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Half-Life 2 City 17 Real City Map – Game Designer Speaks Out

Even though Half-Life 2 was originally launched back in 2004, the game still has a huge fan base. In fact, one of the most popular memes in the gaming community is related to Gaben Newell (CEO of Valve) who keeps teasing that Half-Life 3 is being developed but sadly, the game never comes out. With that being said, it should come as no surprise that a dedicated Half Life fan decided to map out Half-Life 2’s City 17.

City 17 Atlas Map

Ask any fan of the Half-Life franchise which city they loved the most and they will tell you that it is City 17. Considering the fact that Half-Life 2 was launched back in 2004 when games didn’t feature huge maps and great graphics, everyone was left in awe after visiting City 17.

Konstantinos Dimopoulos is game designer that has a PhD in urban planning and he used his expertise to create an atlas of City 17. Yes, you read that right! Konstantin Dimopoulos created a detailed map of Half-Life 2’s City 17 and everyone can check it out for free.

Game Designer Speaks Out

“City 17 is one o the most successful, coherent, economically designed, and memorable urban environments ever crafter” said the game designer. “The imposing alien tower, the Citadel, instantly sets the tone, and acts as a major landmark that keeps players both oriented and focused on their goal. Combined with a network of minor landmarks consisting of elements like the station square’s obelisk or the horse statue it makes the city easy to mentally map, and thus legible.” added Konstantinos Dimopoulos.

Virtual City

Konstantinos Dimopoulos is a huge fan of Half-Life 2, but that’s not the only game he loves playing. The game designer said that he is currently working on creating a virtual city map of Grand Theft Auto: Los Santos’s Map, but the atlas map is still in development.

By Henry R. Lares

Henry Lares is still early into his career as tech reporter but has already had his work published in many major publications including Tech Crunch and the Huffington Post.  In regards to academics, Henry earned an engineering degree from Apex Technical School. Henry has a passion for emerging technology and covers upcoming products and breakthroughs in science and tech.

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