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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by ZipZap View Post
    I remember seeing Half Life on Cybernet(!)
    I'd completely forgotten about that show. I just rewatched the intro and I felt like I was having a flashback. I think every time I watched it I must have been pissed, stoned or on some other drug. It's a bit eerie seeing it now.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by BigDeadFreak View Post
    I'd completely forgotten about that show. I just rewatched the intro and I felt like I was having a flashback. I think every time I watched it I must have been pissed, stoned or on some other drug. It's a bit eerie seeing it now.
    Ha, I have very different memories of it!

    I was in my early teens when it was on, normally around 4am on a Thursday morning, so I set my VHS to record it with the TV+ Number in the TV Times (Remember those 2?) and as long as ITV hadn't changed the times, I was able to get my fix of new Videogame coverage over my breakfast before school.

    Very fond memories of that.

  3. #13
    I played the PC demo of Half Life at a friends house and it blew my mind. That tram ride, interacting with all of the NPCs, overloading the microwave Seeing lasers cut through bodies, being able to smash glass on the lift and crawl through it to reach the other side, it was an incredible experience. I spent a good chunk of time wondering if it was justifiable to kill Barney and take his stuff since I only had a crowbar. Safety in numbers or every man for himself? Not to mention I'd have to murder him. I was so enthralled, I only snapped out of it when I realised I couldn't take his armour.

    I played that game a ton over the years and still have Half Life Generations in my collection. I also really enjoyed playing the PS2 release in coop with a friend and even the leaked Dreamcast version with it's monstrous save/load issues. Black Mesa is worth a try if you're into that sort of thing, it's very well done.

    I was put off by Half Life 2 needing Steam but got it eventually and struggled to run it on my garbage Semprom 2800/256MB DDR RAM/Geforce 5200fx. It took a lot of tweaking but it was worth it. Alex was a great addition, Ravenholm was fantastic and the gravity gun was immensely fun to play with. City 17 was well realised and If they were to ever release a model of Dog I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

    My only complaint really would be that there are too many vehicle levels. They don't flow well and drag on.

    There's a Half Life 2 de-make demo using the Half Life 1 engine that's fun to play with as well.

    I've pretty much given up on ever seeing Half Life 3, I just don't see it happening but if it ever does get made I'll be there day one.

  4. #14
    I very briefly dabbled with the Dreamcast port, but I remember it kept loading far too regularly which eventually got the better of me.

  5. #15
    I was installing a printer for the Mother-in-law and was overjoyed to see Half-Life installed on it!
    Naturally I posted it through again and it was a pleasure.

  6. #16
    Played the OG Xbox HL2 eons back. Liked it but wondered what all the fuss was about. Played HL2 on 360 Orange Box a few years back...and again liked it but wondered what all the fuss was about.

    Played HL1 later than HL2, the PS2 version amidst a bout of toxic psychosis caused by some antibiotics that I was allergic to. Fun fun fun. Game helped keep my mind focused, jeezis, that and Yakuza 1.

    Got The Orange Box 360 staring at me now. I kinda wanna go through everything on it, I'm hoping HL2 will 'click' for me on the third playthrough. And I reckon there'll be some quality fun in the expansions and Portal...which I've never played.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by BigDeadFreak View Post
    I'd completely forgotten about that show. I just rewatched the intro and I felt like I was having a flashback. I think every time I watched it I must have been pissed, stoned or on some other drug. It's a bit eerie seeing it now.
    Haha yes, I was a student at the time, so this (plus Vids, Bits and all those other late night shows) were what I'd watch after a night out.

    Quote Originally Posted by JazzFunk View Post
    Played the OG Xbox HL2 eons back. Liked it but wondered what all the fuss was about. Played HL2 on 360 Orange Box a few years back...and again liked it but wondered what all the fuss was about.

    Played HL1 later than HL2, the PS2 version amidst a bout of toxic psychosis caused by some antibiotics that I was allergic to. Fun fun fun. Game helped keep my mind focused, jeezis, that and Yakuza 1.

    Got The Orange Box 360 staring at me now. I kinda wanna go through everything on it, I'm hoping HL2 will 'click' for me on the third playthrough. And I reckon there'll be some quality fun in the expansions and Portal...which I've never played.
    It's definitely worth trying Portal. It has very little in common with Half Life, but it's really nicely designed. It's quite short as well, so it doesn't require a huge time investment.
    Last edited by ZipZap; 07-06-2018 at 01:36 AM.

  8. #18
    Playing Portal would deffo tie up a gaming loose end.

    I still have a new n' sealed PS3 Portal 2 I bought from Morrisons for like 5.99, yeeeeeears back. Ancient.

    I think I also heard PS3 is the optimum console version. Thus this is a gaming loose end that NEEDS to be tied up.

    (I like short, awesome games BTW).

  9. #19
    Anyway, you know what cool thing I did back in the day?

    I bought a minty PC Orange Box from a charity shop for basically nowt but never knew about how Steam works, even with the DVD and instructions, this was impotent, a spent force. Useless to man or beast...but minty.

    And it literally came in an 'orange box', an orange DVD case.

    So I just rehoused my 360 copy in the orange box and it always looks bloody awesome and tempting.

    THAT is the sole reason I'm gonna try this mediocreish FPS experience a third time. Purely because of an awesome-looking orange DVD case.

  10. #20
    Clue for thread 44:

    Clue - King of Swing

    Also, from the occasion of the fiftieth thread, every tenth thread we'll be deviating from specific franchises to a slightly different showcase which should allow us to look at more specific titles that didn't receive sequels or even success.

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