History Headscratchers / HalfLife

29th Jun '17 1:17:13 PM Gosicrystal
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** The HECU's status as supposedly being Marines might just be Valve not really knowing that much about the real US Military and assuming "Marines" is shorthand for "baddest of the badass in the army", kind of like how I mentioned in another topic the revolver didn't get a downgrade in power after they changed it to be a Python in .357 because they might have assumed ".357" is basically Hollywood shorthand for "[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries this gun is the best gun ever]]". Note too that as far as weaponry and vehicles go, pretty much the only thing that's accurate (and not {{accidentally|Accurate}} so due to multiple branches of the military using it, like the Abrams tank) is the presence of V-22 Ospreys - they don't use the [=MP5=], they don't use the Glock or the SPAS-12, and they don't use the M2 Bradley or the AH-64 Apache. As for their idiotic decisions, it's probably a result of just how incredibly, exponentially fucked the situation keeps getting. They arrive to control the situation and silence any witnesses (which includes armed personnel that would otherwise be happy to assist them in controlling the situation). The situation gets more fucked, and some of them are left behind, accidentally or not, and as such are considered potential witnesses if they manage to get out anyway, hence Black Ops sent to silence them and finish the job.

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** The HECU's status as supposedly being Marines might just be Valve not really knowing that much about the real US Military and assuming "Marines" is shorthand for "baddest of the badass in the army", kind of like how I mentioned in another topic the revolver didn't get a downgrade in power after they changed it to be a Python in .357 because they might have assumed ".357" is basically Hollywood shorthand for "[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries this gun is the best gun ever]]". Note too that as far as weaponry and vehicles go, pretty much the only thing that's accurate (and not {{accidentally|Accurate}} {{accidentally|CorrectWriting}} so due to multiple branches of the military using it, like the Abrams tank) is the presence of V-22 Ospreys - they don't use the [=MP5=], they don't use the Glock or the SPAS-12, and they don't use the M2 Bradley or the AH-64 Apache. As for their idiotic decisions, it's probably a result of just how incredibly, exponentially fucked the situation keeps getting. They arrive to control the situation and silence any witnesses (which includes armed personnel that would otherwise be happy to assist them in controlling the situation). The situation gets more fucked, and some of them are left behind, accidentally or not, and as such are considered potential witnesses if they manage to get out anyway, hence Black Ops sent to silence them and finish the job.
28th Jun '17 4:37:02 PM Kadorhal
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*** Keep in mind these are the same guys who gave the SPAS-12 two barrels. The conversation probably went something like this: "Remember the guns we used in the first game? Lets modernize them!" "Right! The Glock is now a USP Match, which is fancy and new. There is a new MP-7, which is two better then the MP-5!". It should also be noted that the alpha and betas had different guns-including the AKM (meant to be the main rebel gun), XM29 (main Combine rifle), and the MP-5. Short version: It was new and looked more futuristic.

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*** Keep in mind these are the same guys who gave thought the SPAS-12 had two barrels. The conversation probably went something like this: "Remember the guns we used in the first game? Lets modernize them!" "Right! The Glock is now a USP Match, which is fancy and new. There is a new MP-7, [=MP7=], which is two better then the MP-5!". [=MP5=]!". It should also be noted that the alpha and betas had different guns-including guns - including the AKM (meant to be the main rebel gun), XM29 [=XM29=] (main Combine rifle), and the MP-5.[=MP5=]. Short version: It was new and looked more futuristic.



** I'd imagine there's at least a zipper or something on the back. Alternatively, the suit itself might not be as rigid and bulletproof as it's supposed to be when it's not being worn, to facilitate someone actually putting it on; the actual armor part of the suit apparently works by making fibers within the suit rigid with electricity (at least that's what a fanfic retelling of the first game-plus-expansions went with), I could imagine the rest of the suit working in the same manner so it's flexible and easier to put on while in storage, then powering up at least a little bit once it's worn to actually do its PoweredArmor thing.

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** I'd imagine there's at least a zipper or something on the back. Alternatively, the suit itself might not be as rigid and bulletproof as it's supposed to be when it's not being worn, to facilitate someone actually putting it on; the actual armor part of the suit apparently works by making fibers within the suit rigid with electricity (at least that's what ''The Black Mesa Incident'', a fanfic retelling of the first game-plus-expansions game-plus-expansions, went with), I could imagine the rest of the suit working in the same manner so it's flexible and easier to put on while in storage, then powering up at least a little bit once it's worn to actually do its PoweredArmor thing.



