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The Orange Box Turns 10

The Team Fortress 2 blog notes the 10th anniversary of the original release of The Orange Box, which bundled Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal all on one package, as games used to be distributed in places called stores on these things called DVDs. True to the blog, the post focuses on TF2, though they also reveal that Valve was never happy with how The Orange Box was marketed at the time. Speaking of unhappiness with how things were marketed, there's this little matter of being promised a three-part episodic expansion for Half-Life 2 that's gone without a part three for a decade now, but we're not getting our hopes up that we'll ever hear anything more about this, much less ever get to actually play it.

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15. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 12, 2017, 06:39 Suckage
 
mch wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 11:22:

It included HL2, HL2:EP1 and HL2:Ep2 (and TF2 and Portal)

I bought it on release and for the life of me I don't remember that part. Thanks.
 
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14. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 14:08 RedEye9
 
Suckage wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 10:52:
VaranDragon wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 02:24:
Im looking at it on one of my shelves right now. I actually bought it for TF2, so I actually bought Half Life 2 twice. Heh.

Pretty sure that the Orange Box only included Episode 2 and not the whole sequel? Hmm..
How Valve Made The Orange Box
 
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13. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 12:00 jdreyer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 10:13:
subx wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 04:34:
I quit playing team fortress 17 years ago.

Who says the games industry has stagnated?
Yeah well... I bought the Orange Box mainly because of Team Fortress 2, but quickly noticed that it wasnt nearly as good as TFC.
I played TFC for almost a decade and still laughed my ass off every day, because of funny situations, made possible due to its design. While in TF2 all the humor came solely from the graphics design, which only lasted a few hours. Its gameplay was far inferior, because it got dumbed down massively.
Never understood how it got that popular.

Hats. Duh.

 
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12. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 11:22 mch
 
Suckage wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 10:52:
VaranDragon wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 02:24:
Im looking at it on one of my shelves right now. I actually bought it for TF2, so I actually bought Half Life 2 twice. Heh.

Pretty sure that the Orange Box only included Episode 2 and not the whole sequel? Hmm..

It included HL2, HL2:EP1 and HL2:Ep2 (and TF2 and Portal)
 
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11. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 10:52 Suckage
 
VaranDragon wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 02:24:
Im looking at it on one of my shelves right now. I actually bought it for TF2, so I actually bought Half Life 2 twice. Heh.

Pretty sure that the Orange Box only included Episode 2 and not the whole sequel? Hmm..
 
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10. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 10:45 aka_STEVE
 
Orange is the new black ......  
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9. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 10:13 Muscular Beaver
 
subx wrote on Oct 11, 2017, 04:34:
I quit playing team fortress 17 years ago.

Who says the games industry has stagnated?
Yeah well... I bought the Orange Box mainly because of Team Fortress 2, but quickly noticed that it wasnt nearly as good as TFC.
I played TFC for almost a decade and still laughed my ass off every day, because of funny situations, made possible due to its design. While in TF2 all the humor came solely from the graphics design, which only lasted a few hours. Its gameplay was far inferior, because it got dumbed down massively.
Never understood how it got that popular.
 
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8. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 07:22 The Half Elf
 
I picked up the Black Box and still have my shirt  
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7. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 04:34 subx
 
I quit playing team fortress 17 years ago.

Who says the games industry has stagnated?
 
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6. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 02:24 VaranDragon
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 10, 2017, 22:17:
Still got my Orange Box box sumwhar. It was awesome.


Im looking at it on one of my shelves right now. I actually bought it for TF2, so I actually bought Half Life 2 twice. Heh.
 
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5. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 11, 2017, 00:00 Ant
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 10, 2017, 22:17:
Still got my Orange Box box sumwhar. It was awesome.

Installing Steam to run it sucked tho.
A decade? Dang. I remember buying from a local Best Buy store to pricematch. The gal refused at first too. Jerk.

Anyways, this Orange Box was worth it! I didn't think I would like Portal 1 too, but I was wrong. TF2 was OK. I got rid of the retail box and discs a few years ago at work though. I kept my account and key though.
 
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4. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 10, 2017, 22:17 jdreyer
 
Still got my Orange Box box sumwhar. It was awesome.

Installing Steam to run it sucked tho.
 
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3. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 10, 2017, 22:06 DangerDog
 
episodic gaming is the future!  
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2. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 10, 2017, 22:01 Wallshadows
 
Something something episodic content allows faster releases.  
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1. Re: The Orange Box Turns 10 Oct 10, 2017, 21:06 Pepe
 
maybe they can outsource it to gearbox, iirc they did some expac for hl1.  
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