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Aperture Science (which is the firm that developed the Portal gun) is in direct competition with Black Mesa (which is the firm for which Gordon Freeman worked) for military contracts See the section Other facts on this link Aperture Science and Black Mesa were bitter rivals. As seen in the Portal maps "testchmb_a_15" and "escape_02", Aperture Science ...


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The HL2 episodes are not an accessory part of the story, but actual sequels. They do contain plot changing events. The same is not true for the Half Life "One" series, as far as I know. Thus: Half Life Half Life 2 Half Life 2 Episode 1 Half Life 2 Episode 2 As for Portal -- it does contain some side references to corporate entities in the Half Life ...


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The must-play Half-Life games are Half-Life 1, then Half-Life 2. The expansions and spin-offs for Half-Life 1 which were not developed by Valve are quite skippable; Opposing Force, Blue Shift and Decay return to the setting and events of Half-Life 1, but portray the story through the eyes of a U.S. Marine, a security guard and two scientists (since Decay is ...


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There is not a clear explanation of this. There's not really even a good solid HINT of this. This is entirely deliberate on the part of the game developers - they haven't revealed SQUAT about this guy. The Nihilanth was of the opinion he wasn't human, though: "You are man. He is not man." There's a pretty good summary of everything we have at the ...


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In the original Portal, just before the chamber containing GlaDOS, there is a projector with some slides detailing that Black Mesa and Aperture Sciences are in direct competition. In the song at the end of Portal, GlaDOS mentions Black Mesa: "Maybe you'll find someone else to help you. Maybe Black Mesa... that was a joke, ha-ha, fat chance" In HL2:Ep2, ...


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While it's true that the Aperture Science Quantum Tunneling Device prototype and its subsequent models are capable of opening a portal from one place to another, the size of objects transported through such portals are severely limited. Furthermore, while it's believed that the "modern" version of the ASHPD (Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device) has a ...


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In half-life (the first) the Vortigaunts you see are slaves, as evidenced by the green shock collars around their neck. As slaves to the Nihilanth, they are your unwilling enemies. In the second game, the Vortigaunts encountered are free agents (effectively) and thus are not inherently on the "wrong side". The Combine wiki has more here.


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The Source versions are a remake of the original games on the engine used by HL2. Half Life: Source is pretty much identical to Half Life. The recommended playing order is pretty much the release order: Half Life (Or Half Life: Source) Half Life: Opposing Force Half Life: Blue Shift Half Life: Decay (skippable - PS2 only) Half Life 2 Half Life 2: Episode ...


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Both Black Mesa and Aperture Science are trying to develop portal technology, they are basically competitors. Aperture Science develops the portal gun on the Borealis (a research ship, just one of the many places). But the ship disappears. Gordon finds the location of Borealis in HL2 and also finds out that their portal tech is far superior to Black ...


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This page has a timeline of the rivalry between Black Mesa and Aperture Science In HL2 Ep 2, You are told about an aperture ship called Borealis, it is suggested that this ship will appear in episode 3. So both games take place in the same universe, and Valve seem to be intertwining the two stories. There has also been rumour of a portal gun appearing in ...


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Black Mesa and Aperture Science were competing science research facilities in the same universe. They were rivals, and continually tried to out-do each other. Aperture ended up falling apart (probably because of the death of its CEO, Cave Johnson), whereas a Black Mesa experiment caused an apocalyptic resonance cascade, throwing the world into the turmoil ...


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The Combine Overwiki has full articles on Aperture Science and Black Mesa. These articles cover all that is canonically known about these organizations. A quick summary: Aperture Science Location: Upper Michigan Purpose: Originally created as a shower curtain manufacturer by a successful shower curtain salesman, the company eventually evolved "into an ...


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Valve had a "GLaDOS Terminal" set up at www.aperturescience.com for a long time. With the right logon and commands you could see a compressed history of Aperture Science. It appears to be gone now (replaced by a Christmas video) but you can still access it here. Type login, Use the username cjohnson and the password tier3 to log in, then issue the notes ...


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The zombies with grenades are the best "weapon" since grenade glow in dark and you can take them with gravity gun packing some chaos...for other tricks check video. Also Try to remember where the flares are,once it gets dark if you manage to find them you can use them to ignite zombies and get yourself some more light on the level. ...


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There are a couple of methods that might fix this. First, try typing "sv_alternateticks 0" into the console (as linked by Shotgun Ninja above). Try Alt-tabbing out of the game and back in. I've found this to be an issue with some Steam games, especially after opening the shift-tab dialog. Change the shift-tab dialog's activation keys. This can be done by ...


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Codename Gordon, also known as Half-Life 2D: steam://install/92 Just paste this URL into your web browser, while you have steam running on your PC. This link does not appear to work in Chrome (tested on Firefox, Chrome, Safari and IE 11)


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There is no official Half-Life canon. Valve have not and do not intend to define what is and what isn't canon. Series' writer Marc Laidlaw stated that they do not "get involved in issues of canonicity", that "canon itself is non-canon", and that there is "no official stance". Source: http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Half-Life_Wiki:Canon


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You previously had to push a small metal crate in order to climb onto the pipes and proceed on the opposite side of the red doors. Now you must push the same crate to the mighty debris blockade in order to crouch-jump onto them and proceed further into the game.


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All coupons aren't valid until January 2nd. While I understand that HL:Source doesn't show up on the applicable games list, the coupon is valid for it. Note that HL:Source and HL:Source Death Match are already 50% off right now, so you might as well purchase it before the sale ends as it is a better deal than the 33% coupon would give you anyways.


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Aperture Science and Black Mesa are science facilities in the same universe. And they continually tried to outdo one another. But when Aperture Science created the portal gun (it's full name the "handheld portal device") handheld means that the portal gun is a smaller version of something else bigger and better, something that was probably on the borealis ...


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Sorry to bump this question, but there are some things i'd like to add and that no one seemed to notice: In HL2: EP2, after you bring back the antlion larvae to heal alyx, gman starts talking with you for the last time in the series, mentioning something like "he wished he could do more than keep an eye on gordon and alyx, but he needed to ... FOLLOW SOME ...


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I think that the G-man is the main cause of the massacre created in the games, because whenever he leaves or comes in game, some strange things happen.


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In Portal 2, when Chell gets out at the end, it shows the outside for a brief moment and it almost looks like this must take place after the Half Life saga and after the Apocalypse. There is nothing but the Aperture Science lab, so i think Aperture Science must be the Combine's; if it wasn't, they would have destroyed it, right?



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