This morning Android Police editor David Ruddock received a package in the mail. The only thing enclosed was a lime-green crowbar.


It says it all, really.

PC gamers will recognize the logo for Valve's much-loved science fiction shooter Half-Life 2 emblazoned on the bar, which is the iconic starter weapon for the game. "What Would Gordon [Freeman] Do?" and NVIDIA's SHIELD logo, along with NVIDIA's signature green color, makes this a not-so-subtle indication that the game is coming to the Android-powered SHIELD at some point.

Fans of Valve's work already know that the SHIELD is getting a full port of the shooter-puzzle game Portal, which runs on the same Source game engine as Half-Life 2. The latter is a much longer and more complex game, with a full single-player story mode covering an alien invasion and various conspiracies, so it's arguably the more ambitious title to port. Those who like one tend to like the other, and with the Source engine running on Android it only makes sense for Valve to bring more of its celebrated franchises to the platform, or at least to SHIELD. Other Valve games that use the Source engine include Counter-Strike, DOTA 2, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, and various add-on packs and sequels.

Right now the green crowbar is the only indication of Half-Life 2's upcoming release. We don't have any dates or screenshots, or anything else, for that matter. But we can say it's a pretty good time to pick up a SHIELD if you're a fan of Valve's games.

Source: David's bedroom

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Nathan

    Not Half-Life 3?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

    that source tho

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    There's also Half Life: Source, which is the port of the original to the Source engine. That'd be nice to get, too.

    • Xephik

      HL:S is not what most people think it is. It looks almost exactly the same as the original. There are enhancements but its nothing like other Source games.

      If anybody is interested in a remake of HL using the Source engine, I recommend Black Mesa.

      • GM

        Bingo! I played Black Mesa last year and it looks amazing. I haven't checked lately but the end of the game wasn't finished yet. I need to see if that was finished.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        I didn't say it was a remake. It's a port to the Source engine. That's all I said, actually.

        • Xephik

          Yes of course, you're correct. I just wanted to put that out there so people who didn't know didn't get their hopes up =)

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    dat lime-green crowbar though... i want!

    • Humberto Hernandez

      what for?

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        for science

        • nawa

          You monster.

      • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann


      • renz

        to pry open the alien head of course

      • remister

        Smack Head Crabs around.
        Destroy Vent covers
        Scavenge crates for ammo and health packs. You never play Half Life or what?

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Because it looks awesome?

    • Adam Arroyo

      So... buy a crowbar and a can of lime green spraypaint.

  • firesoul453

    Is Valve thinking about buying NVIDIA?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Steam needs to fortify its positions on the PC market even further, if they bought NVIDIA that would be they way do so. AMD would have to stick to EA and Ubisoft then though

      • h4rr4r

        The company is called valve, steam is just their sales platform.
        Not letting your games work on 50% of gaming PCs would kill them.

        • Matthew Fry

          Valve. Steam. Steam valve. Why have I not noticed this before?!?

          • h4rr4r

            Never seen this before?

          • Matthew Fry

            Of course, but I never made the connection between the company name and the drm platform.

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            Steam no DRM, Steam markeplace.

          • Matthew Fry

            It is both. If you can't take it and use it without installing their software, it's DRM.

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            In fact there are 2 distinct products, steam DRM seems to be related to steamworks.

          • firesoul453

            Well beside requiring their client they also have their own DRM service. (Not ever game on steam uses it.)

          • h4rr4r

            They are one in the Same.
            Steam is the marketplace and the DRM.

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            You don't need to use Steam DRM to sell a game at Steam, you can even use third-party DRM instead of Steam DRM.
            Try launching GTA SA or GTA IV from the game's folder with Steam closed. Now try do the same with Portal 2.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          I know what the company name is

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Valve couldn't afford NVIDIA. Not by a long shot.

      • firesoul453

        Didn't look at their finances. What do you think is up with their relationship? They seem to be too good of friends.

        Could it just be that they feel AMD choose consoles or something?

    • Dan

      Nvidia is going to do more than $4.5billion this year. Steam's 30% cut (70% to the game company) will bring in around $840million. So, don't hold your breath.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wow, Valve really going all-out on mobile with Nvidia, huh?

    Let's hope they eventually roll out the rest of their iconic games and make them available for Android in general

    • EowynCarter

      Yeah, I'm still not planning on buying a shield.

    • didibus

      And hopefully, let them port Steam over too. Steam streaming on Android would be awesome.

      • wasweissich

        get limelight it can stream steam like the shield

        • didibus

          Ya, but I have AMD graphics card :(

          Also, I've found that Steam is actually even better than Gamestream, I tested both at a friends house.

  • Derik Taylor

    If only Valve would send me a crowbar like that...I would be so happy.

  • Rahul Nebhnani

    could be a system seller easily!!!

  • hurrpancakes


    • TheFirstUniverseKing

      Haha, exactly what I was thinking.

    • muhahaaha


      • http://mobers.org/ psydex

        You suck!

    • Sirtyson10

      Half Life series, Portal Series, And Team Fortress Seiries are the best games ever.

  • Bo-Lieve in the “WARRIOR”

    isn't the game like 7GB on windows? how will they get the size down to be mobile friendly without stripping away content?

    • didibus

      They won't. Shield already has some games that are 3gigs. You just gotta get a big Sdcard and hope they allow to move to SD a big chunk of it.

  • scorpeeon

    I really hope these are timed exclusives only. We need these on all devices.

    • someone755

      The crowbars? I would so pay for that.

  • didibus

    Counter-Strike, DOTA 2, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2!!!

    Bring them on!

  • Martin Holička

    Bought a SHIELD just 2 days ago. This is freakin' christmas!

  • GraveUypo

    yeah that's cool and all, but i can hardly get excited for getting stuff-i-can-play-again-right-now-if-i-wanted-to available to buy again.

  • someone755

    So David, you actually got a crowbar in your mailbox? xD

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Well, in a long triangular fedex shipping tube.

      • someone755

        It must feel weird getting a crowbar. Especially through mail.
        I'd feel like a criminal, no matter the color or logo xD

  • Gustavo Parrado

    This is one of those decisive moments, this news just made me change my plans, nvidia card and nvidia shield for me now.

  • Matthew Fry

    From the title, I thought this was a joke piece about AP writers wanting HL2 on Shield and using a random crowbar as the source. This is so much better though.

  • Waleed Al Suwaimel

    I don't care if people think this is only for marketing and hype. It's an extremely nice touch from the guys at Nvidia.

  • Samyak Ranjan

    Free Crowbar. Nice! :D

  • gacl

    Half Life 2 sucked when it came out. Today it's stale, ten year old suckage.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I'm also wondering what was David's first reaction when he got this thing

  • Guest

    What if it's Half Life 1, not 2 ? :)
    Also, is the source reliable ?

  • Fejér Mihály

    Is the source reliable? What if it's just a fan trolling ?

    • renz

      I'm sure it is not. Because the same crowbar also get sent to few others tech site.

  • Sirtyson10


    • DaddySaysWOOO

      Fuk you

      • Sirtyson10

        I hate you, DaddySaysWOOO.