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Half-Life fan film charts rise of the crowbar

The humble crowbar is Gordon Freeman's truest friend in the game Half-Life. One fan filmmaker charts this epic meeting of giants.

Video screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET

Half-Life's crowbar -- the very first weapon and tool found by scientist Gordon Freeman after an accident tears the Black Mesa laboratory apart -- is almost as iconic as the protagonist himself. From start to finish, it never stops being useful, and no Freeman cosplay would be complete without that unassuming piece of iron.

In the game, Freeman finds the crowbar laying on the ground, a chance acquisition. But one fan, director Joe Miale, asks the question: Where did the crowbar come from? How did it find its way into the hands of Gordon Freeman?

His short film, "Half-Life: Raise the Bar," charts the crowbar's journey from before the accident that shook the facility, all the way down to the loading bay. Sure, Miale takes a little bit of poetic license with the source material, but when a fan film is this good, all you want to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy.

It seems timely: rumors have recently been revived of a Half-Life 3, thanks to a screenshot reportedly showing Valve's internal tracking software, listing, among other things, a project titled "Half-Life 3." Mind you, we've been burned so many times...

When you're done watching below, hop on over to YouTube to check out Miale's other fan project, "Assassin's Creed: Checkmate" (which was not accompanied by a rumor of any kind).

(Source: CNET Australia via The Awesomer)