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The Half-Life 2 community gathers to break its maximum player count for reasons

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The Half-Life 2 community has come together to break the record for maximum concurrent player count for one of the best FPS ever made, pushing the total from a lousy 6,882 to over 16K, which is certainly much more respectable. Why did the community do this? To see if it could be done, it seems.

Half-Life 2 ‘Breaking the Bar’ event was hosted by the fan community Lambda generation, who wanted to see if fans could increase Half-Life 2’s concurrent player count from the 6,882 in which it appeared SteamDB. It seems they even managed to surpass the all-time peak of 12,953 players from 10 years ago. The new record stands at 16,101, much more respectable.

The problem with the Half-Life 2 logs is that the game predates most of Steam’s follow-up features, as it was the title that Steam launched with in the most bare state imaginable. By the time Steam had started tracking things like concurrent player counts, most people had already finished Half-Life 2.

The ‘Breaking the Bar’ event started yesterday, August 14, and by the end of the day, it was obvious that the bar had really been exceeded. Of course, the big question remains why it was necessary to do it in the first place, but if the answer is “for fun” or “to see if it can be done,” then that’s fine with us.

Plus, if the fan-created Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection shows up soon, that will give everyone the excuse to go play one of the best FPS ever made once again, even if it’s still missing an ending.

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