Spare A Dollar For G-Man?

By Kieron Gillen on November 20th, 2008 at 11:22 am.


To celebrate Half-life being 10 years old this week, Valve have thrown a special offer. You can get the original half-life for 98 (count ‘em!) cents until November 21st. That’s literally cheap. Also, inexpensive. Also, value for money.

Er… that’s all. How can I enliven this post. Oh, I know: I’ve still never completed Half-life 1. What enormous gaping holes are in your play-histories, readers?

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  1. Feet says:

    I have failed to finish every game of the past 5 years, except for Portal. I have a very low attention span.

    Vaguely related and totally worth mentioning is the the black mesa source team have released some new shots and they look good.

    http://www.blackmesasource.com/media_levels.php

  2. realmenhuntinpacks says:

    Psychonauts.

    Meat Circus.

    Don’t want to talk about it.

  3. cHeal says:

    Never completed Dues Ex. Working on it.

    Never played Bioshock.

    Never finished Thief (got to the second level)

    Never played Thief 2.

    Never finished Thief 3 (almost got to the second level :P)

    Played about half a level of SS2

    Missed out on most games pre-2000/2001

    I’m not really one for finishing games much either so there are a bunch I never have and never will finish.

  4. Tei says:

    Seems Valve will not opensource Source, because theres money do be made in Counter-Strike in development countrys (The 2th and 3th world, and maybe people like australia that have poor internet conexions)

  5. Freelancepolice says:

    Kieron – I’m not impressed with your claim but it takes a big man to admit it so well done.

  6. Lollerskater says:

    I’m joining realmenhuntinpacks’ club.

  7. AbyssUK says:

    I haven’t done thief or deus ex either…

  8. Ginger Yellow says:

    “Psychonauts.

    Meat Circus.”

    Join the club. I must have played that level for over 3 hours in total. And apparently I haven’t even got to the really bad bit.

    Anyway, I was quite impressed to see that Valve patched the original Half Life engine last week. That’s what I call ongoing support.

  9. MaxNormal says:

    Finished games are special. Pretty rare for me these days to actually finish one. Let’s see – Portal, max payne, Hl 1 +2, Ico .. the list is pretty short.

    I count half life and opposing force as “finished” even through I never beat the end of game bosses. I watched the closing scene on a website. Nihilanth was just a pain in the ass to fight. I actually loved Xen though – no game before or since has so effectively taken me somewhere new.

  10. realmenhuntinpacks says:

    lollerskater – more of a support group. Hug?

  11. Jonas says:

    I have never played a single LucasArts or Sierra adventure. Not a one. Tried Escape from Monkey Island a few years ago, but couldn’t get it to run on my PC.

    May God forgive me.

  12. Tei says:

    postdata:
    Aarggh… I mean GoldSrc. Source is HL2.

  13. Schtee says:

    I never completed Quake 2 after several lengthy plays :(

  14. nabeel says:

    You’ve …. never completed Half-Life!?

    nabeel

  15. Dolphan says:

    Never completed Half-Life as in gave up in Xen, or as in didn’t actually finish the good bit?

  16. Ben Abraham says:

    @Tei,

    I was going to get offended about what you said about Australia… but you speak the truth. =(

  17. ChaosSmurf says:

    Got bored of psychonaughts in the acting place thing. The “wackyness” bit got a bit boring.

  18. cullnean says:

    last game i finished was HL2

  19. itsallcrap says:

    I’ve still never completed Half-life 1

    Oh thank god! I thought I was he only one!
    *sobs uncontrollably*

    Really, though, who is there still out there that doesn’t own this? I’ve got two copies.

  20. Cabbs says:

    I dont buy many games, so its rare for me not to complete one im playing. Does the singleplayer of Unreal Tournament 2004 count? that goddamn malcom. Never completed Starcraft or Conquest: Frontier Wars because the level/s I was on bugged out and I had no previous saves.

    I cannot remember how long Meat Circus took me. Many hours.

  21. Bobsy says:

    I love Neverwinter Nights 2. It’s great! I’ve not completed it and I’m not sure if I ever will now.

  22. ChaosSmurf says:

    @Cabbs: … StarCraft bugged out on you? o_O

  23. wcaypahwat says:

    I have all my games sorted into piles of finished/yet to finish/yet to start. The size of these piles makes me embarrassed to bring girlfriends home.

  24. Frans Coehoorn says:

    Haha, it’s less dan an American dollar and still I can complain about it.

    Because, well… it’s not the Source edition! D’oh!

  25. MetalCircus says:

    Everyone has this game, they give them out at birth.

    And complete half-life NOW!

  26. Rosti says:

    It took me ~5 years to complete Half-Life, for no discernible reason. This time I didn’t get past the tram section as one of the automated gates shut in my face. Awww.