** The HECU's status as supposedly being Marines might just be Valve not really knowing that much about the real US Military and assuming "Marines" is shorthand for "baddest of the badass in the army", kind of like how I mentioned in another topic the revolver didn't get a downgrade in power after they changed it to be a Python in .357 because they might have assumed ".357" is basically Hollywood shorthand for "this gun is the best gun ever". Note too that as far as weaponry and vehicles go, pretty much the only thing that's accurate (and not {{accidentally|Accurate}} so due to multiple branches of the military using it, like the Abrams tank) is the presence of V-22 Ospreys - they don't use the [=MP5=], they don't use the Glock or the SPAS-12, and they don't use the M2 Bradley or the AH-64 Apache. As for their idiotic decisions, it's probably a result of just how incredibly, exponentially fucked the situation keeps getting. They arrive to control the situation and silence any witnesses (which includes armed personnel that would otherwise be happy to assist them in controlling the situation). The situation gets more fucked, and some of them are left behind, accidentally or not, and as such are considered potential witnesses if they manage to get out anyway, hence Black Ops sent to silence them and finish the job.

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** The HECU's status as supposedly being Marines might just be Valve not really knowing that much about the real US Military and assuming "Marines" is shorthand for "baddest of the badass in the army", kind of like how I mentioned in another topic the revolver didn't get a downgrade in power after they changed it to be a Python in .357 because they might have assumed ".357" is basically Hollywood shorthand for "this "[[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries this gun is the best gun ever".ever]]". Note too that as far as weaponry and vehicles go, pretty much the only thing that's accurate (and not {{accidentally|Accurate}} so due to multiple branches of the military using it, like the Abrams tank) is the presence of V-22 Ospreys - they don't use the [=MP5=], they don't use the Glock or the SPAS-12, and they don't use the M2 Bradley or the AH-64 Apache. As for their idiotic decisions, it's probably a result of just how incredibly, exponentially fucked the situation keeps getting. They arrive to control the situation and silence any witnesses (which includes armed personnel that would otherwise be happy to assist them in controlling the situation). The situation gets more fucked, and some of them are left behind, accidentally or not, and as such are considered potential witnesses if they manage to get out anyway, hence Black Ops sent to silence them and finish the job.
14th Jun '17 10:46:50 AM crazysamaritan
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*** Well it worked didn't it? Can't criticize something that works. Also, he probably realized that he'd be taken to Breen if he was found, knowing Breen would want to give him a speech and try to convert him to the Combine's side. Which of course, is the perfect setup for Gordon to own him. I prefer to think Gordon is GenreSavvy like that.

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*** Well it worked didn't it? Can't criticize something that works. Also, he probably realized that he'd be taken to Breen if he was found, knowing Breen would want to give him a speech and try to convert him to the Combine's side. Which of course, is the perfect setup for Gordon to own him. I prefer to think Gordon is GenreSavvy like that.
8th May '17 9:47:18 AM Antediluvial
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*** I think it's put on much like a diving suit; it splits into two parts, torso and legs. The legs are put on first, then the torso section is put on, and the two sections are sealed at the waist.
14th Mar '17 5:21:15 PM Atha
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*** Keep in mind these are the same guys who gave the SPAS-12 two barrels. The conversation probably went something like this: "Remember the guns we used in the first game? Lets modernize them!" "Right! The Glock is now a USP Match, which is fancy and new. There is a new MP-7, which is two better then the MP-5!". It should also be noted that the alpha and betas had different guns-including the AKM (meant to be the main rebel gun), XM29 (main Combine rifle), and the MP-5. Short version: It was new and looked more futuristic.
21st Dec '16 6:20:28 PM Kadorhal
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** I didn't see much ground worshipping at the beginning of Half-Life 2, actually. Kleiner and Co. are all pleased to see him sure, but they know him personally and as already said they probably got info about his exploits from the Vorts. The regular citizens, however, don't even know who he is to begin with, and only start to call him by name after they've received radio transmissions from Alyx. By the time they start revering him he's already massacred a ton of Civil Protection officers and other Combine troops, so their reverence makes sense.

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** I didn't see much ground worshipping at the beginning of Half-Life 2, actually. Kleiner and Co. are all pleased to see him sure, but they know him personally and as already said they probably got info about his exploits from the Vorts. The regular citizens, however, don't even know who he is to begin with, with (the guy who gets swarmed by Manhacks in particular assumes you're just a regular old nobody and that the "poor bastard" the Combine are looking for is essentially a dead man walking), and only start to call him by name after they've received radio transmissions from Alyx. By the time they start revering him he's already massacred a ton of Civil Protection officers and other Combine troops, so their reverence makes sense.



