Gravity Gun

Gravity Gun

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Gravity Gun, also known as the Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator, is a fictional tractor beam-like weapon introduced in the 2004 first-person shooter Half-Life 2, which allows players to lift heavy objects and shoot projectiles at enemies. Replicas of the device have been created by fans of the series and the gun has been added to modded versions of various video games.


On November 16th, 2004, Valve released Half-Life 2, in which the player acquires a "zero-point energy field manipulator" device early in the game. Originally designed to transport hazardous material, the gravity gun is mainly use to remove heavy objects from obstructing your path. Additionally, objects like razor blades and exploding barrels can be shot back at enemies using the device


Since its appearance, the gravity gun has been widely discussed on various web forums, including the Steam Forums[1], ValveTime[2], IGN[3], GameBanana[4] and HardForum.[5] On September 13th, 2008, Urban Dictionary[6] user Nanxaimer submitted an entry for "gravity gun" (shown below).

TOP DEFINITION Gravity gun The "weapon" used by Gordon Freeman in Half Life 2 and following episodes. It's original name is the 'zero-point energy field manipulator', and was originally made to handle radioactive materials, but, as Alyx says, "it's normally used for heavy lifting. It doesn't need any ammunition, since it isn't actually a gun. It can pick up objects from milk cartons to saws to barrels, and even the combine when given a charge, to use as weapons. When in normal condition, it glows orange-ish yellow, but when charged in a confiscation backfire in the citadel, it glows bright blue and shakes slightly, showing it to be unstable. It has been voted the best videogame weapon by several game review companies because there are few limits to what can be used as a weapon. Alyx: This (motioning to the gravity gun) is the gravity gun my father was talking about. You can call it the 'Zero point energy field manipulator' if you really want to. It's designed to handle hazardous materials, but we mainly use it for heavy lifting. by Nanxaimer September 13, 2008

On August 8th, 2013, the Machinima YouTube channel uploaded a fan movie, which pits the gravity gun against the portal gun from the Portal video game series (shown below, left). On the same day, the CorridorDigital YouTube channel released a short movie titled "The Gravity Gun," featuring a fan written origin story for the weapon (shown below, right). Within a year, the videos gained over 472,000 views and 3.8 million views respectively.

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Video Game Mods

A number of mods allowing players to use the gravity gun have been made for the games Minecraft[12][13][16] and Grand Theft Auto.[14][15]

Fan Art and Replicas

As of June 2015 on DeviantArt,[7] the keyword "Gravity Gun" yields more than 3.400 search results, containing fan art and fan made replicas of the gun.


Additionally, various replicas have been showcased in videos on YouTube (shown below).

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