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After 10 years, we look back at everything that the original Half-Life has given us.

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November 19th, 2008 is the 10th anniversary of Half-Life. It's been ten years since Valve released its first game which went on to take the modding community by storm and spawn a number of completely new experiences that have forever influenced the first-person genre. The game itself was both a critical and commercial darling but for many people, Gordon Freeman's debut adventure was only the beginning of their Half-Life experience. After so many years, the game still tops the popular charts on ModDB for good reason. Valve has drawn strength from its boundless community of modders—almost half of their original IPs have been formed from the ideas of students and amateur developers that Valve have brought into their fold. The following is a list of mods that managed to make it into the big leagues courtesy of Half-Life:

Team Fortress Classic

Team Fortress Classic

Originally a mod for Quake, Team Fortress Classic transitioned to the GoldSource engine after Valve recruited the designers behind it. Robin Walker and John Cook led development on the mod which incorporated nine different classes and a variety of gamemodes that have since become the standard multiplayer fare. Second to only Counter-Strike in popularity, TFC encouraged teamwork having players work together to take advantage of the strengths of each class.

Counter-Strike v1.6

Counter-Strike

The mod that really took over the online community and harbored the title of being the 'most played online game' for years after its inception. Helmed by developers Minh Le and Jess Cliffe, Counter-Strike aimed for a realistic shooter experience. It put players into the roles of terrorist and counter-terrorist dealing with hostage rescues and bomb defusal within urban settings. With only one life to live each round, you needed to display cat-like reflexes and wits of steel to compete with the best.

Day of Defeat

Day of Defeat

Back in 2000, when the WWII genre churn was still in its infancy, Day of Defeat started development. It soon gathered a loyal following and quickly grew into a multiplayer experience that many favored over other commercial WWII-era games. The mod featured many landmark areas from the European theatre of war with multiple objectives needed to obtain victory. Two years after development had started, the core team was recruited by Valve for a retail version.

The Ship

The Ship

Mystery and murder on the high seas! Find out who your target is and assassinate them before you get whacked yourself. The Ship was a prototype created for Half-Life and eventually released as a commercial game on the Source engine. Unlike the other mods listed, The Ship is not developed under Valve but a company called Outerlight which is already at work on a sequel.

Not to discount all the other mods, Henley has put together a video covering the top 5 mods of all time for Half-Life (top). A lot of these mods still have active communities to boot, so don't hesitate to jump in! It's a quite a lovely roundup that will take you back. Enjoy!

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INtense! Staff
INtense!

Still a great game 10 years later, I doubt many have not played one of the mods or games this title has spawned. Share the news Digg.com

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SAHChandler
SAHChandler

Well done video.

On a side note, WOO Sven Co-op.

So much of my life was spent playing that game.

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Spector
Spector

Counter-Strike, oh the times, I still play it the most out of all my games. Day of Defeat is awesome too.

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happycheeze
happycheeze

OVER 9000!

Nice pick of mods

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Lt.SnoWolf
Lt.SnoWolf

Sooner later Half-life 2 is going to be at 10 years aswell eh?

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan

Yeah, but when HL2 will be 10 years old HL1 will be 15 years old :P

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EmotionalRobot
EmotionalRobot

Awesome Tribute Guys...
Way to keep it alive and breathing.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0

Nicely done. Great list.

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Togranigdo
Togranigdo

I like NS and SC!!

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violentdev
violentdev

Man, this brings back so many memories.

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

Happy birthday Half-life... *tear* It's our 10th anniversary, I'm sorry I forgot to buy you something. I hope you don't mind.

It's a shame theres so many gamers out there, as well as console gamers that are so ignorant they don't even know their roots. Half-life jump started the modding community and proceeds to be the best gaming experience to date (Oppinion) yet the ignorant younger gamer generations and console gamers ignore the Half-life series for lack of taking place in a giant space ring.

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mod-man-8
mod-man-8

Agreed.
Half-life FOR THE ******* WIN.

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_Erebus_
_Erebus_

Not me. Of course, I was exposed to the game by my father at age 5. Been addicted to it since. The LD graphics still give me a sense of nostalgia.
9 years later and still a fan!

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Ennui
Ennui

Ah, how I love Half-Life and everything it's spawned.

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Serenity01
Serenity01

Natural Selection is kind of a Alien vs Marines :)

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Combine68
Combine68

Those were the WON days ;)

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CHRISPman
CHRISPman

LOl WON.....yuk, but it worked Half-Life all the way.....SVEN COOP ROKS

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Xylemon
Xylemon

I miss the late 90s/early 00s

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SurfWaxAlex
SurfWaxAlex

me too

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ytres
ytres

now half the people in the world are insane. not back then.

