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Valve Is Still Releasing Half-Life Patches

Gabe Newell's Valve has had many successes since it was setup in 1996, but the two biggest have to be the Half-Life series and the Steam digital distribution platform. Steam continues to go from strength-to-strength, while the original Half-Life is fast approaching its 20th anniversary next year.

You'd think Half-Life would be a distant memory internally at Valve, albeit one that continues to sell. But you'd be wrong, and Valve just proved that by releasing a new patch for the game.

Half-Life screenshot

Personally, I've never had Half-Life crash on me and I've played through the game many times, but crashes do happen and Valve is determined to fix them all. This latest patch solves several crash scenarios, with the patch notes listing four such crashes, three of which were reported by the community. Valve also fixed a save file issue.

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As games age, they do need regular attention because the hardware and operating systems they are expected to run on changes. Many games are left unpatched and eventually stop working, and that's when a service such as GOG.com steps in, if publishers are willing, to bring those games back to life. But if a game is on Steam, we all expect it to just work, and keep working.

It's also easy to forget that every year there are brand new gamers who have never played Half-Life before. It remains a great experience and a piece of history. We have to thank Valve for continuing to maintain it, for responding to bug reports, and ensuring it remains playable.

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