The original Half-Life gets an update

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Valve just released an update on 21 August for Half-Life. Not Half-Life 2, the original, now 20-year old game. Is it anything big, you might ask? Well... no, not really. Just a short list of minor bug fixes.
Here is the changelog:
Changelog said:
A small update for Half-Life is now available:

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  • Fixed bug in skybox image loading
  • Fixed bug in demo command processing
  • Prevent certain path characters from being used in commands
  • Enforce certain extensions be used for files specified in some commands
Are you excited for this update? What do you think?

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Valve just released an update on 21 August for Half-Life. Not Half-Life 2, the original, now 20-year old game. Is it anything big, you might ask? Well... no, not really. Just a short list of minor bug fixes.
Here is the changelog:

Are you excited for this update? What do you think?

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after so many years, there is only one reason companies update such old games.
tell me, what copyrighted music or other resources did they removed so they don't have to pay for licenses?

why i am saying this:
plenty of games, specially the gta franchise, after so many years gets a surprise update, where they remove music because they lost the rights to sell it.
so i am suspecting that there is an actual reason valve cared to update the game after so long
 
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after so many years, there is only one reason companies update such old games.
tell me, what copyrighted music or other resources did they removed so they don't have to pay for licenses?

why i am saying this:
plenty of games, specially the gta franchise, after so many years gets a surprise update, where they remove music because they lost the rights to sell it.
I'm pretty sure Half-Life's OST is all original.
 
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Holy shit. Valve is actually STILL caring about the games they've made? Perhaps this could be foreshadowing something big...?

Nah. Probably not.
 

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after so many years, there is only one reason companies update such old games.
tell me, what copyrighted music or other resources did they removed so they don't have to pay for licenses?

why i am saying this:
plenty of games, specially the gta franchise, after so many years gets a surprise update, where they remove music because they lost the rights to sell it.
so i am suspecting that there is an actual reason valve cared to update the game after so long

Normally that would probably be the case.

Here though "Prevent certain path characters from being used in commands and Enforce certain extensions be used for files specified in some commands" says security update to me, the other two are minor fixes they might have had in the pipeline. Arbitrary characters and files could see extensions or scripts fish out files from the target computer, and if it is an old game chances are it is running admin/UAC mode as well. I remember having a conversation about something similar with a ROM and an emulator once and called it a "movie plot threat"... while this is subtly different it is not so far off.
 
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In these days it's easy to push updates and since they are still selling it is they should push bugfixes anyways.

What does that "certain pathes" thing mean? I never played the game but I guess there must be some kind of terminal to enter commands at some point? What paths aren't useable anymore and what were possible when they still were? Damaging outside-game stuff?
 
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Why would they bother with a 20 yer old game? It always puzzles me when developers release updates for otherwise dead games/consoles. Like I get it. There’s bugs. There will always be bugs. Why bother?
 

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Why would they bother with a 20 yer old game? It always puzzles me when developers release updates for otherwise dead games/consoles. Like I get it. There’s bugs. There will always be bugs. Why bother?
I'm pretty sure it's a department thing. If you don't do enough, you don't get the funding. Or it could be a punishment/parole thing. Or seeing what the new interns can do. Once a company gets big enough, it's not about what you should do anymore, it's what you can do.
 
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Why would they bother with a 20 yer old game? It always puzzles me when developers release updates for otherwise dead games/consoles. Like I get it. There’s bugs. There will always be bugs. Why bother?
To show that they care (= reputation shaping)?

I bet those bugs were easy to fix too (once found!)
 

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I'm pretty sure it's a department thing. If you don't do enough, you don't get the funding. Or it could be a punishment/parole thing. Or seeing what the new interns can do. Once a company gets big enough, it's not about what you should do anymore, it's what you can do.
So basically, they fix it just because they can? I feel like they could still put those resources to better use. That’s like if Microsoft just pushed an update for Windows 95.
 

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Valve just released an update on 21 August for Half-Life. Not Half-Life 2, the original, now 20-year old game. Is it anything big, you might ask? Well... no, not really. Just a short list of minor bug fixes.
Here is the changelog:

Are you excited for this update? What do you think?

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