Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to "Besiege" Valve with Gabe Newell Impersonators

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Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to "Besiege" Valve with Gabe Newell Impersonators

Two friends and devoted Valve fans are attempting to raise $150,000 to show the developer just how much the community wants Half-Life 3.

Do you want to play Half-Life 3? Well, you're not alone. The long-awaited sequel is supposedly in development at Valve, but the developer is remaining tight-lipped about it. Kyle Mazzei and Chris Salem are tired of waiting, however, and have decided to take matters into their own hands. The duo have launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign to "show Valve that the Half-Life community is strong" and "get Valve to finish the game we've dreamed about for all these years."

"It's been almost an entire decade since the last version of Half-Life," Mazzei states in the IndieGoGo video, a fact fans of the series know all too well. So how does the pair hope to speed things along at a company known for taking its time? By raising money for advertisements, mobile billboards, and "a bunch of Gabe Newells besieging Valve's doorstep wearing 'We Want HL3' t-shirts." The army of Gabe impersonators doesn't come cheap, at the $45,000 tier, but even that's pocket change compared to the $150,000 "most epic concert ever." With 31 days to go, the campaign has raised just over $630 as of this writing.

Half-Life was originally released in 1998; Half-Life 2 followed in 2004, with expansions Episode 1 in 2006 and Episode 2 in 2007. Since then, fans have been clamoring for news about the series, so I'm not sure that I agree with Mazzei and Salem that fans haven't been vocal enough about their desire for the continuation of the Half-Life series. According to Valve Time, we should get some news on Half-Life 3 any day... week... or year now; as Valve's Doug Lombardi said in 2007, hang on to your crowbars.

Source: Polygon

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I'm pretty sure Valve are aware that the internet wants Half Life 3 gents. I just don't think Valve knows what to do with it now that it's been that long.

And I certainly wouldn't waste $150k on trying to tell Valve, anyway.

Im pretty sure knowing how much people apparently want HL3 is why it doesnt exist.

Its been long enough that no matter what comes out, it wont be good enough for the internet.

Sarah LeBoeuf:
"a bunch of Gabe Newells besieging Valve's doorstep wearing 'We Want HL3' t-shirts."

If nobody tells the crowd "Alright, alright, Gabe has left the building." I will be upset.

This sounds like a colossal waste of money. Whats the goal, to let Valve know that people want HL3? I'm pretty sure they already know that.

Again... people with no clue deigning to say how things should be done. Dear sweet heaven Valve is Working on HL3 you twats!.

COnsider the time span between Hl1 and HL2.. and this isn't terribly long. Also. What valve is developing isn't just a new HL game they;'re developing a new SOurce Engine for the new half life game... or would the fans prefer if Valve took the EA MW/BF/COD approach and just release the same game every year with marginal changes to graphics?

Geez have some patience people.. Making good games takes time... and valve has a lot of expectations to meet with this one.

Well, it's a noble goal. I too, would like to play Half-Life 3. So they've got my support. Just not, you know, my financial support since I don't think it's going to do anything.

I kinda want this to work, so then the game is released and because everyone's expectations are so damn high people are annoyed at it, and rather than blaming Valve, they blame these assclowns. That'd be nice.

Elijin:
Im pretty sure knowing how much people apparently want HL3 is why it doesnt exist.

Its been long enough that no matter what comes out, it wont be good enough for the internet.

At this point, I have no hype for the game. When it finally comes out, I don't plan on judging it based on how long it took to get released; I'll just judge it for what it is. I'm not expecting it to be "worth the wait" but I do expect it to be worth playing. I just want the series to end on a positive note...


(^ I don't know if this is a spoiler at this point, but whatever.)

Half-what?

Sorry, I've never heard of this game series. I guess that's why people need to sink $150,000+ into this campaign; to let people like myself who became frozen in 1997 on a North Pole expedition and I've only just now been found and awakened and given this computer to play with.

People can do whatever they want with their money but I can't help but question....well.....everything about this. What an absolute waste of time and money.

There is two options

1. the game never comes out or 2. it comes out when its good and ready.

Silly boys, trying to force Valve to finishing Half Life 3 sooner will stop them from caring about making the game as it wont be a labour of love, it will be just something they are told to make.

