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Half-Life demonstrations

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The subject matter of this article does not take place in the "real" Half-Life and Portal universe and is considered non-canon.

This article lists all demonstrations, trailers, gameplay videos, and interviews with the developers released during Half-Life's development. They were showcased to promote the game at events, through cover discs of video game magazines, and on the Internet. The videos can be also found in the media disc Half-Life Preliminary Findings (the contents of the disc were included in the other games published by Sierra Entertainment), and digital press kits.

valve.avi Click here to watch the video.[edit]

valve.avi is the first known trailer for Half-Life from early 1997. It can be found on the disc of Half-Life Alpha. The video shows parts of Communications Center, Office Complex, and early parts of On A Rail. According to Gabe Newell, the video was done in slow motion to show people how smooth the skeletal animation system is. The video has Adrenaline Horror from the soundtrack playing in the background.

8.17mpeg.avi Click here to watch the video.[edit]

8.17mpeg.avi (named after its file size) is another trailer found on the disc of Half-Life Alpha. The video shows parts of The Portal Device, Office Complex, Communications Center, and several areas from technology demos. The video has Adrenaline Horror from the soundtrack playing in the background.

grunts1.mpg Click here to watch the video. and grunts2.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

grunts1.mpg and grunts2.mpg, also known as gunfight.mpg and enemy.mpg, and given the titles Gunfight and Enemy Hit in Half-Life Preliminary Findings, are two short clips from the E3 1997 demonstration of Half-Life. The videos show the use of squad based artificial intelligence by the soldiers in a warehouse location[i].[1]

turret.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

turret.mpg, also given the title Turret Action in Half-Life Preliminary Findings, is a short clip showing the player getting shot by a large Automatic Turret guarding the elevator[i] to the surface in the chapter The Security Complex. The video has no sound.

marc.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

marc.mpg is an interview with Marc Laidlaw from Half-Life Preliminary Findings. In the interview, Marc talks about scripted sequences and how these events change in every new play through in the video. The video has Military Precision from the soundtrack from the soundtrack playing in the background.

ken.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

ken.mpg is an interview with Ken Birdwell from Half-Life Preliminary Findings. In the interview, Ken talks about their skeletal animation system and its advantage over other type of animations. The video has Drums and Riffs from the sountrack from the soundtrack playing in the background.

kelly.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

kelly.mpg is an interview with Kelly Bailey from Half-Life Preliminary Findings. The video has Nepal Monastery from the soundtrack playing in the background.

jay.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

jay.mpg is an interview with Jay Stelly from Half-Life Preliminary Findings. The video has Military Precision from the soundtrack playing in the background.

intro.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

intro.mpg is the introduction video to Half-Life: Preliminary Findings. The video has Adrenaline Horror from the soundtrack playing in the background.

headcrab.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

headcrab.mpg, also given the title Headcrab Attack in Half-Life Preliminary Findings, is a short clip showing the player getting killed by Headcrabs in the chapter Office Complex. The video has no sound.

headcrab.avi (not available)[edit]

headcrab.avi is a short clip showing the model of the Headcrab. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

indeep.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

indeep.mpg, also given the title In Deep in Half-Life Preliminary Findings, is a long gameplay video. The video has an alternate version of Diabolical Adrenaline Guitar (which can be found in Half-Life Alpha) from the soundtrack playing in the background.

grunt.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

grunt.mpg, also known as explode.mpg, and given the title Exploding Boxes in Half-Life Preliminary Findings, is a short clip showing the player using a Submachine Gun to kill a grunt in the chapter Office Complex. The video has no sound.

exit.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

exit.mpg is the outro video to Half-Life: Preliminary Findings. The video shows parts of Office Complex, The Security Complex, and a technology demo. The video has Adrenaline Horror from the soundtrack playing in the background.

alien_slave.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

alien_slave.mpg is a short clip showing a Vortigaunt getting killed by an Automatic Turret in an unknown location.

alienslave.avi (not available)[edit]

alienslave.avi is a short clip showing the model of the Vortigaunt. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

alieng.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

alieng.mpg is a short clip showing an Alien Grunt patrolling an area[i] in the chapter Reactor Lab. The video has no sound.

