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Black Mesa Source This Month

The Black Mesa Website now offers a timer, counting down to a September 14th release of this modification that will update the gameplay from Half-Life with the Source engine from Half-Life 2. This project has taken more development time than the gap between the first two Half-Life games, which earned it "vaporware awards" from the impatient pundits at Wired in 2009 and 2010, but it seems this long wait is about to come to an end. Here's word from the forums:

We're freaking out over here! It is so exciting to share this news with you!

  • You can now Download the Black Mesa Soundtrack, courtesy of our very own Joel Nielsen, at the very generous price of whatever you want! Enjoy and share!
  • In the near future you'll see our Website, Wiki and Forums all taken down temporarily for renovations.
  • On September 14th you will see the first release of Black Mesa! This will include our re-envisioning of Half-Life all the way up to Lambda Core. We believe this is a great way to provide a complete-feeling 8-10 hour experience with a solid ending, make our fans happy and help us make the best overall game possible.

We are still working hard on Xen and BMDM, but instead of making you wait we are giving you Black Mesa as soon as it's ready! We're doing our best to help bring the immense vision of this project into reality, and we are very excited for what the future brings!

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56. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 23:27 Dr. D. Schreber
 
You'd be wise to learn meaning of ancient Chinese proverb: "He who look Gift Horse in Mouth Usually Is Eaten by Same" Here's another that goes with it, I think: "He who buys xBox has bitter mouth because he has no mods" And one more: "He who has no Steam account is like angry old woman with no shoes who walks on hot coals"...

Don't forget "Man who live in glass house should not walk around naked."
 
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55. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 23:27 Prez
 
"He who has no Steam account is like angry old woman with no shoes who walks on hot coals"...

My grandmother used to use that one.
 
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54. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 23:22 Jivaro
 
Eh, give him a break. He is probably just off his meds.
Trolls are mentally ill, news at 11
 
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53. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 23:03 WaltC
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 13:42:
nin wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 13:38:
It's a free mod...try and sound a little more entitled, ok?


Typical apologist reply right there. Try to sound a little less cliched, ok? Next you're going to claim I know nothing about taking on a huge modding project. I dare you.

Eight years and it's not finished.

Apologist?...;) What are you smokin'? Like he said, this game mod is *free*--rather than complaining, you should be grateful they are developing it and allowing you to play it for absolutely nothing in return. Of course, you need not play it at all if you don't choose to.

I don't care if it's been 20 years and *not finished*...;) It's a friggin' mod, and it's *free.* What's not to like?

You'd be wise to learn meaning of ancient Chinese proverb: "He who look Gift Horse in Mouth Usually Is Eaten by Same" Here's another that goes with it, I think: "He who buys xBox has bitter mouth because he has no mods" And one more: "He who has no Steam account is like angry old woman with no shoes who walks on hot coals"...

Is that your particular problem? You sound pretty bitter about something--but somehow, complaining about a free game mod as if you'd paid a bundle for it and you'd like a refund is particularly unconvincing, strange, and bizarre.
 
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52. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 22:31 RaZ0r!
 
Nucas wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 18:50:
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 14:05:
The fact is they couldn't keep any of their promises. I hold people to their word, and when someone can't live up to it multiple times that doesn't bode well.

THAT'S RIGHT PARDNERS, THIS SHERIFF RUNS A TIGHT SHIP

A MAN'S WORD USED TO MEAN SOMETHING IN THIS TOWN AND BY GOLLY I'LL BE SURE THESE VARMINTS PAY FOR..

FOR....

Best post ever
 
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51. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 22:18 Silicon Avatar
 
Nucas wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 18:50:
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 14:05:
The fact is they couldn't keep any of their promises. I hold people to their word, and when someone can't live up to it multiple times that doesn't bode well.

THAT'S RIGHT PARDNERS, THIS SHERIFF RUNS A TIGHT SHIP

A MAN'S WORD USED TO MEAN SOMETHING IN THIS TOWN AND BY GOLLY I'LL BE SURE THESE VARMINTS PAY FOR..

FOR....

You win five internets today.

 
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50. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 22:12 dumpy
 
Excellent News! Looking forward to it. I do hope that Xen is completed soon, I don't like the episodic content model of game delivery.

BMDM = Black Mesa Death Match? Personally, I don't really mind if that is missing.

Now all I have to do is wait for Natural Selection 2 ... scree!
 
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49. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 21:14 nin
 
TheWitcher wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 21:04:
That's it, I'm installing Half-Life right now! Allthumbsup Allthumbsup

Yeah, all this talk of HL has me seriously considering installing HL:Source...

 
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48. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 21:04 TheWitcher
 
That's it, I'm installing Half-Life right now! Allthumbsup Allthumbsup  
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47. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 20:49 Creston
 
Nucas wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 18:50:
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 14:05:
The fact is they couldn't keep any of their promises. I hold people to their word, and when someone can't live up to it multiple times that doesn't bode well.

