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Half-Life: Alyx

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2 days ago

Modders are already working to bring Half-Life 2 into Alyx

If Black Mesa actually getting finished left you lost without a fan-made refresh of an old Half-Life to cheer on, rejoice: the new hotness is bringing Half-Life 2 into Half-Life: Alyx. Several modders are already showing off their progress in bringing Gordon's adventure to Alyx's shiny new VR game, though it's all hella far from finished. Hey, we all need something to believe in. Come…

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6 days ago

People already got the basics of Half-Life: Alyx working outside VR

It was inevitable that fiddlers and modders would try to make Half-Life: Alyx into a regular ol' non-VR game, and yup, they're already encouraged by preliminary digging. Fans have poked around with debug options and got Alyx running without cybergoggles and with basic FPS keyboard controls, though that's a long, long, long way short of Alyx being playable the same as any ol' Half-Life. Valve's…

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Half-Life: Alyx’s first patch makes it easier to turn

For a few years, VR seemed like a peripheral, literally and figuratively. Now that Half-Life: Alyx is front and center in our minds, folks are collectively adjusting to getting their heads around the biggest VR release—what—ever? In Alyx's first update, Valve have now added a new way to control turning your head, which is apparently more tricky than you'd imagine.

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7 days ago

Watch this teacher’s maths lesson from inside Half-Life: Alyx

Parents and teachers are scrambling to keep the kiddywinkles occupied and educated in these Covid-19 days, and I've not seen anything that engaged me more than this maths lesson given inside Half-Life: Alyx. San Diego teacher Charles Coomber jacked into Alyx this week to record a refresher on angles, drawing on windows with Alyx's virtuamarkers and even salvaging a broken plank from her balcony to…

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1 week ago

VR has done wonders for the Combine’s life expectancy, say Valve

The Combine are still public enemy number one in Half-Life: Alyx, but moving the series to VR has done wonders for their overall health, Valve have told me. Whereas before "the average lifetime of a Half-Life 2 Combine soldier was probably somewhere between 10-20 seconds," according to Half-Life: Alyx's lead programmer and designer Robin Walker, "as soon as we started to do play-testing in VR,…

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Valve say they don’t have other VR games in development

Back in 2017, head honcho Gabe Newell revealed Valve were working on "three full VR games". We got one of them last night. Half-Life: Alyx is very good, according to Graham's Half-Life: Alyx review, but it seems the other two have gone missing. According to Valve designer Greg Coomer, "there aren’t three other titles in development." We only wanted two, Greg.

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Until Alyx spoke, “everyone just assumed they were playing as Gordon Freeman,” say Valve

As its name implies, Half-Life: Alyx sees you step into the virtual shoes of Alyx Vance, Gordon Freeman's fellow Resistance member from Half-Life 2. But in early playtests, several players still thought they were playing as Half-Life's silent protagonist, Valve have told me. "We spent a bunch of time early on messing about with Alyx, trying to figure out what kind of language players responded…

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Half-Life: Alyx playtesters were “obsessed with collecting stuff”

Honestly, have you ever seen some silly garbage in a game that you could pick up and not wanted to keep it? Collect it? Hoard it? You haven't. Admit it. According to RPS's inside scoop with Valve's developers, the effect is multiplied in VR. Valve tells us that Half-Life: Alyx playtesters just couldn't get enough of collecting things. You name it and folks want to…

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Valve haven’t made Half-Life 3 yet because their attempts weren’t good enough

Half-Life: Alyx is out today and, as you'd hoped, it is good. Graham-certified good, in RPS's Half-Life Alyx review. For all its goodness, Alyx is not officially Half-Life 3, which Valve still have not made. There are a few primary reasons that the fabled "3" hasn't made an appearance, Valve have now explained. Chief among them, they just weren't happy with what they came up with.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has new Half-Life stickers, pins, and patches