alieng.avi (not available)[edit]

alieng.avi is a short clip showing the model of the Alien Grunt. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

barnacle.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

barnacle.mpg is a short clip showing a security guard getting killed by a Barnacle in a location[i] in the chapter Alien Research Lab.

barnacle.avi (not available)[edit]

barnacle.avi is a short clip showing the model of the Barnacle. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

gruntfight.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

gruntfight.mpg is a gameplay video showing the player fighting against a group of soldiers in a location[i] in the chapter On A Rail. The video has an alternate version of Diabolical Adrenaline Guitar (which can be found in Half-Life Alpha) from the soundtrack playing in the background.

houndeye.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

houndeye.mpg is a short clip showing a group of Houndeyes charging up before their sonic attack in a location[i] in the chapter The Security Complex. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2] The video has no sound.

he360.avi (not available)[edit]

he360.avi is a short clip showing the model of Houndeye. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

hl-tentacle.mpeg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

hl-tentacle.mpeg is a short video showing a scripted scene where a scientist is getting grabbed by a Tentacle in the control room of the silo[i] in the chapter Blast Pit.

tentacle.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

tentacle.mpg is a short clip showing the Tentacle rising up in the silo. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

tentacle.avi Click here to watch the video.[edit]

tentacle.avi is a short clip showing the model of the Tentacle. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

bullchickn.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

bullchickn.mpg is a short clip showing a Bullsquid in a location[i] in the chapter The Security Complex. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

bullchicken360.avi Click here to watch the video.[edit]

bullchicken360.avi is a short clip showing the model of the Bullsquid. It was released on Online Gaming Review's Monster of the Week feature.[2]

train.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

train.mpg (also known as hl-train.mpeg) is a short video showing the player using a freight train in a location[i] in the chapter On A Rail. The unused alien enemy, Stukabat, can be seen and heard in the video.

offices.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

offices.mpg (also known as hl-offices.mpeg) is a gameplay video from the E3 1998 demonstration of Half-Life. The full video shows a walkthrough of the chapter Office Complex. The scripted sequences from the demo can still be found in the maps. The characters were voiced by Marc Laidlaw in the video. The security guard is based on Ted Backman. The video has Hurricane Strings from the soundtrack playing in the background.

sewer.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

sewer.mpg is a short video showing a scientist falling down to his death in one of the sewer locations[i] in the chapter Unforeseen Consequences. The video has Vague Voices from the soundtrack playing in the background.

half.avi Click here to watch the video.[edit]

half.avi is a short clip showing the player falling down to a room (with no exit) by walking on a wet floor, and get hit by a group of Headcrabs in a location[i] in the chapter Office Complex. The video has Adrenaline Horror from the soundtrack playing in the background.

half2.avi Click here to watch the video.[edit]

half2.avi is a short clip showing the player fighting against a group of soldiers in a storage room[i] in the chapter Alien Research Lab. The player spray-paints the lambda logo on floor at the end of the video. The video has an alternate version of Diabolical Adrenaline Guitar (which can be found in Half-Life Alpha) from the soundtrack playing in the background.

half3.avi Click here to watch the video.[edit]

half3.avi is a short clip showing the player exploring a laboratory[i] where Alien Grunts being held in containment chambers in the chapter Alien Research Lab. The video has Space Ocean from the soundtrack playing in the background.

portal.mpg Click here to watch the video.[edit]

portal.mpg is a short clip. It appear to be a demonstration of particle effects.

halflife.avi[edit]

halflife.avi is a combination of intro.mpg and offices.mpg.

gordon.avi Click here to watch the video. and gina.avi Click here to watch the video.[edit]

gordon.avi and gina.avi are two shorts clips showing the models of Gordon Freeman and Gina. They can be found in Half-Life: Day One. The videos have no sound.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Wedge and Choryoth's page on Valve's official website (July 9, 1997)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Half-Life Monster of the Week Feature on Online Gaming Review (1997) (archived)