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One of the rebels who you first encounter, and who is severely injured, is named Winston. It wasn't until later that I realized Winston was the same name of the protagonist in the novel 1984, which inspired City 17's harsh brutality of civilians, and heavy surveillance.
A bit of level design FL for episode 2. There's a part during the drive to the launch site where there's a tunnel which the Combine blocked with one of their doors. During the detour there's a big ambush. After blasting your way clear, you get to the other side of the tunnel and it's collapsed. Now, why bother with the ambush when they could've just left the door open and shut it behind us?