Yesterday, half-life Fans came together at an online event created by the community. The goal? Getting as many people as possible to play the 1998 original half-life on Steam to set a new record for concurrent players. And not only did they manage to do that, but they had fun remembering a game that many of them love and adore over 20 years later.
The original half-life– a first-person shooter developed by the then largely unknown Valve Software as the team’s first game – was released for PC back in November 1998. It changed games in a big way, with its focus on keeping the player immersed in the story and action at all times, and its quiet, non-shooter-like intro featuring the main character, Dr. Gordon Freeman arrives late on his first day of work. Of course, he doesn’t work at Walmart or your local bowling alley, but is employed at a secret research facility that accidentally opens a portal to another dimension, thereby unleashing a massive alien invasion and military cover-up. What a first day?!
To honor this classic shooter, the still-active community came together digitally to play the game and celebrate all the memories they have of the long-running franchise via a player-created social media event #Remember Freeman.
To enter the event, players simply had to play at least 30 minutes of the original classic half-life on Steam on August 14th. The goal was to set a new record for concurrent players. Before #RememberFreeman, the record was reportedly 6,022 players. After the event ended yesterday, they broke that previous record a new concurrent total of 12,280 players all play half-life 2022 on the same day.
To give some context, yesterday, 1998 half-life probably played by more people than Between us or Vampire Survivor in the same period.
On the official website of the community eventfind players sharing screenshots and celebrating photos half-life
You may be wondering what was the point of this event? I mean I don’t need an excuse to replay one of my all time favorite video games. But according to one of the prominent members behind the event, There really wasn’t a goal moreover, to remember that the half-life The community is still there, still active and doing well.
And while the event is now over, you should still go and play half-life because even in 2022 it’s a damn good game. Or, if you want a modern twist on the classic, you can check it out black mesa, this is a damn fine remake one of the most important PC games of all time. And in the meantime I’ll be over here patiently waiting for Chapter 3…