Valve released The Orange Box ten years ago today
Ten years ago today Valve released The Orange Box across PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. The five game bundle included Team Fortress 2, the original Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
It retailed for just $59.99 and contained several of the greatest games of all-time. The console version of TF2 would of course trail behind its PC counterpart but Portal, HL2 and its expansions were amazing single player experiences.
Since then Valve has, largely, stopped making original games. They’ve given up on making Half-Life 2: Episode 3 or Half-Life 3. They ended the Portal franchise in 2011 with the superb Portal 2.
They make enough money off Steam to give fans of their first-party non-DOTA games the middle finger, making this anniversary all the more bittersweet. Sadly, the old Valve is gone and while they’re doing fantastic things for PC gaming with Steam, they just don’t make as many games as they use to.
I have fond memories of playing The Orange Box during the holidays of 2007, beating Half-Life 2 for the first time, laughing at Glados’s one-liners in Portal and getting my ass handed to me in TF2. One day I hope to see Valve return to making games I am personally interested in.