By Jenna Pitcher on Feb 13, 2013 02.13.13
Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell and Star Trek and Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams joined forces to give the 2013 DICE Summit keynote — that keynote can now be viewed in its entirety. Newell and Abrams revealed during the storytelling-focused keynote that they want to develop video games together and make movies based on Portal and Half-Life. Polygon spoke to Abrams post-keynote about his plans. The keynote was intended to be livestreamed, but was recorded instead and recently uploaded. Thankfully, Polygon was there to live blog the keynote.
By Emily Gera on Jan 11, 2013 01.11.13
A modder has restored Half-Life's "Surface Tension" chapter in the game's remake mod Black Mesa, ostensibly creating a mod-within-a-mod. Surface Tension Uncut, which is demonstrated in the 53 minute-long video above, expands on the gameplay of Black Mesa. According to the modder, whose online username is the unfortunate TextFAMGUY1, his intention in creating this uncut version was to fix the "rushed and hurried" sense of the section in Black Mesa. "They basically dropped the entire penultimate map of Surface Tension, HASTILY," he writes on the Black Mesa Source forums. "The Garg scene was sloppy and poorly done, and the transition between C2A5F and C2A5G was jarring and didn't provide the war with its satisfying conclusion. It has been said many times (though unconfirmed as far as I...