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Play the Half-Life Series for Free

Steam News announces that anyone with a free Steam account can play all the games in the Half-Life series for free between now and the release of Half-Life: Alyx in March. Here's word:
Series FREE to play for Steam users, from now until the day it launches!

If you already have Steam installed, you can click the following links to start playing now!
Half-Life
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2: Episode One
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

If you don't have Steam, you can download it here.

Half-Life: Alyx is set before the events of Half-Life 2 and the episodes, but the games share characters and story elements. The Half-Life: Alyx team believes that the best way to enjoy the new game is to play through the old ones, especially Half-Life 2 and the episodes, so we want to make that as easy as possible.
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27. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 10:23 MattyC
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 01:29:
Simon Says wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 22:44:
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 18:14:
So sick of these anti-competitive bribes.

1st party title /= 3rd party title

First person or third person, makes no difference. A party is still a party.

EDIT: Goddammit, ninja'd by MattyC.

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Muscular Beaver wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 08:24:
bigspender wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 18:23:
Any good mods I should be trying?
They are all dead already.
Pirates, Vikings, & Knights II, Vampire Slayer, Sven Coop, Natural Selection.
Im sure I forgot a few.

The Specialists, Front Line Force, FireArms, Battlegrounds (Revolutionary War mod), there was a WWI one too (Trenches?), there were so many! Sadly Steam was the death of almost all mods. The “official” ones (CS, DoD, TFC) live on but that is about it and those are ‘retail’ now.
 
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26. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 10:01  RedEye9 
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 09:58:
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 09:52:
Leper wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 09:39:
Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 08:26:
Wesp5 wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 06:51:
I think this is a vain offer, anybody being a hardcore gamer enough to own a VR rack certainly played all the HL games already...

Except for the kids. Half Life 2 came out 16 years ago. How many 20 year olds do you think have played through it?

How many 20 year olds have enough money for VR and are interested in playing 15+ y/o games. This is a small gesture that won't affect much in the end.

If I were 20 now I'd definitely spend my spare college grant money on VR.

Yup, I would absolutely have found the means, because I had the time. Now? No real interest.

My computers were also more powerful and replaced much more frequently when I was in college.

And, yes, this is a small gesture, but Valve is losing nothing at all.
What???
Surely a bunch of geriatric’s yelling at clouds accounts for sumthin.
 
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25. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 09:58  Beamer 
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 09:52:
Leper wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 09:39:
Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 08:26:
Wesp5 wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 06:51:
I think this is a vain offer, anybody being a hardcore gamer enough to own a VR rack certainly played all the HL games already...

Except for the kids. Half Life 2 came out 16 years ago. How many 20 year olds do you think have played through it?

How many 20 year olds have enough money for VR and are interested in playing 15+ y/o games. This is a small gesture that won't affect much in the end.

If I were 20 now I'd definitely spend my spare college grant money on VR.

Yup, I would absolutely have found the means, because I had the time. Now? No real interest.

My computers were also more powerful and replaced much more frequently when I was in college.

And, yes, this is a small gesture, but Valve is losing nothing at all.
 



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24. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 09:52 jacobvandy
 
Leper wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 09:39:
Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 08:26:
Wesp5 wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 06:51:
I think this is a vain offer, anybody being a hardcore gamer enough to own a VR rack certainly played all the HL games already...

Except for the kids. Half Life 2 came out 16 years ago. How many 20 year olds do you think have played through it?

How many 20 year olds have enough money for VR and are interested in playing 15+ y/o games. This is a small gesture that won't affect much in the end.

If I were 20 now I'd definitely spend my spare college grant money on VR.
 
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23. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 09:39 Leper
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 08:26:
Wesp5 wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 06:51:
I think this is a vain offer, anybody being a hardcore gamer enough to own a VR rack certainly played all the HL games already...

Except for the kids. Half Life 2 came out 16 years ago. How many 20 year olds do you think have played through it?

How many 20 year olds have enough money for VR and are interested in playing 15+ y/o games. This is a small gesture that won't affect much in the end.
 
