Half-Life 2 is Still Fun

Half-Life 2 was supposed to have been released in September of 2003. Hackers broke in and stole the source code, delaying the release until November, 2004. Nearly 3 years later, I am finding myself still loving Half-Life 2’s multiplayer gameplay, physics and yes, even graphics. To elaborate, I’ll mention that a few days ago, I picked up a copy of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, which I had been looking forward to, especially after seeing some pretty sweet looking in-game screen shots. I was disappointed. Admittedly, I not using a DirectX 10 graphics card in my PC yet, but I keep asking myself how a big 2007 title can have inferior graphics to the much older Half-Life 2. The only answer I can come up with is it’s just that good. So for now, I’ll continue to frag with the one who brung me until the spectacular graphics of Half-Life 2 Orange Box/Team Fortress 2 and Crysis arrive.

Some Half-Life 2 images – a crowbar salute to Gabe Newell and Valve Software:


What I Play Half-Life 2 On. My Gaming… Er, Business PC

All SEO and no play makes Jack a dull boy

New Gaming/Business PCDo you participate in multiplayer online pc games after finishing your webmaster tasks? It’s not unusual for me to spend 12 – 14 hours during the day in front of a pc–that includes working a full time job and coming home to attack my webmaster and search marketing tasks. I’ve found pc gaming, especially the online variety, to be an important stress reliever in the evenings after the electrical activity in my brain starts to wan. First person shooters, 3D strategy and combat simulations are the genres that interest me most. My pc gets vigorous use for both business and pleasure.

Five years have passed since my last pc purchase. In graphics card years, that’s a very long time. I was getting tired of things looking dull and moving slow, so I did a little research and made the leap to a new pc that can handle business tasks and pack a punch on the gaming servers. It’s kind of like buying a new pair of glasses.

Just one rule… don’t ask how much it costs!

This is not a top-of-the-line gaming pc. If any of my online multiplayer competitors out there are reading this, know that I fully plan on upgrading to an overclockable processor and DirectX 10 graphics card at a time of my choosing.

I purchased this machine from Vision Computers. I had never done any business with this company but had heard good things about them. So far, I am more than happy with their service and would recommend them. When a glitch was discovered with the graphics card, they actually repaired and delivered it to my home on a Saturday afternoon! Feast your eyes upon these specs:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2 Processor
  • EVGA Nvidia nForce 680i SLI 775 Mother Board
  • CM Stacker 830 Case
  • 4 GB DDR2 1066MHZ RAM (added 2 November 2008)
  • EVGA Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX Graphics Card (added November 2008)
  • Raptor 150 GB SATA 10,000 RPM Hard-Drive
  • Operating System: Vista
  • Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speaker System (added April 2008)
  • Logitech MX400 Performance Laser Mouse (added April 2008)

Let the fragging begin…

Half-Life 2 Spray Logo – Clapper Propaganda Tool

Half-Life 2 Spray Logo Dished out by Clapper
Screen shot of PC Gaming nemesis and regular Clickfire commenter “Clapper” attempting to use psychological warfare tactics strategy against me in Half-Life 2.

What is this, you ask? I’ve been having some much needed fun over the holidays with the late night bread and circuses of online pc gaming now that I have a respectable gaming machine. There is a phenomenon in the Half-Life 2 PC Game known as “spray logos” that allows HL-2 players to create their own custom graffiti images to spray around the map locations. The purpose? To taunt or humiliate opponents or aggrandize ones own image during gameplay. Spray logos can also be just for fun or a way to mark your territory.

Enter my arch gaming nemesis and occasional Clickfire blog commenter and sarcastic cousin, “Clapper.” There is much to say about my opponent and his annoying gaming tactics but now is not the time. Be assured that I will say more about my nemesis at a time of my choosing.

So, I enter our usual Half-Life server for a night cap or two and what do I see? A spray logo defiling our very own Clickfire 10 year anniversary cake with the mocking words “Viewpoints, Tools and Content for Hombre Respawnmasters.” You can see the Clapper war face has been Photoshopped over the image of Duke Nukem. I have to admit it threw me off balance for a while. If you have any suggestions for countering this, please comment.

Trash Talking Guy at Work Challenges me to Half Life 2

Crowbar Frag: Don't mess with old school gamers!

Nuff said.

Emory Rowland

I'm editor and keeper of the flame at Clickfire, fanatical social media blogger and builder of Internet things from way back. My love for social media and success with organic search led me to start my own consulting company. Apart from the Internet, I could be considered pretty worthless. More...


  1. Hey, wanna exchange with my pc? I use Celeron 336. That’s just 1/4 or even 1/6 of your computer price…

    (Restrain myself from drooling – opps… just dreaming of playing WoW with that computer)

  2. Donald

    I love Half-Life2 too, but Team Fortress 2 got my heart. We just setup a server with colocation service from Nationwide Bandwidth and everything is great!

  3. cLaPPer

    You should give Quake Wars another chance. Turn the resolution up to 1600×1200, and turn all the graphics options on. It is quite impressive. I plan to keep playing my copy. Especially since soon there will be a native Linux client.

  4. Acopic - Web Design

    I think half-life2 is awesome although I have to agree with Clapper that you should give Quake Wars another chance. Never tried Team Fortress 2 but I’ve heard good things about it.

  5. settop104

    Haha that’s excellent :p

  6. h'ozerdem

    Funny that is :)

  7. jase

    that is really funny

  8. Tom

    Hey, how’d you do that?… please reply, thanks.

  9. Emory Rowland

    Tom, I’m not sure how he made that spray logo, but I usually just make a file in Photoshop and save it as a 256X256 .tga, then import into the game.

  10. Trash Talking Guy

    As the trash talking employee i am offended. You have made me rank #1 in Google for the term trash talking guy. Thanks a lot!

  11. Emory Rowland

    Hey Trash Talking Guy, those Google SERPs can be as humiliating as the Half-Life 2 crowbar :)

  12. BST

    don’t you love putting people in their place? lol

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