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  News from 21st July 2003 to 19th May 2004:

  Wednesday 19th May, 2004

New Preview at 23:17 UTC by Paul

HomeLAN Fed had a chance at this years E3 to sit down with Valve and have a quick go on Half-Life 2.

Here's a slice of HomeLAN Fed's preview:
"The first part showed off the myterious G-Man and his detailed facial artwork and animations as he basically make some on-the-slide theats against us. While he talked, scenes from Half-Life 2 were shown as a kind of super imposed image on his face. It was weird but cool looking. Then we witnessed the entrance from the beginning of the game and the buggy-mine car chase that we had actually played in our E3 demo last month. One new thing in the latter sequence that was not in the VUGames hands-on demo was a new weapon, an energy rifle that vaporised the humanoid guards."

New E3 2004 Computer & Video Games Half-Life 2 Preview at 16:07 UTC by Wester

Computer and Video Games have a preview up judging from E3 2004 regarding Half-Life 2. It's 11 pages long, but a very good read indeed. As always, you can find a link to any new preview noted in our news in the previews section of this site. Anyways, here's a slice of the preview:

"Having seen a basic demonstration of working with a team-mate in the graveyard level, I ask Gabe about HL2's AI mechanics, especially in regards to some of the larger battles we've seen in the past between Gordon and allied AI troops and the alien invaders. "There's a lot of information available to the AI, like where they're looking, what their health is and what they're in proximity to. We've spent a long time looking at the AI players' motions and tried to have them generate the kind of ideas and reactions that are consistent with yours. So if you're moving towards something, the AI will assume you have an intention. If you're trying to get into an elevator while under fire, the AI will try and do something sensible around those actions, like covering you, so that you feel that you're still driving the action. There are also some specific commands you can issue to the AI. You can play the whole game without using this system, but if you like more direct control of the people around you during combat, it's here to be used."

Sounds great! :) For the full preview, click here! NOTE: You may have to register *for free* to view preview. ;) Enjoy! :)

  Tuesday 18th May, 2004

New Poll at 06:03 UTC by Wester

I've got a new poll running title "Which version of Half-Life 2 are you going to buy"? Let's take a look at the old poll results:

How do you like the Half-Life 2 Portal site?

It's amazingly awesome! It totally rocks dude! -43%
It's pretty good, enjoyable, neat indeed! -43%
It's okay, mediocre, nothing special. -12%
It's fair, nearly poor, needs to improve. -0%
It's a poor pure pile of garbage! -0%

Not bad for a first time poll! :) Guess the majority of the visitors like us! w00t! :D ;)

New Source Engine Port Interview at 05:40 UTC by Wester

BoomTown has spit out an interview about the CS Source Engine port with Doug Lombardi, the interview vitally notes that some older CS maps will be redone for the CS source engine version along with all the weapons and characters, of course. Here's a slice of the preview:

“Actually we haven’t taken Half-Life as far as Counter-Strike. We’ve only converted the basic stuff and the majority of material from Half-Life 2 ending up in Half-Life will mostly be invisible. But from then on it’s actually up to players themselves if they want to alter the content of the game once it’s running on the new engine. If anybody feels like ‘upgrading’ Half-Life with Half-Life 2 content it’s cool with us.”

For the full interview, click here. As always, please, enjoy! :)

  Sunday 16th May, 2004

New GameSpy Original Half-Life Source Engine port preview at 05:17 UTC by Wester

Over at GameSpy, they've got an article on about the details Valve Software decided to unveil reffering to the original Half-Life redone with the Source Engine. Here's a small sneak peek portion of the article:

"During an interview on the GameSpy LiveWire radio show this afternoon, Valve's Doug Lombardi elaborated on that process, mentioning that the original Half-Life had been ported to the new engine as part of its testing. As a result, a new version of the 1998 game, running in the Source engine, will be released around the same time as Half-Life 2."

