* Updated: Wanted to include a link to MS Research lecture on using the Half Life 2 Game Engine in Academia
Question: What do you get when you combine what's been described as "The Best Game Ever Made" (Half-Life 2) and Visual Studio? Answer: Pure Joy
Brian Keller, my rock star partner-in-crime for Visual Studio Express, officially announced at TechEd Australia how Microsoft and Valve Software (makers of Half-Life 2) are working together in TechEd Australia yesterday. From the joint press release:
Today at Microsoft® Tech•Ed Australia, Microsoft Corp. announced that Valve Corp.®, creator of award-winning game franchises “Half-Life®” and “Counter-StrikeTM,” has named the upcoming Microsoft Visual C++® 2005 Express Edition as the preferred development environment for hobbyist Windows® developers creating modifications for SourceTM, the engine on which “Half-Life 2” is built. In addition, during Tech•Ed Australia, attendees will get to hear how Team Dystopia created its modification for “Half-Life 2” with Visual C++.
Team Dystopia, makers of a Cyberpunk Half-Life 2 mod gave five presentations on modding Half Life 2 at TechEd Australias. Here's a picture of the team at TechEd.
Not only that, to help support Half-Life 2 modders, we also launched the Half-Life 2 Mod Spot on Coding4Fun!
If you've never heard of Half-Life 2, they are literally the #1 PC Game of all time on MetaCritic. Here are just a couple of the glowing reviews:
And we're just getting started :)