The Terminal is a newspaper apparently issued by the Combine for the inhabitants of City 17, as another propaganda tool. Whether it is still issued at the time of the Half-Life 2 events are still unknown.
The Terminal appears in Half-Life 2 as a worn out newspaper model among the many other junk models, as a model named "garbage_newspaper001a.mdl". It is folded with another newspaper, with a title starting with the word "Money". The front page shows a headshot of Wallace Breen and another, indescribable picture, that slightly resembles an image of the Stalker image in the Half-Life 2 Beta. The back of the model shows the bottom of the front page, featuring the picture of a car (seemingly the car model "car004a.mdl") on a road.
The Terminal returns in the Half-Life 2 prequel game Half-Life: Alyx, in which it is more detailed and can be read by the player. It has stories published just after the Seven Hour War, such as the portal storms still raging, aliens continuing to inhabit the earth, and an article where Breen has been criticised for his position as the Combine's administrator.
Behind the scenes
- The name of the newspaper is likely a reference to the City 17 Trainstation, originally know as the "terminal" in many WC mappack maps, notably the E3 map "
e3_terminal". The name of the Terminal Hotel found on the Trainstation Plaza which is also a leftover from that era.