Half-Life Retrospective | Liam Triforce
A Twelve Year Retrospective on Half Life A Game that Completely Shaped the FPS Genre then Disappeared

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An exhaustive analysis of the Half-Life series, discussing just why it deserves to be revered and remembered today. This video took a very long time to make, and for good reason. Timestamps: 0:00 Intro 2:08 Prologue - Forming Valve 4:28 Chapter One - Half-Life 25:58 Chapter Two - The Legacy of Half-Life 32:37 Chapter Three - Following Up a Masterpiece 39:13 Chapter Four - Half-Life 2 1:05:06 Chapter Five - The Legacy of Half-Life 2 1:09:28 Chapter Six - Half-Life 2: Episode One 1:15:15 Chapter Seven - Half-Life 2: Episode Two 1:23:24 Chapter Eight - A Decade of Silence 1:44:53 Conclusion If you liked this video and want to see more, give it a like and consider subscribing for future updates from yours truly! Be sure to check out Last Life, a community and forum for thoughtful video game discussion! https://www.last-life.net Like my videos a ton? Consider becoming a Patron!: https://www.patreon.com/liamtriforce Discord Server: https://discord.gg/5Qf9pY6 This video features music by Morch Kovalski: https://morchkovalski.bandcamp.com/album/unforeseen-consequences Half-Life: Decay on PC: https://www.moddb.com/mods/half-life-decay Big ol' list of sources: https://www.forbes.com/sites/oliverchiang/2011/02/15/valve-and-steam-worth-billions/ https://www.neowin.net/news/gabe-newell-i-learned-more-in-three-months-at-microsoft-than-entire-time-at-harvard https://web.archive.org/web/20150211164700/http://www.computerandvideogames.com/296735/features/gabe-newell-my-3-favourite-games/ https://web.archive.org/web/20111126125407/http://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/story_type/site_trail_story/interview-gabe-newell/ https://soundcloud.com/gameslice/valve https://www.gamespot.com/articles/half-life-2-episode-one-gold-two-dated-three-announced/1100-6151796/ https://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/05/09/valve-leaving-episodic-model-behind.aspx http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2007/11/08/rps-interview-episode-ones-david-speyrer/ https://youtu.be/MMYsEJ-vZaQ?t=47 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKSUUvxCr2Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfhvzeuJUMI https://www.deviantart.com/apansenok/art/EPISTLE-3-700898393 https://www.deviantart.com/andronix/art/Epistle-3-Tribute-701372667 Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar - It’s a book, you should read it. https://www.marclaidlaw.com/epistle-3/ https://github.com/Jackathan/MarcLaidlaw-Epistle3/blob/master/Epistle3_Corrected.md If I missed anything, please let me know! #HalfLife #LiamTriforce

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Albert Ślusarek : Youtube recommended this to me... I'm thankful, this is one of the best videos I've watched recently!

frgblae : 1:01:25 "There's no correct answer" Yes there is, you just hide in the turret box holding a turret with the gravity gun and let it do all the work. My MIT education pays for itself.

Chariot Rider : Being a valve fan is so bittersweet. Valve has made so many truly amazing games and the industry would be worse without them. But at the same time, Valve fans have been thrown to the side. Half Life fans, puzzle game fans, TF2 fans, all of these groups have been left to dwindle. I have felt betrayed by this company in so many ways. Tf2 updates have come to a stop even though there is still a ton of people talking about and playing this game. Half Life has been left on a cliffhanger for 12 years! But Valve doesn’t care, at least they don’t care enough to actually do anything about it. All I know is that these games were definitional to my identity. HL is my favorite single player FPS series, but it has been tinged with sadness. I cannot think about HL anymore without feeling at least a little sad. And well, TF2 just makes me depressed. Not even Steam is safe anymore. Valve has just let Epic come in and trample on the consumer, and as a result many games of my anticipated games are now locked away on an inferior launcher. But Valve doesn’t care, at least they don’t care enough to do anything about it. I guess I am trying to say, it is time for Valve to wake up and smell the ashes, the ashes of their legacy which has smoldered away into disappointing nothingness. Your speech at the end really got to me because I have felt the same way, and it makes me sad, knowing the behemoth we have lost.

King_Kiff : "I won't boycott you, I just wish I could look at you the same way I did years ago." Well said

delta904 : Thanks for the suggestion, Vinny!

Urosh Uchiha Novakovic : I'm a simple guy, I see Half Life content I watch it. Thanks for this.

HippopotamonstrosesquippedalioFUCK : Right there at the end, your views about Valve's abominable radio silence, that hit the nail on the head. I've told myself over and over that I don't hate Valve. Valve created some of my best memories as a kid. They helped me through a difficult childhood. But the fact that I'm almost in my thirties now, and I've been waiting since I was in high school for more hurts my heart. Y'know, there's nothing I love more in this world than a good story. Half-Life gave me that in my formative years. I don't hate Valve, but boy do I ever resent them. Shame on you, Valve. You left the gaming industry behind for the money industry. I get it, why make games when you can sit on your ass and let Steam print money? Aside from the love and devotion of millions of people, I mean. Well, we'll just see how it pays off in another twelve years, won't we?

Drew F. Dawson : Seriously? Only 289 views and 30 likes? Is this normal for this channel or am I just super early?

