I love MTV. Unlike many, if not most of you, I was around when it first launched and was working in the fitness industry at the time. The hours we spent working out and watching MTV! Ahhh, the good ol days. Anyway, I love to just put the TV on and watch the vids whenever I get the chance, which isn’t often and normally only when I get to stay in a hotel.
Half-Life has spawned a LOT of videos on YouTube and the like, but most aren’t very good. I’ve decided to post 5 videos that use Half-Life 2. If yours didn’t make the list, just comment and I’ll take a look. I may post a part two next year.
They are in no particular order. So, let’s get started.
MUSIC: What a Day for a Daydream – The Lovin’ Spoonful
DATE: 08 January 2009
It’s a trasvesty that at the time of writing it’s only received 38,000 views. Compared to most of the crap that’s on YouTube that gets hundreds of thousands of hits, this is a masterpiece. Anyway, it works so well because of the situation. Apparently the map can be downlaoded and “played”.
“This is a machinima I did a while back, but left on my hard drive for a bit. I decided to finish it off and upload it rather than let it hide away from you guys.
I made this almost completely using Hammer and Half Life 2: Episode 1. The movie is a map file which runs from beginning to end almost completely automated.
Grab the map here – http://burning-water.com/files/daydreamrelease.rar
Extract this into your Half-Life 2 Episode 1\episodic folder and run the map ingame by typing “map daydreamtrackrelease” in the console. This doesn’t work in OB games, so don’t try running it in Gmod.
Hit the left button to start the singer off on his way, or hit the right button to watch the movie from the animated camera. To watch again, just reload the map.
For those interested, I’ve also included the vmf file. Since I was learning the entity system as I went along, don’t expect it to be very tidy, but it can hopefully be of use to anyone wanting to learn how to do similar things in Hammer.”
MUSIC: Ballad of Black Mesa
DATE: 25 February 2007
Using sounds from the game and an Apple visual style, this video is so well edited. Hell, dancing Metrocops just rock. Made by www.litfusefilms.com. This is possibly the most viewed HL2 video around.
MUSIC: The Pyramid Song – Radiohead
DATE: 21 June 2010
I enjoyed this mainly for the video editing and scene selection. Personally I hate the song, but you could almost watch this with the sound off. Posting this reminds me I must watch the author’s other videos.
MUSIC: Maybe tomorrow is a better day – Poets of the Fall
DATE: 15 May 2006
This was made over 4 years ago, which is a long time in video style terms. Unlike a lot of other videos from that time, it’s not just scene from within the game, but rather specially created scenes. Yes, there are some fighting scenes, but they seem to fit pretty well. Unlike some of the other songs used in many HL2 videos, I actually quite like this one but had never heard of the band or the song until now.
It goes on a bit long, which is good if you are enjoying it.
The interesting thing about this video is that it’s completely original. The lyrics are funny and relevant. The video uses custom scenes as well as recordings from the game itself.
This is a music video to showcase the Valve game Portal. Despite the fact that the story in the lyrics of the song stray from what the game is really about, it does contain some spoilers. I left some of the most important content out (such as what happens if you don’t die in the fire). This is to be the first of many videos I intend on making which will involve different genres of original music and will likely extend to other games in the future. I made this using Half-Life 2, Portals, Source SDK (Face Poser), and Garry’s Mod. For the music I use FL Studio 8. I edited the skin to create the Aperture uniform on the citizen using Chell’s texture. I am still new at making music, I will get better as I go. I hope you enjoy it.
Well, there you have them. Let me know if you enjoyed this style of post and if enough people like it, I’ll create some more.
i might just be the only one but i’m using I.E.8 and adobe flash 10. all I see is blank white squares where the videos should be.
Mmm, sorry about that. I’ll add links to each video.
Okay, links added. Enjoy.
thanks Phillip. after watching them. the only one I didn’t much like was “Maybe tomorrow is a better day
“. just felt like the song was just dubbed over the top of the video with no real conection. “Ballad of Black Mesa” is the only one of them i’ve seen before. the other three titles have very nice and smooth camera work.
I agree with enablerbr, I have seen the ballad of black mesa before but I hvnt seen the others. but I like them all 😛
I’d only ever heard two of those videos: Taste the Cake and Ballad of Black Mesa. Ray has some other awesome videos as well, and I was disappointed that they weren’t on there.
Other than that, I loved the Radiohead one. The song was great! It really worked with the video. Daydream was very impressive as well.
Some of his videos are a little “strong” and I like to keep the site family friendly if possible. With only five videos there is definitely scope for more posts like this one.
Yeah, I agree. But “Flight of Kleiner” isn’t too strong, at least no more than the Pyramid Song video.
You forgot the ‘so Cold” music video
Every time I watch that I play through hl2 for an hour afterwards
I didn’t forget it at all, I decided to use videos that created special scenes rather than only stock footage. I also thought it would be nice to show some other videos beside that one.
How can you have a feature about music videos and not have ‘reign of the distruptors” by the same author as taste the cake?
Because I wanted 5 different artists and I prefer Taste The Cake.
What is it with everybody? I am not saying these are the “best” 5, just 5.
oh I love reign of the distruptors, that is by far my fav. music video 🙂
I cannot say if the music is good or bad as none are to my tastes.
Scraps (the better half) started jigging about to Ballad of Black Mesa and Taste the Cake.
Perhaps I ought to introduce her to the dancing metrocop?
I thought all the videos were very good with Daydream excelling.
Thank you, Phillip.
What about “Still Seeing Breen” ?
What about it? I didn’t include it.
I mentioned it earlier
Sorry if I got the name wrong, I know it only by the song
I forgot to mention
Thanks phillip for uploading these. I’d never seen any of these except the last before and it made for some decent watching
I didn’t upload them, just linked to them.
Well whatever you did thanks anyway
i really liked the last one with portal themed lyrics – and visuals. good song too.
but im still waiting to see something to like as much as I loved im still seeing breen…
An interesting treat Philip. I’d seen ” Taste the Cake ” before,but none of the others. ” Daydream ” was excellent !
I’ve got to suggest Summersong by the Decemberists.
And Coldplay – Fix you
I’m not sure if these were uploaded by the original authors, but they’re very good.
Wow. Daydream just blew my mind with its awesomeness. That has the makings of an honest-to-goodness TV commercial.
I really think you should have reordered these a tad, Phillip. Daydream would have been perfect to finish off the set. Everything after that just felt a little bit more disappointing just because of how fun that one was. The others were all so damn serious.
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What about Weses2? He makes great music videos.
What about him? I just selected a few videos I liked. I didn’t say they were the best or anything.