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The Raison d'etre of the G-Man is seemingly to simply appear. He brings a remarkable air of intrigue to the game by appearing unaffected by the catastrophes that surround him: he's there, but you'll be damned if you can work out why exactly...
(This list was compiled from a mix of experience and memory, cross-referenced with various walkthroughs. Though mostly my work, I still must adknowledge the brilliant Half-Life2 G-Man section at hlfallout)
An Extra Special Big Thank You to Polaris ( ), who is responsible for most of the HL, Opposing Force and Blue Shift G-Man Screenshots. Also, to Loke, responsible for the exceedingly rare Half-Life: Decay screenshot which completes the set of Black Mesa era G-Man sightings)
#1 The Manual, "March 3rd"
The G-Man appears from the White Door, is interrupted by the chanting of Vortiguants, and trapped behind their Aura whilst Gordon is allowed to escape.
No kidding. It's in a leaflet bundled with Sierra's 1999-2000 UK releases, though there are two versions, one of which lacks a TF2 preview (I found mine in a box for superb 3D RTS Homeworld). Team Fortress 2: Brotherhood of Arms appears on the fifth page sporting a now hilariously optimisitic "coming 2000" release date and a handful of ye-olde shots.
In the top right is a screenshot featuring the G-Man, flanked by two cronies, standing in front of a Half-Life Apache. Whilst clearly the credibility of this promotional screenshot is minimal, it's interesting to speculate whether TF2 was once intended to tie in with the Half-Life universe (unlikely now that the game has re-emerged as something quite different)
See also the Media links in the far right column of this page for Promo material featuring the G-Man
James speculates that at the end of We don't go to Ravenholm (HL2), a very faint G-Man can be seen as Alyx speaks on a small TV. However, due to the nature of this extremely faint image, on an already disturbed screen, it is impossible to determine whether this is the G-Man or simply Alyx's outline. As a texture based sighting (like #5 and #12), this cannot be verified by finding the "set" from which the image is "broadcast" (which can be found by no-clipping around the map). As such this sighting will not be an official sighting, just a merely "speculative sighting". At least until I see compelling evidence from Valve itself.
After his habit of randomly appearing, the G-Man's speeches are the most memorable element of the character. They feel strangely rewarding to hear, despite often answering little and being quite abstract. They are further enhanced by some great voice work that gives him some very strange speech features, as if English isn't his first language...
With the Nihlianth in its death throes, Gordon loses consciousness. He comes to somewhere on Xen on what almost appears like an elevator of some sort. The Suited Man is opposite him. He Speaks:
"Gordon Freeman, in the flesh - or rather, in the Hazard Suit - I took the liberty of relieving you of your weapons: most of them were government property... as for the suit; I think you've earned it."
A flash and they are both transported to what appears to be a battlefield on Xen. The wrecks of a Tank and Fighter place litter the oddly sandy landscape - it's almost as if Earth has come to Xen...
"The Border World, Xen, is in our control - for the time being - thanks to you. Quite a nasty piece of work you've managed over there, I am impressed."
Flash. They now stand in another Xen landscape which arches above them.
In the distance, some kind of Xen flocking bird can be seen.
Flash; They're now both in what appears to be the Tram from the
beginning of the game, though it is seemingly flying through space...
The door of the tram opens and the Suited Man urges Gordon inside. Rather than refusing the offer ("Well, it looks like we won't be working together"), Gordon enters the Portal:
"Wisely done Mister Freeman! I Will see you up ahead..."
a violent battle with the gene-worm, Shepherd is knocked unconscious. He
comes to onboard a Military Osprey, flying near Black Mesa. The Suited
Man is with him.
Flash - all of a sudden, the Osprey is no longer flying over New Mexico.
Pieces of land float outside the helicopter. This is Xen.
flash, and this time the Osprey is seemingly in space.
The Cockpit cabin opens: there is a portal within. The Suited Man disappears into it and Shepherd is left alone, floating in the void...
has been suspended in the void for an indeterminate time. Half-Life2
opens with the G-Man's amazingly rendered face filling the screen. He
speaks abstractly of what is to come whilst images of locations familiar
and alien appear in the background.
Not that I wish to imply you have been sleeping on the job... No-one is more deserving of a rest. And all the effort in the world would have gone to waste until... Well, Let's just say: your hour has come again.
The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.
So... Wake up, Mister Freeman... Wake up and smell the ashes."
