Half-Life (video game)

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A Lambda symbol, which is used as the main logo for the Half-Life series

Half-Life is a series of first-person shooter games developed and published by Valve Corporation. The games combine shooting combat, puzzles, and storytelling. The original Half-Life was released in 1998 to critical success, followed up by a sequel in 2004, Half-Life 2, which reached even further success. The series has had multiple expansions, such as Opposing Force in 1999, Blue Shift and Decay in 2001 for the original game, and episodic games Half-Life 2: Lost Coast in 2005, Half-Life 2: Episode One in 2006, and Half-Life: Episode Two in 2007.

Connection to Weezer

In 2004, a book called Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar by David Hodgson was published by Prima Games. The book was a behind the scenes look at the production of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, as well as the production of other Valve titles, such as Team Fortress, Day of Defeat, Counter-Strike, and Counter-Strike: Source. It is no longer in print and has become a collectible item amongst fans of the series.

Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar also had an alternate version called the Uncorrected Proof. This version of the book was never meant to be sold or distributed, and was only meant to be looked at and corrected to ensure that any misconceptions or errors by the authors and supervisors were removed. A copy of this version eventually was sold on eBay to a fan of the series, and the pages were promptly scanned and uploaded online. In this version, it goes much further into detail on many other subjects, most of which never made it to the final book.

Section .11, titled "Metamorphosis: Extra Life for Half-Life", goes in depth on various special versions and collectors editions of the original Half-Life. On page 161, which discusses the release of the Half-Life Platinum Pack, there is an image of two Half-Life themed guitars. The subtitle reads:

"The Half-Life guitar, constructed for the band Weezer"

A screenshot of the guitars straight from the book
The cover of the first Half-Life game, for comparison

The two guitars appear to be a kind of Gibson SG, which both Rivers Cuomo and Brian Bell have been using for many years. They are both recolored to match the color scheme of the first Half-Life game, and both feature a stylized Lambda logo, which is a common symbol seen throughout the Half-Life series. The guitar on the left is bright orange with a white Lambda logo. The guitar draws close similarities to the game's cover artwork. The guitar on the right is a deep blue, with an orange Lambda logo. It seems that the pickguard has the same texture as the guitar on the left, but colored black to fit the design.

It is currently unknown when these guitars were given to Weezer, if these guitars are still in the hands of Weezer, if they were ever even given to Weezer, or if they even exist in the first place, as they are only in the Uncorrected Proof, and never show up in the final release. If they do exist, they were most likely created as promotion, and said promotion never happened.

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