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Half-Life: Alyx mod lets you play without VR but at a virtual cost

Half-Life: Alyx mod lets you play without VR but at a virtual cost

Half-Life Alyx is the first major game in the franchise to come out in years but its high requirements made it a no-go for many fans of the franchise. Valve may have boosted sales of its Index VR system and perhaps other compatible VR gear but that is still a small number compared to Half-Life fans still left hanging. Unsurprisingly, there have been a few attempts at getting Alyx to run on screens that are flat as pancakes but this Pancake FPS Starter Kit looks to be one of the most promising and slightly more confusing ones.

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Half-Life: Alyx update lets you slosh wine in bottles

Half-Life: Alyx update lets you slosh wine in bottles

Virtual reality is supposed to give the illusion of being in an artificial yet believable world. Given today's technologies, however, that doesn't always look believable not just in graphics quality but also in how things move. Liquids are one of the hardest things to get right and Valve had a simple solution for those in Half-Life: Alyx that involved simply ignoring they even exist. The latest update, however, finally brings some semblance of reality and lets you play with all kinds of liquids that you might not even have access to in the real world.

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Half-Life: Alyx Steam Workshop opens wide the modding doors

Half-Life: Alyx Steam Workshop opens wide the modding doors

Valve's own games have long been popular not just for their intrinsic value but also for their modder-friendliness. That kind of thinking has fortunately also seeped into Steam via the platform's Workshop feature, giving rise to countless mods, some of which grow up to be games in their own right. Now Valve is extending that to its first big VR game, giving modders the green light to take what they can from Half-Life: Alyx for their own twist on the game or even completely new VR experiences.

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Half-Life: Alyx first post-launch update drops: What’s new

Half-Life: Alyx first post-launch update drops: What’s new

After a few months of waiting, Half-Life: Alyx launched on Monday. As the first Half-Life game in more than a decade, there was a lot of anticipation following this release, and it looks like the title is off to strong start. Half-Life: Alyx has received its first post-launch update, but don't expect a massive changelog detailing a litany of additions and fixes.

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Half-Life: Alyx launch date gets very specific

Half-Life: Alyx launch date gets very specific

Despite our very global world, it's sometimes too easy to take for granted that time isn't the same across the world. When companies announce dates, they often neglect to add additional information like timezones and presume everyone is on the same page as them. Worse, they don't even mention what time something may take place, which is especially true for product launches. Fortunately, Valve is giving everyone detailed information so they can prepare their alarms and the VR headsets, presuming they already have one.

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Half-Life: Alyx gameplay previewed in three must-see new videos

Half-Life: Alyx gameplay previewed in three must-see new videos

Despite the fact that Half-Life: Alyx is launching later this month, we haven't seen very much of the game yet. We've seen glimpses of gameplay here and there, but today, Valve gave us a substantial look at how the game will play when it arrives on March 23rd. Valve published a trio of videos today, with each one of them giving us a look at Half-Life: Alyx's gameplay.

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Black Mesa Half-Life remake launch is just around the corner

Black Mesa Half-Life remake launch is just around the corner

Video game development is often portrayed both as some fantastic journey as well as a prolonged nightmare, the latter due to cramming to meet hard target dates, long development periods, and even delays. And that's when there's a company funding the development. For fan-made, mostly voluntary game development, things can take far, far longer than initially envisioned. Fortunately for hardcore Half-Life fans, the wait is finally over and one of the most popular remakes of the game will be hitting Steam next week.

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Half-Life: Alyx launch date has finally been revealed

Half-Life: Alyx launch date has finally been revealed

Half-Life is one of those games that many gamers talk about, most often very fondly, but very few new gamers today see. That's mostly because, despite the cult following, the game has not seen any new release in more than a decade. That will be changing next month when the sequel-prequel-spinoff Half-Life: Alyx is finally released on Steam. It could be the start of the franchise's revival if the game truly takes off, which is going to be tricky considering it's exclusive to PC-based VR systems only.

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Valve Index got a major sales boost from Half-Life: Alyx

Valve Index got a major sales boost from Half-Life: Alyx

Late last year, Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, which constituted something of a risk on the company's part. By the time it releases, Half-Life: Alyx will be the first game in the beloved Half-Life series in nearly 13 years, and in making Alyx a VR game, there was certainly the potential for backlash from a significant portion of the fanbase. As it turns out, though, it seems that Half-Life: Alyx brought the Steam Index a significant boost in sales.

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All Half-Life games are now free on Steam until Alyx launch

All Half-Life games are now free on Steam until Alyx launch

The Half-Life franchise is one of Valve's biggest contributions to the gaming industry next to Steam. It has, however, let that property languish for more than a decade now. Fortunately, that period of dormancy will be ending in two months or so as Valve readies its biggest game release in years. And to make sure that everyone is also ready for Half-Life: Alyx, the company is making all Half-Life titles available for free at least until the prequel-sequel comes out in March.

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Valve Index just sold out thanks to Half-Life: Alyx (VR)

Valve Index just sold out thanks to Half-Life: Alyx (VR)

Half-Life: Alyx - the first Half-Life game we've seen in more than a decade and the flagship title for Valve's Index VR headset - is on the horizon. It was revealed back in November with a March release date, and it seems to have people excited right now. The Valve Index is apparently sold out in pretty much every region where it's available, so if you were hoping to pick up a headset in anticipation of Half-Life: Alyx, good luck.

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Valve suggests Half-Life: Alyx is just the start of the franchise’s return

Valve suggests Half-Life: Alyx is just the start of the franchise’s return

Yesterday, Valve officially unveiled Half-Life: Alyx, a new VR game that's more or less reviving the much-loved franchise from dormancy. While fans have been waiting more than a decade for Half-Life 3, it's clear at this point that Half-Life: Alyx is not that fabled game. Instead, it's set between the original Half-Life and Half-Life 2, giving us insight into Alyx Vance's efforts against the Combine between those two titles.

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