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crimsonheadGCN
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(01-08-2013, 09:11 PM)
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An intrepid Redditor going by jackaljayzer was lucky enough to get a Half-Life preview disc, intended for journalists at the time, by a friend in Bellevue, Washington (where Valve is based). The disc contains screenshots, trailers and a demo build of the Half-Life 1997 alpha.

Jackaljayzer has put the contents of the disc up on the web and is auctioning the disc on eBay. You can download the alpha right now from this link. To play the alpha delete or renamed the "...\Half-Life 0.52\Half-Life\Opengl32.dll" file and then run "...\Half-Life 0.52\Half-Life\enginegl.exe".

Credit goes to Marphy Black for the screenshots.

Enjoy!

Link to the demo is found here: http://www.valvetime.net/threads/hal...leaked.243023/
Visualante2
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(01-08-2013, 09:12 PM)
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Didn't Geoff Keighley find one of these like.. 3 days ago? What a coincidence...

edit. http://instagram.com/p/T4ZivVosFT/
Last edited by Visualante2; 01-08-2013 at 09:16 PM.
dmr87
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(01-08-2013, 09:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by Visualante2

Didn't Geoff Keighley find one of these like.. 3 days ago? What a coincidence...

My first thought when I read the OP title.
strafer
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(01-08-2013, 09:17 PM)
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I didn't even have a pc in 1997 :(
ponpo
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(01-08-2013, 09:18 PM)
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Half-Life Uplink never forget.
GrayFoxPL
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(01-08-2013, 09:18 PM)
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HL believers redeemed.
RoadDogg
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(01-08-2013, 09:21 PM)
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Cool, gonna give a shot in a few minutes! Anyone know if there is a comparison online somewhere? The screenshots on the link here show some pretty big differences.
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(01-08-2013, 09:22 PM)
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eot
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(01-08-2013, 09:23 PM)
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I remember screenshots from this build back in the day, good thing they canned it and remade it.
metsallica
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(01-08-2013, 09:23 PM)
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Somebody needs to make that face an avatar, holy crap.
Aguirre
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(01-08-2013, 09:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by MNC


is the face fixed like that all the time? :lol
TheSeks
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(01-08-2013, 09:25 PM)
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Haha, that face. You know some artist was having fun that day.
ezekial45
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(01-08-2013, 09:26 PM)
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demo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7bTo5xLyQ

deathmatch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUMv7_zIHec
Aguirre
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(01-08-2013, 09:26 PM)
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Originally Posted by metsallica

Somebody needs to make that face an avatar, holy crap.

exmachina64
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(01-08-2013, 09:26 PM)

Originally Posted by Strafer

I didn't even have a pc in 1997 :(

Me either.
NaM
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(01-08-2013, 09:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by MNC

[img]http://www.valvetime.net/attachments/silodemo0003-jpg.23911/[img]

DAT quake engine.
geebee
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(01-08-2013, 09:32 PM)
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Is Geoff hinting at some new Half-Life 3 info/reveal exclusively on GTTV soon? Or am I reading too much into this.
metsallica
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(01-08-2013, 09:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by Aguirre

Perfect. Every avatar on GAF should be permanently switched to it!
Tesseract
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(01-08-2013, 09:34 PM)
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fucking valve, even their tech demos are awesome.
Radix
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(01-08-2013, 09:35 PM)
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What a weird HUD.

Sir Ilpalazzo
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(01-08-2013, 09:35 PM)
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I tried.
shagg_187
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(01-08-2013, 09:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by Radix

What a weird HUD.

I see Dudebro...
Guerrillas in the Mist
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(01-08-2013, 09:40 PM)
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The alpha certainly "feels" closer to Quake, in terms of the look.
Crafty_
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(01-08-2013, 09:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by metsallica

Perfect. Every avatar on GAF should be permanently switched to it!

done
angular graphics
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(01-08-2013, 09:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Guerrillas in the Mist

The alpha certainly "feels" closer to Quake, in terms of the look.

