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The '''Half-Life universe''' encompasses the first person shooter Half Life series, as well as the puzzle-based Portal series.
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The '''Half-Life universe''' encompasses the first person shooter Half-Life series, as well as the puzzle-based Portal series as spin-off series from Half-Life games.
    
== Setting ==
 
== Setting ==
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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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'''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.
    
'''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]].
 
'''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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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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'''City 17''' which is one of the cities that Combine sending Human species to live and it's surrounding areas somewhere likely Northern Eastern Europe are settings of <i>Half-Life 2</i> and its episodes.
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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]] with optional [[cybernetics]] and overwhelming military might transported through inter-universe portals.
    
== Futurist themes and concepts ==
 
== Futurist themes and concepts ==
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<i>Half life 2: Episode 3</i>'s development has been widely known and discussed since 2006.  Originally intended for a tentative release for Christmas of 2007, the game is still in development with very few known details.
 
<i>Half life 2: Episode 3</i>'s development has been widely known and discussed since 2006.  Originally intended for a tentative release for Christmas of 2007, the game is still in development with very few known details.
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In August 2017, series writer Marc Laidlaw posted a possible script for Episode 3 with swapped character names and genders to his personal blog.<ref>[http://www.marclaidlaw.com/epistle-3/ Epistle 3], Marc Laidlaw, August 2017</ref><ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urza2sbU68Q Half-Life 2: Episode 3's Story Released By Marc Laidlaw], Valve News Network, August 24, 2017</ref>  The story showcases "The Disparate's" technological power with a [[Dyson sphere]], and a character re-instantiated from [[Mind_uploading#Backup|personality backup]].
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In August 2017, series writer Marc Laidlaw posted a possible script for Episode 3 with swapped character names and genders to his personal blog as 'Fanfic'.<ref>[http://www.marclaidlaw.com/epistle-3/ Epistle 3], Marc Laidlaw, August 2017</ref><ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urza2sbU68Q Half-Life 2: Episode 3's Story Released By Marc Laidlaw], Valve News Network, August 24, 2017</ref>  The story showcases "The Disparate's" technological power with a [[Dyson sphere]], and a character re-instantiated from [[Mind_uploading#Backup|personality backup]].
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<i>Black Mesa</i>, A fan remake of the original <i>Half Life</i> in the Source engine, was originally released as a mod before transitioning to a commercial game in its own right with the support of Valve Software.  Later stages are still in development.
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<i>Black Mesa</i>, A fan remake of the original <i>Half Life</i> in the Source engine, was originally released as a mod before transitioning to a commercial game while being early access in its own right with the support of Valve Software.  Later stages are still in development, especially working on remake version of Xen levels.
    
== Media ==
 
== Media ==

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