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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!

UPDATE:
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Plinkotink
Plinkotink

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
Dr.Worm

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
MP81

Happy Birthday Half Life!

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sauerfreak
sauerfreak

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
prax

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

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Xylemon
Xylemon

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

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SneakySoft
SneakySoft

I think there should be a top 100 :P

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Noesis_Interactive
Noesis_Interactive

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 Staff
Henley

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

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m82sniper
m82sniper

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
m82sniper

By the way. Sven Coop for the win!

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Soulseker
Soulseker

GO NATURAL SELECTION GO !!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOT!!!!!1

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Tom25
Tom25

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
Goobles

SVEN CO-OP np

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

Still one of the best games there is!

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spy-warrior
spy-warrior

love Sven Co-Op

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MrDev
MrDev

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
Commissar1032

HALF-LIFE WE LOVE YOU AND WILL NEVER STOP

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Soulseker
Soulseker

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

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Amez
Amez

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

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DJ_Iñaki
DJ_Iñaki

I miss Gunman Chronicles...

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D3ads
D3ads

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

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CHRISPman
CHRISPman

soz wrong post.....but go HL

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zealot234
zealot234

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

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NightSage
NightSage

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

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UACmarine208
UACmarine208

half life 1 was ftw
so was the expansions

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norton2
norton2

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
Soulseker

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

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Xdada
Xdada

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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Frozencloud
Frozencloud

Long live Half-Life!

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HuntEr
HuntEr

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
_0

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

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AlekZanDer
AlekZanDer

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

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Nilghai
Nilghai

10 good years of half life

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mistamontiel
mistamontiel

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
Malachai13

actually its called Spark now :)

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Malachai13
Malachai13

pre order it, you get instant beta access

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COMMANDERX111
COMMANDERX111

IT JUST A GREAT FAVROUT FOR ALL THOSE PLAYERS GREAT TO BE A STARTER FPS
FOR LOW GAMERS

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fullbloodedapache
fullbloodedapache

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

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Fabio92
Fabio92

Hl:Blue shift coop incoming ^.^

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4Simp
4Simp

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

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