  27. Nimic says:

    I never really completed one of these UT games. The one with the insanely hard guy in space. In the end, I remember getting a shot or two on him, and then I ran away, hiding under some stairs for the rest of the game.

    Hey, that’s creative thinking, that is.

    I also think I might not have finished Red Alert. I’ll rectify that, though.

  28. Malagate says:

    I’ve got something more horrendous than not finishing half life…I finished Half Life…on PS2!
    I don’t actually own a proper PC copy, I do have the Half-Life: Source version, but it’s just not the same is it?

    Also I completed Psychonauts, well not 100% completed, but I reached the ending with credits and whatnot. Also I didn’t think Meat Circus was that bad.

    A game that I really should finish is Thief 3, I had just got past The Cradle on my first playthrough when I managed to bug the NPC I was following by making it walk into a wall constantly. Then I had a HDD wipe, had to do it again, and when I got to The Cradle again I just didn’t want to continue and just mess around in there with the happy denizens.

  29. Vaynes says:

    I only completed Half Life last week, I’ve had it forever but just didn’t get around to finishing it. It certainly livened up my lunch times at work for a while.

    To any one who has never completed it all I can say is quit as soon as you reach Zen. I forced myself through it but it just doesn’t play as well as the rest of the game.

    IMHO Half Life doesn’t play well as a first person platformer. Its put me off even trying mirrors edge.

  30. Gap Gen says:

    I’ve finished most games. I even conquered the whole map in Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion as the Eastern Roman Empire.

    I never finished Far Cry, though. I got to the volcano, then gave up in the bastard corridor filled with men with rocket launchers.

  31. Ginger Yellow says:

    I finished Baldur’s Gate 2 but not Baldur’s Gate. In general, I’m pretty terrible at finishing games, but it’s not quite as noticeable on PC as on console because I’m mainly a strategy gamer on PC.

  32. Monkfish says:

    I’ve completed Half-Life enough times to make up for everyone who hasn’t, so balance in the Universe is restored.

    The games that I’m slightly-embarassed-about-not-completing are: KOTOR and Tron2.0. Oh, and I’ve never played Thief 1 or 2 but did play and finish Deadly Shadows.

    Perhaps balance isn’t restored after all. :(

  33. maerd says:

    ^ You must be pretty bored to finish the campaign for Rome TW. Games I have on my comp now that I haven’t finished: Deus Ex, Sacrifice, Syberia. I’m scared to boot them up, cos once I’m playing, I can’t stop.

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    James G says:

    I got HL in a charity shop recently after having been introduced to the universe by the Orange Box (which I brought for Portal). I was quite surprised when I entered the CD-KEY into steam and got a huge number of source games into the bargain. Still not finished it though, got up to the tentacled beastie and lost my saves when I upgraded my computer and discovered that the steam backup function doesn’t backup save games.

    Also have only briefly played Deus Ex, although I intend to get back to it, and couldn’t work out more than the first few minutes of Thief.

    Got to the endgame of NWN but never finished it, although it was my first RPG and with hindsight I’m pretty sure I made a completely useless character.

  35. Severian says:

    Embarrassed about starting, but not finishing:

    1. Half-life 1 (but I saw my housemate do it, so that counts for something)
    2. Half-life 2
    3. Morrowind (but finished Oblivion)
    4. Guild Wars (never “ascended”)
    5. Company of Heroes (single-player campaign)

  36. phuzz says:

    Never finished Far Cry (the bit with you with a shotgun vs a whole island filled with monsters defeated me). Never finished Final Fantasy VII, got all the way through to the boss fight and suddenly the difficulty went right up. I started playing Hostile Waters a while back (on the recommendation of you lot), but I upgraded my pc, forgot to back up my saves, and was too busy playing new and shiny games instead, that I’ll have to rectify at some point.

    Apart from that, I’m pretty good at finishing games, I put it down to years of being told I couldn’t get a new game until I’d finished the old one, I’ve even been putting time into Far Cry 2 in an effort to finish it so I can play L4D without feeling guilty… (only 23% done, might take a while)

  37. Valentin Galea says:

    I played HL1 by the book – but couldn’t get a hold on how to kill the Nihilanth so I cheated – but only a bit:P

    And to all the people who didn’t finish Meat Circus – I shared your pain – but it is possible! Go watch walkthrough youtube vids – you will get some tips.

    I never finished Beyond Good & Evil – that final boss didn’t have the patience.. but after completing Meat Circus afterward I think I should give it another try:)

  38. Yhancik says:

    Somebody asked me last week “what was the last game you finished?”, and I was like “Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…”.
    I’m terrible terrible terrible with finishing games. Actually, it’d be easier to tell the very few games I finished (System Shock, Half-Life 1, Tomb Raider, Riven, Portal.. oh, and King Quest VII because I got it with my PC at some time).

