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Fallout from Laidlaw's Half Life 3 Post Continues as Players Bomb Dota 2 With Negative Reviews

Half Life 3 is back in blog form, and players aren't happy.

News by Matt Kim, .

Last week a writer for Half-Life, Marc Laidlaw, published "Epistle 3", a blog post that was clearly meant to serve as a synopsis for the long-awaited Half-Life Episode 3. Even if the blog post changed the names of the main characters. Since then, Laidlaw's blog post has caused some fallout, including renewed interest in Half-Life 3 and users bombing Steam with negative reviews for Dota 2. All the while, Laidlaw maintains that there is no hidden agenda to his blog post other than to satisfy a creative itch.

Half Life 3 Concept Art

"It was an emotional release, not a tactical one," wrote Laidlaw in a follow-up tweet. "Not trying to critique or influence anybody. Valve is family."

Laidlaw wrote the statement to clarify that his "Epistle 3" blog post wasn't meant to criticize any recent Valve projects, particularly Artifact, a card game based on Dota 2 and Valve's first original game project in some time. When Artifact was announced at the International Dota 2 Championships this month, the crowd let out an audible groan when Half-Life Episode 3 failed to make an appearance. Clearly that fan anticipation for Half Life 3 hasn't waned.

However, as noted by PCGamesN, Steam users have been flooding Steam's Dota 2 page with negative reviews as a kind of revenge for Half-Life 3. "Not only is tis game a miserable bore, it killed Valve's creativity and eliminated any need to finish the Half-Life series. Thanks Gabe!" wrote one reviewer.

Half Life 3 was supposed to be the next episode in the Half-Life 2 story. Originally intended to come out a year after the release of Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Valve's plans changed and the project was caught in development hell. Valve has not said the game has been cancelled, though as our timeline of the game shows, the company has been more and more reticent to talk about the game in the past couple years.

So Laidlaw's "fanfiction" (as he calls it) is basically the closest fans have gotten to Half Life 3, even if Laidlaw maintains that it's not meant to be taken too seriously.

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  • Avatar for NiceGuyNeon #1 NiceGuyNeon 3 months ago
    *raises fist in solidarity*

    git 'em, boys n girls
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  • Avatar for Kuni-Nino #2 Kuni-Nino 3 months ago
    Yeah, I don't blame them. The community is frustrated so they got to let it out somewhere.
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  • Avatar for Tetragrammaton #3 Tetragrammaton 3 months ago
    I can't approve. Vote bombing DOTA 2 won't get HL3 made and only drives a wedge into its community. If Valve doesn't want to make HL3, that's on them. Fans should find creative ways to prove there's a desire for it.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #4 VotesForCows 3 months ago
    Well that's pretty juvenile really. Nobody is owed HL3.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #5 MetManMas 3 months ago
    @VotesForCows I can understand why no Half-Life 3 or Ep. 3 would be a sore spot for some people, given the cliffhanger Ep. 2 ended on. And I can also understand the general apathy towards digital card games,* especially given the number of quality properties Valve is sitting on.

    That said, spamming bad reviews on other Valve games is a rather petulant way to express frustration. It's not going to convince Valve to make Half-Life 3, it's just gonna convince 'em to crack down on Steam's user review service.

    * I know why they happen, though. They're a lot cheaper to produce and lend themselves well to the gashapon style of F2P, since they're just doing what physical card games have done for ages.
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  • Avatar for Roto13 #6 Roto13 3 months ago
    I hope Half Life 3 does come out and it's absolutely terrible.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #7 SatelliteOfLove 3 months ago
    Our fellow human beings everyone.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #8 VotesForCows 3 months ago
    @MetManMas Its strange that in video-game circles, harassing companies is perceived as a good way to get them to make games.

    I see you're in Florida - hope all is ok there with the hurricane and all.
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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene #9 UnskippableCutscene 3 months ago
    Dota 2 didn't kill Half-Life. Counter-Strike did.
    You could see it coming as far away as when CS:Source was supposed to be the sole multiplayer for HL2. They relented and made Deathmatch Classic, but whoof.

    That said, people are right to blame Valve, they're just taking it out on the wrong people. The lead gameplay director balancing Dota was a running a Warcraft mod when Episode 2 came out. This is a failure of management and their "flatland" structure where hiring is minimal and there basically there is no boss. If nothing else, Gabe should create an Alphabet-like holding company and moving Steam into it's own corporate subsidiary, if just to inspire Valve's gameplay people to spend more time working on game titles and less time managing a cash transfer service.Edited 2 times. Last edited August 2017 by UnskippableCutscene
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