and use, help is often focused towards more advanced users. What’s needed is a gentle introduction with a specific focus for the type of questions you are likely to… Read More

21st June 2006 20 Comments