Originally Posted by UltraMega
GabeN to me is a salty old fart who got mad at the gaming community
You seem pretty salty yourself about the popularity, that you view as unmerited, of someone of which you hold such a passionately negative view.
The GabeN meme, that alludes to his celebrity, is based mostly on his work on Steam, rather than his contribution to the HL franchise; though, the latter is also worthy of praise, I believe, for bringing a successful template of storytelling and gameplay mechanics to the industry.
It seems to me his validity as a player in the market, and also as a representative of the company Valve, can be backed solely by his work on the most successful online game library (among other things that it is, something that a lot of people like to ignore when criticizing it).
To use Valve's failure to bring closure to the Freeman epopee, one of their many works, as the basis of smearing his professional persona is a little weird.
I don't think they'd ever "outsource" one of the chapters in the main story, especially the last one. They've only done that for spin-offs, whose canonical status is largely unimportant to the main plot. And it's not like they'd relinquish narration control altogether.
I see the absence of HL3 as a mystery, more so than the result of the direction from an arrogant, failing, salty old fart.
They don't have to admit anything; their actions speak for themselves. They're Steam first, developer second, because that's what can easily and unmistakably be seen. People simply romanticized the whole thing and got frustrated when the result was different. Whether they're trying to appease themselves or the shareholders is a more relevant question.