Half of a Life

May 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 066 - Half of a Life

We cover the founding of Valve and the development processes that led to Half-Life 1 & 2.  Originally made using the Quake II engine, Half-Life was an ambitious project that ran into the same kind of hurdles other companies have experienced.  Valve was able to take the needed time to create a truly outstanding product.  This was due in no small measure to the founders being Microsoft millionaires.  Even today, the sophistication in technology, storytelling, and level design in Half-Life 2 made possible through the development of the Source engine is something that other companies are only just now duplicating with regularity.

Half-Life E3 Trailer 1997: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD_4JLIdpkk

Half-Life Introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsTEoGoAxUk

Dr. Paul Eckman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9i-9_QuetA

Gabe and Valve Discuss Half-Life 2 Leak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=908dFzfvjeA

Half-Life 2 Leak VS Release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jMx5Wp0Gwc

Half-Life Alpha 0.52: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7bTo5xLyQ

Half-Life 2 - 2003 Tech Demo E3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ddJ1OKV63Q

Team Fortress Classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaTE1NYIjBU

Counter Strike 5v5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2tTgPPtxc0


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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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