It’s 1998, a friend of the family buys a new computer. It’s a Time PC (remember them?). I get a call to go round and help ‘set it up’ for them. In the box with all the cables there’s the usual ‘Nero Burning Rom’ trial CD’s but with the graphics card came a free game.
It was Half Life. I’d never heard of it – but as thanks (and because it was a PC for office use) I was given the CD to take home with me.
Fast forward 13 years. I still think it has the best and most effective introduction to any video game to date. Allow me to take you on my 16 minute journey as we plunge headfirst into the work of Black Mesa, Gordon Freeman and crowbars. (more…)