Half-Life decays to $1

Between the five-for-one megacompilation better known as The Orange Box and the $100, 22-game Complete Pack, Valve knows a thing or two about giving gamers a good deal. With the release of the original Half-Life 10 years ago to the day, Valve is once again relying on its proven bargain-hunter...

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Between the five-for-one megacompilation better known as The Orange Box and the $100, 22-game Complete Pack, Valve knows a thing or two about giving gamers a good deal. With the release of the original Half-Life 10 years ago to the day, Valve is once again relying on its proven bargain-hunter strategy by practically giving the hallmark shooter away.

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Valve has announced that beginning today, gamers can purchase the original Half-Life through its online distribution service Steam for $0.98. For the record, that's a $9.01 savings over Valve's previous asking price of $9.99. The offer is good until 12:01 p.m. PST on November 21.

A seminal first-person shooter in its own right, Valve's Half-Life won more than 50 Game of the Year awards upon its release in 1998 and spawned a franchise that would go on to sell in excess of 20 million units. The game has also been named one of GameSpot's Greatest Games of All-Time, thanks in large part to the way it told its story, as well as the now-standard use of scripted events. Oh, and a lot of people thought it wasn't a half-bad shooter, either.

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