"Technically, Half-Life was a little above Quake 2 "
Technically, half-life was a little bit of the Quake 2 engine with a ton of the Quake 1 engine. It fucking blows by todays standards, graphically and gameplay wise in my opinion. What made Half-life stand out was that it told you a story while you played, with you as the main character, and the effects of your exploits were included in the story. Innovative? Hardly. RPGs have been doing this since their inception. Valve took the tried, tested RPG method of telling a story in a shitty, unbelievable, repetative game environment, and applied it well to an FPS. Sooooooo ground breaking!
As for the code theft, a recent interview with some asshat from valve, maybe gabe fatwell (I dont remember), he said the game is months
away. This interview is less than a month old - the point is, if valve actually had a playable release candidate on September 30th, 2003, all they had to rewrite is network code, and steam code. It has already been seven
months, and, despite the code leak, I have not heard of one instance of security with steam, nor CS, nor any other existing product which the code was stolen for. This means Valve is pulling our wire - they had nothing close to an actual release ready last year, and as the developers say: They are months away from actually releasing now.
. Valve is a bunch of big-mac devouring, donut-mouth-stuffing, dishonest liars, who do not, in any sense of the statement, have their shit together - whatsoever. This doesn't mean im am uninterested in HL2, but it does mean all of you standing up to defend a game company who takes 3 years to make a high resolution texture pack for a tired online game's single player version, should sit the fuck down, and reconsider your view of Valve as some great visionary company - which they are not. They are hacks, who lucked out the first time, and HL2 will show us if they have the lucky horseshoe jammed up their asses perennially. I would like to remind all of you that you have not played HL2, period
. Neither have I. Arguing about physics, scripts (which, though you all complain about them, seem to love scripted events enough to make COD the game of the year by most accounts), actual in game graphics, gameplay, of a game which is currently months away from release, makes you look like complete morons, utilizing only the chimpanzee-section of your brains, barring the invention (by you, the aforementioned chimp thinkers) of a time travel device, or phenomenal time and space transcending astral-projectory powers and the skill to use them so specifically that you've travelled to the future, entered the physical form of some gamer somewhere playing HL2, and have based your otherwise chimp-shriek sounding HL2 arguments on one of the two of the above mentioned powers/devices. Shut the fuck up and debate such things after the game comes out. Seriously, this has been hashed and rehashed ad nauseum
The companies will be very pleased.
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