If you listen to me at all in the many avenues for my ranting and raving, you know that “fanmade” anything is one of the least favorite words in my dictionary. I’m a firm believer that it’s more valuable for people to spend their time making their own creations rather than piggybacking on the creations of others. However, I accept that in these modern Intertubes, there’s just a culture that doesn’t always appreciate that.
Anyway, I’m about to be a bit of a hypocrite, because I think this fanmade Half-Life 3 test footage is kind of neat. It features Gordon Freeman doing some animations we haven’t seen him do before, and seems to take a bit of inspiration from the big scripted events of some more recent FPS games like Call of Duty. Obviously, nothing quite compares to the day that we finally see something out of Valve regarding Half-Life 3 or (Episode 3 or whatever they end up calling it), but a boy can dream, yes?
So, if you haven’t heard, be forewarned that the world is ending today, no thanks to CERN in Europe experimenting with black holes and supercolliders, etc. The details are a little fuzzy for me as I lack the proper brain hemispheres to compute the physics of it, but I know that poop could hit the fan, and I’m prepared.
The funniest part of all of this, is what CERN is doing is essentially the premise behind the Half-Life games, starring crowbar wielding Gordon Freeman. It is for this reason that some dudes sent CERN a crowbar and a strategy guide for the game. I think it’s hilarious.
So in possibly one of the freakiest mashups ever, a new video titled “The Combine Interview” is a re-imagining of that Tom Cruise scientology promo with characters and story elements from Half-Life 2. Seriously.
This thing is all kinds of messed up and all kinds of awesome. Two interesting tastes that taste kind of screwed up together.
If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to run along and find Gordon Freeman.