The Orange Box

XB360, PS3 / Action / Release: Oct 10, 2007 / ESRB: M

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J.J. Abrams says Half-Life and Portal movie idea is 'real,' promises collaboration

J.J. Abrams says Half-Life and Portal movie idea is 'real,' promises collaboration

Kicking off the DICE summit in Las Vegas today was a keynote presentation by Valve head Gabe Newell and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. At the talk, the two teased that they were interested in working together on future collaborations. "There's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on," Abrams said, while Newell said: "We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."

But how serious are the pair in making their wants a reality? Apparently, pretty serious. "It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets," Abrams said. "Which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas."

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Valve teaming up with Adult Swim for something Team Fortress-related

Valve teaming up with Adult Swim for something Team Fortress-related

Valve has teamed up with Adult Swim to create... something based on Team Fortress 2. Little is known about the collaboration, and it appears we may not hear more until "next week," when the promotion goes live.

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Valve's Newell Calls Xbox 360 Patching Process a "Train Wreck"

In an interview with PC Gamer, Valve's Gabe Newell has called Microsoft's process for patching on the Xbox 360, discussing the disparity between the post-launch of support of Team Fortress 2 on the PC versus the Xbox 360 in The Orange Box.

"We thought that there would be something that would emerge, because we figured it was a sort of untenable," explains Gabe. "'Oh yeah, we understand that these are the rules now, but it's such a train wreck that something will have to change.'" Read more »

"Don't even know how many times we have to have this conversation (in different ways). As it ..."
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Valve Reports Mac Game Performance Gains with Latest Mac OSX Update

Since the launch of Steam for the Mac and the release of Valve's back-catalog of Source-engine titles, Valve has been "working with Apple and their GPU vendors to close the performance gap with Windows." It has paid off!

The latest Mac OSX update, released yesterday for Snow Leopard implemented changes that led Valve to see, "depending on the game, video settings and the hardware.. measured frame rate improvements from 15% to 120%." Read more »

"i yesterday figured that loading takes forever when skype is running in the background. ..."
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Shack PSA: Valve's Orange Box 66% Off This Weekend

Valve today announced that The Orange Box--the acclaimed collection of Team Fortress 2, Portal, Half-Life 2 and its first two episodes--will be 66% off this weekend on Steam.

The reduction in price brings the five-game pack to a mere $10, making this the perfect opportunity to catch up for anyone that somehow skipped over the year 2007.

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"I would like to ask if anyone has anything they can give away if they dont play like Half Life ..."
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Valve Reveals Lifetime Retail Sales of Half-Life, Counter-Strike Series

Beloved developer Valve has released lifetime retail sales figures for some of its more popular games, including the Half-Life and Counter-Strike series, revealing that the studio has sold over 32.8 million games since the 1998 release of the first Half-Life.

Sales from Valve's digital distribution client are not factored in, with the figures only accounting for worldwide retail sales. With Half-Life 2, Valve began simultaneously releasing all of its PC games at retail and via Steam. The numbers were originally printed in the November issue of Game Informer, then republished by Gamasutra. Read more »

"They STILL don't count online and digital sales? *holds X - moves mouse to ARGH!*"
- ElArabDeMagnifico    See all 143 comments


Three-Dimensional Controller Support Coming to Orange Box, Left 4 Dead, More

A number of Valve's PC shooters will soon support Novint's Falcon controller (pictured left) as part of a new agreement, the companies have announced.

Serving as an alternative to the traditional mouse-based FPS control scheme, the Novint Falcon allows for three-dimensional freedom of movement and tactile response. Support for the peripheral will be added in an update distributed through Valve's digital download platform Steam. Read more »

"I don't know why they haven't put in TrackIR into source games. That one would kick ass in Left ..."
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Team Fortress 2 360 DLC Details Due 'Pretty Soon,' Fate of PlayStation 3 Content Uncertain

Speaking to Shacknews at last week's EA Spring Showcase, Valve Software marketing director Doug Lombardi addressed the state of downloadable content for Team Fortress 2 on consoles.

