Time Warp With 1997 Half Life Preview Build

Time Warp With 1997 Half Life Preview Build

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Reddit uncovers Half Life alpha build, which is now up for download and auction.

There's a lot of rose-tinted nostalgia for Half Life in gaming's memory buffers. Even if it hasn't aged as well as one might hope, those pre-millennial memories are often enough to keep the love alive. However, when first firing up this alpha preview, you might wonder how it all fell into place. Uncovered by Redditor jacklejayzer, this early build seems to be intended for print magazines (remember those?) to use when writing preview stories. In addition to placing the disc image online for all to see, he's also put the ancient "compact disc" up for auction on Ebay for the collectors among you.

Jacklejayzer posted an image of the disc online here, but heavy traffic seems to have it shut down. Thankfully, kindly Redditors have provided mirrors for interested parties in the original thread. The disc contains screenshots, a promotional video, and a playable demo that still runs on modern hardware with a few tweaks.

While preview builds are always rough around the edges, this one has some particularly interesting aesthetics choices. Most notably, the panicked, bug-eyed expressions worn by the guards and scientists lend a quirky, light-hearted tone to the otherwise industrial proceedings. There also seem to be shots of a team of scientists in hazard suits sporting impressive beards. Meanwhile, the HUD is comprised of bulky chunks of metal so obtrusive that there's a hotkey to remove it entirely. While it's obvious that Valve knew they still had more work to do, it's fascinating to flip back through their baby book and see this classic in its larval form.

Source: Reddit

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Oh man, if I had the money, I'd be bidding on that compact disc ASAP. It's an awesome bit of gaming history.

So this is confirmed, right?
We're sure it's not a strangely elaborate hoax?

Wasn't this back in that version they soon saw there was no way they could ever finish and started doing a ton of toning down?

Oh boy. I remember back in the day when I played HL for the first time (around 2000) how I looked up all the information available about it. You could still find some previews back then complete with the Russian bearded mad scientist Gordon Freeman - I think he was called Ivan back then. I'm so gonna play this.

That image of the 'Barney' guard that the Escapist used as a thumbnail for this article is beyond words.

The eyes...

Ed130:
That image of the 'Barney' guard that the Escapist used as a thumbnail for this article is beyond words.

The eyes...

"I have seen some shit"

Most people are saying they want it for a piece of gaming history.

I, however, merely want it because it looks freakin' hilarious.

boo it can not find my driver, guess i cant use it dang.

Aw, and here I am thinking someone modded the Half-Life crew actually doing the Time Warp dance. I guess this is good too.

Now THIS is some work in progress. Glad they made those changes. I think I would have shot every one of these security guards on sight if they looked at me like that.

Why did they have to cut the dancing robot though? At least leave it as an easter egg or something.

Sgt. Sykes:
Oh boy. I remember back in the day when I played HL for the first time (around 2000) how I looked up all the information available about it. You could still find some previews back then complete with the Russian bearded mad scientist Gordon Freeman - I think he was called Ivan back then. I'm so gonna play this.

He was nicknamed "Ivan the Space Biker" by either fans or the dev team; my sources aren't clear on that point. I'm pretty sure it was never his official name, though.

Welp. It's time to post hte obvious joke!

Still nowhere near as bad as the Alpha of Blizzard's Starcraft!

Captcha: fezes are cool

 

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