Retrograde #9: Half-Life

1 hour 2 mins - Published Wed, Sep 19, 2012 by Anthony Hobday, Jack Marshall, James MacFadyen and Lysanne Fisher

Welcome to episode nine of Retrograde! This week for Retrograde the team battle like a resonance cascade scenario by arguing about the 1998 classic PC game Half-Life.

Join me, Jack Marshall, and my co-hosts James McFadyen, Lysanne Fisher and Anthony Hobday as we don a hazardous environment suit and beat the living snot out of helpless aliens in Half-Life.

We discuss the ins and outs of the game covering topics such as the legacy of the game, the new Black Mesa Source mod, the great years of gaming of 1997 & 1998, the ethical dilemmas in the game, and even discuss why the hell Gordon Freeman needed a degree from MIT to push a trolley ten feet.

So grab a crowbar, smash a crate, and spam F6 as the Retrograde team do Half-life.


Retrograde is a fortnightly retro gaming show launched on the CSICON network in May 2012. Each episode focuses on one game from yesteryear chosen by one of our Retrograde team, who put the game under scrutiny as well as talk about the history and legacy of the game and its overall impact on the gaming world. Join your hosts as they suit up and brave the world of sprites and chip tunes.

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