The Suited Man zooms off into the distance as a Train materialises around Gordon. The blast of the Engine's horn is heard as the train pulls into an unknown station...
*The events of Half-Life2 happen*
launching singularities into the Dark Energy reactor atop the Citadel,
Alyx rushes out to Gordon. As the reactor grows visibly unstable, Alyx
implores Gordon to get moving. Maybe they still have T...
The Reactor has exploded, but Time has seemingly stopped completely. The G-Man materialises, walking an invisible path from the direction of the massive but static explosion.
It seems as though you only just arrived. You've done a great deal in a small
time... span. You've done so well, in fact, that I've received some interesting offers for your services. Ordinarily, I wouldn't contemplate them, but these are extraordinary
Gordon, now back in void-like storage sees the G-Man walk out through a pure-white door. He disappears and the rectangle of light closes.
Half-Life2 Episode One
As Episode One opens, the Vortiguants use their mysterious powers to recover Alyx from the top of the Citadel. Then we see the G-Man walk out of the pure-white door and appears to be about to address Gordon. He is distracted and visibly worried by some bizarre alien chanting; The camera pans out and we see a ring of Vortiguants casting some kind of field upon the G-Man. He violently adjusts his tie and scowls:
"We'll see... about that!"
Vortiguants close in upon Gordon and free him from the G-Man's influence.
Speculation - additional speeches(?)
second Half-Life G-Man sighting is accompanied by muffled conversation.
Technically, these words are attributed to the G-Man, but the fact that
they were never really meant to be heard and that the Half-Life story is
in constant flux mean that the words may not technically be cannon
anymore. Also, these are interpretations as to what is said - the sound
files aren't very clear!
The Scientist in this conversation responds with "I have told you a hundred times, I am opposed to pushing the equipment beyond safe levels"
Also of interest, though not actually the G-Man's words are phrases said by the Nihlianth that are thought to refer to the G-Man:
are man...he is not man...for you he waits...for you..."
(Thank you Doubtitself! [ ])
Alternatively, Ríomhaire suggests that this last line should is in fact
"Deceive you... will deceive you"
First Stop: the official Half-Life sites.
The official Half-Life website. Like most official games websites, it's rarely updated and filled with minimal content. Worth a look nonetheless.
Website for Steam, Valve's Software delivery system. All of Valve's software catalogue can be purchased and downloaded via steam. Steam is required in order to play any valve game online.
Website of Valve Software, developers of the Half-Life series and its associated assets.
Website of Gearbox Software, developers of the Half-Life expansion packs and the Playstation 2 version of Half-Life. Seemingly no longer involved in Half-Life development, they pursue their own projects.
The Half-Life series is all about community. In addition to the modification community, there is a great wealth of Fan-Made websites, often with excellent community forums.
A brilliant Half-Life news site. Excellent news coverage (especially for Mods) and forums. Quite weak on information about the games.
Another great Half-Life source. News and Forums are good, but the brilliant stuff is found in the extensive walkthrough / guide sections.
One of the longer-established Half-Life Fansites. Perhaps not as on the ball as it once was, but still well worth a look.
Below are some links to great G-Man related movies.
A music video for Breaking Benjamin's "So Cold", made entirely within the Source engine. Featuring the G-Man singing the lyrics.
A Rather less serious video compilation of g-man gifs from the "wonderful time" fad over at ytmnd.com . See G-Man completely out of context spinning on his office chair, attempting suicide and chair racing Dr Breen among over weirdness!
This is the Introduction Movie to Half-Life2, shown at E3 2004. Primarily, it showcases the Facial technologies in the Source Engine, but you get most of the G-Man's opening speech into the bargain.
This is the first movie shown of Half-Life2 at E3 2003. It opens by contrasting the old G-Man with the New one, and goes on to demonstrate lip-synching (See/Hear the G-Man speak Chinese!) and all the other things that make HL2 characters special.
This extremely short movie played after the "Striders" video in the E3 2003 Half-Life2 presentation and has a teeny extra bit of G-Man dialogue.
kupoartist's website, including various thingies.
Fanlist for Final Fantasy VI's illustrated girl, Relm Arrowny
Fanlist for System Shock's AI Puppeteer, SHODAN
Fanlist for the Red Elk, Yakkuru from the Anime movie, Mononoke Hime
Fanlist for the Anime series, "Turn-A" Gundam
Fanlist for the Anime character Emma Sheen, from the Anime series / movie series, Zeta Gundam.
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