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TheSour c eEngi ne Va l v e’ sr ev ol ut i ona r ySour c eengi nec ombi nesc ut t i ngedgec ha r a c t era ni ma t i on, a dv a nc edAI , r ea l wor l d phy s i c s , s ha der ba s edr ender i ng, a ndahi ghl yex t ens i bl edev el opmentenv i r onmentt oc r ea t es omeoft hemos t popul a ra ndr ea l i s t i cv i deoga mesofa l l t i me. Vi deoga mesus i ngt heSour c eengi neha v eat r a di t i onofc r ea t i ngs omeoft hemos tv i s ua l l ys t unni ng ga mepl a yex per i enc esonmoder nda yha r dwa r e, whi l ea l s os c a l i ngs moot hl yont hef l yonol ders y s t ems .

Fa s t , r el i a bl e, a ndf l ex i bl et ec hnol ogywi t ht hea bi l i t yt or enderc omput a t i ona l l yi nt ens i v ev i deoga me el oper s , i t env i r onment s . Fea t ur i ngt hehi ghes t per f or mi ngs ha der ba s edr ender i nga v a i l a bl et oa l l ga medev a l l owsdev st oqui c k l yc r ea t et hemos tc ompl exs c eneswi t hr el a t i v eea s e. Sour c e’ sr ender ert a k esa dv a nt a geofa dv a nc edpr oc es s ort ec hnol ogi ess uc ha sSI MDa ndmul t i c or ei n a ddi t i ont ot hel a t es tGPUf ea t ur esv i aDi r ec t X. Ther es ul t?Vi s i onsa r ebr oughtt ol i f ei ns t unni ngdet a i l !

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Thank st oSour c e’ sc ompr ehens i ve, r oadt es t edc ol l ec t i onoft ool s —t hes ameus edt oc r eat eTeamFor t r es s2, Por t al and t heHal f Li f e2s er i es yourt eam' st i meandef f or tc anbes pentbui l di ngc r eat i vegamepl ayanduni quec ont entr at her t hanf undament al s ys t emss uc hasr ender i ngt ec hnol ogyornet wor kc odeorc ol l i s i ondet ec t i on.


Ha l f L i f e2: Up d a t e Thegoa l ofHa l f L i f e2: Upda t ei st of i xup, pol i s h, a ndv i s ua l l yenha nc eHa l f L i f e2, wi t houtev erc ha ngi ngt he 2004or i gi na l ’ sc or ega mepl a y , ort i met es t eds t y l e. l f L i f e2: Upda t ei st hemos tv i s ua l l ya dv a nc ed, f ul l y f ea t ur ed, a nds t a bl e De v e l o p e db yF i l i pVi c t o rHa v er s i onofHa l f L i f e2t oda t e, wi t hupda t edl i ght i ng, i mpr ov edf og, newv i s ua l ef f ec t s , a nda nex t ens i v e Communi t yComment a r yMode. Bugsa ndi s s uesha v ea c c r uedwi t hi nHa l f L i f e2ov ert hepa s t10y ea r s . Ha l f L i f e2: Upda t ef i x esma nyof t hes ei s s uesi nc l udi ngba dt r i gger sc a us i ngs c enesa ndba t t l est onotc uepr oper l y , ors t r a ngel ook i ngc ha r a c t er a ni ma t i onsbr ea k i ngbel i ev a bi l i t ya ndpl a y eri mmer s i on.

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Sha dow&L i ght i ngOv er ha ul Ha l f L i f e2: Upda t ef i x esma nyper s i s t entl i ght i ngi s s ueswi t hi nHa l f L i f e2’ senv i r onment s . Ol dbl oc k y s ha dowsha v ebeengi v enas moot hera ndmor edet a i l eda ppea r a nc e, oddl y l i tobj ec t snowl ookna t ur a l i n t hei renv i r onment , a ndl i ghtnol ongerpa s s est hr oughs ol i dgeomet r y .

TheSour c eEngi ne’ sl i ght i ngs y s t emha ndl ess ha dowdet a i l onas ur f a c eby s ur f a c eba s i s . Thi smea nst ha t ea c hwa l l , f l oor , orc ei l i ngha st obei ndi v i dua l l yc ons i der eda ndma nua l l ya dj us t edi nor dert oopt i mi z ef orbot h det a i l a ndper f or ma nc e. L i ghtf r omnea r byl i ghts our c esl ea v ess ha r p, c r i s ps ha dows , whi l ea mbi ents unl i ght l ea v esas moot her , s of t eredge.


