They Create Worlds

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  Originally made using the Quake II engine, Half-Life was an ambitious project that ran into the same kind of hurdles other companies have experienced.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:

Half-Life Introduction:

Dr. Paul Eckman:

Gabe and Valve Discuss Half-Life 2 Leak:

Half-Life 2 Leak VS Release:

Half-Life Alpha 0.52:

Half-Life 2 - 2003 Tech Demo E3:

Team Fortress Classic:

Counter Strike 5v5:


*** LIVE STREAM Sunday June 3rd at 12:30 CDT (UTC - 5) ***


New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!


TCW Email: 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast


Alex's Video Game History Blog:


Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download: 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - 

Copyright: Attribution:

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App