I used to play these games around 10 years ago or more, and without any other option available I had a second partition with windows 98 as “game station”, somewhere I should still have the original boxes and perhaps I should start to search for them, because now they have (finally !!) arrived on Linux.
Steam client for Linux is becoming richer by a growing number of game titles and now you can see on the game database http://steamdb.info/linux/ that half life, Counter Strike and the newsest version Counter Strike Source have “Game Works” as Linux Status tag.
I don’t know what could be the impact of having some 10 years old games on Linux, but I’m sure that there is still a large community of online players, the games are still funny and also if they don’t have a graphic comparable to some of the latest games they still have a lot of charm for the more seasoned players.
Add to this that they are cheap and that for this weekend there is also a 75% offer on Counter strike, so you can buy it for around 5$ while Half-Life on Steam is just $9.99, and it’s in my opinion one of the funniest game you can play.
Regarding counter strike, I played it a lot and I think that it was the first online FPS to have such a great success, in this game the players join either the terrorist team, the counter-terrorist team. Each team attempts to complete their mission objective and/or eliminate the opposing team. Each round starts with the two teams spawning simultaneously.
A player can choose to play as one of eight different default character models. Players are generally given a few seconds before the round begins (known as “freeze time”) to prepare and buy equipment, during which they cannot attack or move, once the round has ended, surviving players retain their equipment for use in the next round; players who were killed begin the next round with the basic default starting equipment.
Standard monetary bonuses are awarded for winning a round, losing a round, killing an enemy, being the first to instruct a hostage to follow, rescuing a hostage or planting (Terrorist)/defusing (Counter terrorist) the bomb.
The scoreboard displays team scores in addition to statistics for each player: name, kills, deaths, and ping (in milliseconds).
Counter strike has also a lot of mod that modify greatly the game adding options, characters and maps.
And that’s more or less everything you need to know to start playing this game, and being killed
Have fun while I search for my old steam codes.