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Half-Life 2 Stuttering Update, SDK & Surprise Plans

Steam News offers an update on the Half-Life 2 stuttering bug, as well as promised of the release of the Half-Life 2 SDK and a "surprise" soon:

The changes in this release are directed at reducing the problem some users are experiencing with sound stuttering. The sound stuttering is not indicative of a sound problem, sound stuttering is only a symptom of texture thrashing on your video card or AGP memory. For information on how to reduce texture thrashing visit this link on our support site:

This update will fix sound stuttering that users were experiencing that would last for longer than a few seconds during normal gameplay. This update will also eliminate this same behavior following a quicksave or autosave. There will still be a short pause while the autosave happens, but not the more drawn out stuttering behavior.

We are still investigating another performance problem on some hardware, which will manifest where the game is getting into a state where performance drops to less than 5 fps and does not recover or crashes.

Next week we will be releasing the Source SDK, along with a surprise for the community.

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80. Half-Life 2 Stuttering Update, SDK & Surprise Plans Nov 25, 2004, 17:08 Dignan
HL1 was so awesome because of what happened with the community. MODs and the like gave new life to the game in every aspect.

HL1 single player was fucking amazing, I still remeber how pumped I was after finishing the demo and running to walmart at 3am to buy it for $54.99. That was a year after its release, when the MP portion was up to par. I remember reading in the manual that Valve would give you a full retain refund if you didn't enjoy the game, for the first time in my life (for a purchase over $20) I threw away the receipt, I believed in the game that much.

This "suprise" had better be HL2DM, I can understand them not releasing it with the retail, it kinda ruins the SP experience. Jumping in MP and seeing/using all the guns ruined the game kinda for HL1, I jumped in MP about 1/2 through the SP game and I was blown away by the rocket launcher and crossbow, I hadn't found them yet in the SP and would have loved to not have seen them yet.

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