Trivia / Freeman's Mind

  • Big Name Fan:
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Ross Scott preferred working on his more complex Machinima series Civil Protection, but the difficulty of filming and coding it caused him to concentrate more on the more popular, easier to make Freeman's Mind.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Gordon Freeman is a narcissistic sociopath who sees other people as tools for his own gain. Ross Scott regularly chats with fans, happily endorses the spin-offs, and is generally a laid-back reasonable guy.
  • Mythology Gag: Freeman attempted to "Listen to" what one of the Houndeye enemies had to say thinking it was an ambassador, this may be a reference to beta Half-Life when Houndeyes were originally neutral or even friendly, players shot them regardless.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • After making a new video about once a month Scott didn't upload anything for the last four months of 2010note .
    • Subverted from May 7 to June 24 2011, he made episodes 32-37 and the bonus episode 0 running a nearly weekly schedule, and Ross Scott has stated he hopes to prevent large droughts again, but unfortunately, the switch to Windows 7 and the time spent on setting everything up delayed ep.38 for almost two months.
    • Then he had the legal problems with Machinima which knocked him out of commission for months.
    • Then he managed to get picked up by That Guy with the Glasses, (then) known for not screwing over their contributors at every opportunity, and allowing regular updates... and then he accidentally dumped water into his computer. Oy...
    • Ross managed to invert in this in late November and December 2014; in late October he promised to finish the series by the end of the year, and just made it: in a period of six weeks he released episodes 61.5 through the final episode, 68, on December 31, an average of one episode every 5 days.
  • Screwed by the Network: Yes, this trope can even apply to web-only content. The extremely long hiatus after episode 44 was due to contract disputes between Ross and Machinima. This got so bad that Ross left Machinima for good and now releases all upcoming episodes in affiliation with That Guy with the Glasses. Ross went and added annotations on every single episode telling viewers to visit another website to see actual machinima content.
  • Throw It In!:
    Gordon: [laughs] Today's lesson is on muzzle energy and momentum!
    • You know that bit where Gordon shoots down the helicopter in episode 42? According to the blog entry by the creator, the encounter wasn't supposed to go that way. Lampshaded somewhat in 43, when Gordon comments that he'd somehow turned the trick with rounds that were only 9mm in caliber.
    • Episode 61 has the "power up the portal to Xen sequence". The volume was balanced in a way that it was impossible for the scientist's voice to be heard over the din, but Ross decided it was funnier if Gordon legitimately couldn't hear what the scientist was saying. Ross also decided to leave in Gordon accidentally falling down in that sequence for similar reasons.
  • What Could Have Been: Ross originally considered switching over to Black Mesa after getting knocked out by the guards. However, by the time he reached that point in Freeman's Mind, Black Mesa still hadn't been released. In hindsight, it's probably for the best, as most of the comedy of Freeman's Mind stemmed from the aspects of Half-Life that didn't make sense in the real world, something that the Black Mesa team did their best to fix.
    • Ross originally planned not to do Half-Life 2 in full, instead just having a sort of Abridged Series/highlight reel of all the best jokes he had thought of. However, the Beg-A-Thon video brought in so many donations that he felt like he pretty much had to do the whole thing for the fans' sake, comparing it to how Mark Hamill felt about appearing in The Force Awakens as Luke Skywalker.