Holographic Assistant

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{{Youmayd2|a software used during the Black Mesa employees' training|the assistants|Gina Cross| or '''Miller'''.}}
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*Black Mesa security guards
*Gordon Freeman
*Adrian Shephard
*Barney Calhoun
*''Half-Life.html">Otis Laurey''Half-Life'' PlayStation 2 instruction manual {{Abbr|*|Canceled due to the Black Mesa Incident}}
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| voicedby=*Kathy Levin (Gina Cross's hologram)
*Michael Shapiro (Miller's hologram)
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{{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}}

A '''Holographic Assistant''',''Half-Life'' also known as '''Holographic Guide''',''Half-Life Blue Shift'' is a software''Half-Life'', PlayStation 2 version used by Black Mesa to replace live assistants in monitoring the employee's training.

==Overview==
FileBa hazard1 miller.jpg|Miller's hologram during Calhoun's Hazard Course.|left|thumb|200px

Gina Cross and Miller are responsible for the training of scientists and security guards, respectively. When their work requires them to be elsewhere in the facility, they are replaced by their holographic counterparts, to which they gave their appearance and for which they recorded the instructions. While Richard Keller, Isaac Kleiner and Colette Green also supervise Hazard Course trainings, they don't seem to have holographic counterparts. Additional scientists often monitor the trainings from nearby observation rooms.

Used in the Black Mesa's Sector A Facility|Hazard Course, the Assistant directs scientists and security guards to the different hazards they might meet during their work at Black Mesa, while it is monitored by two scientists in a lobby above both Hazard Courses. Scientists are above all trained to the use of the HEV Suit during the standard Hazard Course, while security guards go through less dangerous tests, since they are only protected by their simple helmets and Kevlar vests, during the Black Mesa Hazard Course for Security Guard Training.

An Holographic Assistant will sometimes appear within a two-part projector (its two parts being above and under), but often without any projector visible.

In the ''Opposing Force'' chapter ''We Are Not Alone'', Shephard is allowed to use the Displacer Cannon to transport himself to the original Hazard Course, where Gina's hologram counterpart is still running in the part where ducking to go through pipes is taught. Interestingly, the damaged course is full of Vortigaunts, who attack the hologram, probably thinking it is a living being, but do not damage it. Shephard has to use the teleport located in the nearby observation room after coming across a dead security guard with a shotgun next to him and performing the ducking task. The observation room also includes an Easter egg image seen several times in ''Blue Shift''.

In ''Decay'', Gina's hologram counterpart is again seen when Gina Cross and Colette Green are required to cut through the destroyed remains of the Hazard Course to reach the surface with Rosenberg. Zombies instead of scientists are now found in the observation rooms.

Holography is also used by Black Mesa scientists for sending messages, such as a message addressed to Walter Bennet seen by Adrian Shephard in Sector E. Holography is also used to display other things, such as the holographic Earth used to display the satellite array status at the High Altitude Launch Center, as seen by Gordon Freeman.

==Behind the scenes==

For some reason, the Holographic Assistant model seen in ''Half-Life'' (used as the Holographic Assistant in the Hazard Course) and ''Blue Shift'' (used as Gina herself Materials Handler|delivering the Xen crystal|Xen crystal sample into the elevator, minus transparency) actually appears as an older woman with brown eyes, and without the bun pins worn by Gina. This model reuses the face texture of the ''Half-Life Day One'' "player.mdl" model, sharing Gordon Freeman's and the Holographic Assistant model, with changes to make her appear older (and clearly named "olderface.bmp", while the young face is simply named "face.bmp"). The ''Decay'' Holographic Assistant model was however remade as a retcon to fit Gina's likeness, although the bun pins in the hair are still missing.

==Gallery==

FileGina player.png|The early hologram / gina model, found in "player.mdl" in the ''Half-Life Day One'' files.
FileGina early.jpg|Hi-res render of the early hologram model.
FileHazard1.jpg|The early hologram / gina model in the early Hazard Course.
FileHazard0.jpg|Ditto.
FileGina face.png|The face texture of the ''Half-Life Day One'' model (also featured in the ''Half-Life'' SDK files). 
FileGina face older.png|The face texture of the ''Half-Life'' Holographic Assistant model.
FileHl holo.png|Gina's hologram model, an older woman, as seen in ''Half-Life''.
FileHldc holo.png|Dreamcast version.
FilePs2 holo.png|PlayStation 2 version.
FileBMHC lobby2.jpg|The lobby where the Holographic Assistants are monitored above the Hazard Courses.
FileT0a0 intro.jpg|Cross' hologram during Freeman's Hazard Course.
FileHc1.jpg|PlayStation 2 version.
FileT0a00006.jpg|Cross' hologram showing Gordon how to make a duck jump.
FileHl 2012-05-24 13-18-35-07.jpg|Vortigaunt attacking a hologram in ''Opposing Force''.
FileOf4a3 holo.jpg|The hologram message addressed to Bennet.
FileMiller intro02.jpg|Miller's hologram.
FileDecay schedule.jpg|Hazard Course Training schedule given to Colette Green by Gina Cross. 


==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life Day One'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life''
*''Half-Life Uplink'' {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life Opposing Force''
*''Half-Life Blue Shift''
*''Half-Life'' PlayStation 2 instruction manual
*''Half-Life Decay''

==See also==
*Half-Life storyline Course (optional)|Hazard Course (''Half-Life'')
*Half-Life Blue Shift storyline Course (optional)|Hazard Course (''Blue Shift'')

==References==
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