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22. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 08:26  Beamer 
 
Wesp5 wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 06:51:
I think this is a vain offer, anybody being a hardcore gamer enough to own a VR rack certainly played all the HL games already...

Except for the kids. Half Life 2 came out 16 years ago. How many 20 year olds do you think have played through it?
 



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21. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 08:24 Muscular Beaver
 
bigspender wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 18:23:
Any good mods I should be trying?
They are all dead already.
Pirates, Vikings, & Knights II, Vampire Slayer, Sven Coop, Natural Selection.
Im sure I forgot a few.
 
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20. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 06:51 Wesp5
 
I think this is a vain offer, anybody being a hardcore gamer enough to own a VR rack certainly played all the HL games already...  
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19. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 02:48 KilrathiAce
 
I thought they would say until half life 3, because that would mean free forever  
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18. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 01:29  jdreyer 
 
Simon Says wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 22:44:
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 18:14:
So sick of these anti-competitive bribes.

1st party title /= 3rd party title

First person or third person, makes no difference. A party is still a party.

EDIT: Goddammit, ninja'd by MattyC.
 
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17. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 01:28  jdreyer 
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 20:18:
MattyC wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 20:12:
This, to me, makes sense as a time limited thing. They want to drum up support for Alyx. Still wish it included CSS or DoDS. That might interest a few of my friends. Half-Life core titles though? I think that ship has sailed, anyone who waned these already had them.

Yep. Give away free copies and people just toss it onto their pile and forget about it. Make it free to try for a limited time and they might actually play it now, while it's timely. The Source multiplayer games have been dead a long time, though.

It's almost as if Valve understand how the Steam platform works. Not sure why that is...
 
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16. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 01:26  jdreyer 
 
MattyC wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 20:12:
This, to me, makes sense as a time limited thing. They want to drum up support for Alyx. Still wish it included CSS or DoDS. That might interest a few of my friends. Half-Life core titles though? I think that ship has sailed, anyone who waned these already had them.

They've already drummed up support for Alyx. That support is rock hard solid.
 
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15. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 00:49 Rhett
 
Regardless... I never picked up E1 and E2, might actually reinstall this in the near future. I wonder how well it's aged without mods?  
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14. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 22, 2020, 00:26 MattyC
 
Simon Says wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 22:44:
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 18:14:
So sick of these anti-competitive bribes.

1st party title /= 3rd party title

Oh, please. First Party, Donner Party, Third Party, Florida Whig Party. None of that matters to the consumer that is being “bribed” (which doesn’t even make sense, if you try a sample at Trader Joe’s or whatever have you been bribed?). I doubt more than 1/2 of people on Steam could even tell what games there are first party.
 
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13. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 21, 2020, 22:44  Simon Says 
 
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 18:14:
So sick of these anti-competitive bribes.

1st party title /= 3rd party title
 
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12. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 21, 2020, 22:27 Task
 
The best HL1 TC mod, imo, is Paranoia. You play as a Russian GRU Major, it basically feels like Stalker or Metro as far as the story goes. Very good and freaky as hell. GManLives review.  
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11. Same for other HL games. Jan 21, 2020, 21:21  Ant 
 
Opposing Force and BlueShift!  
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10. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 21, 2020, 21:12 [VG]Reagle
 
Well well well are we all being a debbie downer??????  
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9. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 21, 2020, 20:18 jacobvandy
 
MattyC wrote on Jan 21, 2020, 20:12:
This, to me, makes sense as a time limited thing. They want to drum up support for Alyx. Still wish it included CSS or DoDS. That might interest a few of my friends. Half-Life core titles though? I think that ship has sailed, anyone who waned these already had them.

Yep. Give away free copies and people just toss it onto their pile and forget about it. Make it free to try for a limited time and they might actually play it now, while it's timely. The Source multiplayer games have been dead a long time, though.
 
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8. Re: Play the Half-Life Series for Free Jan 21, 2020, 20:17 Bumpy
 
I'll wait for the Epic exclusive.  
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