Pick up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, and find yourself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. You must rescue the world from the wrong you unleashed back at Black Mesa.

The original Half-Life sent a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title won more than 50 Game of the Year awards, was named "Best Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launched a franchise which has since sold over 11 million units worldwide. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original Half-Life and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player’s presence affects everything around him or her, from the physical environment to the behaviors and even the emotions of both friends and enemies.

Technical note: most mods “for Half-Life 2” are actually cross-compatible with all of Valve's Source engine games. Check a mod’s profile for details on whether a specific game is needed.

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About Optic with 0 comments by Шill on Jul 12th, 2014

Well, we've finally done it.

 For the first time, us developers have argued over something. It's something minor, cosmetic, and just plain stupid but we reached a simple conclusion: Let the community vote on what they want.

The argument concerns the models for the Runner and Hunter teams. We've still got the original concept of having three classes, Offensive, Defensive and Medic, and we're working on models you can tell apart by their silhouette, just like Team Fortress 2's wonderful cartoony characters.

The new models need to be based off a simple human model and from there can be sculpted into the actual characters. The problem? There are two different bases we can use with different styles.

The first base is a more realistically proportioned one. All existing models are based on it.

The second model, by EnderSpeeder, is a more cartoony one. The proportions are different with slimmer arms and legs and the overall shape and style is different to what we currently have, shown here with Runner legs.

So the question is, which one to use?

Would you like to see Optic keep the current more realistically proportioned style it had from the beginning or move towards the cartoony side of the spectrum?

Here is each developer's reason to stick with each version:

Шill: I think we should stick with the original model, due to the better, more realistic proportions. The models already use it so I know how to unwrap it when I go to texture models based on it. I think it just fits the whole gritty, never ending war concept of the game too nicely to ignore.

EnderSpeeder: Using the cartoony ones is easier because they are already existent and have a good style because they're different from the style of other deathmatch mods, more unique. They are also really easy to model around due to me making them simple and easy to edit. 

Interested in doing your bit and deciding how the final game will look? 

Vote here!

Votes will be counted on 24th July.
Why 24th? It's my birthday. :)

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Dr.Aftertaste Jan 7 2014, 10:01pm says:


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ShadowStar125 Jan 7 2014, 9:59pm says:

vaginal monsters go slurp!!!

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brendanspaar Dec 31 2013, 2:58pm says:

This is one of the best games of all time. Not as good as the original Half Life in my opinion but still an awesome and amazing game. - Brendan Spaar

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MysteriousLady Jan 12 2014, 7:10am replied:

You try to play on a netbook?

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EDOC_32 Jan 14 2014, 10:19pm replied:

I play in a netbook, and when i play some games, the game is "freezed", and in some times, like a slow motion effect ^^, i try play CoD:MW 3, and i play it in low definition, i failed, in some times i play HL, but like CoD, in some times (a lot of time when i stay in a strobe light) the screen is "freezed" and i can't play, is very annoying, but I get used ;), also, i have a netbook because is of my brother, the goverment gave it, and i haven't money for pay a notebook or a PC, is out of my hands.

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rhettman519 Jan 3 2014, 11:37am replied:

Really, almost any version of Windows works for this game. You don't need a 64-Bit system for it so you're good there, and you have 2 GB of memory, which is more than enough. DirectX 11 is 2 versions ahead of what you need (a good thing), the only bad news... You need a 1.7 GHz processor to run this game. Now the mods shouldn't affect the game's standards, unless they mess with video settings. Now, I'm not saying that the game won't run on your computer, but your processor might not be able to handle the game. Make sure you set all of your settings for game quality to the lowest settings.

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EDOC_32 Jan 3 2014, 5:04pm replied:

and What is the best processor for play a lot of games??, as Crysis, HL2, and without be 'freezed' the screen, or that work very bad, and the "GHz", Does it have anything to do with the screen's "freeze"?.
And I Live in Argentina :), only sold "NVIDEA Ge Force" Video-Card, I can't remember the model, but in this link [ Computacion.mercadolibre.com.ar ] you can meet many models of NVIDEA :). What do you recommend me,of all these models? :)

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CptMold Jan 2 2014, 7:46pm replied:

It might if you play on low graphics (processor matters, but don't lose hope, warframe is only just out of my reach, and i have a pentium 4), but be careful, some mods don't use lod's or any sort of graphics settings, meaning textures that are new may cause severe lag. Be warned, this happens to me sometimes in tf2, and because of that processor, you're at even more of a risk of this.

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EDOC_32 Jan 3 2014, 5:13pm replied:

yes :), I will try play in Ultra-Mega Low Definition, because my netbook not work very good with goods game, this, or I will follow playing Pac-Man and Space's Invaders ^^

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MysteriousLady Jan 1 2014, 2:35am replied:

That's depend.

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Sadly it never ends for Gordon Freeman, he is gaming worlds Jack Bauer, consistently going from one bad day to the next. No sooner have you blown up the head of the Xenian Nihilanth and discussed career prospects with the mysterious G-Man than he tosses you in the mix again. Another train ride another mysterious situation leaving Gordon (and you the gamer) none the wiser, but thats what we like about the Half-life series and all it's canonical universe, Valve will always give you a Palm d'or plot…

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