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Half-Life Fans Organize Protest

Thousands take to Steam to demand news about Half-Life 3

By Daniel Jones on 2/6/2012
 Half-Life fans are a patient bunch. We've been waiting for years to hear any news on the third outing in the franchise since  Half-Life 2: Episode 2 ended on a horrifying cliffhanger. Valve has trolled fans, fans have trolled fans and now it seems like the fans are trolling Valve in an effort to hear break the developer's silence on  Half-Life 3. A group of roughly 10,000 unsatisfied fans took to Steam over the weekend to show their displeasure with the developer. The group logged onto Steam to play  Half-Life 2 on their accounts to show Valve that there's still a large fan base waiting for news on the game, any news at all. The problem is, Valve already knows this.

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The bigger problem for the group is that they had anticipated over 50,000 people joining them on their crusade, so the disappointingly low number probably hurt the protest's effectiveness. The group wrote the following on their Steam page, "The lack of communication between Valve and the  Half-Life community has been a frustrating experience. While continued support for current and future products is greatly appreciated, fans of the  Half-Life series have waited years for a word on when the franchise will return." The statement continued, "The entire trilogy of episodes was due in 2007, and if Valve have decided to do other things in the time being, that is fine; all that we ask for is a basic response on the matter, and to let fans know whether the current story arc is scheduled to conclude at a certain point in time."

I certainly did my part as a huge fan of the series, I went onto my Xbox 360 and played  Half-Life 2 this weekend. Though I have to admit, that was just a funny coincidence since I was completely unaware of this protest before today. I can sympathize with these guys but I don't think Valve really cares. They know that fans want  Half-Life and for whatever reason, they haven't revealed any of their cards just yet. In the mean time, I suggest we all just go play  Portal 2 and  Team Fortress, just to stick it to the man!
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EuphoricEnnui on February 10, 2012
To this day, Half Life:2 is still my absolute favorite game. I play it pretty much once a year...at least (last year I ran through it about four times xD). And I've had it for years. I hope all they're waiting on is just the next generation of consoles. Because if they've, for whatever reason, decided not to bother that would just...suck. I mean, come on! At least throw us a bone!...or a crumb...or heck, lemme just smell it a little o_o
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Forbidden404 on February 07, 2012
Oh, and my nickname in Team Fortress 2 is Forbidden404, if anyone here see me there hehe
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Forbidden404 on February 07, 2012
I don't think that these protests worth because... one day will not make a difference, Valve know about everyday and probably they're waiting for the next gen (maybe they did the game yet, just waiting to release or last updates) or they thought worthless, I bet in the first one.
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MikeDeas879 on February 07, 2012
I don't think Valve is toying with anyone. If there is this much of an outcry, Valve knows they're going to make money. They probably just want to make sure they get a great product out the door to optimize their sales. Doesn't help that the next gen consoles are about to start rising up over the peak and I'm sure development on some games for the next gen is already underway. Whether Sony or Microsoft speaks out or not, this generation is seeing the sun set. It must be a precarious time for developers.
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Dualsmg14 on February 07, 2012
I hope they are just waiting so that they can put it on the next generation of consoles.
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quantifier on February 06, 2012
I didn't hear anything about this, but I did accidentally stick it to the man by playing some TF2. This has to be the funnest way to stick it to the man, though I don't know about the effectiveness.

I want to hope that Valve cares about the fans and don't just toy with them endlessly, but I'm probably naive. This is just another 'trust fall' we have to play with our beloved game developers. We know they do good, but they sure test our faith.
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