Run. Think. Shoot. Live. Source. Black Mesa is the Half-Life 2 total conversion of the original Half-Life game. Utilizing the Source engine and its endless array of possibilities and powers, Black Mesa will throw you into the world that started the Half-Life continuum and introduced Gordon Freeman to the world as a gun-toting, bullet-dodging Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.

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Anthony Stone, Jean Paul Jarreau, Ben Truman and Mike Hillard talk about the anticipated Black Mesa Source.

Posted by Henley on Dec 26th, 2008

Developer Banter, the only show you need for an insight into mods and indie game development. This time in the hot seat is the Black Mesa Source team. Black Mesa Source aims to re-make the award winning Half-Life game that won countless game of the year awards when it was first released 10 years ago. This mod wont be just a copy paste job like Half-Life: Source. Think high quality models, amazing scripted sequences and enough nostalgia moments to satisfy any Half-Life geek.

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Stoudemire15 Dec 26 2008 says:

This is awsomes I hope They release 2009 early.

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YotsubatoSupra Dec 26 2008 replied:

They are going to perfect it, they dont want to release some buggy 'Piece' and anger alot of people. To achive this they wont release it untill the end of next year.

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m82sniper Dec 27 2008 replied:

Oh really? Pity, but what they have to do what they have to do in order to release a COMPLETE, mostly bug-free mod. I would be ****** otherwise.. :D

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supersai20 Dec 31 2008 replied:

well i hope they can at least give us a demo of the first level or something

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EricFong Jan 19 2009 replied:

at least at 6-10 mouth of 2009.

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thedandude Mar 28 2009 replied:

you made me depressed now :(

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tyeswo Jun 23 2012 replied:

HAHA!! Oh if only the 2008 version of you knew:)

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Blubbles Dec 26 2008 says:

Remember it took Valve awhile to make Half Life 1...

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MrTambourineMan Dec 27 2008 replied:

And they are pros, working fulltime... I really, really hope this project will be released, I'm not too optimistic given the sheer size of it though - but, I'll keep my fingers crossed(even the ones on my feet).

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Amosinn Dec 27 2008 replied:

Interesting, I didn't know your feet had fingers. Mine sure haven't. I just have toes.

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coin-god Dec 29 2008 replied:

Feets do have fingers.

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Urby Dec 31 2008 replied:

Only if you're a chimp.

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raphu604 Mar 30 2009 replied:

you are a chump :|

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AltTabber May 10 2009 replied:

Poor guy.

Want a banana!?

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Sn4tcH Dec 26 2008 says:

I absolutely cannot wait for this.

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Godwin Dec 27 2008 says:

Great listen, beep boop boop! Just saw the trailer for the first time too, truly awesome work.

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Frozencloud Dec 27 2008 says:

"What happened to that mother ******* Xen?"


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wiredgear Dec 27 2008 says:

jeezes that looks amazingly done. Awesome job guys. Can't wait!

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turkey72 Dec 27 2008 says:

i hope this game takes up all of my computer space when it come out :3.

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Combine68 Dec 27 2008 says:

Sounds like the interview is in Ventrilo chat room

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Henley Dec 27 2008 replied:

Sound quality will differ from person to person, in this case 3 of the 6 people in the interview had high quality mics, the rest where either built in or cheap mics. There is really not a lot I can do with that.

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ben72227 Dec 27 2008 says:

Nice update guys!

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Nickel_Dare Dec 27 2008 says:

Hey iv heard this should be for HL² ??
But they´r saying its for HL² EP 2
So its now HL² or HL² EP2 ?

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Tatsur0 Dec 27 2008 replied:

That'd be the Orange Box SDK which is available with a purchase of a Steam game.

Enjoyed the banter, looking forward to the mod guys.

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ultimate Dec 27 2008 replied:

as long as you own a source game you will be able to play it.

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LongBottom Dec 28 2008 replied:

You'll need the Source SDK Base - Orangebox installed too which is under the tools tab of the Steam UI.

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Victorious Dec 27 2008 says:

Awesome stuff, as always.
I really got some great flashbacks while watching that vid.. it looks really nice with the high-res textures and motion blur.
Keep up the good work!

