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Other Places Videos Celebrate Iconic Game Settings From Portal 2, Dead Space, And More

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In any science fiction movie or series, the setting almost always becomes a character in and of itself. Whether unfolding on a distant alien world, a claustrophobic starship, or an alternative version of our own place and time, science fiction needs to provide a world that feels unique and real, so that whatever story is unfolding feels believable and engaging.

For video games, this is all the more true. With games, you’re not just watching a story unfold on the screen, you’re immersed in it, experiencing it, and the best games make you feel that you truly have been transported into a different world. The catch-22 of that reality, however, is that we often miss out on the details of those elaborate game worlds because we’re too busy running, gunning, or driving through it, full speed ahead. YouTuber ultrabrilliant’s “Other Places” series of videos aims to rectify that, providing beautiful tours of some of the most unforgettable game worlds out there, accompanied by thematically appropriate music from each game’s composers.

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Half-Life 2’s Gravity Gun Gets An Origin Story In This Short Film

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I haven’t played a videogame on a regular basis since the original Legend of Zelda on the original Nintendo Entertainment System—anything with more than two buttons and four possible directions is far beyond the limits of my physical dexterity. As a result, I’ve never played Half-Life or the follow up, Half-Life 2, but that sequel apparently features a pretty damn cool weapon, a gravity gun that allows you to pick up and throw heavy objects. While this sounds like an integral part of game play, you don’t need to have direct experience with this particular first person shooter in order to enjoy this short new film that explores the origins of this fun, inventive weapon.

Clocking in at just under five-minutes in length, this short is part of Geek Week on YouTube. You can see capabilities of the weapon on full display as a young woman named Alyx (Lilian Bowden) picks up a dumpster and throws it at some bad guys. This weapon is probably a lot of fun to play with, in the game or, you know, real life. Apparently it was originally intended for use handling hazardous chemicals and toxic waste so that people wouldn’t have to get too close, but it’s a short leap from that to using it as a weapon.

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Teaser Trailer For Jurassic Park Mod Looks Dino-mite

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Half-Life 2, despite being released in 2004, is still hogging a big chunk of the spotlight, due to additional releases, including episodic expansions that could have altogether served as an entire sequel. But a major bulk of this continued fascination comes from the user-created Mods, made possible by the Source engine, which include games based around everything from unofficial Portal games to to GoldenEye 007 to George Romero’s zombies. Last year’s odd indie hit Dear Esther? This is where it came from. You’ll notice I didn’t mention dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs! Now I did it. Jurassic Life, a Mod modelled after, you guessed it, Jurassic Park, spent the better part of last year in the creation stages, but the first actual gameplay footage has recently been released. Here it is…