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The '''Half-Life universe''' encompasses the first person shooter Half Life series, as well as the puzzle-based Portal series.
 
The '''Half-Life universe''' encompasses the first person shooter Half Life series, as well as the puzzle-based Portal series.
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== Half Life ==
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== Setting ==
Half-life incorporates both [[cyberpunk]] and [[biopunk]] elements into the gameplay, setting and its sequel Half-life 2 features an alien force called the "Combine" who later transform [[transhuman treachery|treacherous humans]] into their "transhuman allies". They are led by "Synth" lords, a play on the both idea and word of [[synthetic biology]].
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=== Characters ===
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'''Black Mesa''' is a US research corporation, experimenting with [[teleportation]].  Its New Mexico headquarters, the Black Mesa Research Facility, is a sprawling complex of advanced industrial and scientific facilities and serves as the setting of the first <i>Half Life</i> and its expansions.
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'''Gordon Freeman''' is the protagonist the half life series, an employee of Black Mesa and physics graduate. Later in the series he's hailed as saviour-like revolutionary against the occupying forces known as Combine.
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'''Aperture Science''' is a private company that competes with Black Mesa for government funding, with a comically haphazard approach to basic research and development. In addition to stable [[wormholes]] and an alternative in-universe teleportation technology, their achievements include [[artificial intelligence|AI]]-controlled robotic systems (including reconfigurable architecture and weapon turrets), [[mind uploading]], and [[cryonics]].
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'''Barney Calhoun''' is the protagonist in Blue Shift expansion pack and major character in Half Life 2 (with Half Life 2: Episode 1 as main character once more), formerly security guard for Black Mesa and one of few survivors of Black Mesa, Rebel spy in Half life 2 to save some citizens from abusing treatment of Combine.
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The '''Combine''' or '''Universal Union''', a multiverse-spanning, highly advanced technological civilization, are the main antagonists of the series.  Led by 'advisors' (large grublike aliens wholly dependent on their technology for physical tasks), the Combine subjugates other species using [[synthetic biology]] and overwhelming military might transported through inter-universe portals.
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'''Adrian Shephard''' is the protagonist in Opposing Force expansion pack, Its original goal is find Freeman and other scientists to kill them all until break off rest of army into survivial of his life.
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== Future ==
 
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== Portal ==
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The '''Portal''' series is take place in apparently post-apocalyptic and also more dirty [[postcyberpunk]]/proto-[[solarpunk]] theme ruins of the Aperture Science underground research facility, which has been taken over by an [[control problem|out of control]] [[AI]] named GLaDOS.
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'''Chell''' wakes up as a test subject within the abandoned complex, must discover what is going on whilst being subjected to a series of increasingly deadly test chambers. However the advanced portal gun technology allows her to innovatively defeat both the tests and the AI in the end.
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== Future ==
   
[[File:400MillionDead.jpg|right|thumb|Delays are serious business]]
 
[[File:400MillionDead.jpg|right|thumb|Delays are serious business]]
  
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