Proven by a famous modder, you can now play Half-Life on an Android smart watch and use the limited resources the device offers for actual gaming. Although no one might do it, modder Dave Bennett has shown to his fans how to play Valve’s classic game on your wrist by optimizing it to the power of a smart watch.
And yet Valve is still stretching the gaming community’s patience by not announcing Half-Life 3. However, with their track record of never releasing the third installment, the anticipation might be considered a little farfetched by now.
Bennett, however, has in the meantime demonstrated that little is impossible with the knowledge and the right engine to run it. Using GoldSource, a modified Quake engine made by Valve themselves, he has managed to make the first installment of the famous Half-Life series playable on an Android smart watch, demonstrating as much in his videos.
Known for breaking the limits of operating systems, the modder put together a tutorial on how anyone can achieve the same, along with a small glimpse into what the first-person shooter game will look like on your wrist. However, Bennett himself has spoken that it’s an achievement to show the possibility, not actual practicality.
After all, it is an 1.65 inch screen and any functionality concerning aiming or even certain moving will prove to be beyond a nightmare. It could be interesting to see avid gamers and fans of the game be able to actually complete the entire storyline on a smart watch. Though that may be edging them a little too close to a mental breakdown.
The swiping left and right can be misinterpreted and the graphics are still pretty much the same as they were back in 1998 when the game was first released, but the gadget performed surprisingly well. It was able to achieve a high of 60 fps (frames per second) and a low of 2 fps in the presence of more complex textures.
It’s still quite impressive regardless, considering an Android smart watch was never meant for that type of gaming. The touchscreen does not make life easier in the slightest for any possible gamer, but the mere fact that it’s possible reminds us how far we’ve come with technology. You can now play classics like Half-Life on your wrist.
Just because you can though, doesn’t mean you should.
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