I bet there is countless games they haven't played yet that would be worth their time to tie them over.

Honestly who cares at this point. Sure at the time HL2 did some things no other game did but it wasn't all that great and it hasn't aged well. Just let it die. Lets move on with our lives. Valve has. So should you.

Well, it would be a fun thing at least, that campaign. Whether or not it actually gets any result HF3-wise.

Let me state the obvious. These guys are idiots.

(re-post of a post I made on Steam for similar)
how about this. when if HL3 comes out it will suffer from one of 2 major issues that have been seen already.

the first I call Duke Nukem Forever development when a game is in development for to long the developer does not want to remove a feature, section that has been worked on/"completed" so they leave it meaning that the end result either doesn't work in terms of pacing, story-telling, or overall gameplay.

the second I call Star Wars Prequel syndrome this is where a thing has been wanted/anticipated for so long that there is no way it could ever live up to expectations, or desires for the thing.

in short: if valve has been working on HL2:ep3, or HL3 all this time then is is likely to suffer from Duke Nukem Forever development, and even if it hasn't then it will still be effected by Star Wars Prequel syndrome. basically there is more generation of want/expectation by them not saying anything then by them actually saying anything. if they release screen shots of anything people will complain about either art style, graphics, or just choises. if they release a cast list people will complain about the choices. if they release anything about the story people will complain about either will this finally answer x, or will this be the last thing.

realistically the only way they could ever get away with releasing HL3, or even HL2:ep3 is to just anounce it 1 week(or day) before the release, release it(trying to bury it on page3 of searches), and then spend the next 2 years just trying to recover from the vitriol, and vial from all the people who have been wanting it all this time.

could you... not? Everyone knows how much we want half life 3, they are waiting until the have something, big and knew that they can build an engine on, they want it to be just like halflife 2, were it is the spawning point of a series of other games using the same engine.

Alright, I know the game is 7 years behind scheduled (though it will probably also be a full game instead of an "episode") but come on, it was cute and funny when the potato salad guy was a smash hit, but this is neither of those things.

I don't get it. Egging on the developer like this will not get the game out the door. In fact, valve may just "cancel" HL3 if they go through with this. Although I have to say, this is still a better idea than the live action minecraft movie.

Adam Jensen:
Let me state the obvious. These guys are idiots.

Uh, why? They just basically want the community to fund some fun work for themselves. I doubt they really believe it will change what valve does.

Honestly, as pointless as this little endeavor may be[1], I'm willing to toss a few bucks towards the cause. If only to see an army of Newell impersonators descend onto Valve HQ like a tsunami. A tsunami of beards and glasses.

[1] Though, if it manages to convince Valve to release any info on the game I'll consider it worth the time, money, and effort.

Cue a hundred people saying variations of
-"Valve don't want or aren't going to make HL3 because people's expectations are too high"
and/or
-"Meh, I stopped wanting it entirely X years ago and now I wouldn't even care if it came out".

What a load of horseshit. No, it's not because it's been 7+ years that the game MUST have 7+ years of content or else "IT'S SHIT AND FAILS TO LIVE UP TO THE HYPE!!1!!1!" Fuck the hype. And fuck the sheep who enable that.

All the game needs is to be on-par with HL and HL2, running in the next version of Source (that they have reportedly been working on for a while) and advancing the 'cliffhanged' (cliffhung?) plot established in Hl2: Ep2. A mostly-linear, well-crafted shooter with Valve's usual level of polish.

If it does just that, it'll be well-received by critics (actual critics, not Gamespot/IGN hype-monkeys) and be the hottest shit on Steam for months. A guaranteed commercial success for which they collect 100% of the money, owning the entire pipeline from development to distribution (on PC). Sure, there will probably be tons of absolute morons flinging youtube-comment-level shit at them, but they, and we, are smart enough to ignore those people, right?

People will now immediately bring up Duke Nukem Forever, forgetting or ignoring that it was actually a shitty game on its own merits. One that looked, sounded and played like a cheap derivative shooter slapped together in a year from old bits and pieces barely holding together, because that's exactly what it was.

