I’ll probably not play this game (at least not anytime soon), but I still found the story of The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 pretty interesting. I hope the game lives up to all the effort put into it!

The Final Hours of Half-Life 2

Shock and Awe

What’s It Gong to Take

The E3 That Never Was

The Potemkin Village

An Unthinkable Crime

Hello, Gabe

The Scanner Gets It

Part I: Shock and Awe

Gabe Newell is about to make a promise. It’s 11am on an overcast morning in Bellevue, Washington, and Newell, the impresario behind Valve, lumbers into the company’s starkly decorated 10th-floor conference room. He pulls out an Aeron chair, plops himself down, and runs his stubby hands through his reddish-brown hair.

Gabe Newell, Valve’s founder and managing director

“OK,” he says, taking a deep breath. “During any project there comes a time to draw a line in the sand and put a stick in the ground and say, ‘This is it. We’re ready,’” he says. “That moment, I’m happy to say, is right now. We finally know when this game is going to be done.”

The game he’s refer