Half Life Lore | The Mysterious Story Behind Gordan Freeman


Half Life has a deep, and fascinating lore. We’ve taken a look at the history behind many entities in Valve, but today we will be diving into the history, and background of one character in particular in Half Life, Gordan Freeman. Who is he? Where is he from? What is he all about? Today we will break down the Half Life Lore; the Story behind Gordan Freeman.

Dr. Gordon Freeman is the main character, and protagonist in the Half Life series. He was born between 1973 and 1982, is biologically 27 years old, and his home is Seattle Washington [1]. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT with a PhD in theoretical physicals. He has been interested in quantum mechanics from very early on in his life. Later on, after teleportation experiments he became almost (and probably more than you think) obsessed with the transmission of matter, and the practical application of teleportation. After graduating, Gordon accepted a position at Black Mesa Research Facility in New Mexico through the recommendation of Dr. Isaac Kleiner.

At the start of Half Life 1, Gordan accidentally starts a resonance cascade during a high-risk experiment at Black Mesa. This incident almost killed him if it wasn’t for wearing the HEV suit, however this experiment caused a catastrophic tear in the fabric of reality between universes, as well as the dimensional border world, Xen. After some time, Gordon manages to destroy the leader of the Xen’s armies, the Nihilanth. Despite his best attempts at saving Earth, he is confronted by a man known as Gman whom still has yet have a proper explanation of who he is. We’ve also made a video on that, I’ll leave a link below. Gordan is forced to walk through a portal of some kind, where he is suspended throughout some time, roughly 20 years where he wakes up to the introduction of Half Life 2.

Common belief has that Gordon is mute, evident from him being quiet in the Half Life games leaving other characters to fill in dialogue, and expect no words back from our hero. Counter to this common belief, it’s simply not true. In the Half-Life PlayStation 2 manual according to half-life.wikia.com “The image of Gordon Freeman’s letter of acceptance to the Black Mesa Research Facility mentions a “recent telephone conversation” between Freeman and someone at Black Mesa.” So Gordan is exactly the quiet character we all expect him to be.

So what is Gordan Freeman up to? Please, let’s not dive into the talks of a sequel (or is the Half Life 3 jokes burned out yet?). Anywho, Gordan Freeman’s future is a bit unknown. According to Mad Max, Gordan Freeman is dead. Other games such as S.T.A.L.K.E.R, N+, Team Fortress 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, The Punisher, and more have had subtle easter eggs point at the third installment of the franchise, however Mad Max paints a dark image. There is a destroyed body, an arm holding a crow bar, as well as the number three. A little bit disturbing, but let’s hope this is just the industry getting angry at Valve for there ever so long delay on the wanted sequel.


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