THAT'S RIGHT PARDNERS, THIS SHERIFF RUNS A TIGHT SHIP

A MAN'S WORD USED TO MEAN SOMETHING IN THIS TOWN AND BY GOLLY I'LL BE SURE THESE VARMINTS PAY FOR..

FOR....

Hahahaha, bravo, good sir! Bravo!

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46. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 20:48 Lorcin
 
Prez wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 20:05:
I really liked the Xen sequence at the end of Half-Life (okay, the Super Mario/Gordon jumping was a tad annoying) because as awesome as Black Mesa was, one can only spend so much time in it before it becomes old hat. Xen was a perfect and much needed fresh angle, and suitably and deliciously foreign and alien. To me anyway - judging by the near universal dislike of the Xen levels it is clear I am in the distinct minority.

I think the issue wasn't that Xen was different and refreshing - that's a given. The fact it was introduced in the last 30-60 minutes and changed pretty much everything the player knew caused the problems.

It was like eating 7/8s of a meat feat pizza then having the 8th most satisfying slice suddenly replaced with with a deep fried dog turd topped with banana ice cream.

Even if they'd put the dog turd or banana ice cream onto the 8th slice of my comfortable, slightly predictable, pizza I'd probably have eaten it without a problem. But to throw away that last final pizza slice and replace it with a unlikable unknown just wasn't good.
 
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45. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 20:43 Matshock
 
Prez wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 20:05:
I really liked the Xen sequence at the end of Half-Life (okay, the Super Mario/Gordon jumping was a tad annoying) because as awesome as Black Mesa was, one can only spend so much time in it before it becomes old hat. Xen was a perfect and much needed fresh angle, and suitably and deliciously foreign and alien. To me anyway - judging by the near universal dislike of the Xen levels it is clear I am in the distinct minority.

If it were me I would just drop the first part of Interloper and the entire factory map and call it a Xen. The rest of it was pretty enjoyable to me.

Leaving out the Gonarch would be a bad move IMO.
 
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44. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 20:05 Prez
 
I really liked the Xen sequence at the end of Half-Life (okay, the Super Mario/Gordon jumping was a tad annoying) because as awesome as Black Mesa was, one can only spend so much time in it before it becomes old hat. Xen was a perfect and much needed fresh angle, and suitably and deliciously foreign and alien. To me anyway - judging by the near universal dislike of the Xen levels it is clear I am in the distinct minority.  
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43. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 19:36 Lorcin
 
I'm really happy about this too - couldn't give a crap about xen not being there as I selectively wipe that part from my memory anyway.

Black Mesa was one of those sites I'd check every 3 months or so just in case there was an update but I have to admit I was starting to get sceptical.

I'm hoping they're releasing it without xen to jog Valve into giving them input and finally correcting the final act which, lets face it, Valve fucked up royally the first time around. A bit like ME3's extended ending but hopefully actually fixing the problems.

As for the remake/re-imagining thing I'm also more then happy to give it a go. Bit's of HL didn't work - jumping from crate to crate over a deadly drop in first person springs to mind. They call it a remake and they can't change a thing - call it a re-imagining and they can subtly remove the sucky parts whilst staying 99% authentic to the original.

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42. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 19:31 Agent.X7
 
wtf_man wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 13:30:
I totally lost interest in this when they changed it from a "re-make" to a "re-imagination", which means it won't be true to the original game. ...And without Xen (like it or not) it's not complete.

Ditto.
 
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41. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 19:05 SectorEffector
 
That's like getting pissed off at the hl2 beta... It isn't finished, it was free (stolen) and its free.

I'm so happy to play this
 
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40. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 18:50 Nucas
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 14:05:
The fact is they couldn't keep any of their promises. I hold people to their word, and when someone can't live up to it multiple times that doesn't bode well.

THAT'S RIGHT PARDNERS, THIS SHERIFF RUNS A TIGHT SHIP

A MAN'S WORD USED TO MEAN SOMETHING IN THIS TOWN AND BY GOLLY I'LL BE SURE THESE VARMINTS PAY FOR..

FOR....
 
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39. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 18:46 TheWitcher
 
Really looking forward to playing this. I'm keeping my expectations in check but, either way, I'm grateful to the people who made it. I love Half-Life. Love

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38. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 18:29 Yosemite Sam
 
jimnms wrote on Sep 2, 2012, 14:43:
How are they going to distribute this? Some source mods you can download directly from Steam where others have to be downloaded and installed to the sourcemods dir. I hope Valve lets them put this up on Steam, otherwise the download speeds for the first several days will suck.

Valve has a bunch of free user created mods for thier games in thier library, I'm pretty sure they will be all over this.
 
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37. Re: Black Mesa Source This Month Sep 2, 2012, 18:14 Mordecai Walfish
 
So uh yeah.. I'm glad everyone is getting worked up over this finally getting released! Yeah-woo!  
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