This site is a collection of information on a problem with Half-Life 2 that has plagued many players of this otherwise excellent game. This problem is characterized by a sudden massive drop in frame rate when turning corners or moving into new areas of the game. These drops are usually accompanied by looping or stuttering sound during the frame rate drop which is how most people become aware of the problem. Aside from these isolated drops in frame rate, the game is otherwise perfectly smooth. These sudden drops kill the immersion and lead to a very frustrating experience. Below you will find additional details on this problem, some theories, and all responses from Valve on this problem.

Stuttering Patch is Out (Nov. 25, 2004, 1:41 a.m. UTC)
The patch for the majority of the Half-Life 2 stuttering problems is available via Steam. Quit and reload Steam to receive this update. Please let me know how well this works for you as I will forward this feedback to Valve. I will follow up with my own thoughts after I've tested this out.

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