I'm not waiting on HL3, I'm actually waiting on Half-life 2: Episode 3. /snark

I was originally going to say something along the lines of "wait, I should pay money so someone can tell valve I want this game? Why don't I just, say, email them for free?" But after a little more thought this sounds like a fun community thing, though a little wasteful to be honest.

At that price what they should really do is turn it into a half-life convention. They could go really meta with it and have fake gabes hosting fake panels about half-life 3, half-life 4, a live action movie, a tv series, and the inevitable cooking mama cross over along with more serious stuff like legit panels, cosplay contests, and maybe a lan tournament. They could also have something fun like a smack a crate with a crowbar game or something.

Hmm....maybe I should do a kickstarter.

Are there any awards given for the most pointless crowd funding campaign yet? Because these guys just won it.
150k to tell Valve about the HL3 meme... I'm pretty sure they have heard at some point in the last decade, so what you are really asking is people to pay for a fun night out with Gabe look-alikes.

Andy Shandy:
I'm pretty sure Valve are aware that the internet wants Half Life 3 gents. I just don't think Valve knows what to do with it now that it's been that long.

Just remember that Team Fortress 2 began development in 1998 as a gritty and 'believable' game with a distinctly tactical bent. Reading the pages on it in Raising the Bar and seeing the totally serious character models that could have fallen out of Battlefield 2 is mildly hilarious with the power of hindsight.

If Episode 3 (or Half Life 3) comes out before October 2016 it'll still have been made faster than TF2, although I think Valve are out to break Prey's eleven year record.

Oh for -

I have no hype left for HL3. It's vaporware at this point, and a lot of the second game's mechanics are showing their age. These guys are expecting the third game to be just as revolutionary as the second - and that's just a proof of how short-sighted they are.

HL3 could never come out that I'd just shrug and move on.

What a gigantic waste of 150k. My God, go give that to Charity: Water or something. Don't waste it on telling Valve to speed up ValveTime(TM).

I like how self-righteous so many people are getting over this. :P These guys apparently are just looking to have a bit of fun, over a game that many many gamers have been waiting for over a period of yeeeaars. I doubt that they think this will change anything, just as I doubt anything will happen. So since they are not taking this as a serious matter of urgency, I honestly do not see how anyone can say, with a straight face, that this little bit of fun is a waste of time and money.

No one really has the right to say that without being sanctimonious. Not going to financially support them, but I will give them kudos for having a bit of humorous originality, and I wish them luck.

A nerd entitlement rally. Sounds like fun.

Idiots, give that money to strawing children instead of wasting it on your first world problems.

A fair if selfish goal, but it doesn't need a fundraising effort; part of me thinks this is just a scam to make and sell those t-shirts. <_<

"the most epic concert EVER" eh? this could almost be a FistShark campaign, especially the part where they basically hire GabeN lookalikes and a creepy white truck to stalk Valve's headquarters

A year has passed since Dota 2 came out, fairly powerful consoles have been released, and Half-Life 3 still hasn't even been announced. Valve could have just said that they are making it, and that would be fine. They used to bring out a game every year. Now, the only thing they came up with is a documentary on a Dota tournament. This is ridiculous. They practically don't have developers anymore.

flying_whimsy:
I'm not waiting on HL3, I'm actually waiting on Half-life 2: Episode 3. /snark

I was originally going to say something along the lines of "wait, I should pay money so someone can tell valve I want this game? Why don't I just, say, email them for free?" But after a little more thought this sounds like a fun community thing, though a little wasteful to be honest.

At that price what they should really do is turn it into a half-life convention. They could go really meta with it and have fake gabes hosting fake panels about half-life 3, half-life 4, a live action movie, a tv series, and the inevitable cooking mama cross over along with more serious stuff like legit panels, cosplay contests, and maybe a lan tournament. They could also have something fun like a smack a crate with a crowbar game or something.

Hmm....maybe I should do a kickstarter.

Me thinks you should. You'd have (some) of my money, certainly.

When I heard about the revival of the show Twin Peaks and learned about how long its been since the last season ended and how it ended on a cliffhanger, it made me think "This is likely how the announcement for Half-Life 3 is going to feel"

i think there comes a point when you just have to let something go with HL3 that time was after October 2010
just let it go guys its just getting sad now

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