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I think no communication about a game for 4 years is a great way to build up hype and suspense for it.
When they finally do reveal the next half life, its sure to be one heck of a trailer...

Lol, i think the hype and suspense peaked quite a while ago, and has been on a steady decline since.

And if this isn't the case, no matter what Valve puts out, it'll be another Duke Nukem Forever on our hands. It just won't deliver to 4+ years of suspense.


I genuinely don't know what Valve have been doing this past year or so, they just haven't been as proactive as i expected (Or as I'd have been if i were in charge wink.gif ). And with the rising competition (Origin, for example) i was at least expecting some nice updates to make Steam a better platform. For example, being able to manage non-steam games better, improving the friends list (being able to sign in invisible/appear offline) chat logging.....little things like this.


Unless Valve have got some serious updates in the works and just not told anyone, they're in for some poo when it hits the fan, and frankly, it'll serve them right.
Edited by Thingamajig - 1/18/12 at 3:58am
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You guys are funny, seriously, I bet Valve asked someone to make this group just to see how many people are still interested.
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In that case, join join join!

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this is why i love valve and blizzard. they take their sweet time making a game, and they do it RIGHT. well, minus L4D2. that was just utter crap.
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Eh, that's far too cliche. More likely, G-Man has something to do with Aperture Science and the portal technology that he seems to be using to keep people in stasis and keep up with Gordon.
Most likely though is that even Valve themselves did not know how they were going to spin the story. They have almost literally created the UN-story where they provide as few clues as possible and allow the human imagination to spin the rest. We've gone through essentially 3 whole games to date and we have yet to learn anything of substance about who the main antagonist is or why the protagonist is so important to his plans. They want to keep that going as long as possible b/c as soon as they start revealing the plot, all the mystique goes out the door.

You have it dead on. The whole speculation that GMan is Gordan Freeman gets brought up in every Half Life discussion, the speculation is getting rather old.
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Lol, i think the hype and suspense peaked quite a while ago, and has been on a steady decline since.
And if this isn't the case, no matter what Valve puts out, it'll be another Duke Nukem Forever on our hands. It just won't deliver to 4+ years of suspense.
I genuinely don't know what Valve have been doing this past year or so, they just haven't been as proactive as i expected (Or as I'd have been if i were in charge wink.gif ). And with the rising competition (Origin, for example) i was at least expecting some nice updates to make Steam a better platform. For example, being able to manage non-steam games better, improving the friends list (being able to sign in invisible/appear offline) chat logging.....little things like this.
Unless Valve have got some serious updates in the works and just not told anyone, they're in for some poo when it hits the fan, and frankly, it'll serve them right.

Once again, it was 6 years between HL1 and 2. doh.gif
    
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Once again, it was 6 years between HL1 and 2. doh.gif

And that even included the huge leak as well in 2003, which HL2 was suppose to be released that fall. That lead to further redevelopment of levels and the storyline and then was released a year later. I was actually quite surprised on how fast Valve recovered after that, even though the whole engine code and about 1.2GB worth of underdeveloped map files were taken.

That leak was pretty much the reason why Steam was created. Started out as a simple DRM, but ended up being turned into an electronic distribution program that evolved into what we have today.

I've said this quite often when the words "Duke Nukem Forever" come up in a HL3 discussion, that was an entirely different situation! That was over 13 years of development, switched developers an unknown number of times, so the game was destined to fail. It's only been 4 years since EP2 was released, been kept under the same developer, and about 5 years was the average for how long game developers used to take between games and/or sequels. Now these yearly to bi-yearly development cycles has everyone up in a tizzy when they don't see a sequel after that amount of time. I know we were promised to have EP3 by now (actually suppose to have all 3 by 2008 and then HL3 by 2013) but Valve already said that they were done with the Episodic format and was moving on.

We've had plenty of worthy games released from Valve in that time, even some that were unexpected. They've acquired TurtleRock, which lead to the L4Ds we have today, hired many graduates from DigiPen, some who have moved on and created their own development team, moved their whole development team to a new gigantic office, and then there's Steam, the best electronic distribution service for games. They haven't been sitting on their hands for the past 4 years, just needed something to do while they were still figuring out what needed to be done in HL3 and their engine to catch up to what they wanted to do in the game.
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They are waiting for next gen consoles to come out so they can release it on PC/Copnsole at the same time to maximize profits. This is what I have been thinking this whole time and why I have not wasted time thinking about about it. When the new consoles drop we will surely hear about Half-Life 3 - as we all know now gaming completely revolves around consoles unless it is an MMO or F2P game.
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I'm looking forward to a new episode in the series as well, but I think its funny how people demand their consumption, like companies owe their customers new products without the company's intent to deliver.
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Heh, so if they say nothing... what do people do... just not buy the game? lol tongue.gif
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