Most of us may lack the cybergoggles necessary to jack into Half-Life: Alyx today, but we can carry a bit of Alyx over into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Over the weekend, Valve added new Half-Life-y stickers to slap on guns, patches to slap on uniforms, and badges to display in your profile. Some of them are cute! Unfortunately, they're obtained through nasty little loot boxes -…

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Valve explain how Half-Life: Alyx streamers can give spectators a smoother view

Right now, this very second, Graham is writing up wot he thinks of Half-Life: Alyx. The thing, it is real. If you own cybergoggles, you'll be able to play it yourself from 5pm British time. If you don't own VR kit and want to watch a friend or an amiable internet personality play, though, Valve have released some handy tips for streamers and spectators. They…

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2 weeks ago

Gabe Newell says brain-computer interfaces will be an “extinction-level event” for entertainment

In a rare interview, Gabe Newell has said he's been spending "a lot of time" looking into brain-computer interfaces. "The Matrix is a lot closer than people think", he says, and it's going to be "an extinction-level event for every entertainment form that's not thinking about this." He also talks about Half-life: Alyx, his fondness for Doom, and why he can't stop playing Dota 2.

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Half-Life: Alyx will start preloading on Friday

For folks who've already waited 12 years for a new Half-Life and absolutely, positively will not wait another second longer than necessary, Valve have announced that Half-Life: Alyx will be available for preloading from Friday. You'll need to have pre-ordered it, which usually we wouldn't condone, but loads of folks are getting the game as a pack-in freebie with VR goggles and hell, goggheads already…

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Get Half-Life: Alyx for free with an HTC Vive Cosmos Elite

HTC have announced they're going to be bundling in free copies of Half-Life: Alyx with every Vive Cosmos Elite VR headset today - and that includes everyone who pre-ordered the headset as well. The Vive Cosmos Elite, which launches worldwide today, is HTC's latest high-end PC-based VR headset and will come with a redemption code for Half-Life: Alyx in the box, which will then unlock…

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3 weeks ago

The Valve Index VR headset is back in stock, for now

The Valve Index headset is back in stock. There, that's the post. Seriously though, it's been a bit of a ride the last few weeks watching the upcoming VR-only Half-Life game creep closer as Valve's own VR headset remained out of stock. Half-Life: Alyx, is releasing later this month and it looked like the Index wouldn't get back on the digital shelf in time. You can now…

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4 weeks ago

You can walk around some Half-Life: Alyx environments in VR now, so I have

Half-Life: Alyx is so close I've started rearranging furniture in my house so I'll have more space to play it. I don't need to wait any longer if I want to visit a couple of the game's environments with my headset, however. Last night, Valve released two areas from HL: Alyx for use in SteamVR Home - that's the staging area you appear inside when…

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Valve Index restock rumoured for Monday – and folks have strange plans for how to buy it

Rumour has it that the Valve Index will be back in stock on Monday, March 9th, and Valve expect their VR headsets to sell right back out the same day. They sold out months ago and manufacturing has been disrupted by the Covid-19 virus, see, and now demand is extra high thanks to the impending launch of Half-Life: Alyx. I am surprised to learn demand…

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Let’s pause to appreciate Half-Life: Alyx’s shotgun reload animation

There's a lot of Half-Life: Alyx to coo over in those three gameplay videos Valve released yesterday. Googheads might be smitten with catching grenades in mid-air, opening a car door to take cover behind, or lifting the lid on a portaloo then reaching in deep with your digiarm. Me, I have simple pleasures: I am well into the needlessly extravagant reload animation on what I…

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Three new Half-Life: Alyx videos show off gunplay and dead headcrabs

Half-Life: Alyx will be here before the month is out and Valve are kicking off March with three new gameplay videos. There's the usual headcrabs, of course, but we also get a look at exploding, healing, shooting, and plenty of other important VR action verbs. Valve have separated these into three videos to show off three types of VR locomotion: teleporting, shift, and continuous. Step…

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