Attack of the Fanboy

Half-Life Gets A New Patch…19 Years After Launch

by Jelani James


Games don’t usually get patches when they’re 19-years-old. Then again, most games aren’t like Half-Life, as evidenced by the fact that it just got a new patch — 19 years since it’s launch in November 1998.

Yes, that’s right, there might not be any mention of a Half-Life 3, but clearly at least one Valve employee is still working on — or, at the very least, looking at — the series and touched-up the game so it can run smoother on modern hardware.

That said, the fixes aren’t anything substantial, just things that the community has pointed out:

  • Fixed crash when entering certain malformed strings into the game console. Thanks to Marshal Webb from BackConnect, Inc for reporting this.
  • Fixed crash when loading a specially crafted malformed BSP file. Thanks to Grant Hernandez (@Digital_Cold) for reporting this.
  • Fixed malformed SAV files allowing arbitrary files to be written into the game folder. Thanks to Vsevolod Saj for reporting this.
  • Fixed a crash when quickly changing weapons that are consumable. Thanks to Sam Vanheer for reporting this.
  • Fixed crash when setting custom decals

Now, with Half-Life patched, hopefully Valve makes an entirely new entry in the series.

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