"We're looking at bringing the Goldrush and the new achievements and stuff out to the 360," Lombardi said. Valve internally developed the PC and 360 versions of TF2, with the PS3 edition outsourced to EA UK. Read more »

"I hope PS3 users get DLC we need it bad, clan support would be nice, along with all the other ..."
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The Orange Box PS3 Patch Released

An update is now available for the PlayStation 3 edition of Valve's mega-compilation The Orange Box, publisher Electronic Arts has announced.

Tweaks include improved stability, better online support, and the resolution of an issue that prevented players from signing online if they had over 30 friends. North American players will be prompted to download the patch when they sign into the online PlayStation Network within the game--a European update expected shortly. Read more »

"Fricking ridiculous that console cames are constantly getting patched these days. So much for ..."
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Valve Confirms Individual Orange Box Titles, Prices

Valve today confirmed reports that the PC version of its critically acclaimed compilation the Orange Box (PC, PS3, X360) will be split for individual retail sale on April 9.

Portal and Team Fortress 2, which had previously not been available individually at retail outlets, will be sold for $19.99 and $29.99, respectively. Valve is also planning the Half-Life 2 Episode Pack, which will include both Episode One and Two in addition to Half-Life 2 Deathmatch for online play, priced at $29.99. Read more »

"I thought they all were available separately from the git-go. Look at me paying attention!"
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Valve to Split The Orange Box on April 9

The Orange Box--Valve's acclaimed compilation containing Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode 2--will be split into separate PC titles on April 9, according to Joystiq.

The move is not one of desperation. While The Orange Box has done well on consoles, with well over a million copies sold between the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, Valve's Doug Lombardi characterized the PC release as "significantly stronger," citing a two-digit percentage increase over the console editions. Read more »

"Good example of how making games harder to pirate equals a closer gap between console and PC ..."
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Valve: New TF2 Maps Hopefully Free on Consoles; Xbox 360 Patch Arrives

All the new Team Fortress 2 maps that have or are planned to hit the PC edition of the game will indeed make their way to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Valve marketing VP Doug Lombardi has confirmed.

"The maps will come to the console versions," Lombardi informed Eurogamer. "There's a bit of work that makes sense for us to bundle them up and release them as packs." Read more »

"I'm wondering just how well the console version of the Orange box did in retail. The game hasn't ..."
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Orange Box PC to be Split into Separate SKUs

During yesterday's third quarter conference call, EA CFO Warren Jenson mentioned that the PC version of Valve's value-packed Orange Box would be unbundled and released at retail as separate titles.

The Orange Box, which includes Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Half Life: Episode Two, is currently only available on retail shelves in bundled form for the PC and console alike. The games were available on Valve's digital distribution platform Steam from day one. The plan comes as part of EA's strategy for the current fiscal quarter. Read more »

"What should I do to get more FPS on TF2? Besides the low quality option..."
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Valve's Customer Service is Best in Class

The esteemed employees of Half-Life developer Valve are well known for soliciting email directly from gamers; more to the point, they are known for responding. Shackers often send inquiries to Valve developers, and they get real results--even when the questions are somewhat unorthodox in nature.

Here are a few actual questions and responses Shackers have sent to and received from Valve.

Flush with enthusiasm after completing Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Shacker filthysock sent this email off to the Valve crew to share some of his thoughts: Read more »

"which puzzle is this? it is the one with the locked cage on the left and the switch up top on ..."
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The Orange Box Review

Why are you even reading this? Buy this product. Do it now. The Orange Box is available at retail and via Steam for PC, and at retail for Xbox 360. A retail PlayStation 3 release is expected on December 11, 2007. For in-depth appraisals of each of The Orange Box's newly-developed components, please peruse our individual reviews of Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. Chat with other Shackers about The Orange Box and its included games via the comment link below.

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