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Ships Ahoy - Half-Life 2: The Orange Box

Valve announces that The Orange Box is now available, offering Half-Life 2, its first two episodic follow-ups, Team Fortress 2, and Portal:

October 10, 2007 - Valve®, a leading entertainment and technology studio, is pleased to announce the availability of The Orange Box for PC on Steam (www.steamgames.com).

The Orange Box features three top-rated new games by Valve: Half-Life® 2: Episode Two, the second installment in the Half-Life 2 episodic trilogy; Team Fortress® 2, the sequel to the game that put class-based, multiplayer team warfare on the map; and Portal, the game that blends puzzles, first person action, and adventure gaming to produce an experience like no other.

To bring gamers up to date with the Half-Life 2 universe, The Orange Box also includes Half-Life 2, the best-selling and highest-rated action game series of all time, and the episodic debut Half-Life® 2: Episode One-together, more than 30 hours of award-winning gameplay. Purchasers of the PC version of The Orange Box who already own Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One can conveniently "gift" them to a friend from within Steam.

The Orange Box is now shipping to retailers and will be available for a suggested retail price of $49.95 on the PC and $59.95 on the Xbox® 360 console system. Contact your local stores for details.

For more information about The Orange Box, please visit http://www.whatistheorangebox.com.

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20. Re: No subject Oct 10, 2007, 11:54 Ecthelion
 
What!? I gotta buy the orange box to get multicore support? I thought it would be delivered to us via steam after the orange box was released whether or not you buy it.
It will probably be patched into Valve's other Source engine games (HL2, HLDM, CS:S, DoD:S, HL2Ep1, maybe HL:S) after a while, but I don't remember any concrete promises made by Valve.

I'd like to just read the HL2+EP1 story somewhere rather than play through the game so I can jump right in to EP2. Anyone know of a decent site w/ this info readily available?
Wikipedia gives a decent overview. It doesn't have all the details, but the main plot is there.


I logged into Steam to let it unlock the Orange Box for me this morning as soon as I got up. By the time I was done with breakfast, they were all unlocked. I loaded up Episode 2 and Portal to configure the settings (resolution, advanced video settings, etc.), but I knew if I started either of them I wouldn't quit in time to make it to work.

Has anyone fiddled with the "Portals rendered" setting (I think that's what it's called) in Portal? It's recommending 2 for me, and I wonder how performance is affected as that number goes up.

While I'm on the subject of configuration, I wish Valve would make a little "Set Source engine default settings" utility that would let us set the resolution and all the other settings once, and have any Source engine games read those settings when they are first run. It's really annoying to have to change everything every time Valve puts out a new game (or even if I download a game to play it again after uninstalling it).

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