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OkeiDo Dec 27 2008 says:

I really like these new banters. I listened to the entire thing and it was really enjoyable. Interesting to hear some backround info about the BM mod, thoughts about the project from the devs themselves and of course more info about the developers.

Thanks Moddb staff and BM team!

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KaKistoZ Dec 27 2008 says:

So uh... They said they were using the latest updates of the source engine for Black Mesa, like the ones used in Half-Life 2 Episode 2... But they never mentioned using the latest updates of the source engine used in Left 4 Dead...? :P

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coolkid87 Dec 27 2008 replied:

i hope they will update to l4d engine before release also.

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ausbushman Dec 27 2008 replied:

L4D's SDK isn't even out yet. If they were to update their mod for L4D's engine, then by the time they finish that there may be a new engine out already.

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PwettyPony Dec 28 2008 replied:

Changing to orange box engine already cost a lot of time, if they change to the L4D engine, then forget 2009 as release.

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Juniez Jan 2 2009 replied:

The L4D engine switch wouldn't work because the L4D engine has no real improvement apart from shadows and mass AI, which isn't really going to be useful in BMS, along with what everyone else said.

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Yasiek Dec 27 2008 says:

Nice interview :)

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tolgakanatli Dec 27 2008 says:

mp5's rate of fire is really slow, its slower than the real gun, and even slower than any assault rifle(which shoot bigger bullets, so loading bigger bullets take longer time, so they shoot slower, but SMG shoot smaller bullets, loading smaller bullets takes less time because of it, they shoot faster) Even if you don't care about making it realistic, please make it shoot a little bit faster, because it really sucks. Glock shoots faster. why should i use mp5, when glock is faster(and it is even faster than the original hl1)

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Betelgeuze Dec 27 2008 replied:

I think thats in slow motion... and still I don't really care how realistic those guns are, its fiction anyway.

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Mc_Intire Dec 28 2008 replied:

How would you know that, did you already play the game? To me it looks like the gun got a slightly slower ROF but some more accuracy than the HL1 MP5, which is fine by me. The HL1 weapon couldn't be used in autofire at all anyways, unless the enemy was a huge fatso or already sitting in your face. So I totally wouldn't mind such a change.

Edit: lol, the last three replies didn't show for me. Anyways, maybe it's also what Betelgeuze said.

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PwettyPony Dec 28 2008 replied:

Wow, seriously.
Your statement alone makes me laff tears, tolgakanatli.

They've said it a lot of times, the Machine gun, doesnt have to do with the real gun at all, it'll stay totaly in the same line as HL1.

Since most magazines have a clipsize of 30. Not 50.
Also the Mp5 model is solely visual. You can change between the MP5 and M16 skin via a console command.
Suggesting that the weapon aint a MP5 and aint a M16 either.

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sweno1 Dec 27 2008 says:

C´mon guys, never give up on this mod, We´re counting on you.

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TAU! Dec 27 2008 says:

That revolver looks AWESOME.

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stonecold23 Dec 28 2008 says:


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lozzer22 Dec 28 2008 says:

Awsome Music!!!

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lozzer22 Dec 28 2008 says:


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tacoo Dec 29 2008 says:

- Friggin...John Diminsky, he goes like "well...this is not good" and I'm like...well.... "oh...****!".

HAHA, ******* brilliant. I laughed for like 10 minutes. (26:50).

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Firetock Dec 30 2008 says:


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Aemony Jan 2 2009 replied:

They actually responded some years ago about the "Black Mesa Source" title, and it turned out that they couldn't use the Source name, so the mod is only titled Black Mesa now.

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Medkit Dec 31 2008 says:

This interview is awesome, thanks for it!
--oh, and happy new year's eve!

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Aguila. Jan 2 2009 says:

Play Half-Life first before Black Mesa..its the best game ever on Earth.

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killingsam2.0 Jan 2 2009 says:


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dave_5430 Jan 3 2009 says:

Just to finally post something here, that trailer oddly made me feel exactly like when I first played Half-life, it just... I don't know. It looks the same it sounds the same it... feels the same, only remastered.

Excellent work people, you certainly deserve a chequebook of donations.

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