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J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell Working Together for a Portal or Half-Life Film?

Last week, we talked about J.J. Abrams, directer of Star Trek and Gabe Newell, cofounder of Valve, would have a discussion during the gaming developer conference D.I.C.E.. Today that conversation, with no moderator, has just ended.

The exchange between the two iconic creators, was about how their two industries approach to storytelling, and how that narrative is told to their audience, and which way is ultimately more meaningful. While there will be a video shortly about their heart-to-heart, there was some interesting news about the two possibly working together in the future. (more…)

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Valve: We Would Make Our Own Half Life Film Without Hollywood

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When you leave a theater after watching a film adapted from a videogame, how times have you felt cheated? For me, I can honestly say every single instant. It seems like Gabe Newell, the co-founder of Valve, feels exactly the same way.

While having a conversation with PC Gamer, Newell admitted Hollywood would constantly approach his company and try to convince them to develop a film based off the first Half Life. According to him, the pitches that presented to his company were terrible; furthermore, the film executives were baffled onto why gamers had such a connection to the original story.

“Where we got into this direction was after Half-Life 1 had shipped. There was a whole bunch of meetings with people from Hollywood. Directors down there wanted to make a Half-Life movie and stuff, so they’d bring in a writer or some talent agency would bring in writers, and they would pitch us on their story. And their stories were just so bad. I mean, brutally, the worst. Not understanding what made the game a good game, or what made the property an interesting thing for people to be a fan of.”

Due to the poor propositions made by Hollywood, Newell feels if a Half-Life film is ever-to-be, then his company would develop the project and not rely on any outside interference.

“That’s when we started saying ‘Wow, the best thing we could ever do is to just not do this as a movie, or we’d have to make it ourselves.’ And I was like, ‘Make it ourselves? Well that’s impossible.’ But the Team Fortress 2 thing, the Meet The Team shorts, is us trying to explore that.”

Making a movie might seem easy, especially if you make high-production videogames; but reality says it’s not. Jordan Mechner, the man who wrote three of the Prince of Persia games, also penned the film adaption. According to critics and fans, one of the bigger problems of the PoP movie was the story, and how it was chaotic — and not in a good way. So even Valve’s passion for Half Life would be in the evident in a film adaption, it doesn’t automatically make it good.

If Newell is ever interested in the possibility of Half Life becoming a summer blockbuster, and at the same time please the fans of the series, he should just hold out until he or the company can have creative control. Instead of relying solely on outside studios. Plus, having there resources would be much more beneficial to them, rather than depending on yourself.

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Cool Stuff: Video Game Magnets

ArcadeArt over at etsy has created these brilliant video game magnets. The three separate packs include a modern day video game, but the magnets are styled like a pixelated 8-bit video game, rather than their ‘high-end’ graphics.

The three sets are Pikmin, Resident Evil and my personal favorite Half-Life (top). If you want to purchase one of items, the seller is asking for $20 and that includes three magnets that can be hang on your refrigerator.

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Half-Life Remake Looks Wonderful

Just recently I was watching someone play the original Half-Life for the PC. While the gameplay is still top-notch, the graphics just couldn’t hold up to the test of time. Remember, when the game was first introduced for the PC, the year was 1998 – 10 years ago! Most games, especially 3D games generally look their age over time. And sadly Half-Life was no exception.

Thankfully, the mod team Black Mesa has just released a trailer featuring their Half-Life remake using the source engine. And boy, it blows away our expectations. Check it out up top.

Of course in another 10 years — the game will look ‘old.’

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