I nt er i orL i ght i ng L i ght i ngha sbeenc ompl et el yr edonei nc er t a i ni nt er i ora r ea st oc r ea t eamor ena t ur a l l ook . Roomsor i gi na l l y l i tbyc ol di nv i s i bl el i ghts our c esha v ebeenopenedupa ndr ev a mpedi nt or oomsi l l umi na t edbyt hena t ur a l l i ghtofa l r ea dy ex i s t i ngwi ndows , c r ea t i ngamor eopena ndc onnec t edenv i r onment .

Ha l f L i f e2’ ss t y l ei sv er ydi s t i nc t i v e. I t sc ol orpa l et t ei smut ed, a ndi t ss ha dowsha v es of tedges . Al l a es t het i cdec i s i onsf orHa l f L i f e2: Upda t ewer ema det oma i nt a i naba l a nc ebet weent hec l a s s i cs t y l e, a ndt he r ea l i s mofmoder nga mi ng.


Hi ghDy na mi cRa nge Hi ghDy na mi cRa ngeL i ght i ng( HDR) , onl ypa r t i a l l yut i l i z edi nHa l f L i f e2i spr es enti nev er ya r eaofHa l f L i f e 2: Upda t e, enha nc i ngov er a l l c ons i s t enc y , i mmer s i on, a ndbel i ev a bi l i t y .

HDRi sus edt os i mul at ehowr eal wor l deyesadj us tt ol i ght , mak i ngl i ght sbr i ght eri nanot her wi s edar kar ea, anddar k smor ei nt ens ei nanot her wi s el i ghtar ea.Thes el i ghtl evel sadj us tast hepl ayermovesf r omar eat o ar eat hank st odynami ct onemappi ng, af eat ur ewhi c hc anal s oi nc r eas evi s i bi l i t yi ndi ml yl i tar eas .

Ac ompar i s onoff i xedaper t ur eandhi ghdynami c r anger ender i ngi nHal f Li f e2: Los tCoas t . Hal f Li f e2: Los tCoas ti sapl ayabl et ec hdemomadebyVal vet odemons t r at eHDRi nt heSour c eengi ne.

Bl oomef f ec t si nt hes k yboxandi nwat err eec t i ons . Not es omeofHDR’ svi s ual ef f ec t s , i nc l udi ng: Th es hi neont hewets andandwetr oc k s . As l i gh tbl ur r i ngef f ec toft hehor i z onneart hes un.


Env i r onment a l Fog Of t enf or got t enorunder es t i ma t ed, wel l ex ec ut edf ogc a ndr a s t i c a l l yc ha nget hea t mos pher eofa n env i r onment , gi v i ngi tl i f ea ndper s ona l i t y . Ha l f L i f e2’ sor i gi na l f ogmos t l yc ons i s t edofagr ey / bl ueha z eef f ec ti nt hedi s t a nc e. Thi ss t y l eoff og a ddeda t mos pher e, butdi dn’ tbl endi nwel l wi t hea c hl ev el ’ sc ol ors c hemeorea c hma p’ ss k y boxl ea v i ng s t r a ngel ook i ngs i l houet t esi nt hedi s t a nc e.

Ha l f L i f e2: Upda t e’ sf ogha sbeenc a r ef ul l ya dj us t edwi t hc ol orc hoi c est ha tbl endi nt oea c hl ev el ’ s s k y box . Us edpr oper l y , t hes eef f ec t sa dddept ht oea c hopenv i s t a , a ndpr ov i deauni quec ol ors c hemet o ea c hc ha pt er , v i s ua l l ys epa r a t i ngt hemf r omea c hot her .


Enh a nc edd et a i l s PCha r dwa r eha sc omeal ongwa yi nt hepa s t10y ea r s , ma k i ngs ev er a l opt i mi z a t i ont ec hni quesf r omt he or i gi na l Ha l f L i f e2unneeded. Remov i ngt hes eol df ea t ur esc a nr ea l l ya dddet a i l a ndi mpr ov et hega me’ s ov er a l l l ook . Obj ec tf a dei na ndl owpol ymodel s wa ppi ngha v ebeenr emov ed, c r ea t i ngmor eex pa ns i v ehor i z onsa nd r emov i ngpopi nt ha ti sa l l t ooobv i ouswi t hmoder nHDor4Kdi s pl a y s .