*** And even if it could, Gordon doesn't ''have'' a world model on the Source engine.

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*** And even if it could, Gordon doesn't ''have'' a world model on the Source engine. Every video and screenshot-comic that has him actually show up has had to make or find a fan-made model.
1st Nov '16 8:52:02 PM PrussianInk
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** It's also implied that Doctor Breen had contact with the Combine prior to the Black Mesa incident, and deliberately engineered the catastrophe in order to facilitate their invasion.
18th Oct '16 5:02:21 PM dlchen145
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** The HECU's status as supposedly being Marines might just be Valve not really knowing that much about the real US Military and assuming "Marines" is shorthand for "baddest of the {{Badass}} in the army", kind of like how I mentioned in another topic the revolver didn't get a downgrade in power after they changed it to be a Python in .357 because they might have assumed ".357" is basically Hollywood shorthand for "this gun is the best gun ever". Note too that as far as weaponry and vehicles go, pretty much the only thing that's accurate (and not {{accidentally|Accurate}} so due to multiple branches of the military using it, like the Abrams tank) is the presence of V-22 Ospreys - they don't use the [=MP5=], they don't use the Glock or the SPAS-12, and they don't use the M2 Bradley or the AH-64 Apache. As for their idiotic decisions, it's probably a result of just how incredibly, exponentially fucked the situation keeps getting. They arrive to control the situation and silence any witnesses (which includes armed personnel that would otherwise be happy to assist them in controlling the situation). The situation gets more fucked, and some of them are left behind, accidentally or not, and as such are considered potential witnesses if they manage to get out anyway, hence Black Ops sent to silence them and finish the job.

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** The HECU's status as supposedly being Marines might just be Valve not really knowing that much about the real US Military and assuming "Marines" is shorthand for "baddest of the {{Badass}} badass in the army", kind of like how I mentioned in another topic the revolver didn't get a downgrade in power after they changed it to be a Python in .357 because they might have assumed ".357" is basically Hollywood shorthand for "this gun is the best gun ever". Note too that as far as weaponry and vehicles go, pretty much the only thing that's accurate (and not {{accidentally|Accurate}} so due to multiple branches of the military using it, like the Abrams tank) is the presence of V-22 Ospreys - they don't use the [=MP5=], they don't use the Glock or the SPAS-12, and they don't use the M2 Bradley or the AH-64 Apache. As for their idiotic decisions, it's probably a result of just how incredibly, exponentially fucked the situation keeps getting. They arrive to control the situation and silence any witnesses (which includes armed personnel that would otherwise be happy to assist them in controlling the situation). The situation gets more fucked, and some of them are left behind, accidentally or not, and as such are considered potential witnesses if they manage to get out anyway, hence Black Ops sent to silence them and finish the job.
4th Jun '16 9:40:05 AM nombretomado
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** Its probably because it was only on the PS2. I own both the PS2 version and Half Life: Source, but I doubt many others even know there was a third expansion, though some fan did make a PC port.

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** Its probably because it was only on the PS2. [=PS2=]. I own both the PS2 [=PS2=] version and Half Life: Source, but I doubt many others even know there was a third expansion, though some fan did make a PC port.
24th Apr '16 1:19:59 PM Kadorhal
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*** Ichthyosaurs probably aren't seen very often because they're freakin' huge, and the player never actually gets to swim in areas it'd make sense for them to be. The various rivers in Route Kanal and Water Hazard are too narrow, too shallow, and/or too debris-choked for an Ichthy to survive in, not to mention it's a Resistance path out of the city that they'd probably do their part to keep clean of highly-dangerous aliens. The waters out past the coast in Highway 17 could have Ichthys, but as above we'd never know because Leeches would pick Gordon's bones clean before he could swim out far enough to find one. WordOfGod is that Ichthys would have served as BorderPatrol in the same manner the leeches do in the released game, both at the coast and in a lake that would have been just outside Ravenholm, but they got replaced by the leeches for some reason (my guess is issues getting them to work right - the sheer size of them caused the devs problems in the first game, and in the leaked beta of ''2'' they didn't so much patrol the border as you'd hear them coming and then you'd just die), so all that remains is the cameo at the start.
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