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  • #16
    I suppose they don't care just for this specific game but for the collection of the games that runs on goldsrc.

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    • #17
      According to a User named Fred, he emailed Valve about the goldsrc engine a yesterday or whatnot, telling them what a win/win senario it would be for them... who knows... (you can find this in the half-life(beta) post in the community section of Steam4Linux)

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      • #18
        Any way to buy it without Steam?

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        • #19
          I just clicked properties on Counter Strike in the Steam Linux client and joined this SteamPipe Beta, Counter Strike is now installed on my Linux steam client.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by gigaplex View Post
            I'm confused as to why they ported the GoldSrc version. They've got an official build of the original Half Life that runs on the newer source engine, why not use that one?
            1. GoldSrc is heavily optimized for OpenGL and Source is apparently using a D3D to OpenGL wrapper on Linux or some such thing.

            2. Mods. Lots and lots of mods.

            3. Other GoldSrc games inculding the HL spin-offs.

            4. Many Linux users outside of the US are running setups with hardware that is several years old, making GoldSrc the perfect choice to port due to it's age and level of optimization for that sort of hardware, so that they can get a taste of what Steam can offer them.

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            • #21
              Says "Failed to launch game (missing executable)" though.
              Am trying to get past this as being a Half-Life mod it should be fairly simple?

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              • #22
                Awesome.. never did get to play the original. Looks like I have a reason too now Thanks Valve!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by r1348 View Post
                  Ok that came unexpected, I honestly expected to see their Source titles out first...

                  Edit: it's not listed in the Linux games and the Store page claims it's Windows-only... Where did you get this from Micheal?
                  On the steam forums a few have already played it. ( those who have hl )
                  I am thinking of installing it.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by F i L View Post
                    Awesome.. never did get to play the original. Looks like I have a reason too now Thanks Valve!
                    I have to say that of FPS games, the original Half-life has to be the one which I've had the most enjoyment out of, all things considered. Great single-player campaign and of course the endless multiplayer Half-life/MOD skirmishes at LAN parties back in the day.

                    That said, Starcraft Broodwars will always be my number one game when all genres are considered, I've notched up a frightening number of hours playing that game, still do play it from time to time in a WM against buddies, it just never gets too old!

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                    • #25
                      For those interested, you can just buy the Windows version to get access to the Half-Life (Beta) entry in the Linux library. That is what I did a few hours ago and have been enjoying the game since. Runs great for me on Kubuntu 12.04, only had a few minor issues. Mostly an occasional glitch in the overlay text where there are random letters missing, similar to what happens with TF2 just much less frequently. Also got stuck in a wall when loading an area once, but that is likely a bug that isn't specific to the Linux port.

                      Some folks have complained about missing sound fx when not using Pulseaudio. It doesn't effect me as I am using Pulse, but apparently it is a dependency at this point. Others have had issues with looking up and down with the mouse, not sure what is causing that as I haven't run into that one. Also seen a few reports of rare instances of missing textures in certain areas, still haven't seen that one personally either. After I stopped playing a little bit ago the game updated though, so some of these issues may already be cleared up.

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                      • #26
                        I used to make tutorials and help people map and mod on the old Valve-ERC forum :-) This I am very warm and unexpected move by valve

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                        • #27
                          This is awesome! I never did get to play through this one.

                          just fyi, I recall getting stuck in a wall when I played this under Wine, years ago. It's probably not a Linux specific bug.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by kickback999 View Post
                            Says "Failed to launch game (missing executable)" though.
                            Am trying to get past this as being a Half-Life mod it should be fairly simple?
                            I launched CS (after installing it via Steam) with this command:
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                            cd ~/Steam/SteamApps/common/Counter-Strike; LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:. ./hl_linux -game cstrike;
                            From: http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410...7912687423427/

                            I can only assume it will be the same type of command to launch other HL1 based mods, the command is very similar to how we used to launch mods back in the days on windows to go straight into the mod, instead of going into HL first, then click mods and selecting your mod.

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                            • #29
                              You can start counter strike using:
                              Code:
                              cd ~/.steam/root/SteamApps/common/Counter-Strike
                              LD_LIBRARY_PATH=~/.steam/bin:. LD_PRELOAD=gameoverlayrenderer.so ./hl_linux -game cstrike -console
                              Then you can try "cl_showfps 1". It did not start on my netbook with 1024x600 fullscreen due to a bug, but just edited the hl.conf that is created on start and set it to windowed, then it gave me over 30 fps. That's really nice...

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                              • #30
                                Been playing counterstrike all afternoon.

                                Thanks Valve

                                Looking forward to CS Source and CS:GO

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