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FREEMAN'S MIND 2: EPISODE 1

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I don't know, that's probably the logical explanation, but I like to think that Barney is just acting like "Oh yeah, I'm best mates with Gordon Freeman!" to impress people, while in reality the only interaction they've ever had was Barney opening airlocks for Gordon, who never really noticed him.

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I think Gordon doesn't recognize Breen, simply because he has never known about him. In beginning of Half-Life, where you are on the tram ride, text is displayed to show information about your character. One piece of text says "Administrative Sponsor: Classified". I'm assuming that it's talking about Breen. If so, then the fact that Breen is the administrator of Black Mesa would have been classified. Plus, in Half-Life and one or two of its expansions, people referred to Breen as "The Administrator" with a bit of an ominous tone. They have never referred to The Administrator by name.

 

As for Barney, I'm not sure why Gordon would or would not remember him. Him owing Gordon beer is probably not to be taken seriously, and could simply be a joking reference to all the security guards in Half-Life that say, "Catch me later! I'll buy you a beer!" When I played Half-Life 2 for the first time, I had no idea who Barney was, except his was one of the guards in Half-Life. However, in Half-Life, Barney was in the game once, when he was banging on the door, and that's it. However, much of the game is only put in the perspective of Gordon, and even then, only in specific times. The chances are, Gordon was probably getting drunk with Barney a week before the Black Mesa incident. They were good friends, and there was no reason for Barney to introduce himself to Gordon as if they never met.

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I appreciate the use of the original, pre-Mac update engine.

Umm, it's not? I believe this is the 2007/2010 SteamPipe version. Notice NPCs don't blink? G-Man's eyes are glowing?

Aha! I knew the 2010 update glitched something with the facial rigs! I remember playing just after it came out and thinking "why does Alyx not seem to emote as much anymore? Am I just crazy?" And to this day I've never gotten any clear indication if I was right or not. But knowing that blinking broke is a step in the right direction.

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Thanks Ross, absolutely made my day with this one. Good timing too, just finished rewatching all of Freeman's Mind on impulse the other day.

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As for Barney, I'm not sure why Gordon would or would not remember him. Him owing Gordon beer is probably not to be taken seriously, and could simply be a joking reference to all the security guards in Half-Life that say, "Catch me later! I'll buy you a beer!" When I played Half-Life 2 for the first time, I had no idea who Barney was, except his was one of the guards in Half-Life. However, in Half-Life, Barney was in the game once, when he was banging on the door, and that's it. However, much of the game is only put in the perspective of Gordon, and even then, only in specific times. The chances are, Gordon was probably getting drunk with Barney a week before the Black Mesa incident. They were good friends, and there was no reason for Barney to introduce himself to Gordon as if they never met.

I am guessing they are friends ,they are friends (only behind the scenes).

I was kind of disappointd that Ross didn't "take him as a friend" but i am sure Ross knows what he is doing

here is the wiki page:

Barney and Gordon have been friends since Black Mesa. They both would race into Dr. Kleiner's office via the air ducts when he would lock himself out. Barney would save Gordon from a miserable fate at Nova Prospekt, and send him on his way to Kleiner's Lab. The two would later fight side by side in the fierce street fighting in City 17, and escorting people out of the city. Barney also comments Gordon's relationship with Alyx, calling Gordon a "lucky dog". He still owes Gordon a beer.

They are friends in the half life world,not so sure about Freeman's mind world.

I am pretty fucking sure Ross does know what hes doing

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I just remembered, there's one moment in freeman's mind where Gordon saw Barney Calhoun. If he remembers Barney at all, it's oging to be as the sucker who couldn't get the door open.

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I think Gordon doesn't recognize Breen, simply because he has never known about him. In beginning of Half-Life, where you are on the tram ride, text is displayed to show information about your character. One piece of text says "Administrative Sponsor: Classified". I'm assuming that it's talking about Breen. If so, then the fact that Breen is the administrator of Black Mesa would have been classified.