This article also includes some info about other Half-Life game series aspects,(such as CS redone with the Source Engine), but mainly focuses on the original Half-Life redone with the source engine. It's a little short, but you can find the full article for viewing here. Enjoy! You're welcome! :)

  Saturday 15th May, 2004

Poll finally up and working! at 22:27 UTC by Wester

After setting up databases and configurations locally, we've finally got a poll up titled: "How do you like the Half-Life 2 Portal?" Enjoy! :)

Half-Life 2 SDK Update at 03:04 UTC by Wester

Over at HALF LIFE 2 DOT NET, a member named the_culture had confirmed the administrator, Munro, of a conversation he'd had with Erik Johnson reffering to the Half-Life 2 SDK, and that with E3 out of the way and other stuff, that Valve Software is preparing to release the SDK within a month! :) This is BIG use for all those mod and modders out there anticipating this release, of course! :D Just thought I'd let you all know(who's reading this), just a nice update! Sounds good! ;)

  Thursday 13th May, 2004

Our domain www.halflifeportal.com is finally registered! at 19:02 UTC by Wester

Great news people, we've finally got our site's domain name registered! Please update any previous bookmarks, links, etc prior to this event! www.halflifeportal.com is ready to kick some Half-Life! w00t! :) :)

New Half-Life 2 E3 2004 Video...AGAIN! at 15:56 UTC by Wester

You can find it at fileplanet by clicking here. Man, these new Half-Life 2 E3 videos are really coming along all over the place! So anyways, this one is a specific E3 2004 IGN/GameSpy captured ATi and Vivendi Universal Games booth Half-Life 2 footage...in high-res video quicktime format, it's pretty big but it's worth the download I suppose. As always, you can also find this video link in our videos section of our site. :)

Bunch of updates! at 02:03 UTC by Wester

First of all the OFFICIAL Half-Life 2 website has launched; www.half-life2.com. Second, over at EuroGamer, they have an article on how Half-Life, Opposing Force, Blue-Shift, Team Fortress, and Counter-Strike is planned to be redone with the Source Engine, as many Half-Life fans were expecting, w00t! :) And the E3 2004 Half-Life 2 Teaser Trailer has been released, it's approximately 1 minute and 19 seconds, and includes some *new* and interesting footage of Half-Life 2, you can find it @ IGN's E3 2004 Half-Life 2 Teaser Video Section. I also added it to the video section of this site., and there's also a unique Half-Life 2 Source Engine / original Half-Life / Opposing Force / Blue-Shift / Team Fortress Source Engine remake / Counter-Strike Half-Life 2 Multiplayer component Source Engine Video found for download here. NOTE: requires BitTorrent to download, you can also find that link in our videos section of our site. And that's it for the bunch of updates, enjoy! :D

  Tuesday 11th May, 2004

New E3 2004 Half-Life 2 FilePlanet Gamespy Video and new Half-Life 2 Preview! at 03:32 UTC by Wester

You can find it here. It's pretty good stuff...a bit big though, I added it to the videos section. And Half-Life 2 is nearing it's beta developement stage, Doug stated himself in confirmation that Half-Life 2 should be finished and ship by this summer, and theres definitely gonna be new footage @ E3 this year, w00t! Oh, and to top this all off there is a new Half-Life 2 preview that does expose a lot here by GameSpy. And I added a link to that preview in the previews section of this site, of course! :P Enjoy! :)

  Saturday 8th May, 2004

Half-Life 2 Footage at WinHEC 2004 and two new Half-Life 2 E3 demos confirmed at 19:44 UTC by Wester

First, over at Half-Life's homepage, at the News archive section, Sierra confirms that not one but TWO new demos with all new brand new content footage of Half-Life 2 will be displayed at this year's E3 presentation. Last, for the WinHEC 2004 footage of Half-Life 2, presented by Gabe Newell talking about what the Radeon X800(the next-generation ATI graphics card, www.ati.com) is capable of for Half-Life 2...he also mentioned that the Radeon X800 performs up to 40% faster then the nVidia GeForce 6800(nVidia's next generation graphics card, www.nvidia.com)in Half-Life 2...sounds good! ;) You can find the WinHEC 2004 Half-Life 2 video for download and viewing here. Enjoy! You're welcome...:)

   Sunday 2nd May, 2004

E3 Conference Program Speakers at 23:08 UTC by Wester

I, as well was just browsing the E3 website, and have discovered that Gabe Newell, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Valve Software will be the speaker for this year's E3 Half-Life 2 presentation...oh and I found this information at E3's list of speakers webpage. You're welcome. :)

