Yesterday, Half life fans gathered as part of a community-created online event. The goal? So that as many people as possible play the original from 1998. Half life on Steam in an effort to set a new record for simultaneous players. And not only did they achieve that, but they also had fun remembering a game that many of them love and adore more than 20 years later.
The original Half life— a first-person shooter developed by Valve Software, then almost unknown as the team’s first game — was released in November 1998 for PC. It changed gaming in a big way, with its focus on keeping the player involved in the story and the action at all times and its calm, non-shooter-like intro, in which the main character, Dr. Gordon Freeman is late on his first day at work. Of course, he doesn’t work at Walmart or the local bowling alley, but instead works at a secret research facility that accidentally opens a portal to another dimension and in doing so starts a massive alien invasion and military cover-up. What first day?!
To honor this classic shooter, the still-active community came together digitally to play and celebrate all the memories they have of the long-running franchise through a social media event the players created called #RememberFreeman.
To be a part of the event, all players needed to do was play at least 30 minutes of the original classic. Half life on Steam on August 14. The goal was to set a new record for simultaneous players. Before #RememberFreeman, the record was 6,022 players. After the event concluded yesterday, they broke that previous record with a new concurrent total of 12,280 players all playing Half life in 2022 on the same day.
To give a bit of context, yesterday, 1998 Half life It was probably played by more people than Among us either vampire survivors during that same period of time.
On the official website of the community eventyou can find players sharing screenshots and photos celebrating Half life and showing himself playing the old school shooter on August 14 as part of the base event.
You may be wondering, what was the point of this event? I mean, I don’t need an excuse to play one of my favorite video games of all time. But according to one of the prominent members behind the event, there really wasn’t a goal beyond reminding people that the Half life the community still exists, is still active and doing well.
And although the event is already over, you should go play. Half life because, even in 2022, it’s a very good game. Or, if you want a modern twist on the classic, you can check out black table, which is a very good remake of one of the most important PC games ever released. And meanwhile, I’ll be here waiting patiently for chapter 3…