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DJ-Ready
DJ-Ready

Go Goldsource modders! :D

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HL.Exp.Mobile
HL.Exp.Mobile

Thanks for the support!

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angry_bot
angry_bot

I would've liked to have seen a nod towards Frontline Force. I still have yet to find a game with such lasting multiplayer appeal as that one. Playing FLF was magical.

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Crispy
Crispy

FireArms was also deserving of the list. I also liked Hostile Intent for a short while.

(was FLF the one where you spawned in choppers and you could shoot the choppers down, or was that Global Operations?)

What's with the video quality? The framerate was terrible, some sections were squashed from 16:9 to 4:3 and there was this weird 'blurry' effect throughout.

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Thanoshld
Thanoshld

Half Life will simply never die..

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Lucífer
Lucífer

They're not even using the HL2 engine for NS2, they madez their own :D

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ghost_rider
ghost_rider

Eh? So, its not a hl2 mod?

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jacksonj04
jacksonj04

No - it uses a custom engine by Unknown Worlds titled "Evolution"

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BoredGunman
BoredGunman

good on them. I think they deserve to make a stand alone game (???) for what they did.

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SurfWaxAlex
SurfWaxAlex

Yup, I bought Half-Life 1 in December of 1998, I was a freshman in High School. hah. Wow, that was so long ago!

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OkeiDo
OkeiDo

Great #1 spot, Natural Selection really deserves it! I was kind of missing Vampire slayer in your countdown but well well :P.

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dave_5430
dave_5430

(buried)

Oh..

Oohohohoh.

NO,
FREAKIN,
WAY

YOU DID 'NOT' PUT THAT MOD ON FIRST PLACE

Just... drop in a canyon.

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Henley Staff
Henley

I did, and that my friend is how the world works. If you dont like Natural Selection im sure the other 1000 players who love it think your wrong in your assessment.

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SeBu
SeBu

Yeah. Uknown Worlds did so great job producing NS. I think that its still one of the most intensive FPS mod ever. Great gameplay and good community. It's an masterpiece and definnitely beongs to the hall of fame of mods (: - My opinion.

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SeBu
SeBu

Hall of fame of mods :DD I should really try to learn basic grammar of english :D

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mistamontiel
mistamontiel

you're***. Get to know yo language.

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ConfusedMaster
ConfusedMaster

HA HA HALFLIFE :O

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ConfusedMaster
ConfusedMaster

well.. i cant understand why sven coop is on number 2... i couldnt enjoy it at all because the exaggerated health of the enemies always killed the fun.

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InAction
InAction

Maybe because the point is that you AND your friends are supposed to take it down.....

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Psycho_Sam
Psycho_Sam

Nice article. :)

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Chabs
Chabs

The game of a generation...
Man... 10 years and still shiny.

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el_espaniol
el_espaniol

THE original HL1 is the standard " de facto " of the FPS...
Really an amazing game 10-ten years after....
HL1 forever....!!!

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Gongong
Gongong

Revolutionized both the FPS and the mod scene!
Half-Life's one of the greatest games ever, (only beaten by Half-Life 2) but the time I've spent playing its mods is far greater than the time I've spent with the game itself.
Which reminds me, I've yet to finish it!
The list was great, except that I wouldn't have put ESF and TH there.
And Entmod (a plugin-minimod, prequel of Garrys Mod) would've been my number one. Any old enters here?

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Nokiaman
Nokiaman

Why so many people doesn't use HL HD pack from Gearbox?
Anyway GO HALF-LIFE

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan

Btw check my Happy New Year ! wallpaper at the half-life 1 images. I know it's a bit early but... Post some comments.

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FJS
FJS

Ahh The Specialists... I loved that thing, they won't make it for Source... what a pity...

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Forsete
Forsete

10 years on and still playing it like it was recently released.

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Lubbo
Lubbo

ooo-sweeeet svencoop-best time im game world i remember! :D

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Lt.SnoWolf
Lt.SnoWolf

Anyone online on the Specialists cause im getting it. Best game evarh Half-Life Ftw! Cheers! To Half-Lifes 10 years of awsome cakes!

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Sn4tcH
Sn4tcH

I would say this list is pretty accurate. I just re-installed Half-life and I downloaded NS, Sven, and TS almost immediately. And if I hadn't already beaten They Hunger, I would do that too. And I used to be a pretty big fan of ESF. I can't think of any mods that really top those 5.

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