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Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby TronPaul » 2011-12-12 06:57pm

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Valve VGA Vid Appears To Offer HL3 Clues Rock Paper Shotgun article

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UPDATE: Using this video and not the one off Game Trailers it works, however I'm still trying to find an official download of the video that matches the youtube video (it matches at 50% speed).
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby Zixinus » 2011-12-12 07:09pm

Valve: the company that makes a massive marketing success by messing with their own fanbase since 2003.

For all we know, it could be Portal 3, because Valve would like to pretend that everyone forgot about Half-Life.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby TronPaul » 2011-12-12 07:18pm

No ARG at this time, though the 50% video is legitimate.
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Valve really knows how to lay it on to be honest. They've gotten better than Blizzard at driving their fans into a frenzy. I admit I am one of those people.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby Skgoa » 2011-12-12 07:37pm

I always find it amazing how people can sprinkle the tiniest hints of hidden meaning into their works and have a rabid fanbase go nuts about it.
They are working on HL3. This is nothing new. Even if they have hidden an allusion to that fact in the video, it's still absolutely useless information. It's just fanservice.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby TronPaul » 2011-12-12 07:45pm

Skgoa wrote:I always find it amazing how people can sprinkle the tiniest hints of hidden meaning into their works and have a rabid fanbase go nuts about it.
They are working on HL3. This is nothing new. Even if they have hidden an allusion to that fact in the video, it's still absolutely useless information. It's just fanservice.


I don't recall seeing any definitive we are working on HL3 or Ep3 anywhere from Valve or reliable sources. Plus when there's fan action in the fan service it makes it much more interesting. Especially when you've been waiting for HL3 or Ep3 for years.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby Sriad » 2011-12-14 03:14pm

Something with 3--


It's about time The 3 Amigos got a video game adaptation--

It's obviously Half Life 3.


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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby Chardok » 2011-12-14 05:38pm

I have to wonder if HL3 is too little, too late, like DNF. Color me meh - I don't recall ever feeling like the "Freeman saga: needed any more entries. Unless it's Morgan Freeman.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby evilsoup » 2011-12-14 06:13pm

I don't know, at the end of Ep2 I really wanted to get a chance to shoot some Combine Advisers. I'd actually be happy even if it was built to the same specifications as HL2, but I'm sure Valve will feel pressure to make it supershiny.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby CaptHawkeye » 2011-12-14 11:33pm

Why does it take Valve 10+ years to start working on a totally generic shooter? Don't get me wrong, I liked Half Life 2. But what is it that causes them to take a ridiculous amount of time to make a by-the-numbers shooter with physics puzzles?
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

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CaptHawkeye wrote:Why does it take Valve 10+ years to start working on a totally generic shooter? Don't get me wrong, I liked Half Life 2. But what is it that causes them to take a ridiculous amount of time to make a by-the-numbers shooter with physics puzzles?


I don't think Valve have gone the DNF route, they've been working on a lot of other stuff, Hatconomy, Portal and CS:GO come to mind. Episode 2 left us in kind of a cliff-hanger, [spoiler=]crazy aliens with some kind of mind powers eat Eli's brain, then you are saved by Dog.[/spoiler] Plus it's a sci-fi universe that isn't Star Wars, Star Trek, or Mass Effect, sign me up.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby DPDarkPrimus » 2011-12-15 02:59am

CaptHawkeye wrote:Why does it take Valve 10+ years to start working on a totally generic shooter? Don't get me wrong, I liked Half Life 2. But what is it that causes them to take a ridiculous amount of time to make a by-the-numbers shooter with physics puzzles?


One would hope they've been working on Source 2 instead of prolonging the life support for a wonderful but now dated engine that has stopped aging gracefully a while ago. (Aging gracefully doesn't just mean looking good, it also means not having a loading screen after thirty feet.)
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby Stark » 2011-12-15 04:18am

What's their structure like these days, anyway? Why would they feel the need to make games at all, when they've got a perfectly good model rocking right now?

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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby Skgoa » 2011-12-15 06:05am

Because they can? All these game engine programers, game designers, artists, etc., won't help them that much with running Steam, so why not put these people to use making even more money?
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby phongn » 2011-12-16 01:26pm

Stark wrote:What's their structure like these days, anyway? Why would they feel the need to make games at all, when they've got a perfectly good model rocking right now?

They want to make games? I mean, sure, they could twiddle their fingers are money from Steam rolls in, but they presumably want to do more than that, too?

Even better, they aren't so constrained on game production (whether they use that freedom is another question!) since that they have that independent revenue stream.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby Zixinus » 2011-12-16 01:48pm

Why would they feel the need to make games at all, when they've got a perfectly good model rocking right now?


Because making a game won't rock that model anyways? It's not like HL3 (or as I am guessing, Portal 3) would interfere with other services on Steam (not any more than any other game).
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby xthetenth » 2011-12-16 02:02pm

Plus, valve games are a powerful asset for steam because they encourage people to buy into their ecosystem and provide a hedge against people leaving it. Very old games aren't as good at that.

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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby bilateralrope » 2011-12-16 03:16pm

Zixinus wrote:or as I am guessing, Portal 3


I really doubt that they would be working on Portal 3 already. Not only did they release extra level for Portal 2 in October, they have also announced that they are working on a level editor for it.

Valve isn't finished with Portal 2 yet.

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Postby Sarevok » 2011-12-17 03:41am

xthetenth wrote:Plus, valve games are a powerful asset for steam because they encourage people to buy into their ecosystem and provide a hedge against people leaving it. Very old games aren't as good at that.


Yeah. Without their flagship products based on the Source engine like TF2 or Portal Steam would not remained dominant for so long.

It's sort of like why Epic still makes games when they make huge amount money from licensing Unreal technology alone.
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Postby Skgoa » 2011-12-17 03:42am

Leve designers don't program editors. ;)
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Postby Stark » 2011-12-17 05:38am

Sarevok wrote:Yeah. Without their flagship products based on the Source engine like TF2 or Portal Steam would not remained dominant for so long.

It's sort of like why Epic still makes games when they make huge amount money from licensing Unreal technology alone.


What's the similarity? Buying a Valve game means you have to use steam and can never leave. Buying a UE-based game doesn't have any strings attached.

Its arguable that Halflife 2 is the reason Steam took off at all. Everyone played it, so the base market for Steam was huge despite it sucking piles of ass for years.

I just don't count 'mods released by teams Valve bought' as Valve games. :lol:

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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby xthetenth » 2011-12-17 12:53pm

Stark wrote:I just don't count 'mods released by teams Valve bought' as Valve games. :lol:


For the purpose of discussing exclusives they can use to tie people into their ecosystem, it'd be silly not to.

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Postby CaptHawkeye » 2011-12-17 03:48pm

Yes it would. Especially if they didn't actually make any of those games.
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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby Stark » 2011-12-17 04:21pm

No he's right, there's an important distinction between Valve-developed games and games Valve buys to leverage into steam retention tools. I'm speaking in the sense of 'Valve developed games' because their core business appears to be much more publishing and distribution than development.

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Re: Valve Hints something with 3 in it

Postby DPDarkPrimus » 2011-12-18 01:06am

They develop and distribute a shit-load of hats.
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