Half-Life 2 is more than a decade old, and a community of modders on Steam has given it the remaster it deserves. New lighting, particle effects, and fog really make it shine! Check out the comparison trailer above, or learn more on Steam.
Halo Online is a new free to play Halo game for PC that's launching a closed beta this spring in Russa. It's likely to be full of microtransactions and possibly be terrible, but the game is said to be launching in Russia in an effort to combat the rampant piracy there. Can't steal a game that's already free! There are no current plans to expand the game outside of Russia, but "theoretically, any expansion...would have to go through region-specific changes to address player expectations."
Former Valve programmer and obvious gaming enthusiast Gary McTaggart has one of the coolest home arcades I've ever seen. Named after his one eyed cat, Willy's Arcade houses dozens of classic arcade cabs and pinball machines. But to really make this space special, Gary's also got a ton of gorgeous nerdy art on the walls and a custom diner complete with a jukebox. This guy is living the dream!
The latest teaser for Halo 5: Guardians is only 10 seconds long and features one visible word: traitor. A link in the description takes you to a Hunt the Truth tumblr, which serves as an investigation into "the real Master Chief." On the site, Keegan-Michael Key (as in Key and Peele) plays journalist Benjamin Giraud doing a podcast profile turned investigation of Master Chief, the first episode of which you can listen to below. The site also shows an easy-to-scrub version of the teaser that reveals ten additional words written on the bullet. They are: son, abductee, victim, orphan, recruit, soldier, warrior, ally, hero, and savior.
Who is the Master Chief, and is he keeping us safe? Is he a hero or a traitor? What does all of this mean for the next chapter in Master Chief's story?
The next episode of the Hunt the Truth podcast airs Sunday, March 29 and will hopefully bring some answers. If nothing else, this is an interesting and compelling take on viral marketing.