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

Posted by stenchy on Nov 18th, 2008

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


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!

Haven't experienced Half-Life or any of its mods? Shame on you! Pick it up on Steam for only $0.98 — now you have no excuse!

Post comment Comments  (50 - 92 of 92)
Plinkotink Nov 19 2008, 2:02pm says:

This game was the first FPS I ever played! back in 98 I think it was. It was so fun to cheat and kill all the scientists in the beginning!

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Dr.Worm Nov 19 2008, 3:37pm says:

Not only is Natural Selection one of the best mod, but it's the BEST GAME EVAR!!!

in my book'

then Half-Life

cheers to valve!

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MP81 Nov 19 2008, 3:59pm says:

Happy Birthday Half Life!

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sauerfreak Nov 19 2008, 4:12pm says:

Hey guys, to celebrate 10 years of HL, Valve has made it 98 cents on Steam until Friday. Happy birthday HL! :DDDDDD

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prax Nov 19 2008, 4:28pm says:

Half-Life. The best FPS till today. ******* timeless.

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Xylemon Nov 19 2008, 4:59pm says:

One mod should have gone on there, and that is Heart Of Evil. Other than that great list.

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SneakySoft Nov 19 2008, 5:10pm says:

I think there should be a top 100 :P

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Noesis_Interactive Nov 19 2008, 5:46pm says:

Great video Henley! Looking forward to seeing what you do for the 10th anniversary of Half-Life 2 (and I will be impatiently waiting for the next 6 years).

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Henley Nov 20 2008, 10:52am replied:

lol glad you liked it man, yeah we shall see maybe in 6 years :D

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m82sniper Nov 19 2008, 5:58pm says:

Phew, best game in the world, happy birthday! I love this game and all the mods that came from it. Thanks valve, modders, and moddb!

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m82sniper Nov 19 2008, 6:06pm says:

By the way. Sven Coop for the win!

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Soulseker Nov 19 2008, 6:21pm says:


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Tom25 Nov 20 2008, 12:55am says:

This is some great stuff. I have always loved Half-Life since the first day I played it, and I love modding for Half-Life. It's easy and fun to Mod for it. This game will always have a special place in my heart, and Black Mesa sure is a great setting for such a great game as this.

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Goobles Nov 20 2008, 10:54am says:


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MrTambourineMan Nov 20 2008, 1:50pm says:

Still one of the best games there is!

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spy-warrior Nov 20 2008, 1:54pm says:

love Sven Co-Op

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MrDev Nov 20 2008, 2:56pm says:

To commemorate such a glorious anniversary, if you get on steam now you'll find that Half-Life 1 is on sale for 98 cents! No one has an argument for not playing this game. At only a dollar you get access to many of the great Half-Life Mods out there!

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Commissar1032 Nov 20 2008, 3:22pm says:


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Soulseker Nov 20 2008, 3:34pm says:

half life is 1€ atm on steam (only till friday)

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Amez Nov 20 2008, 11:58pm says:

My most favoured of all games. I also STILL love it.

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DJ_Iñaki Nov 21 2008, 3:58pm says:

I miss Gunman Chronicles...

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D3ads Nov 21 2008, 8:12pm says:

Best. game. ever. HL2 has nothing on it's older brother imho.

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CHRISPman Nov 22 2008, 3:22am says:

soz wrong post.....but go HL

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zealot234 Nov 23 2008, 3:31pm says:

HL Was my first game and is the better i'd played

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NightSage Nov 24 2008, 12:24am says:

That uh naruto mod looks like it'll be a contender to take ESF's spot :p

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UACmarine208 Nov 28 2008, 11:56pm says:

half life 1 was ftw
so was the expansions

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norton2 Nov 30 2008, 8:10pm says:

Yea, Half-Life 1 is a gay bathtub, because there are only scientists there, lol. It's a cool game

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Soulseker Dec 1 2008, 6:34am says:

98 cents it was just like the release date.... coincidence ? i dont think so ;D

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Xdada Dec 1 2008, 9:46am replied:

Was also thinking about the price and release date "coincidence" :P, anyways, I've spent some good times playing that title and it's mods and once again after some years I'm playing it and downloading the mods for it :)
That game's a definite classic =)

(EDIT: wasn't supposed to be a reply actually .. my bad)

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Soulseker Dec 1 2008, 5:19pm says: +2 votes     reply to comment
Frozencloud Dec 20 2008, 3:16am says:

Long live Half-Life!

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HuntEr Jan 17 2009, 7:22pm says:

Top work NS!! Well earned spot in number 1!!

Great game, love the work, lookin forward to the stand alone game!!

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_0 Dec 18 2009, 4:05am says:

it doesnt matter how old half life is, it will always be awesome

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AlekZanDer Feb 20 2010, 2:08am says:

This is just amazing. One game- more than 10 years of modding history...

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Nilghai Jun 28 2010, 4:49am says:

10 good years of half life

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mistamontiel Oct 15 2010, 2:40pm says:

Natural Selection !! YEH ! So hard to believe you're just playing Half Life 1.

Always shines with mods. People who buy CS are dipshits. You've got the goldsrc engine, you've got it all.

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Malachai13 Mar 14 2011, 11:23pm says:

actually its called Spark now :)

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Malachai13 Mar 14 2011, 11:31pm says:

pre order it, you get instant beta access

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COMMANDERX111 Mar 28 2011, 6:39pm says:


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fullbloodedapache Jun 13 2011, 5:41pm says:

I think TS is the best out of all. Sven and Natural Selection are also very great mods.

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Fabio92 Jun 21 2013, 12:58pm says:

Hl:Blue shift coop incoming ^.^

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4Simp@ElectroShock Apr 23 2015, 7:33pm says:

Thumbs up if you're looking at this news in 2015...

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