I was lucky, I waited until HL, OP and BS were released, so I could play them straight after each other, thereby living through each story in the right order.
These minor details are very important to me. As many readers may know I HATE spoilers, even the smallest detail is a spoiler to me. However, I do recognize that many people don’t really care that much.
I still believe that the order you see, read, watch or play anything affects your opinion of those things, especially if you are like me. Not just because games date due to graphics etc, but because some thing need to be experienced in the right order.
I suppose an obvious example would be Star Wars, although the gap between number 3 and number 4 was a long time, it made less difference. But it would have been nice to see them in the correct order, knowing certain character live or die is part of the interest.
Whilst HL, OP and BS are not directly related, with the same character, they do follow the same basic storyline and introducing characters at the right time is important.
I am interested to hear your comments.