History NightmareFuel / HalfLife

15th Oct '17 8:35:27 PM SomeGuyWithAHat
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** I've heard some say it's because the force of whatever knocked the headcrab off tore off most of the soldier's head off as well.
15th Sep '17 12:18:02 PM Krusade
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* If one stops long enough to think about it, the Combine themselves (or itself). From what few scraps of information we have about the Combine beyond their rule over the planet, all one can glean is that this is not your standard alien empire. Their control over portals, their mastery over the symbiosis between flesh and machine, and even the architecture of the Citadel paint a harrowing picture of an incomprehensible vastness beyond known dimensions, one that defies description for human minds. In the simplest possible terms, the Combine is what a [[HPLovecraft H.P Lovecraft]] being with imperialist intentions would be.
** The Advisors, the slug-like creatures portrayed as the real overlords behind the Combine, are highly-implied to simply be host bodies for [[EldritchAbomination whatever beings]] are actually running the show. It may be that the hosts allow whatever incorporeal form their occupants have to live uninhibited by our atmosphere, environment, or even dimension. Worse still, it may be that the Advisors are simply the only forms the Combine can take that someone - say, Doctor Breen - can look upon without being 'driven completely insane.'

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* If one stops long enough to think about it, the Combine themselves (or itself). From what few scraps of information we have about the Combine beyond their rule over the planet, all one can glean is that this is not your standard alien empire. Their control over portals, their mastery over the symbiosis between flesh and machine, and even the architecture of the Citadel paint a harrowing picture of an incomprehensible vastness beyond known dimensions, one that defies description for human minds. In the simplest possible terms, the Combine is what a [[HPLovecraft H.P Lovecraft]] being with imperialist intentions would be.
be, and it's enough to give our limited intelligence's a sobering chill.
** The Advisors, the slug-like creatures portrayed as the real overlords behind the Combine, are highly-implied to simply be host bodies for [[EldritchAbomination whatever beings]] are actually running the show. It may be that the hosts allow whatever incorporeal form their occupants have to live uninhibited by our atmosphere, environment, or even dimension. Worse still, it may be that the Advisors are simply the only forms the Combine can take that someone - say, Doctor Breen - can look upon without being 'driven ''driven completely insane.'insane''.
** Speaking of Doctor Breen, we manage to hear a crumb of information of the [[CosmicHorror true origins, form or nature of the Combine]] - it's hard to tell which - as we interrupt a conversation between him and Eli. It does little to ease the mind.
--->"Carbon stars with ancient satellites colonized by sentient fungi. Gas giants inhabited by vast meteorological intelligences. Worlds stretched thin across the membranes where [the] dimensions intersect... Impossible to describe with our limited vocabulary!"
15th Sep '17 12:08:24 PM Krusade
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* If one stops long enough to think about it, the Combine themselves (or itself). From what few scraps of information we have about the Combine beyond their rule over the planet, all one can glean is that this is not your standard alien empire. Their control over portals, their mastery over the symbiosis between flesh and machine, and even the architecture of the Citadel paint a harrowing picture of an incomprehensible vastness beyond known dimensions, one that defies description for human minds. In the simplest possible terms, the Combine is what a [[HPLovecraft H.P Lovecraft]] being with imperialist intentions would be.
** The Advisors, the slug-like creatures portrayed as the real overlords behind the Combine, are highly-implied to simply be host bodies for [[EldritchAbomination whatever beings]] are actually running the show. It may be that the hosts allow whatever incorporeal form their occupants have to live uninhibited by our atmosphere, environment, or even dimension. Worse still, it may be that the Advisors are simply the only forms the Combine can take that someone - say, Doctor Breen - can look upon without being 'driven completely insane.'
1st Sep '17 9:23:29 PM HalcyonDayz
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** In addition, it seems that the zombies actually rip their chest apart with its claws so they can devour their food. Just watch a zombie when it's crouched down next to a corpse, it is eating the corpse by stuffing chunks of it in his ''chest''. Oh, and by the way, in the HL2 session of this page, we've mentioned how zombies hosts are pretty much [[FridgeHorror still alive]]...

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** In addition, it seems that the zombies actually rip their chest apart with its claws so they can devour their food. Just watch a zombie when it's crouched down next to a corpse, it is eating the corpse by stuffing chunks of it in his ''chest''. Oh, and by the way, in the HL2 ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' session of this page, we've mentioned how zombies hosts are pretty much [[FridgeHorror still alive]]...
29th Aug '17 9:26:01 AM moreorlesser
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** It depends on the power of the computer you're running it on, but they seem to move... jerkily and there is a glitch where you can make them jump out of the water... and they still chase you. Sleep tight. Also, their eyes are reminiscent of Jeff the Killer except more hateful.

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** It depends on the power of the computer you're running it on, but they seem to move... jerkily and there is a glitch where you can make them jump out of the water... and they still chase you. Sleep tight. Also, their eyes are reminiscent of Jeff the Killer except more hateful.
16th Aug '17 2:56:36 AM EdibleSamurai
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16th Aug '17 2:56:08 AM EdibleSamurai
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29th Jul '17 5:59:10 AM jormis29
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** By the way, the original model for Stalkers was much, much creepier--this can be found in the mod ''Missing Information''. It's basically a [[http://combineoverwiki.net/images/a/a0/Stalker_leak.jpg skeleton with a mask and limb replacements]]. Stalkers are meant to evoke the UncannyValley effect; their appearance is meant to tell the player, "these things were human once; [[AndIMustScream whatever they are now wishes they still were.]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw9vzfm9dvI Pray that you are never close enough to them to hear these sounds.]]

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** By the way, the original model for Stalkers was much, much creepier--this can be found in the mod ''Missing Information''.''VideoGame/MissingInformation''. It's basically a [[http://combineoverwiki.net/images/a/a0/Stalker_leak.jpg skeleton with a mask and limb replacements]]. Stalkers are meant to evoke the UncannyValley effect; their appearance is meant to tell the player, "these things were human once; [[AndIMustScream whatever they are now wishes they still were.]]" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw9vzfm9dvI Pray that you are never close enough to them to hear these sounds.]]
23rd Jul '17 1:42:57 AM cfive
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** Exploring the beta maps in general can be a pretty unnerving experience. Many of them are complete enough to look like actual places, but have werid, empty rooms, or are more devoid of life than they should be, leading to a sort of UncannyValley effect. Going into a dark hallway, you never know if an enemy is lurking, if there's simply nothing, or if you're going to fall out of the world.
28th May '17 3:37:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Creator/{{Valve}} software's attempt at an FPS narrative, namely replacing the generic ASpaceMarineIsYou (battling for the fate of the universe, natch) with a BadassBookworm who seemed to be stuck in the middle of a bad situation, made players much more sensitive to the atmosphere than before. And with each release, Valve has been making atmosphere an increasingly bigger part of the experience.

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Creator/{{Valve}} software's Creator/ValveSoftware's attempt at an FPS narrative, namely replacing the generic ASpaceMarineIsYou (battling for the fate of the universe, natch) with a BadassBookworm who seemed to be stuck in the middle of a bad situation, made players much more sensitive to the atmosphere than before. And with each release, Valve has been making atmosphere an increasingly bigger part of the experience.
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