In Half Life 2 during your very first playthrough, what did you do with the can?

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Posted by DriveupLife (1214 posts) 1 year, 6 months ago

Poll: In Half Life 2 during your very first playthrough, what did you do with the can? (222 votes)

I put the can in the trash. 50%
I threw the can at the Combine officer. 48%
I haven't played Half Life 2/Just show me the results ya goof 6%

It's been a long time since Half Life 2 came out. But the first moments of the game left a lasting impression on me, and I don't think many games have done it better.

So, did you obey, or resist?

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#1 Posted by Panfoot (334 posts) -

I put the can in the trash, I don't even think I even considered I could throw it at the combine officer until like my 3rd playthrough.

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#2 Edited by Justin258 (15690 posts) -

I put it in the trash. On my 2nd and every subsequent playthrough, I threw it at the officer because fuck that guy.

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#3 Posted by Maxszy (2378 posts) -

Definitely just put it in the trash. Didn't even think about doing anything else with it.

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#4 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (7838 posts) -

I threw it in the trash like a good boy.

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#5 Posted by deactivated-5b031d0e868a5 (935 posts) -

I think I threw it at him then put it in the trash

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#6 Posted by ShaggE (9305 posts) -

Pretty sure I Kobe'd that can right in the trash like a responsible damn citizen, but it *has* been 14 years (fucking hell), so I can't say definitively. After that, it went in the Combine's face every time.

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#7 Posted by ZolRoyce (1589 posts) -

I assume I made a hard save and just did both, but STUCK with the can to face decision.

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#8 Posted by deactivated-5b85a38d6c493 (1990 posts) -

Threw it at his face of course. That was always a fun part at the start of HL2, throwing shit like suitcases and empty bottles at the combine and having them chase after you. You could get them stuck behind objects and other NPCs and watch them spaz out.

Man I must have spent several hours doing nothing but playing with the physics in the station and the playground, and throwing shit out the windows in the apartment buildings you get to later. That stuff was so crazy back then.

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#9 Posted by Efesell (4571 posts) -

Threw it right at that fools face.

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#10 Edited by carpe_dmt (121 posts) -

preeeetty sure I threw it in his jerk face, I distinctly remember my young mind filled with panic, thinking I'd be killed for my insolence. I also remember running around for a bit before getting beaned and then feeling relieved I wasn't dead. Pretty sure.

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#11 Edited by impartialgecko (1941 posts) -

Anyone who put the can in the trash is a bootlicker

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#12 Posted by ajamafalous (13820 posts) -

At the beginning of my first playthrough, it didn't occur to me to do anything other than putting it in the trash

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#13 Posted by Efesell (4571 posts) -

Unless I'm misremembering the officer is like a huge dick about it and makes a show of knocking it to the ground for you to pick up.

I do not understand any of y'all who are like yes sir right away sir.

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#14 Posted by SURPLUS_NiNjA (41 posts) -

I actually wasn't paying attention to the combine at the time, didn't hear him say "pick up that can" and spent awhile running around trying to find an alternate path. Eventually I thought the solution was to throw the can at him from far enough away that i could juke past him and get through the gate.

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#15 Posted by Shindig (4964 posts) -

@efesell: Almost all games are doing a thing the game has told you to do.

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#16 Posted by Efesell (4571 posts) -

@shindig said:

@efesell: Almost all games are doing a thing the game has told you to do.

Eh it's not the game though if a tutorial teaching me how to throw items popped up and said put this in the trash I would have without thinking of it but the situation they give you is this asshole is trying to boss you around and where's the fun in that.

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#17 Posted by Shindig (4964 posts) -

He has a stick. You do not.

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#18 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2576 posts) -

I put it in the trash the first time, and that's the smart thing to do.

Like Biggie said: why blow up my spot cuz we both got hot?

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#19 Posted by zombiepenguin9 (775 posts) -

I didn't realize you could throw it at the time, so I put it in the trash.

Keep suspicion low so the eventual revolt is all the more satisfying, amirite?

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#20 Posted by katpottz (511 posts) -

I stopped playing the game.

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#21 Posted by bybeach (6386 posts) -

My first time through, I believe I put it in the trash. I considered it an education, like the guy telling you about the water.

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#22 Posted by iam16bit (33 posts) -

It's been many years since I first played it, but I'm certain I put it in the trash. I didn't even know you could throw it at the guard until they added achievements.

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#23 Posted by Justin258 (15690 posts) -

@efesell said:
@shindig said:

@efesell: Almost all games are doing a thing the game has told you to do.

Eh it's not the game though if a tutorial teaching me how to throw items popped up and said put this in the trash I would have without thinking of it but the situation they give you is this asshole is trying to boss you around and where's the fun in that.

It was teaching you a mechanic, right in the very beginning. This guy won't move until you figure out that you can pick stuff up and you can do things with the items you pick up. It is a tutorial, just not a blatant one. Game design 101.

Anyone who put the can in the trash is a bootlicker

In the context of the story, though, I was stepping into an oppressive dystopia. If some sort of lawman, even one of the lowest rank, tells you to do something in an oppressive dystopia, you should probably do it unless you want to suffer severe punishment. That's just the sort of atmosphere the game was going for, that's what I got sucked into, and that's what I did. Besides, it's a first person shooter, I knew there would be plenty of opportunities for Combine slaughter in due time.

For every subsequent playthrough, I threw the can in his face.

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#24 Posted by Efesell (4571 posts) -

@justin258: Well yes I know that it's a tutorial. I mean when games are less contextual about them you are more likely to just simply follow instructions instead of doing the proper thing of throwing the can at a guards dumb face.

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#25 Posted by Brackstone (945 posts) -

Definitely beaned a guard in the head with it. Repeatedly.

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#26 Posted by hippie_genocide (2456 posts) -

Bunch of Dudley Do-Rights on this site, jeez. I picked up that can and threw it in his face. Why? Cuz fuck that guy, that's why.

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#27 Posted by selbie (2576 posts) -

I put it in the trash....just like my hopes and dreams for Half Life 3 D':