Black Mesa Training Facility

{{Location Infobox
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|name=Black Mesa Training Facility
|destroyed=200-, during the Black Mesa Incident
|location=Black Mesa Research Facility
|era=Black Mesa Incident
|affiliation=Black Mesa
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Dave Riller
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Rob Heironimus |hideg=yes }} {{Quote|Hello and welcome to the Black Mesa Hazard Course, where you'll be trained in the use of a hazardous environment suit. I am your holographic assistant.|Gina Cross' Holographic Assistant counterpart|Half-Life|FileTr holo intro.ogg}} The '''Black Mesa Training Facility''', also known as the '''Hazard Course''', is a recurring location featured in ''Half-Life'' and Half-Life expansions (disambiguation)|its expansions. It is used for training the Black Mesa personnel. It also serve as an in-game training for the games. ==Overview== The Training Facility is located in Sector A section of the Black Mesa Research Facility.FileTram map 01.png|Black Mesa Transit System map The training is given to perfect maneuvers like jumping and crouching, using objects, and firing weapons. The player can access the course from the main menu of the game. The course is divided into stations. A Holographic Assistant guides the player and demonstrates certain moves through the training. ==Appearances== ===''Half-Life''=== In ''Half-Life'', Gordon Freeman is sent here for the Hazardous Environment Suit training. Gordon also visits the course on May 16 at 0730, the day of the Black Mesa Incident, before the experiment. There are Automatic Turrets that attack the player if the player kills the civilians in the last map. As heard during the tram ride, the Hazard Course decathlon was to commence on May 16 at 1900 in the Level 3 facility. This never happened due to the incident. There are some minor changes in the Half-Life (Dreamcast port)|Dreamcast version. These changes were carried over to the ''Blue Shift'' version of the course. The cheat code for the slow motion mode is given when the course is completed. The course was updated for the Half-Life (PlayStation 2 port)|PlayStation 2 version. The player starts in a lobby connected to the Black Mesa Transit System. He is greeted by two scientists before he enters the course. The Target Range was also expanded to allow introducing the new lock-on feature, an automatic targeting system for the suit. It is impossible to die during the course. ===''Opposing Force''=== In ''Half-Life Opposing Force|Opposing Force'', Adrian Shephard can teleport himself to a damaged version of the course by using the Displacer Cannon in the chapter ''We Are Not Alone''. Here, a Vortigaunt is seen attacking the Hologram Assistant, mistaking it for an actual human. ===''Blue Shift''=== In ''Half-Life Blue Shift|Blue Shift'', Barney Calhoun is scheduled for a two-day training course that will prepare him for his new assignment. He attends the course on May 12 at 0800.Half-Life (PlayStation 2 port)|''Half-Life'' PlayStation 2 instruction manual The course is identical to its ''Half-Life'' counterpart with minor changes. It is only available on the PC version. ===''Decay''=== In ''Half-Life Decay|Decay'', the protagonists Gina Cross and Colette Green have to escort Rosenberg through the course to the surface and call for help after the incident in the mission ''Hazardous Course''. These areas include maintenance tunnels, as well as some familiar areas from the original course. The entrance to the course can be seen in the next mission, ''Surface Call''. It is located near the Satellite Communications Center. ==Behind the scenes== The Training Facility was designed and built by Karl Deckard.http// Karl Deckard on LinkedIn