Half-Life (series)

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Half-Life (stylized HλLF-LIFE) is a series of first-person shooter games developed and published by Valve.wikipedia
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Gordon Freeman

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The major installments feature protagonist Gordon Freeman, a physicist who battles an alien invasion.
Gordon Freeman is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the Half-Life video game series, created by Gabe Newell and designed by Newell and Marc Laidlaw of Valve Corporation.

Valve Corporation

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Half-Life (stylized HλLF-LIFE) is a series of first-person shooter games developed and published by Valve.
It is the developer of the software distribution platform Steam and the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and Dota 2 games.

Half-Life (video game)

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Half-Life (1998) and Half-Life 2 (2004) are full-length games, while Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006) and Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007) are shorter, episodic games.
It was Valve's debut product and the first in the Half-Life series.

Portal (series)

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The first game in the Portal series, set in the same universe as Half-Life, was released in 2007.
Set in the Half-Life universe, the two main games in the series, Portal (2007) and Portal 2 (2011), center on a woman, Chell, forced to undergo a series of tests within the Aperture Science Enrichment Center by a malicious artificial intelligence computer, GLaDOS, that controls the facility.

Half-Life 2

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Half-Life (1998) and Half-Life 2 (2004) are full-length games, while Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006) and Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007) are shorter, episodic games.
Gordon lays siege to Nova Prospekt by using pheromone pods to command the hordes of alien antlions that infest the coast.

Gearbox Software

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The game was originally published by Sierra Studios and released for Windows, although Gearbox Software would later port the game to PlayStation 2 in 2001.
The company initially created expansions for the Valve Corporation game Half-Life, then ported that game and others to console platforms.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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Half-Life (1998) and Half-Life 2 (2004) are full-length games, while Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006) and Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007) are shorter, episodic games. Half-Life 2: Episode Two was released for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 10, 2007 as part of The Orange Box, which also includes the games Portal, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, and Episode One.
Two new forms of antlion appear in the game.

Half-Life: Decay

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The third and final expansion for Half-Life was Half-Life: Decay.
As is the case with the other games in the Half-Life series, Decay is a first-person shooter.

Episodic video game

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Half-Life (1998) and Half-Life 2 (2004) are full-length games, while Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006) and Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007) are shorter, episodic games.
Valve Corporation's Steam platform is being used as a content delivery platform for several episodic games including Half-Life 2 Episodes developed by Valve themselves.

Portal (video game)

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two was released for Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 10, 2007 as part of The Orange Box, which also includes the games Portal, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, and Episode One.
Aperture Science exists in the same universe as the Half-Life (series), although connections between the two franchises are limited to references.

Portal 2

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He said this was unlikely as they would need to heed the lessons learned in supporting Portal 2.
The Portal series is linked to the Half-Life series. The events in Portal take place between the first and second Half-Life games, while most of Portal 2 is set "a long time after" the events in Portal and Half-Life 2.

Headcrab

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The episode would have featured the Half-Life location Ravenholm, a town infested with headcrabs and headcrab zombies.
A headcrab is a fictional alien parasitoid found in the Half-Life video game series created by Valve Software.

Marc Laidlaw

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In 2016 and 2017, three key writers for the Half-Life and Portal series, Marc Laidlaw, Erik Wolpaw, and Chet Faliszek, left Valve.
He is perhaps most famous for writing Dad's Nuke and The 37th Mandala, and for working on the popular Half-Life series by Valve.

Half-Life 2: Episode One

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Half-Life (1998) and Half-Life 2 (2004) are full-length games, while Half-Life 2: Episode One (2006) and Half-Life 2: Episode Two (2007) are shorter, episodic games.

Combine (Half-Life)

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Set twenty years after the original game, Earth has been occupied by the Combine, a transdimensional race that exploited the events of the first game to invade.
According to the backstory presented during Half-Life 2, the Combine appear on Earth after the death of the Nihilanth, the boss character at the end of Half-Life.

Chet Faliszek

In 2016 and 2017, three key writers for the Half-Life and Portal series, Marc Laidlaw, Erik Wolpaw, and Chet Faliszek, left Valve.
Along with Wolpaw and Marc Laidlaw, Faliszek helped to create the storylines for the Half-Life and Portal series, along with having personally written the story for Left 4 Dead.

Dota 2

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Journalists took this, coupled with the commitment Valve was making to supporting Dota 2, Counter-Strike and Steam, as an indicator that the Half-Life series was no longer in development.
Valve had Half-Life series writer Marc Laidlaw, science fiction author Ted Kosmatka, and Steam support employee Kris Katz write new dialog and background lore for the heroes.

Vaporware

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A third episode, Half-Life 2: Episode Three, was scheduled for release by Christmas 2007, but is now described as vaporware.
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Return to Ravenholm, sometimes referred to as Half-Life 2: Episode Four, was under development by Arkane Studios.
Between 2006 and 2007, the company was working in conjunction with Valve Corporation to develop a game in the Half-Life series called Return to Ravenholm.

Characters of Half-Life

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The player no longer assumes the role of Gordon Freeman, but rather sees the later events of the first game from the perspective of a US Marine corporal, Adrian Shephard.
This is a list of characters in the Half-Life video game series, which comprises Half-Life, Half-Life 2 and their respective expansion packs and episodes.

G-Man (Half-Life)

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He is forced into a contract by the mysterious G-Man, who has been watching his progress.
G-Man, voiced by Michael Shapiro, is a mysterious recurring character in the Half-Life series of first-person shooter video games.

Junction Point Studios

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Another episode was under development by Junction Point Studios, a studio led by Warren Spector.
This was later revealed to be a new game in Valve's Half-Life series which was cancelled when Junction Point was acquired.

Half-Life: Opposing Force

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Half-Life was followed by an expansion pack, Half-Life: Opposing Force, on November 1, 1999.

Half-Life: Blue Shift

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Gearbox went on to develop Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Lifes second expansion pack.

D.I.C.E. Awards

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The game won the Computer Game of the Year Interactive Achievement Award of 2000 from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.