Half-Life: Source Uncut – even in Germany

Buying HL1 (Source or not) in Steam from Germany will end in an USK 16 version (no blood, enemies vanish when defeated, robots as enemies instead of soldiers, nuts and screws and no gore falls out of some monsters), even if you are 80 years old. How stupid this is doesn’t matter now. Here’s what to do: With this patch the version is uncensored again. Works nice. That was easy, was it?

There is (of course) also another/manual way, which means messing with the registry and some files in the steam folder. Just in case one doesn’t trust an automated patch.

Here the tips in greater detail; start with closing steam, then click the *.reg file (containing the following)

Regedit4

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Half-Life\cstrike\Settings]

“User Token 2″=””

“User Token 3″=””

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Half-Life\Settings]

“User Token 2″=””

“User Token 3″=””

“DELV”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Half-Life\valve\Settings]

“User Token 2″=””

“User Token 3″=””

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Source\cstrike\Settings]

“User Token 2″=””

“User Token 3″=””

“AutoConfigVersion”=dword:00000000

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Source\hl2\Settings]

“key”=””

“User Token 2″=””

“User Token 3″=””

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Source\Settings]

“User Token 2″=””

“User Token 3″=””

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Valve\Steam]

“PrevLV”=dword:00000000

“SurveyVersionToken”=dword:00000004

now delete the file “Source LV.gcf” in Steamapps and “ClientRegistry.blob” in the root steam folder. Deleting that file fixes also almost all other problems in Steam. However, after this Steam “updates” and the password must be re-entered. The next step is to write the following in the autoexec.cfg (just create it in “\Steam\SteamApps\nambulous\half-life source\hl1\cfg” if it doesn’t exist yet)

violence_ablood 1

violence_hblood 1

violence_agibs 1

violence_hgibs 1

cl_ragdoll_collide 1

cl_ragdoll_physics_enable 1

now, just to make sure it wasn’t in vain, restart the machine and log into Steam again. Should be working now.

//Update 2010/06/27

I had to do this again a couple of days ago and what worked, was to simply open regedit, go to “\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\VALVE\Half-life\” and delete the whole “Half-Life” folder. As I started Steam and the game again, it was uncut. Quite simple, especially in comparison with all the old crap above.^^

//Update 2011/01/03

Official Steam support page about Resetting Content Lock

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  1. Rodrigo

    THANKS!!!!!! I BOUGHT YESTERDAY THE HALF-LIFE AND IT WAS CENSORED!! And i’m from Brazil where the game isn’t censored, i can’t understand why it was censored

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  2. Rodrigo

    This works on the normal half-life?

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  3. The patch is _only_ for HL: _Source_, the registry tweaks _did_ work at the time I made the posting. I don’t know if it still works.

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  4. rodrigo

    How i uncensor the half-life 1?

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  5. rodrigo

    The normal one

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  6. The longer way should work, make backups and try that.

    With

    violence_hblood 1
    violence_hgibs 1
    violence_ablood 1
    violence_agibs 1

    in the config file and then

    exec yourconfigname.cfg

    in the console, to have it active, it should be uncut.

    But of course, the easiest way would be, to find the game on CD, to play it completely without Steam. ;)

    Another idea would be to create a new folder inside the Half-Life folder, like “uncut” and then extract the half-life.gcf (if everything is set to english, it should be the uncut content; the cut content is usually pulled from another gcf) e.g. with GCFScape

    http://nemesis.thewavelength.net/index.php?c=169#p169

    and put it into the new folder. When Half-Life is now started, the uncut HL should be available as a third party mod.

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  7. rodrigo

    OK, but now how i aply the half-life gcf like a mod?

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  8. rodrigo

    It isn’t working, i know i’m taking out your pacience but please you know about a patch or somenthing that makes the game uncut? I used the:
    violence_hblood 1
    violence_hgibs 1
    violence_ablood 1
    violence_agibs 1

    But the soldiers still robots, i have nails and batteries steady of organs (or guts)and the NPC still sitting down and shaking heads when they die, the only thing that the violence_hblood 1 and the others things have do is that now the game has blood but all the other things still badly censored

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  9. Sorry, I only know the automatic patch for HL: Source, HL itself needs manual work. But again, if you get a hold of the uncensored half-life.gcf, switching the content is reported to work.
    If it doesn’t work nonetheless, the .gcf must be the problem and only finding an us-version of it will help you. :(

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  10. rodrigo

    i replace the censored with a uncensored, but when i try to playm the fucking steam modify my uncensored to censored again!

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  11. Have you tried this with Steam in offline mode?

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  12. rodrigo

    No, how i play in offline mode?

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  13. Just click on this option:

    https://nambulous.wordpress.com/2007/06/28/offline-option/

    Then Steam shouldn’t be able to “correct” anything you’ve changed.

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  14. rodrigo

    I tried this, but the game freeze, i’m starting to go crazy!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Have you tried your luck in the official Steam forums?

    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/

    Maybe you can find someone there with the same problem, or luckily even someone who already solved it.

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  16. rodrigo

    I found someone with the same problem but i didn’t found anybody who solved it :(

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  17. rodrigo

    But anyway, thanks for tryng to help me :(

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  18. rodrigo

    Oh, i know that my game is censored because of the file “base goldsrc lv”

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