    I also missed lot of classics, mostly because for years I’ve been a penniless kid/teenager, with parents who don’t think that videogames worth any time or money, and with – myself – no ideas of what was actually going on in the gaming world.

    I never played Doom, Quake, Unreal, Thief, Psychonauts… I’ve only played the Sierra/Lucasart classics for a couple of hours, never finished the first 2D Prince of Persia, Grim Fandango, System Shock 2, Deus Ex (working on it, though), V:TM:Bloodlines, STALKER, Morrowind, any Hitman, Mafia, Outcast, Penumbra or Fahrenheit.

  39. Dexton says:

    Funny that games quite often lose points for being too short, when so many of the best reviewed games are never even completed!

    Personally I loved the smaller but tighter games like CoD4 and Ep2. Although they don’t have the traditional length the superior pacing and lack of fillers (example being the repeated grey corridors of Halo and numerous other games) make up for it.

    I’d definitely rather play 8 hours of really good game than have a 30 hour game, with 8 good hours of gameplay mixed in with 22 medicore ones.

  40. RLacey says:

    It took me a year to summon up the courage to go back to the Meat Circus level (that and the acquisition of a new gamepad). So glad to finally complete that.

    Okay…

    I also have quite a small attention span, so te number of games I finish is small. I never got anywhere near finishing Half-Life (in fact – heresy – I didn’t enjoy what I played hugely), and don’t finish most FPS games (which is kind of pathetic given how many of them I buy).

    I also don’t play MMORPGs (with the exception of Guild Wars occasionally, and so have never played World of Warcraft, either. I keep meaning to finish Deus Ex and System Shock 2 too. And Max Payne and a Grand Theft Auto game. And I really ought to play my copy of Terra Nova.

    That’s just a small selection. I am truly pathetic.

  41. Aftershock says:

    I swear.
    Meat Circus.
    I still have nightmares.
    I skipped through Nihilianth. Not a great boss.
    Im currently working through Deus Ex for the first time.
    Then on the list to play is :
    Thief 1+2+3, System Shock 2, BGE, and maybe some of the old lucasarts ones.

    Man. I’ve got a way to go.

  42. The Sombrero Kid says:

    i play and complete any game that matters with the exception of xbox360/ps3 exclusives cause i don’t have any of those

  43. FP says:

    I finish most games I play but some major ones I didn’t finish are Oblivion, Morrowind, Daggerfall (notice a pattern there?), Fallout 1, System Shock 1 and Unreal 1.

    Currently replaying Fallout (guessing I’ll be ready for FO3 sometime next decade) but I keep getting distracted by shiny things so not sure how that’ll end up.

  44. Okami says:

    I never played Half Life 1.

  45. soylent robot says:

    ive never finished most of the final fantasy games. id get 2 thirds of the way through and then another game would come out, and then another when id finished that one…and id kinda forget about the FF

  46. The Sombrero Kid says:

    @soylent robot

    i literally fell asleep controller in hand playing final fantasy 10, i took that to mean i didn’t like it and vowed never to play a final fantasy game again, i did finish 7 & 8 though

  47. Paul Moloney says:

    I used to be terrible at finishing games, but turned over a new leaf and decided I did want to see the ends of at least the classics.

    I’ve finished a fair amount including all the Half-Life 1/2 games, Bioshock, Crysis, Call of Duty, the Deus Ex games, FEAR, Thief 3, VtMB and the Max Payne games. Once I finish the Thief and Dark Brotherhood questlines in Oblivion I think I will consider that “finished”! I really should finish NWN1 – after what seems like a 100 hours of gameplay I’m got stuck at literally the final battle.

    P.

  48. Valentin Galea says:

    I bought it!

    Anyone else?

  49. Quater says:

    I seem to be the only person who didn’t find the Meat Circus quite as bad as all that? I mean it was exceptionally frustrating but I got through the whole thing in one sitting. That last purple coins mission in Mario Galaxy was worse, imo (but I did that too, eventually).

    KG, I’d have thought a frenzied gaming evangelist and shameless Valve groupie like yourself would know Half-Life back to front! I wouldn’t bother with Xen though, the final boss fight was a medieval botch.

    I, for one, have a massive list of shamefully unfinished games. Some of the most guilty ones:

    Half-Life 2
    All the Fallout games
    Planescape: Torment
    Resident Evil 4
    Warcraft 3
    both Freespace games
    Doom 3
    All the Metal Gear Solid games
    Gears of War
    Halo 2 (haven’t even bothered with 3 yet)
    Silent Hill 2 and 3

    the list just goes on and on…

  50. Quater says:

    oh, and Bioshock, among others.