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Verdammten dieser Erde Jan 26, 2013 @ 7:32pm
anybody feeling like being a gent and filling me in on half life 1 and the story up to half life 2?
I have about 6 hourse of gameplay in hl2 and i love it, but still confussed about whats going on. i have aquired that earth was atacked by the... i forgot the exact name but by the something and that earth surrenderd, so im guessing the the ominiscint goverment is this alien foe? also zombie/alien things? whats up with that? and lastly what exactly does the hl2 symble mean? the pi looking thing, thanks!
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Mucinex Jan 27, 2013 @ 7:44am 
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Venge329 Jan 27, 2013 @ 8:46pm 
*Some of this info may be off but i've been playing the series (ALL the games) for the longest time and the story line is still unclear. but really its supposed to be unclear. ANYWHOOO

In half life 1 (At Black Mesa testing labs: In Testing chamber [the very first room you see in the beginning of HL2]) Gordan Freeman pushes in a Sample of a special Crystal from the planet XEN Its supposedly the purist sample they've gotten yet and the administrator (Dr. Breen) Know that this is going to cause a massive reaction know as DUM DUM DUMMMM The Resonance Cascade!!! The Reason Breen does this is because when searching for this sample he came in contact with an alien race "The Combine" and made a deal with them which was to create a portal to earth and he will be made the uhhh overseer... the voice of mankind pretty much. The adviser bug you see him talking to in Hl2 on the screen is the guy(s) he made the deal with. anyways he tells the scientist at black mesa to go ahead and push this into the testing chamber so that it can be read for results and what not. They warn him and he says do it anyways. so Gordan pushes it in and everything blows up and goes dark. (The portals to earth are now open and the "Seven hour war"[see the newspaper clipping in elis lab in HL2] begins).... see how confusing that is? lol thats just the start unfortunately....
Venge329 Jan 27, 2013 @ 8:57pm 
Aliens and Head crabs or head humpers start pouring in through random portals at black mesa. They kill scientist they make the zombies. They're all from zen. Vortigants come in and start killing too because they're slaves to the combine (in Hl1)
The pi thing. the lambda(?) is used in half life 1 I thiiiink that was originally in reference To a team of scientist that tested rockets? .... theres a point in Hl 1 where you go to a lab to launch a rocket and the term lambda is used. Anything else you wanna know?
Venge329 Jan 27, 2013 @ 9:03pm 
Verdammten dieser Erde Jan 27, 2013 @ 9:40pm 
thank you very much, that video above maid no sense :)
Verdammten dieser Erde Jan 27, 2013 @ 9:42pm 


Originally posted by Venge329:
. Anything else you wanna know?

vortigants/ im guessing thats the nice aliens with the powers? any backstory you kow about the vortigans and why there slaves to the combine?

Venge329 Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:01pm 
Originally posted by 8===D~~~ O::
Originally posted by Venge329:
. Anything else you wanna know?

vortigants/ im guessing thats the nice aliens with the powers? any backstory you kow about the vortigans and why there slaves to the combine?
Yup, they're good in HL2 Because in HL1 You(Gordan) freed them of their slavery by killing off this Giant alien god thing (his name is nihilanth, leader of Xen) Uhm how they got involved im not sure (with out looking it up) I believe it was because they were contacted by the combine at some point. :/ I feel bad for not knowing that. They have the power to interfere with G-man and are aware of him. Ah! here we go!

"Long before the Black Mesa Incident, the Vortigaunts' homeworld was invaded by the Combine, forcing the survivors of the invasion to flee to Xen. When the Black Mesa Incident occurred, their master, a being known as the Nihilanth, viewed the rift that opened as a chance to escape, and directed the Vortigaunts to invade Earth.

Following the death of the Nihilanth, the Vortigaunts have chosen to ally themselves with the human-led Resistance in its bid to overthrow the Combine rule of Earth."

So pretty much Nihilanth was in the same position as Dr.Breen it seems.
Verdammten dieser Erde Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:17pm 
Originally posted by Venge329:
Originally posted by 8===D~~~ O::
Originally posted by Venge329:
. Anything else you wanna know?

vortigants/ im guessing thats the nice aliens with the powers? any backstory you kow about the vortigans and why there slaves to the combine?
Yup, they're good in HL2 Because in HL1 You(Gordan) freed them of their slavery by killing off this Giant alien god thing (his name is nihilanth, leader of Xen) Uhm how they got involved im not sure (with out looking it up) I believe it was because they were contacted by the combine at some point. :/ I feel bad for not knowing that. They have the power to interfere with G-man and are aware of him. Ah! here we go!

"Long before the Black Mesa Incident, the Vortigaunts' homeworld was invaded by the Combine, forcing the survivors of the invasion to flee to Xen. When the Black Mesa Incident occurred, their master, a being known as the Nihilanth, viewed the rift that opened as a chance to escape, and directed the Vortigaunts to invade Earth.

Following the death of the Nihilanth, the Vortigaunts have chosen to ally themselves with the human-led Resistance in its bid to overthrow the Combine rule of Earth."

So pretty much Nihilanth was in the same position as Dr.Breen it seems.

thanks, this game has every thing... fascist, greed, scientist, aliens, diffrent kind of aliens, facehumpers....
Verdammten dieser Erde Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:17pm 
Originally posted by Venge329:
Originally posted by 8===D~~~ O::
Originally posted by Venge329:
. Anything else you wanna know?

is this game related to the portal franchise? is that why the factory is abondened?
Venge329 Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:31pm 
Yes! Portal games are within the Half-life universe! Black Mesa and Aperture Science are competing science industries. In Portal if you (-noclip) through a window that has a projection screen on itll show silly little statistics between the two companies. Aperture Science is abandon because Glados went rouge and flooded the facility with a "Deadly nero-Toxin" I forget why she went awol its been a while since i played portal :(

I better see F***ing Half-life 3 sometime soon! I suspect they will be merging the two story lines in the 3rd one. Have you played episodes 1,2&3 for hl2? its either in the second one or the third one where someone is on screen with Judas mossman and behind her is a shipping container that says "Aperture science" So they'll probably be fusing this portal technology and use it against the combine (the combine can only portal to universes. They dont know how to portal within the universe) Yes I see the portal gun accompanying the gravity gun quite nicely. :)
Verdammten dieser Erde Jan 27, 2013 @ 10:45pm 
that would make the game a lot more intresting. and i do remember that now and in portal 2 the boss when he is dying i think goes on a rant about black mesa, and i got the one just called "half life 2" so im guessing thats episode one, idk and it came with lost coast for freeee :D
Mudokon Slave Jan 30, 2013 @ 10:01am 
half life 2 logo means lambda it was title of one of the facilitys in black mesa the main area of hl1 tbh honest it doesn't realy mean anything within the game other than reference to the resistance or black mesa but irl it means wavelength
Verdammten dieser Erde Jan 30, 2013 @ 6:59pm 
Originally posted by ♥♥♥♥ Hardly:
The lambda is used in the real world half-life equation.[en.wikipedia.org]
your right... this is strange
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