Trivia / Half-Life

  • There is an arcade game based off of Half-Life 2, co-developed by Valve and Taito. It's Japan-exclusive as well as the only Half-Life game Japan ever got. No, nothing else from Valve counts.
  • Fan Nickname: The Vortigaunt who accompanies you through parts of Episode Two has no official name. Naturally, he was nicknamed Cecil.
  • Follow the Leader: Halo would have its own "headcrab zombies" in the form of The Flood.note 
  • Name's the Same: Adrian Shephard from Opposing Force has nothing to do with that other Shepard.
  • Schedule Slip: Half-Life 2: Episode 3/Half-Life 3 is one of the biggest contenders. From January 2017, it has been nearly 10 years since Episode 2 came out and ended on a cliffhanger, practically promising a(n) Episode 3/Half-Life 3, and is very close to beating out Prey and Diablo 3 for some of the longest deveolpment times (11 years), and just 5 years from Duke Nukem Forever's 15 year Development Hell.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: 'Space Ocean' from Half-Life 1 was likely sampled at least was the inspiration for 'Fate' from Devil May Cry.
  • Shrug of God: Marc Laidlaw is very ambiguous about some parts of the overall continuity. Not only towards the things added on by the Gearbox expansions, but also when it comes to Valve's own games.
    The whole issue of canon is something the fans came up with. I guess you will be able to identify as canon those story elements we continue to build on and develop and mention repeatedly as the story progresses. Others might fall by the wayside once they've served their purpose. Couldn't you say the same of us all?
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  • Vaporware: Common with this series (and even more so for Team Fortress 2, though it did finally get released). Fans have been waiting for Half-Life 2: Episode Three note  for so long that it's become a source of videogame-culture running gags, and every bit of Valve-related news will include comments like "But what about Episode Three?" and "Wait: [a convoluted chain of "logic" like a parody of a conspiracy theory]...HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!"
    • To put it in numbers: 2 was released in 2004, almost exactly six years after the original in 1998. Episode One had a much quicker turnaround, taking only two years to get a 2006 release. Episode Two came out only a year after, in 2007; this would normally be considered an aversion if the original schedule wasn't "every few months". As of 2017, Episode Three is still unaccounted for, has likely been restarted from scratch multiple times, and is ten years and counting since the release of Episode Two, surpassing the nine years Team Fortress 2 spent in development and becoming a serious contender to equal or exceed Duke Nukem Forever and its infamously long 14-year development span.
    • Further frustrating the fanbase is Valve's complete refusal to speak about the game, and they rarely acknowledge the franchise even exists beyond the occasional off-hand mention in interviews or an Easter Egg in their other games. Combined with the news of series writer Marc Laidlaw's departure from Valve at the start of 2016 and fellow Valve writers Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek leaving in 2017, fans are increasingly convinced that Valve has no further interest in the series and is letting it quietly die.