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Half-Life 2

Platform(s): PC, Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: Vivendi
Developer: Valve

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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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'Half-Life 2' Gets Steamy Update #3

by Judy on Dec. 14, 2004 @ 10:08 p.m. PST

In Half-Life 2 the player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people people he cares about are counting on him.

The changes include:

Steam

Source MODs will now automatically appear in the games list

Improved startup process for Steam

Fixed crash when creating a backup that would span multiple DVDs

Fixed a bug that would unnecessarily validate Steam caches after a cache corruption

Fixed Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes and Codename Gordon failing to backup correctly

Fixed a bug where the message "the game files will be deleted and re-acquired" would repeat

Fixed offline mode failing after not connecting to Steam for more than a month


Half-Life 2

Optimization to the Steam filesystem to reduce game launch and level transition time

Source SDK

Simplified debug-launch process for MOD developers. MOD developers no longer need to place a config file in their directory

Added a registry key for MOD developers to use to locate a user's Steam installation located at HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareValveSteamSourceModInstallPath

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