  Tuesday 20th April, 2004

Half-Life 2 in 2005!?!?!? at 16:16 UTC by Wester

Unfortunately, Polywell Magazine recently reviewed Mr.Gabe Newell, and he recommended that the Valve Software was determined to do what it takes to guarantee Half-Life 2 is THE greatest first person experience when it's released-and that means delaying the game until 2005, he says.
This isn't decent news, I was really hoping Half-Life 2 in 2005. Here's a quote on what Mr.Newell said in the review:

"We've already spent millions into this project, and we're willing to spend as much as we need to make this the best first-person experience ever. If that means delaying the game to 2005, we'll do it without any hesitation.

If it means sinking another USD 20 million into the project, we can do it. Rest assured, if we delay the game, it'll be only to blow your socks off even more when it finally releases.

... :S :(

(EDIT: Well it looks like Half-Life 2 is still aiming for this year after reading more carefully and more half-life fan sites with interviews and other proof of information and sources. w00t! :))

The Website is coming together folks! at 01:27 UTC by Wester

I'm proud to present that the info, media, other stuff, pre-ordering, community, and site info section is nearly all done! Now enjoy! :D :) ;) :P

  Sunday 11th April, 2004

New Half-Life 2 Bink Videos released by Valve at 02:37 UTC by Wester

Three new Half-Life 2 Bink Videos have been released. They are: Pysche, Coastline, and Striders. Striders and Coastline is ripped old footage from Half-Life 2's last show at E3, just at a higher resolution in Bink Video, and Psyche is a bink video with some new short footage with the G-Man.

You can download Coastline here
You can download Pysche here
You can download Striders here

Enjoy! Your welcome! :)

  Friday 26th March, 2004

Lots of new Half-Life 2 Stuff! at 16:13 UTC by Wester

Well, to begin with, regarding the GDC 2004, it looks like Half-Life 2 with the Source Engine showed up at this year's GDC. Here's a snoop from the IGN report:

"While the demonstration was aimed at the game development community and it only included video from the E3 demonstration, we did get to see the technology behind the engine in a little more detail.
The demonstration was split into several parts, highlighting the renderer, physics, AI, character expression/emotion, sound and multiplayer features of the Source engine, as well as highlighting some of the built-in world creation tools available to developers."

And a snoop from the Gamespy report:

"The first thing you notice is simply how detailed the models in Half-Life 2 really are. Only when the editor is zoomed in all the way can you start to see the edges of the polygons -- closer than you'd ever have an excuse to go in-game. The skin is immensely lifelike: it's got blemishes and zits."
Sounds good! :)

Also, the SoftImage|XSI EXP for Half-Life 2 has been released. You can download it here. It's a 161.9 MB sized download, so beware dial-up users! ;)

Here's some information in the readme about the SoftImage|XSI EXP for Half-Life 2: "The SoftImage|XSI EXP is a complete version of SOFTIMAGE|XSI that lets you output Half-Life 2 characters, props and worlds. The XSI EXP for Half-Life 2 has all the tools you need to make your very own artwork for the world's coolest game, from polygon modeling and lightning fast subdivision surfaces, to nonlinear animation mixing and interactive simulation and rendering."

Sounds great! But then again, it's no promised Half-Life 2 SDK, but at least the next good thing, and good enough! :)

At last now, Half-Life 3(yes, hence I said 3) has been confirmed by Gabe Newell, and is already underway in developement!! It is strange that Gabe Newell refuses to deliver any more information about Half-Life 2 that is still waiting on it's release date and will offer information about Half-Life 3...but so far we only know that in Half-Life 3 that the conversion of Alyx Vance from a NPC to a fully playable character. Alyx is Gordon Freeman's female sidekick in H-L 2. The revelations did not stop there however and Mr. Newell also promised plenty of alien-based revelations. And you can still expect to see Half-Life 2 at this year's E3 in May and that it still targets a Summer 2004 release date!

