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#TubingForTehLulz Apr 2, 2013 @ 2:02pm
Weird laughing woman in Ravenholm, Half Life 2
The first time I played through Ravenholm, I stood at the exit from the mineshaft for ages thinking of all the nastiness about to attack me. I watched those legs swinging from the tree and the crows hopping about. I heard lots of sounds like screams and howls.

Then I heard a woman laughing crazily somewhere in the distance.

Did anybody else hear that sound effect? I definitely did not imagine it, and it definitely came from the PC speakers and not the real world. I've played the level several times trying to hear it again. I hear screams, moans and howls but never that crazy laughing woman again. Odd.
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NukeWithG Apr 7, 2013 @ 5:49am 
Lol, it's probably some kind of an inside joke of the devs, or something they were going to add and forgot to remove the sound effect when they decided not to do it. Maybe there was supposed to be a boss fight with some kind of a crazy woman? Or father Grigory was supposed to be female originally? I guess we'll never know.
#TubingForTehLulz Apr 7, 2013 @ 8:53am 
Maybe. My best theory is that it's some kind of easter egg that was only triggered because I stood in the same place for so long. I'm going to try and trigger it again.
NukeWithG Apr 7, 2013 @ 8:55am 
Well if you're going to do that, you should try to record it. Makes it easier for you too because ytou can just go over the footage to find a point where the audio peaks in a certain way, or you can just watch the whole thing later to see if it comes up.
#TubingForTehLulz Apr 7, 2013 @ 8:58am 
Lol yeah, and it will also help me prove out my sanity :Z
Monst-E-r Apr 7, 2013 @ 12:22pm 
Hmm strange. I've heard a screaming woman/child before, but never that.
Skylx Apr 14, 2013 @ 11:49am 
Great, now you've gone and reminded me of Lambert from ALIEN. : l
#TubingForTehLulz Apr 15, 2013 @ 2:29pm 
Well, I went back to the start of Ravenholm, stayed still for over 30mins and listened carefully to the background sound effects.

Most of them are on a short interval, and you hear them frequently.

Some effects are on a longer interval, and you have to wait a while to hear them. Examples are a woman's scream, what sounds like a clucking chicken, and another sound effect that sounds a bit like somebody chuckling.

I didn't hear the laughing woman again, but maybe it's on a much longer interval.

I don't really care any more, I just wondered if anybody else had heard it. :)
#TubingForTehLulz Apr 18, 2013 @ 4:58am 
Thanks for that PepperPi. No sign of the laughing woman though, so maybe I made a mistake.

town_child_scream1 is clearly what I thought was the screaming woman.
town_scared_sob2 is what I thought was a clucking chicken in my last post, haha !

Maybe I heard town_scared_sob2 combined with another effect the first time, and my mind tried to interpret it and came up with a woman's laugh. The mind can play tricks on you like that.

I think we've solved this issue now, thanks guys.
#TubingForTehLulz Apr 18, 2013 @ 5:06am 
That last sound effect, playground_memory?

I never thought about it until I read the filename. I always assumed I was hearing kids in the distance, but if it says 'memory', does that mean Gordon was remembering his own children?

Poor guy, I never knew he had a family. No wonder he's so upset and likes to kill everything he sees, smashes up every crate and throws stuff around for no reason. :(
Morgan Freeman Apr 18, 2013 @ 7:04am 
that was a dude shooting zombies
Skylx Apr 18, 2013 @ 2:17pm 
Originally posted by ^8Splash Damage:
That last sound effect, playground_memory?

I never thought about it until I read the filename. I always assumed I was hearing kids in the distance, but if it says 'memory', does that mean Gordon was remembering his own children?

Poor guy, I never knew he had a family. No wonder he's so upset and likes to kill everything he sees, smashes up every crate and throws stuff around for no reason. :(
He had a photo of an infant in his locker at Black Mesa and in Opposing Force there's an office with Gordon's picture on the wall. In a desk there are photos of children and I think the frame or something says "to uncle" or something like that.
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