Very much so.
Fezan
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(01-08-2013, 09:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by Aguirre

taking
SalsaShark
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(01-08-2013, 09:44 PM)
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Originally Posted by shagg_187

I see Dudebro...

that's Ivan the Space Biker, you dont get to disgrace his wonderful name
Rickenslacker
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(01-08-2013, 09:44 PM)
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I kinda wish they stuck with Ivan the Space Biker.
Backfoggen
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(01-08-2013, 09:44 PM)
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HL 3 ARG begins now.
Xater
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(01-08-2013, 09:45 PM)
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Originally Posted by ezekial45

demo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7bTo5xLyQ

deathmatch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUMv7_zIHec

Colored lighting you guys!

Gotta say that this is more a tech demo than a real demo. Anyway, lots of stuf changed for the final game, but HL1 also got delayed quite a lot.
RoadDogg
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(01-08-2013, 09:45 PM)
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All I can get is a demo map to load and I can't change the video settings. I will have to see if I can get a map to load.
Kerub
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(01-08-2013, 09:45 PM)
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That's the face of true terror.
NaM
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(01-08-2013, 09:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by Guerrillas in the Mist

The alpha certainly "feels" closer to Quake, in terms of the look.

I'm pretty sure the last thing they did was to modify the engine, when you play OG Half Life it feels very different from quake but you know for sure it's using the same core engine, is that feeling you can't get off. Carmack tech back then was godlike.
metsallica
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(01-08-2013, 09:46 PM)
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Originally Posted by Sir Ilpalazzo



I tried.

Originally Posted by CraftySkills

done

Originally Posted by Fezan

taking

MORE! MORE!
Perkel
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(01-08-2013, 09:47 PM)

Originally Posted by Radix

What a weird HUD.

dudebro in halflife !
Dmax3901
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(01-08-2013, 09:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by Backfoggen

HL 3 ARG begins now.

Don't even joke I swear I'll cry.
Shadow Hog
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(01-08-2013, 09:52 PM)
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Wait, this even has Ivan the Space Biker? Bad ass.
honeymustardn
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(01-08-2013, 09:53 PM)

Originally Posted by Perkel

dudebro in halflife !

Isn't that the original Freeman model?
Boerseun
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(01-08-2013, 09:55 PM)
There is a version of Half-Life that was played from a third-person viewpoint (technically second-person but whatever). Screenshots from that version were used to hype the early round of 3D accelerator cards for PC. I assume it'll pop up someday too.
Last edited by Boerseun; 01-08-2013 at 09:57 PM.
ekim
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(01-08-2013, 09:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by Backfoggen

HL 3 ARG begins now.

What if you're right?
Dictator93
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(01-08-2013, 09:58 PM)
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I remember even older screenshots of half life actually. And also some temp loading screens.

Would love to see more from those versions
Glix
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(01-08-2013, 10:00 PM)
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CheesecakeRecipe
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(01-08-2013, 10:01 PM)
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This is a holy grail right here!
TucoBenedictoPacifico
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(01-08-2013, 10:02 PM)

Originally Posted by metsallica

Perfect. Every avatar on GAF should be permanently switched to it!

It should be the default avatar for people who don't use an avatar.
Alec2DaBreen
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(01-08-2013, 10:03 PM)
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Dig through the files, maybe you'll find a BBS number.
Riposte
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(01-08-2013, 10:04 PM)
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Originally Posted by Radix

What a weird HUD.

How... phallic.
TucoBenedictoPacifico
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(01-08-2013, 10:07 PM)
Also, let me share this hilarious piece of vintage gaming journalist from a popular italian magazine:



Just to translate the last few sentences:

"From what I've seen the game doesn't seem too bad, but I'm ready to bet this Half-life will be forgotten in a heartbeat".
lefantome
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(01-08-2013, 10:12 PM)
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it's clearly an HL3 ARG, start searching folks!
derFeef
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(01-08-2013, 10:16 PM)
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Begun, the ARG has.

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