  Wednesday 4th February, 2004

Half-Life 2 gets delayed until summer 2004 at 14:31 UTC by Wester

Doug Lombardi, director of Valve Software, now confirms that the release date that they are targeting for Half-Life 2 is no longer April 2004, but Summer 2004. We can expect Half-Life 2 to be displayed again at this year's May 12-May 15 E3 trade show. This doesn't sound good...stay tuned. :( :@ :'(

  Thursday 29th January, 2004

Half-Life 2 is GameSpy's most wanted game of 2004 w00t!! at 16:22 UTC by Wester

Believe it or not, Half-Life 2 is GameSpy's most wanted game of 2004, it's #1 of the list! Man, if Half-Life 2 actually wins GOTY 2004.....LIEK OMG lol just keep up dudes k? K! :D

  Friday 23rd January, 2004

Half-Life 2 delayed AGAIN?!?!?! at 16:33 UTC by Wester

Well it appears now that some web sites are reporting half-life 2's release date this september. Check out the full story here. Of course it's not official, no release date for Half-Life 2 is official ATM but I'd say that September 2004 is a more realistic release date then April 2004. I'd also presume to see Half-Life 2 show up at this year's E3(E3 2004).Stay tuned. :S :(

  Tuesday 20th January, 2004

FBI Raids the Half-Life 2 Source Leaked Pre-Beta Demo Hacker at 16:10 UTC by Wester

Slashdot Games has reported that a man from San Fransisco had his home raided by the FBI and Secret Service in regards to the theft of Valve Software's Half-Life 2 leaked pre-beta source code demo. Its a good read...this might be the hacker who stole the source code pre-beta demo from Valve Software. Hopefully we'll have more news soon. Stay tuned. :S

  Sunday 18th January, 2004

New Rick Ellis Interview-Again! at 05:24 UTC by Wester

You can check out the interview here...its pretty interesting stuff.



  Sunday 11th January, 2004

Half-Life 2 SDK to be released soon at 04:02 UTC by Wester

Valve refuses to confirm anything of this, yet new years have seem to brought some official rumours, that the Half-Life 2 SDK will be released soon. This may be because of the email to HalfLife2.net by Rick Ellis, software engineer of Valve Software, noted that the Half-Life 2 SDK may be released soon. Although the confirmation was quite vague of Rick Ellis, it seems to be quite logical and reasonable that an SDK of Half-Life 2 would be released soon. However, Valve Software is still focused on managing their Security Systems more efficiently so no source code or unfinished alpha or beta techical demonstrations may be hacked, stolen, and leaked by hackers, so it would not seem logical that the SDK of Half-Life 2 be released before the game is actually speculated to ship, supposedly April 2004, well, I really hope so among others, of course! ;)

  Thursday 1st January, 2004

Happy New Year 2004! at 21:40 UTC by Wester

Well, this is just a post to say Happy New Year, whoevers reading this! Hopefully this year will be better than last year, and hopefully Half-Life 2 will come out this year! Everyone enjoy their new year and have fun!!!

;) :)

  Saturday 13th December, 2003

Rick Ellis Interview at 06:10 UTC by Wester

Yet another inteview for hl2, check it out here. ;) :)

  Sunday 30th November, 2003

Dug up old CVG Half-Life 2 console port confirmation article at 20:13 UTC by Wester

Yes, this article is a bit old that I just happened to dig up, but CVG have a new article with Gabe Newell on Half-Life 2 console port confirmation details, explaining why Half-Life 2 can only be possibly developed on the current-genereration most powerful Xbox and PC platforms, and next-generation Xbox 2, PlayStation 3, and GameCube 2 console platforms. You can find the article here. Enjoy! :)

Introduction of a new news editor and new Gabe Newell DriverHeaven.net Interview! at 03:16 UTC by Wester

Hello, I'm Wester, AKA SOWL3DFPS, in this case, a news adder/editor/deleter, for this site, among others. ;), er, so, there is a new interview about half-life 2 with Gabe Newell, Lead Designer for Half-Life 2, @ driverheaven.net, you can find the link here.
They interview Gabe Newell, its a pretty interesting interview, so please, check it out! And, well, that's all the news I have to offer, for now.

