Half-Life 3 Steam protest: 'more than half' didn't turn up
6th Feb 2012 | 12:06
Last week we reported on a valiant group of Half-Life fans, planning to play Half-Life 2 over the weekend as a protest against Valve's lack of communication about Half-Life 3.
More than half of them didn't show, for shame.
In total around 13,000 of the 30,000 Steam group members showed up and this still exceeded the game's normal Steam activity by 10,000 players, which is still quite impressive.
"I am personally impressed with what we've achieved today," the protest's organiser said. "We're nowhere near done - in fact, we are currently in the process of planning new activities. This was only our first attempt and, in my eyes, was a success for everyone."
The movement began last week when fans fed up with the Valve's silence on the future of the Half-Life franchise reached boiling point.
"While continued support for current and future products is greatly appreciated, fans of the Half-Life series have waited years for a word on when the franchise will return. So, Instead of focusing efforts in a negative and disrespectful way, we have decided to gain Valve's attention by delivering a basic message:
"Your oldest and longest running fanbase would like better communication. Waiting patiently for over four years is a daunting task, especially when E3 comes and goes without any beat of a Half-Life pulse, time and time again... The entire trilogy of episodes was scheduled to be completed and released by 2007, and if Valve has decided to do other things for the time being, that's fine.
"All that we ask for is a basic response on the matter, and to let fans know whether or not the current story arc is scheduled to conclude at another point in time."
We're right there with them, although admittedly we didn't play Half-Life 2 over the weekend either. So we're part of the problem.