 

I dunno. I always took that text to mean the G-Man and his ehhhhhhhmployers.

 

Plus, in Half-Life and one or two of its expansions, people referred to Breen as "The Administrator" with a bit of an ominous tone. They have never referred to The Administrator by name.

 

Yep. Breen was the administrator of Black Mesa, but the sponsor, in my opinion, was not Breen.

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Ah, at long last! I was surprised that Freeman didn't remark on the enormous cloud-breaching tower, but I guess he's had a lot to take in very quickly, although he does seem to have picked up that his situation has not improved. :P

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I was kind of disappointd that Ross didn't "take him as a friend" but i am sure Ross knows what he is doing

here is the wiki page:

Barney and Gordon have been friends since Black Mesa. They both would race into Dr. Kleiner's office via the air ducts when he would lock himself out. Barney would save Gordon from a miserable fate at Nova Prospekt, and send him on his way to Kleiner's Lab. The two would later fight side by side in the fierce street fighting in City 17, and escorting people out of the city. Barney also comments Gordon's relationship with Alyx, calling Gordon a "lucky dog". He still owes Gordon a beer.

 

They are friends in the half life world,not so sure about Freeman's mind world.

I am pretty fucking sure Ross does know what hes doing

 

Okay, that's a good point. It seems then that Ross chose an alternate path. But please, there is no need to be hostile.

 

 

I dunno. I always took that text to mean the G-Man and his ehhhhhhhmployers.

 

Okay, yeah. I got the Administrator confused with the Administrative Sponsor. Probably G-Man doing his thing right there. Then why did they keep referring to Breen as "The Administrator"? It's as if you're not supposed to mention him by name.

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Think he'll meet Kleiner in the next episode, whenever that is, or will it be two episodes? Also I REALLY hope he can make time to do these once every two months, or even once a month. I know, I know, he HAS to finish the movie, but he's made one, so maybe he can find time?

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why did they keep referring to Breen as "The Administrator"? It's as if you're not supposed to mention him by name.

 

I don't think there was ever a rule that you're supposed to mention him by name, but it was just how he was referenced in day-to-day dialog at Black Mesa. Alyx calls him "your old administrator" in the upcoming meeting. I'm sure she got that title from her father. Maybe after the Black Mesa incident, Eli used the term "administrator" in a sardonic and sarcastic way around Alyx. During the events of Half-Life 1, it was just 'what you did'.

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Yeah. It could be that they just decided to call him by his title, but in Half-Life and its expansions, they mention him by his title ominously with a bit of emphasis. That's what makes me think it's more than just a day-to-day mention of him. It just seemed a bit odd that they would call him that in such a fashion, especially in a professional setting. This wasn't just one person saying it in such a fashion, either. I think there have been 3 different people mentioning his name in Black Mesa, and they all said it in such an ominous and stressed tone. I'm not saying there's an actual rule against calling him by name, but it's just something that seems 'discouraged'. Alyx first called him "Breen" before calling him "your old administrator". I do agree that Alyx got a lot of the history from Eli, who also called him "Dr. Breen". But that was after the Black Mesa incident, where they didn't nearly respect him as much. The scientists at Black Mesa, however, never bothered to just call him "Dr. Breen". It's like in the Harry Potter movies where they say "He Who Shall Not Be Named" instead of "Voldemort", except it is less dramatic in this case. It's also like how in the second and third episodes, Gordon says, "You're on the list." He mentions "the list" in an ominous manner, as if it's a bad thing. It's just something I've noticed.

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Yes, the ultimate quote mine is BACK!

 

"What the hell?! What's going on? Desperate women love me!"

 

"I got my degree under the tutelage of Dr. Pepper."

 

"It's best to grab it out of someone's hand on the street. Because they'll chase you, but they won't file a police report over a stolen hotdog."

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