  Wednesday 29th October, 2003

PC Gamer Coverage at 14:12 UTC by Chez

The HL2 source code leak has been covered by the PC Gamer magazine, revealing (to me at least, though I have had my head in the sand for a while) that it was a Microsoft Outlook exploit that allowed the hackers [Paul: proper term 'cracker'] to install a trojan on the VALVe machines. :S

The jury is still out on the new release date for the game, and really depends on whether VALVe see it necessary to rewrite the source code that was released. Not to do so would be detrimental to VALVe's effort to produce a safe online gaming environment (and not one plagued with cheats, hacks and other exploited bugs), and since part of VALVe's revenues will be generated from licensing their engine. Hard to achieve when the source code is being freely distributed. :(

  Friday 17th October, 2003

Forums up and running at 02:24 UTC by Paul

Good news everyone we've finally got the forums up and running, better still it shares the same user data base (I spent 3 hours working on sharing the database!!!) as over on our partner site DOOM 3 Portal so there's no need to re-register if you've got an account over there.

Enjoy, let us know if you're having any problems as they are still under some developement.

  Monday 13th October, 2003

New Screenshots at 23:10 UTC by Chez

I've uploaded a few new screenshots to the gallery, mostly taken from the leaked beta [Wester on May 14th, 2004: Those 'leaked' screenshots you uploaded to the screenshots section were illegal you know and now every trace of them has been removed, due to we've could have been in a lot of trouble for displaying those illegal screenshots, just to let you know!]. Looks like Half-Life 2 is going to be all 'steamy' from the menu screen :(

Also we will be looking into installing a joint forum with the DOOM 3 Portal over the next week or so.

Half-Life 2 Release Dates at 13:59 UTC by Chez

Everyone knows that the leak caused a big ruckus in the VALVe/Vivendi camp, to such an extent that the publishers announced the release date will be pushed back as far as April 2004. However, according to this article, there will be no such delay. If only we knew who their source was ;)

  Friday 10th October, 2003

HL 2 release date at 22:49 UTC by Oxslow

The current release date for HL 2 is April 2004

Under New Management at 22:39 UTC by Chez

Well, as the wary visitor must've guessed, this site hasn't been updated in quite a whirl, so the reign's have been handed over. :)

Also welcome our first news poster, Windsor.

  Thursday 2nd October, 2003

Oh dear at 17:38 UTC by Paul

Ever have one of those weeks? This has just not been the best couple of days for me or for VALVe.
"Yes, the source code that has been posted is the HL-2 source code.

Here is what we know:

1) Starting around 9/11 of this year, someone other than me was accessing my email account. This has been determined by looking at traffic on our email server versus my travel schedule.

2) Shortly afterwards my machine started acting weird (right-clicking on executables would crash explorer). I was unable to find a virus or trojan on my machine, I reformatted my hard drive, and reinstalled.

3) For the next week, there appears to have been suspicious activity on my webmail account.

4) Around 9/19 someone made a copy of the HL-2 source tree.

5) At some point, keystroke recorders got installed on several machines at Valve. Our speculation is that these were done via a buffer overflow in Outlook's preview pane. This recorder is apparently a customized version of RemoteAnywhere created to infect Valve (at least it hasn't been seen anywhere else, and isn't detected by normal virus scanning tools).

6) Periodically for the last year we've been the subject of a variety of denial of service attacks targetted at our webservers and at Steam. We don't know if these are related or independent.

Well, this sucks.

What I'd appreciate is the assistance of the community in tracking this down. I have a special email address for people to send information to, helpvalve@valvesoftware.com. If you have information about the denial of service attacks or the infiltration of our network, please send the details. There are some pretty obvious places to start with the posts and records in IRC, so if you can point us in the right direction, that would be great.

We at Valve have always thought of ourselves as being part of a community, and I can't imagine a better group of people to help us take care of these problems than this community.


  Wednesday 23rd July, 2003

Update at 23:44 UTC by Deefer6

Added some screenshots today, nothing you won't have seen already but nice all the same, plus the characters section has it's first entry, check it out! ;)

  Monday 21st July, 2003

The First Ever News On This Page at 19:53 UTC by Deefer6

This is the inaugural news posting of this brand new site dedicated to the new beautiful game that is Half Life 2. Be sure to check back regularly for all the latest news, views and (non-biased) comments on VALVe's new masterpiece.

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