Newdet a i l sha v ebeena ddeda swel l , wi t hl i ghtr a y spour i ngi nt hr oughwi ndowsa ndc r a c k edc ei l i ngs , f l i es hov er i nga r ounddea dc or ps es , r a di oa c t i v eha z e, wa v esc r a s hi nga ga i ns tr oc k s , s mok eef f ec t s , a ndmor e i nt ens eex pl os i ons .

Enha nc edBa c k dr opdet a i l sha v ebeena ddedt or epl a c eol dl owpol ymodel st ha twer ev er yobv i ous , di s t r a c t i ng, a ndof t ennotf i t t i ngofal ev el ’ st heme.


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Fi l i pVi c t orwa sbor ni n1989i nI a s i , Roma ni a . Hedi s c ov er edhi spa s s i onf or c omput er sa tt hea geoft ent hr oughf r equentt i nk er i ng, ex per i ment i ng, a nd l ea r ni ng. I n2009, t hi ss el f t houghtex per i enc eea r nedhi maj obi nc omput er r epa i rwher ehec ont i nuedt ohonehi ss k i l l s , a ndbega nex pl or i ngga me dev el opment . Dev el opmentofHa l f L i f e2: Upda t eVer s i on1. 0s t a r t eda sa nex per i ment , but f ol l owi ngi t sr el ea s ei n2009i tbec a meagr ea ts uc c es swi t hi nt heHa l f L i f e c ommuni t y . Thi sl ea dt oc ov er a geofhi sf a nma deupda t ebei ngpubl i s hedon ma nyt opga mi nga ndt ec hnol ogywebs i t es , wi t hov er250, 000downl oa ds . Wi t ha na l l newv er s i onofHa l f L i f e2: Upda t ec omi ngt oSt ea ma sas t a nda l one upda t e, hehopest or a i s et heba rev enhi gher .

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Qu e s t i o n sa n dAn s we r s Q: Wha ti sHa l f L i f e2: Upda t e?Amod, ora na c t ua l upda t ef ort heor i gi na l Ha l f L i f e2? A: Hal f Li f e2: Updat ei sac ommuni t ydevel opeds t andal onever s i onofHal f Li f e2t hati nc l udesf i xesand upgr adest omanyas pec t soft heor i gi nal , bas edonc ommuni t yf eedbac k. Hal f Li f e2: Updat edoesnot wor kl i kean" ac t ual "updat et hati si ns t al l edont ot heor i gi nalgame, however , youmus townt heor i gi nal Hal f Li f e2i nor dert oi ns t al lHal f Li f e2: Updat e. I ns t al l at i onoft heor i gi nalHal f Li f e2, oranyoft he epi s odesi sunnec es s ar y.

Q: DoesHal f Li f e2: Updat ef eat ur enew t ext ur esorc us t om model sl i keot hermodsoutt her e? A: Ha l f L i f e2: Up d a t ed oesnotf ea t ur ea nyc us t omt ex t ur esormod el s . Whi l et hi sd ec i s i onha sb een c r i t i c i z ed , weh a v ef oundt h a tt h emor ea s s et swer ep l a c e, t h el es sa ndl es st h ep r oj ec tr es emb l esHa l f L i f e 2. Wewa ntourv er s i onofHa l f L i f e2t ob eup d a t ed , b utt os t i l l b eac omp l et e, una l t er edHa l f L i f e2 ex p er i enc e. Th a tb ei ngs a i d , t h eup d a t e’ sl i gh t i ngov er h a ul h a sgi v ent h emod el sa ndt ex t ur esamor ec r i s p a ppea r a nc e. Q: I sHa l f L i f e : 2Up d a t ei n" c o mp e t i t i o n " wi t ho t h e r Ha l f L i f e2i mp r o v e me n tmo d s ? A Hal f Li f e2 Updat edoesnott r yt oc ompet ewi t hot hervi s ual r emas t ermods , mos t l yf ort her eas ons ment i onedi nt hepr evi ousquest i on. Wewantourver si onofHal f Li f e2t obeupdat ed, butt ost i l lbea c ompl et e, unal t er edHal f Li f e2exper i enc e.Lar gec hangesl i keaddi ngnew ar eas , l ar geamount sofnew geomet r y, new model sandt ext ur es , ordynami cwor l dl i ght i ngwoul dpul lHal f Li f e2: Updat ef ar t heraway f r om t heor i gi nalt hanwewantt ogo.

