When Half-Life was initially released in Germany, Valve made a censored version to comply with the country's laws concerning violent media. Robots take the place of marines, scientists and guards will sit down when they're supposed to be dead and barnacles spew gears and springs. About two decades later, Germany allowed the uncensored version to be sold.
Marc Laidlaw, who wrote Half-Life's plot, was once asked by an interviewer if he was pleased with the game's storytelling. He replied, "Very pleased. I think a lot of people felt that the 3D shooter didn't need a storyline -- that it would be wasted on the kind of people who play such things. But everyone I know likes stories. I couldn't imagine that gamers wouldn't like having a story if it deepened their involvement in the game instead of booting them out of it."
In early 2000, Half-Life, including mods like Counterstrike, were banned in Singapore for excessive violence. There were even reports of LAN shops being raided to this end. Luckily, many of the game's faithful petitioned the ruling, causing it to be overturned shortly thereafter.
Black Mesa Transit System: Good morning and welcome to the Black Mesa Transit System. This automated train is provided for the security and convenience of the Black Mesa Research Facility personnel.
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