Half-Life 2 Q&As

GameDaily's Gabe Newell Q&A chats with the managing director of Valve Software about Half-Life 2. The article-format conversation goes into detail about the way the game has been revealed, their relationship with perpetually for sale publisher Vivendi Universal Games, sales projections, and more. Also, Valve Talks Half-Life 2 on GameSpy.com is an interview with Valve's Doug Lombardi during a New York press event. They discuss non-static objects, outdoor areas, AI, 32 player multiplayer support, and much more.
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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 22:08
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 22:08
Jul 18, 2003, 22:08
 
Whatever multiplayer modes HL2 ships with out of the box, you can be pretty sure that the rest of them will be appearing in the first few months after the game's release.

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Re: How was this game?
Jul 18, 2003, 21:09
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Re: How was this game? Jul 18, 2003, 21:09
Jul 18, 2003, 21:09
 
2 different games entirely, theres no "paying twice" about it

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Re: How was this game?
Jul 18, 2003, 20:34
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Re: How was this game? Jul 18, 2003, 20:34
Jul 18, 2003, 20:34
 
UT2K3 was the multiplayer half of U2. Well sorta.
Same engine, different weapons. One is mediocre singleplayer without multiplayer capabilities at first. The other is basically all about multiplayer matches with the single player being training.

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 19:38
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 19:38
Jul 18, 2003, 19:38
 
They saw how much fans enjoyed having to pay twice for Unreal 2 and UT2K3

Ok, I'll bite.

In what way did fans of the 2k3/U2 franchise "pay twice"?

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 18:50
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 18:50
Jul 18, 2003, 18:50
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They never said more would be said about TF2 after HL2 was released, they said after HL2 was announced.


Making it Stand Alone would be stupid (unless it has drastically changed from where it was). Valve doesn't do anything stupid.

They saw how much fans enjoyed having to pay twice for Unreal 2 and UT2K3. They won't repeat the mistake of others.

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Jul 18, 2003, 18:50
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Jul 18, 2003, 18:50
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Currently using GF Ti500 card
next month i will get a 9800pro why?,you say
after their yard blower fiasco & their benchmark software
tweaking i cant trust their product anymore. ati's big mistake was leaking a beta. nothing to do with product quality. my 2cents

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Re: All guts and no glory...
Jul 18, 2003, 18:48
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Re: All guts and no glory... Jul 18, 2003, 18:48
Jul 18, 2003, 18:48
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Currently using GF Ti500 card
next month i will get a 9800pro why?,you say
after their yard blower fiasco & their benchmark software
tweaking i cant trust their product anymore. ati's big mistake was leaking a beta. nothing to do with product quality. my 2cents

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 17:57
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 17:57
Jul 18, 2003, 17:57
 
Lotsa good info in that forum thread Mangrove, thanks for the link

Edit, Gabe says if you plan to go with a new rig just for HL2 to go with an ATi vid solution, not Nvidia. Not sure if thats a marketing thing or they actually made optimisations specifically for Radeons.

Its gonna be a tough choice as GSC is suggesting the same course of action for STALKER except they're doing Nvidia opts....


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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 16:57
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 16:57
Jul 18, 2003, 16:57
 
Yeah nice one smarty, scratch one for the heroes. That's why I said that it was 'kinda flakey' (said 'kindy' actually but oh well).

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 16:06
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 16:06
Jul 18, 2003, 16:06
 
Thanks! Sounds pretty definitive, if that's really John Cook who's saying it. BTW, to save you other guys going there,what he says (and all he says) is: "TF2 will be a standalone game".

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 15:47
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 15:47
Jul 18, 2003, 15:47
 
Whilst reading the big halflife2.net 'Valve info' thread I came across a post quoting John Cook (original TF mod co-creator, now at Valve) saying that TF2 would be a stand-alone game.

It's 2nd post from top....

http://www.halflife2.net/forums/showthread.php?s=47a0db4b419cc1c6e67589ebe72dcddd&threadid=1298&perpage=15&pagenumber=9

Kindy flakey I guess, but I've seen nothing to disprove this... yet.

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 15:41
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 15:41
Jul 18, 2003, 15:41
 
no I'm NOT smoking anything...
Maybe you should start!

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 15:24
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 15:24
Jul 18, 2003, 15:24
 
I've set my money on B.

same here. They could make a bundle on a stand-alone TF2 game but its alway been a free mod and Valve, if anything, is a generous company when it comes to free content.

I really really want to see a sandbox type of thing in a game. Stand in a big open area with modular pieces of road way , ramps, loops etc and arrange them like huge building blocks to drive on and do stunts with. Gigantic see-saws, mines to blast yourself and/or your vehicle up in a way that recalls the Warthog "jump" video from Halo. The ability to build structures on-the-fly and adjust physics with gigantic knobs, a sort of 3D real time map editor you can manipulate in-game. All kinds of crap....

no I'm NOT smoking anything...

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 15:14
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 15:14
Jul 18, 2003, 15:14
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Just what he needs, immortal status... enshrined to the Hall of Gamers by Valve no less.

And everyone will want to kill him! No one outside Blue's would get the joke, though. Kinda like all those crates and the crate pyramid in Serious Sam.


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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 14:59
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 14:59
Jul 18, 2003, 14:59
 
F.) Tag. One person spawns as Fredrikson and has one minute to gib another player or he gets ejected from the game. The gibbed player , in turn, respawns as Fredrikson.

Just what he needs, immortal status... enshrined to the Hall of Gamers by Valve no less.

Yikes!

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 14:52
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 14:52
Jul 18, 2003, 14:52
 
They said more info on TF2 will be released before HL2 ship. We'll know by the end of next month...

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 14:46
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 14:46
Jul 18, 2003, 14:46
 
well the problem is that battlefield 1942 and it's like demolished TF2 completely in terms of large scale team combat. it would take quite a bit to be better than EOD or DC at this point.

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 14:36
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 14:36
Jul 18, 2003, 14:36
 
For folks who want the ultimate experience, they'll want the latest ATI card...

Was the interview made so long ago (before the GeForce FX were out) or did valve made a deal with ATi?

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 14:33
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 14:33
Jul 18, 2003, 14:33
 
I've set my money on B. They haven't said anything on TF2 for a long time now, yet the never said they stopped working on it and I remember they indicated something coming up on TF2 around E3. OTOH, it was supposed to be a stand-alone title, and accordingly they probably received money from a publisher to develop it, it's unlikely to be released for free - maybe an expansion pack thing?

Still, I hope. Tactical multiplayer will be available, obviously, since CS2 is already confirmed to be in development. (Is it not?)

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Re: Informal Poll
Jul 18, 2003, 13:29
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Re: Informal Poll Jul 18, 2003, 13:29
Jul 18, 2003, 13:29
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F.) Tag. One person spawns as Fredrikson and has one minute to gib another player or he gets ejected from the game. The gibbed player , in turn, respawns as Fredrikson.

F, BABY, F!!! Whoo-hoo!


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