Arriving at the Anomalous Materials Laboratory, his usual place of work, Gordon dons his HEV Suit and checks his locker, as per routine. Beginning his journey to the test chamber, he goes past the cafeteria, where two more grumpy scientists are sitting. Noticing the microwave on the right, Gordon spots a chance for a practical joke.
Turning up the power, he steps away and waits. The casserole within explodes violently, and the scientist comes rushing over, disparaged at the state of his breakfast. Continuing down to the lab once more, Gordon finds himself face to face with the people conducting his test.
They inform him that they have a unique and large sample of anonymous origin, and that they will be deviating from normal procedure to accommodate for this. Carrying on through more doors and past more scientists, he enters the chamber, and the large metal door closes behind him.
Following the normal procedure, he goes up the ladder to the control panel and presses the button to start the rotors on the excessively huge Anti-Mass Spectrometer suspended from the ceiling. Going back down, he waits for the sample to arrive in its cart. Rising up from below, the sample arrives at last. “Standard procedure for a non-standard specimen,” they assure him from above. “Go ahead, Gordon.” Taking the cart in hand, he pushes it nonchalantly into the beam.
All that happens next became something of a blur. Screaming from the scientists, telling him to stop, but drowning that out, the deafening sound of explosions, and flashes of green light that leave fading marks on his retina. Then black. All that can be heard is the sound of his heavy breathing.
Another flash of green, and he’s on a strange alien world. Just within the pool of green light around him, odd-looking bipedal lifeforms stare at him, confused about why he’s there. More so, Gordon wonders where he could possibly be. Another flash of green and he’s back in the destroyed test chamber, feeling considerably worse for wear after his “other world experience” – but it’s certainly not over yet.
- At the beginning of the chapter, behind the desk where the security guard is sitting, there is a red and green switch. If used, it will momentarily set off an alarm.
- In the same room the security guard is sitting, there is a small set of machinery in the lower left corner. There is a red and a green button on the front of it. Upon pressing the use key on either of them (they are part of the same model), a laptop folds out on top of the set of machinery. The owner of the laptop, a scientist, sees this and scolds the player, saying he’s “expecting a very important message” and closes the laptop and locks it preventing Gordon from using it.
- Continually using the microwave oven located on the way to the locker room will cause it to explode. This “microwave casserole” incident is mentioned by Doctor Magnusson in Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
- In Gordon Freeman’s locker can be found several easter eggs: a baby’s picture and the books The Orchid Eater and The 37th Mandela, written by the series’ writer Marc Laidlaw. Other lockers bear the names of Valve employees, such as Marc Laidlaw, Kelly Bailey, Ted Backman, Chuck Jones, John Guthrie (which is open in Unforeseen Consequences and contains an American flag and ammo for the pistol), Ken Birdwell, etc.
- In the test chamber, if the sample is pulled from the Spectrometer, one of the Vortigaunts teleporting in there won’t teleport out; instead, he stands on the cart and attacks Gordon. He will be there after the map change, floating in the air.
- If, by using the “impulse 101” cheat, you fire the Hivehand weapon into the pit of the Anti-Mass Spectrometer in the test chamber, it will cause the resonance cascade without having to activate the machine or push the specimen into place.
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This post is part of the The Replay Experience Experiment 2012 event. This is a chance to replay all the Half-Life games and discuss them based on our experiences since we first played them.
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