Half-Life: Blue Shift

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Half-Life: Blue Shift
Half-Life: Blue Shift cover
Developers
Gearbox Software
Valve Corporation
Publishers
Sierra Entertainment
Valve Corporation
Engines
GoldSrc
Release dates
Windows June 12, 2001
OS X March 30, 2013
Linux March 30, 2013
Half-Life
Half-Life 1998
Half-Life: Opposing Force 1999
Half-Life: Blue Shift 2001
Half-Life: Source 2004
Half-Life 2 2004
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch 2004
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast 2005
Half-Life Deathmatch: Source 2006
Half-Life 2: Episode One 2006
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 2007
Half-Life: Decay (unofficial mod) 2008
Black Mesa TBA

Key points

Runs extremely well on low end hardware.

General information

Unofficial Half-Life Wiki
GitHub Issue Tracker for Half-Life: Blue Shift and other GoldSrc-based games
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Amazon.com Only available as Half-Life: Anthology, Comes with Steam Key
Green Man Gaming
Steam

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

-nointro[citation needed]
  1. Find Half-Life: Blue Shift in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input -nointro
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Half-Life\bshift\
OS X <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/
Linux <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/
*.cfg store the configuration.
This game does not support the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Half-Life\bshift\SAVE\
OS X <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/SAVE
Linux <path-to-game>/Half-Life/bshift/SAVE/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

-window -noborder[citation needed]
  1. Find Half-Life: Blue Shift in your Steam Library
  2. Right-click the game name
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Set Launch Options...
  5. Input -window -noborder
  6. Press OK
  7. Launch the game

High frame rate[edit]

Set FPS limit
Game is capped at 72 FPS (without Vsync) by default
  1. Go to the Configuration file(s) location.
  2. Create a new file called userconfig.cfg
  3. Add in the following lines:
fps_max "<desired FPS value>"
fps_override 1
  • The fps_override 1 command disables GoldSrc's arbitrary 100 FPS limit.

4. Save the file and launch the game. 5. Disable Vsync in-game.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.
In-game mouse/joystick settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes before entering main menu (Windows)[edit]

Fix Data Execution Prevention setting

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is set to the default (Windows programs and services only).

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7 Lost with Linux update.[1]
OpenGL 2.1
Software renderer
64-bit executable
OS X and Linux only.[citation needed]

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System

Console commands[edit]

Games running on the GoldSrc engine can utilize GoldSrc Engine Console Commands for various tasks.
The console is enabled by default in GoldSrc games, press ~ to open it.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM 32 MB of VRAM
OS X
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Snow Leopard 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) 500 MHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8
ATI Radeon X1600
Intel HD 3000
Linux
Minimum
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600/9600 GT
ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2600/3600
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Sound (audio device) OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Other (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11)

References

  1. Steam HL1 5.1 sound - Steam discussions forums.