4kliksphilip : 1:05:44 "creating all sorts of wonderful things" *shows Eli with aids*

Yora : "And the world still hasn't forgotten." ...but Valve did.

Corey Brickley : 41:55 Me in sync with The G-Man: Wake up and... smell the ASHES Liam: Most of us know this intro by heart

GentleKeks : I dont know who u are... but after seeing this video... i fuqqing love ya. And... thank u for this video. It was awesome ♡

Angel Valdez : I’m memory of classic valve 1996-2012 May the old times come back one day but that day is not today.

Ryker H. Grotte : Half-Life was the first game I was really introduced to by my grandpa. When Half-Life 2 was released we both played it through together, and with each episode we did the same. Together we waited for years to be able to play Episode 3, but it never came. My grandfather died waiting for Episode 3, and we all probably will too.

Der Harlekin : Strange, I had a lot of fun with "On a Rail" and the plattforming in HL. I actually liked the stop and go and the time "On a Rail" took

Fnoigy : All my phones' tones and alarms are scientist noises. SHTAHP!!!

Henry Ambrose : "Brings to question the ethics" Good one.

Devmoder011 : "AAAAHHHHH" -you got me there, bravo. (End of Vid) Also, thx for spoiling HL3 for me, gg.

Zane : I actually cried at the end of chapter 7/start of chapter 8 wow

Banye West : Wow, this channel is rather unheard of. I guess you could say it's a PEPPERONI SECRET

Evan van Schoor : i couldn't even watch the scene with Eli again. That shit still gets me

REAL CR33PY : Youtube suggested this video to me. Hasn't this game been done to death by video game video essay people. Subbed.

Grzegorz Brzozowski : Great Job, thanks for that Liam, really liked this documentary!!!!!!! I WANT TO BELIEVE!!!!!!!!!!!! HL3!

Zalinki : Though not focused on the development cycle as much and more about the games themselves and the impact they've had on all of us, this is by far the best video covering the entirety of the half life franchise and Im definitely rearing up for another play through after watching

NaterrTot : At 44:25 is that a DeSinc video reference i see?

Warpster : this video is epic. It must of taken ages to get footage and script it. Thank you!!

Hercules MKII : I must give this a go again. I played it through once but the laptop wasnt really up to it

Forma : You've outdone yourself with this one. This is so thorough and well thought out. Really made me think of the games in ways I never even considered while playing through them, and your timeline approach to covering the whole thing brought back faint memories of the series throughout its history. Damn fine job.

breidi123 : I liked "On A Rail", I even felt robbed of the experience by Black Mesa for shortening the chapter, thank god there's a mod for that.

Novale Graphics : What is the intro song , its an amazing version of hazardous environments

Schlomo Von Goldberg : Every time i see a trailer for a AAA game now adays I look at the facial animation and think. "Half Life 2 had more emotion"

AndrewClaw : Absolutely beautiful video. I wish at least couple of Valve devs saw this and it made them think...

Skeleton Warlord : I've taken every single reprogramable turret to the teleport out of Nova Prospekt. There's absolutely no challenge and it's awesome. You end up having like 8 or 9 turrets at the end.

Bingus McSpingus III : Vinny sent me. I’ll be watching in full when his stream ends :D

Terror Antula : Portal 2 is exactly what I wanted from HL3, so I felt like I got it already.

TRFriendly : You spoke my own feelings better than I can ever imagine doing. Thank you so much for this video Liam. - Valve, Liam is right. The world has not forgotton.

Luzum : This is probably, single-handedly the best informative and well made video for the Half-Life series/Valve in general. Amazing job Liam, I'll stick around to your channel and see what other work you have to share with us :), subbed. Videos like these are rare to find. This well-made and informative anyway.

Raytastic : *VALVE* _We still make games, we just never finish them_

leandro aragona : I was not expecting to watch such a long video on a Sunday night, but here I am. I can say it was totally worth watching.Thanks for making such an extensive analysis and for making me cry a little. Truly amazing work. I just found your channel thanks to this video and I can't believe how underrated your content is. The fact that you put so much love and effort towards this video without expecting nothing back is incredible.

You Need Life to Live : Fun fact: If you play the zombie sounds backward they say "Oh god help us"

Schlomo Von Goldberg : It's time for Valve to wake up and smell the ashes

XZGreg5748ZX : whos here from vinesauce's stream?

DogsRNice : This is a really good video You’ve earned a subscriber And thanks binyot for showing this to me

Superschokokeks : IF there will be ever a HL3 than I guess as groundbreaking VR game to be on par with the previous installements.. When you can literally "smell the ashes" edit: great, that's what you said in the video

Matthew Whisennand : What do you mean we don't know what happened to Shephard? He became Commander Shephard of the Normandy, of course. :)

Matthew Brown : 29:02 oh god the flashbacks. Those dark tunnel sequences with the giant monsters was nightmare fuel

darsirious : this video is amazing. such a passion project. thank you.

ImpyWorm : I gotta say, for a filthy casual that just came here from the Vine-Man's stream, your name and the fact that Midna's eyeball is the first thing to greet me makes you seem like an interesting fellow. I'll definitely give this video a watch the next time I catch a break!

Tobias Holand : Can you do a review on the fan remake of half life called black mesa? :D