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The Psyche Theory
Just to start everyone off, I’ll be adding one of the most well-known and popular theories. I give to you the…
The G-Man can influence the mind of however he chooses.
There are two variations of this theory:
Nothing after the Resonance Cascade ever happened. Gordon Freeman was knocked unconscious in the chamber. Everything that happens afterwards is all made by his mind. This would explain the eerie screaming or crying sounds heard in certain areas of Black Mesa and Xen. Furthering this are the sounds heard near the portal to Nihilanth’s chamber. Lines not heard anywhere else in the game are played here, such as a scientist saying “Get him out of there! Someone, get him out!” Alongside that are lines spoken during the activation of the Anti-Mass Spectrometer from the beginning of the game. This would imply that Gordon is still back in the chamber, with people trying to get him out.
So, what about Half-Life 2 and its Episodes? Gordon is now in a coma and his mind has made a whole new world, and it’s why he meets up with every person he knew in Black Mesa.
Here’s the G-Man’s role in all of this: Gordon saw him once at the beginning of Half-Life, before the Resonance Cascade. As we all know, the brain forms dreams from what we see from day to day to understand them, so his mind placed him in the dream, and, knowing nothing about him, it made the G-Man very mysterious and powerful. He could be a manifestation of Gordon’s mind trying to wake him up, hence the line “So wake up, Mr. Freeman.”
Similar to the first, this one is about Gordon being unconscious, but for a very different reason.
Gordon is trapped in a simulation created by Aperture Science. The leader of the project: the G-Man.
As a separate extension to this theory: Everyone that the G-Man “works” with are actually in the experiment. This would include Alyx, Adrian, some minor characters, etc. Though this would have to include Nihilanth, since he was also working for the G-Man, meaning everything had to have been real. This is why the theory only focuses on Gordon.
There is not much evidence for this second variation, only one in fact, but it has a very good source.
During E3 2003, VALVe showed a video called Half-Life 2: Psyche (which is where this theory got its name from). Only about 40 seconds long, it shows many flashing images, most of them being the G-Man with different and distorted lighting. Others include equations, cut NPCs called “Hydras” glowing in the dark, among more. However, the most interesting thing, by far, is an image that says this:
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The edges of this image are cut, which is why the sentences are hard to understand. Another interesting fact to note is that this picture is the only one that appears just once; all the rest appear in a loop and show up again.
If you’d like to see this for yourself, here is the video: