Half-Life Fans Rally And Set New Player Count Record On Steam

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Half-Life Fans Rally And Set New Player Count Record On Steam

Yesterday, Half-Life fans came together as part of a community-created online event. The goal? To get as many people as possible playing the original 1998 Half-Life on Steam in an effort to set a new record for concurrent players. And not only did they accomplish that, but they also had a fun time remembering a game many of them love and adore over 20 years later.

The original Half-Life—a first-person shooter developed by then-mostly-unknown Valve Software as the team’s first game—was released way back in November 1998 on PC. It changed games in a big way, with its focus on keeping the player involved in the story and action at all times and its quiet, non-shooter-like intro that sees the main character Dr. Gordon Freeman arrive late on his first day at work. Of course, he doesn’t work at Walmart or your local bowling alley, but instead is employed at a secret research facility that accidentally opens a portal to another dimension and in doing so kickstarts a massive alien invasion and military cover-up. What a first day?!

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To honor this classic shooter, the still-active community got together digitally to play the game and celebrate all the memories they have for the long-running franchise via a social media event players created called #RememberFreeman.

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