Q: Wi l l Hal f Li f e2: Updat er ec ei veaut omat i cupdat esvi aSt eam?( engi nec hanges , addi t i onal f i xes , et c . ) A: Yes !Anyupdat est hatt heor i gi nalHal f Li f e2r ec ei veswi l lal s obeappl i edt oHal f Li f e2: Updat e, aswel l asc ommuni t yf i xesoranyot herc hangesc r eat edexc l us i vel yf ort heupdat e. J us tc hec kt heSt eam Updat e Changel ogorourSt eam gr oupt os eewhat ’ snew! Q: Ho wl a r gewa st h i spr o j e c t ' st e a m?Ho wl o n gdi di t t a k et oc r e a t e ? Di dy o ur e c e i v ea n yh e l pf r o mV a l v e ? A: Ha l f L i f e2: Upda t ewa sde v e l ope de nt i r e l ybyF i l i pVi c t orov e rt hec our s eof a bout3y e a r s , wi t ht he s uppor tofwr i t er /PRma na ger , Za c ha r yHowl et t . Va l v ec er t a i nl ys uppor t edt hepr oj ec t , butt hei rdi r ec t i nv ol v ementonl yenc ompa s s eshel pi ngt hepr oj ec tt or el ea s eonS t ea m. Q: Wi l l wes e eF i l i pV i c t o r ’ su pd a t e st ot h eHa l f L i f e2E pi s o d e sa n yt i mes o o n ? A: I t ' sbeenc ons i der ed, butr i ghtnowi t ' ss t i l l upi nt hea i r . Dependsonal otoff a c t or st ha tc a nnotbe f or es een. T ok eepont opofnewsr ega r di ngt heUpda t eora nynewdev el opment s , j oi nt heoffic i a l S t ea m gr oup.

Q:Wi l lHal f Li f e2:Updat ebepor t edt oSour c e2l at er ?

A: Ap or tt oSour c e2a swec ur r e n t l yk no wi twon' tp r o v i d ea n yd r a ma t i cc h a nge sunl e s st h ega mewe r et ob e r e b u i l tf r o mt h eg r o u n du p ! I f , o v e r t i me , d i r e c t l yp o r t i n gt h eg a met oS o u r c e2s e e mst oh a v es o mei n h e r e n t b e n e fi t s , i twi l l b ec o n s i d e r e d .

Q:Whydi dt heupdat et akes ol ongt odevel op?Wasi tdi f f i c ul t ?

A: Wel l , b es i d est h ef a c tt h a tt h er ewa sonl yas i ngl ed e v el op er , i twa sc h a l l engi ngt oc r ea t ev i s ua l i mp r o v emen t s t h a tma d et h ega mel ookb e t t erwi t h outc omp r omi s i ngHa l f L i f e2’ sa r ts t y l e. Th i smea nst h a tea c hma ph a dt o got h r oughma n y , ma n yi t e r a t i onsa ndme t i c ul oust e s t i ngb e f or eafina l v e r s i onwa sc r e a t e d . Th i st a k e st i mea nd al o to fd ed i c a t i on.

Q: Ha l f L i f e2: Up d a t ef e a t ur e sHDR. Doe si th a v eL DR( L o wDy na mi cRa nge ) a swe l l ? A: Y es ! Hal f Li f e2: Upda t ef ul l ys uppor t sLDRf ort hos ewhopl a yonhar dwar et ha tdoesnots uppor tHDR. Q:Iwantt os ubmi tabugr epor tors omei deas .How c anIc ont ac tyou? A: Th eb e s twa yi st os ub mi ti tt ot h eo f fic i a l S t e a mgr oup . Ho we v e r , i fy ouwa n tt or e a c husd i r e c t l y , wec a nb e c on t a c t e da th l 2up d a t e @h o t ma i l . c om. F orb us i ne s si nq ui r i e sfil i p v i c t or @h o t ma i l . c om


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