Will Verduzco · Sep 26, 2013 at 06:30 am

Grab that Crowbar, it’s Half Life on Windows RT

OK, I must admit before I write anything else that this story hits extremely close to home on the nostalgia front. Having first played the game upon release in 1998 and considering it one of the best games of any genre ever made, Half Life’s single player campaign not only forged a new genre of story-driven and immersive first person shooters; It defined the later part of my childhood.

With that disclaimer etched in digital 1s and 0s, I’m delighted to say that it is possible to enjoy this masterpiece of digital entertainment on Windows RT tablets thanks to XDA Forum Member S1yRuleZ. The project is built atop the preexisting WinQuake ARM project by Senior Member bfosterjr. The game itself is occasionally glitchy, but this shouldn’t detract from the pure awesomeness of being able to travel between worlds and defeat the Nihilanth and the rest of the Xen forces.

Naturally, users must supply their own game data (PAK files), which can easily be obtained from the original game’s ID1 folder. This is because the actual game content is housed within these files, and including them would be less than legal. However, even if you can’t find that old installation CD of yours, you can always pick up this relic of a game for practically pennies on your online game distribution network of choice.

Head over to the original thread to get started.


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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