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    Default Black Mesa: A Half Life 1 Remake Mod

    Hello, this is Ben Truman. I'd like to explain my role as writer/designer on the Black Mesa team .
    I received this opportunity by attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Video Game Art & Design, where I met many of the team members. When I first came aboard, I had a lot of wild ideas concerning how I would make Black Mesa the perfect link between Half-Life, Opposing Force, Blue-Shift, Decay and Half-Life 2. I wanted to throw in Dr. Breen, Dr. Green, Dr. Mossman, everything and everyone. The further I went along with these ideas, the more it seemed that I was hijacking the original story rather than improving upon it. I went back and retooled (or removed) those scripts after realizing that this wouldn't be true to the computer game that everybody remembered so fondly.


    As for a lot of gamers, Half-Life's form of storytelling was the games biggest appeal. The original scripted sequences have all been preserved, but enhanced to utilize the tools that the Source Engine provides for producing dramatic scenes. Since the generic security guard and scientists have evolved into their respective roles as Barney and Dr. Kleiner in HL2, I've tried to maintain the essence of those personas. Kevin Sisk and Mike Hillard have tapped further into these characters and brought tons of personality to every scene. No longer will NPCs stand around waiting for the player to arrive. They will be involved with their surroundings and establish their individual context in the game world. They interact with their environments, realistically express a wide range of emotions and talk with each other and the player while following him around the facility.


    There will be additional scenes, though. The height of the development experience for myself has been creating new scripted sequences within the original narrative framework. I've included an audio-demo from one of my favorite chapters, Office Complex. Once a script is finalized and the scene is recorded, Kevin will assemble a radio-play so that we can get an advanced preview to help visualize how the scene will pan out. You may recognize where this scripted sequence originally takes place. The player comes across a security guard beckoning for help behind a locked gate. Upon approaching, both come across a frightening discovery:
    http://www.blackmesasource.com/

    Of course, here's the trailer for your viewing pleasure...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGlhg...layer_embedded

    Slightly better quality on this link...

    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/u...ylist=featured

    Needless to say, I'm pretty pumped about this Mod. Most of you probably know that I hold the Half Life Series pretty high. Anyway, this upcoming Mod is free.

    No moderation will delete this title off of the servers.
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    Me wants .

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    This is going to be free?

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    that looks awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger3920 View Post
    This is going to be free?
    Yep, it's a user mod.

    Edit: Apparently things have changed since I last saw the project, looks like a full scale remake.

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    This has been in the making since literally 2004. I wouldn't get my hopes up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRedSuit View Post
    This has been in the making since literally 2004. I wouldn't get my hopes up.
    Well, they say it should be done in 2009. They've updated the engine to the latest build of Source. I'm pretty hopeful.

    I mean, the trailer alone has me pumped. It looks great.

    I remember the sick burn that was "Half Life:Source" when I purchased the Collector's Edition of Half Life 2. I was beside myself staring at the exact same 1998 game. It had 2004 water effects though.

    So, this upcoming mod is what I expected from "Half Life:Source".

    I wonder if they'll make Planet Zen less cheap. Ugh, that place was balls.
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    I want it now. Too bad it would bloow my pc up
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    Red + Blu=

    let it be known that The Island is Michael Bays 1 good movie

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    New images have been released. More information is coming. I got a good feeling we'll at least see a demo this year. Though...I've been wrong about this before.

    *Ignore my earlier postings in this thread.*







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    Quote Originally Posted by CorruptedDragon View Post
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    Uh huh.
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    Remember when this was on CGW and then on GFW: The Magazine and then... Oh man, I miss CGW and GFW...
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    Is this actually going to come to fruition???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Favelle View Post
    Is this actually going to come to fruition???
    Same time as Episode 3 i heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gamma626 View Post
    Same time as Episode 3 i heard.
    LOL...no kidding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Favelle View Post
    LOL...no kidding.
    Interestingly enough, there's news that Valve might consider putting this on a "Future Half-Life Release" Maybe they just mean a re-release of all the old stuff.
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