Tag Archives: Half-Life 2

The Endgame:The Horror of Absence in The Last of Us

“I love order. It’s my dream. A world where all would be silent and still, and each thing in its last place, under the last dust.” –Samuel Beckett, Endgame [Spoilers for The Last of Us ahead, y'all] Since its release, … Continue reading

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Challenge is Conflict: How Difficulty Makes Game Narratives Work

Back when Twilight Princess was first released, my girlfriend—who has liberated Hyrule almost as many times as it’s needed it—had only one complaint: it was too easy. The puzzles were well enough designed but a misstep hardly left a scratch … Continue reading

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Firing the Canon: Black Mesa

Black Mesa is a faithful recreation of Half-Life, for better or worse. It plays like a fusion of Half-Life andHalf-Life 2, as you might expect from a fan project attempting to recreate the original using the sequel’s engine. Well, more … Continue reading

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Horror Done Right: Being Gordon Freeman

by Karl Parakenings “…His figure is synonymous with the darkest urges of instinct, ignorance, and decay. Some of the worst excesses of the Black Mesa incident are laid directly at his feet. And yet, some continue to imbue him with … Continue reading

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