It was internally named the training room. According to Jay Stelly, he created the "door hack" flag for the "momentary_rot_button" entity, so Dave Riller could build the spinning bridge in the course. The ''Opposing Force'' version was created by Rob Heironimus.http// Randy Pitchford's .plan update on Blue's News (March 23, 2000) It was Joe Kennebec's idea for the player to revisit the destroyed version of the facility.Joe Kennebec on ReferencesValve employee emails Kennebec|his video game work (August 16, 2016) The rats only appear in the training portion of the game. As an Easter egg in ''Half-Life'', repeatedly attempting to enter the locked security doors at the end of the course triggers a unique set of Black Mesa Announcement System lines. The constant yet fruitless attempts will eventually perturb the computerized voice, leading to some humorous responses directed at the player. In the course's ''Opposing Force'' rendition, a FileOf3a2 board.jpg|photo of Rob with Easter eggs in his eye sockets can be found in the observation room. It was taken by his co-worker John Faulkenbury in Easter 1998.http// John Faulkenbury's comment on The Easter Egg Archive ==Gallery== ===''Half-Life=== FileTrrm sign6.png|Unused map. FileTRRM SIGN2.png|Unused sign. FileTRRM SIGN3.png|Ditto. FileTRRM SIGN4.png|Ditto. FileHazard1.jpg|Early version. FileHazard0.jpg|Ditto. FileHazard2.jpg|Ditto. FileT0a0 suit.jpg|The suit. FileT0a0 jump01.jpg|Movement training. FileT0a00006.jpg|Ditto. FileT0a0a0002.jpg|The Long Jump training. FileT0a0a0007.jpg|Ditto. FileT0a0a0008.jpg FileT0target.jpg FileT0a0a0010.jpg|The Health Charger training. FileT0a0a0011.jpg FileT0a0b10000.jpg FileT0a0b10003.jpg FileT0a0b10004.jpg|The flashlight training. FileHl 2012-05-22 21-20-10-66.jpg|The Target Range. FileT0a0b20005.jpg FileT0a0b20008.jpg FileT0a0c0000.jpg|The Suit Charger training. FileT0a0c0004.jpg|Ditto. FileT0a0d0001.jpg FileT0a0d0002.jpg FileHl 2012-05-22 21-10-30-28.jpg FileT0a0d00001.jpg|The Rail Cart training. ===''Half-Life'' (Playstation 2 port)=== FileBMHC platform.jpg|The entrance. FileBMHC lobby1.jpg|The lobby. FileBMHC lobby2.jpg|Ditto. FileScientist HC read1.jpg|Ditto. FileBMHC lobby entrance to course.jpg|Ditto. FileHc1.jpg|The introduction. FileHc2.jpg|The Long Jump training. FileHc4.jpg|The lock-on training. FileHazard train.jpg|The Rail Cart training. FileDecay schedule.jpg|The training schedule. ===''Opposing Force=== FileHl 2012-05-24 13-18-35-07.jpg|Vortigaunt attacking the Holographic Assistant. FileHl 2012-05-24 13-19-55-64.jpg|Ditto. FileHl 2012-05-24 13-24-48-93.jpg|The observation room. FileOf3a2 board.jpg|Ditto. ===''Blue Shift''=== FileMiller intro02.jpg|The introduction. FileBa hazard1 armor.jpg|The armor vest and helmet. FileBa hazard1 miller.jpg FileRosenberg hazard course.jpg FileHl 2012-05-24 20-16-41-86.jpg FileHl 2012-05-24 20-24-34-41.jpg FileHl 2012-05-24 20-24-47-60.jpg ===''Decay''=== FileHt02 entrance.jpg FileHt02 console.jpg FileDy hazard00004.jpg FileHt02 debris.jpg FileHt02 leak.jpg FileHt02 pipes.jpg FileHt02 observation.jpg FileHt02 secure01.jpg FileHt02 secure02.jpg FileHt02 fans.jpg FileHt02 manual.jpg FileHt02 elevator.jpg FileDy hazard0033.jpg FileHt02 train.jpg FileHt03 entrance.jpg|Outside the course. ==List of appearances== ===Main games=== *''Half-Life'' *''Half-Life Opposing Force'' *''Half-Life Blue Shift'' *''Half-Life Decay'' ===Other=== *''Half-Life Day One'' {{1st}} {{Nc}} *''Half-Life Uplink'' {{Nc}} *''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' ==See also== *Santego Military Base ==References== {{Reflist}} {{Locations}} {{Black Mesa}} CategoryBlack Mesa Research Facility locations CategoryLocations CategoryHalf-Life CategoryHalf-Life Opposing Force CategoryHalf-Life Blue Shift CategoryHalf-Life Decay