Rumor: Valve employee wears Half-Life 3 shirt

A Uber Entertainment's Chandana Ekanayake spotted a Valve employee wearing a Half-Life 3 t-shirt at an industry event, and snapped a photo to show the world.

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A mysterious Valve employee was reportedly spotted wearing a Half-Life 3 shirt, making for either a coy hint or a cruel troll. Possibly both. The Valve employee was spotted by another games professional at an industry event, who snapped the photo to share it with the world so all can share in the renewed cries for more Half-Life.

"All I'm saying is I saw this at a local game developer event worn by a Valve employee," tweeted Uber Entertainment's Chandana Ekanayake (via PC Gamer). He didn't provide any more info on the Valve employee, so a close-up of the t-shirt from a second-hand source is all we have.

What does it mean? Probably nothing. But it's a sign that Valve is thinking about Half-Life 3, at least. It's been seven years since the release of Half-Life 2, and four since Episode 2. The concept of "Valve Time" is named after the company's careful, deliberately slow pace when creating a game, but something has to be in the works by now, right?

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    December 2, 2011 8:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Rumor: Valve employee wears Half-Life 3 shirt.

    A Uber Entertainment's Chandana Ekanayake spotted a Valve employee wearing a Half-Life 3 t-shirt at an industry event, and snapped a photo to show the world.

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      December 2, 2011 8:39 AM

      those bastards are trolling us

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      December 2, 2011 8:46 AM

      I now know why Valve hasn't done anything with a 3 in it, it's so bland.

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      December 2, 2011 8:56 AM

      Remember when this code was leaked a few months ago from the DOTA2 beta client? I hadn;t heard about this until today.

      /src/game/server/ep3/weapon_icegun.cpp
      /src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_concrete.cpp
      /src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_liquid.cpp
      /src/game/server/ep3/weaponizer_metal.cpp/src/matchmaking/matchmaking_cstrike

      Icegun?? Borealis?!?! Aperture science/Portal tie-in????

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        December 2, 2011 9:06 AM

        I swear those have to be trolls too. They do this type of stuff in the TF2 file notes from time to time

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      December 2, 2011 9:00 AM

      I am simply resigned to the fact that I will be collecting my Social Security and in a nursing home trying to hold a controller with my arthritic hands by the time this game comes out.

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        December 2, 2011 9:08 AM

        I already have gray hair and hair falling out; I'm going to look like my grandfather when Half-Life releases.

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        December 2, 2011 11:14 AM

        dont sweat it. by the time it comes out they will have developed a way to interface directly with the games, via a socket at the base of your spine, and will have anti aging treatments to extend your youth. in fact you might be even physically younger than you are now when the next half life comes out!

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      December 2, 2011 9:06 AM

      That doesn't look like the typeface from Half-Life 2 or Portal 2. They're not holding to Valve standards.

      I'm gonna go make a "Bioshock 5: To The Moon!" t-shirt and walk around Quincy Center.

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        December 2, 2011 9:09 AM

        On the back of that HL shirt it reads "U Mad?"

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        December 2, 2011 6:29 PM

        Later on, I remembered that something else is wrong: the 3 and the lambda are in the wrong place. The lambda is supposed to be the big character in the circle, and the 3 is supposed to be superscript.

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      December 2, 2011 9:08 AM

      And yeah they are trolling. Why do you hurt me so? :'(

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      December 2, 2011 9:08 AM

      Don't play with my emotions! dammit GABEN

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      December 2, 2011 9:10 AM

      I will drive over there right now

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      December 2, 2011 9:16 AM

      A Uber?

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      December 2, 2011 9:34 AM

      HL3 is the new DNF?

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      December 2, 2011 10:06 AM

      so this is where we're at huh, pretty sad.

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      December 2, 2011 10:16 AM

      Where is it, Gabe. Where is it.

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      December 2, 2011 10:26 AM

      valve time = erosion
      valve = natural force

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      December 2, 2011 10:29 AM

      How is that a rumor? It may not be of any importance, but its something that actually happened.

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      December 2, 2011 10:30 AM

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        December 2, 2011 10:47 AM

        That's just crazy talk

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        December 2, 2011 10:53 AM

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        December 2, 2011 10:55 AM

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        December 2, 2011 10:55 AM

        you are a terrorist

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        December 2, 2011 10:56 AM

        fuck that, dota is retarded, and CS died 8 years ago.

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          December 2, 2011 10:57 AM

          If CS is dead then it is one gigantic motherfucking zombie that dwarfs over most living games.


          Current Players Peak Today Game
          59,461 62,833 Counter-Strike

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          December 2, 2011 11:00 AM

          ^ Sucks at both games

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            December 2, 2011 11:01 AM

            ^ insulted snot3353 for no reason

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            December 2, 2011 11:06 AM

            I was king of CS in college, in 2003

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            December 2, 2011 7:39 PM

            TBH...Quake players were shitting on CS right when it first appeared for being too slow and less rewarding of skill...so its not like it was always considered some sort of competitive masterpiece (I'm not saying it doesn't require skill...it actually does...though I've never cared all that much for CS or the skill set it emphasizes...but I'll admit that it does require skill and its still enjoyable for those who like it...for me it felt too much like Clan Arena/Rocket Arena with less interesting weapons and some objectives thrown in).

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          December 2, 2011 11:03 AM

          You have my sword, take this fucking battle to the finish, I'll be right here with you.

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        December 2, 2011 11:33 AM

        People like you SHOULD BE LOCKED UP.

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      December 2, 2011 10:49 AM

      Source 2 & HL3 will be the debut of the engine.

      You heard it here first :)

      • gmd legacy 10 years mercury mega
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        December 2, 2011 10:56 AM

        I heard it will support 7 monitors

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        December 2, 2011 11:00 AM

        3D glasses required

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        December 2, 2011 11:11 AM

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          December 2, 2011 11:15 AM

          Yes I remember that for sure, we will see.

          It going to happen and people will poop their pants, mine included :)

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          December 2, 2011 11:17 AM

          I doubt there will be a Source 2 as well, but they really need to step their game up on their current version of the engine.

          Texture work needs to be of a much higher resolution. Geometry work needs to get with the times and have far less blocky only areas, more smoother curves on objects, etc. Maybe start adding some nice DX10/11 features for those who want more eye candy.

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          December 2, 2011 11:19 AM

          It's fun to throw off your competitors with plausible misleading PR. It's like a reverse in football.

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          December 2, 2011 11:22 AM

          They see no reason to announce that they've got a new engine.

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          December 2, 2011 1:42 PM

          My money is on Gabe pretending there will be no source 2, when in reality they have been working on it this entire time. They want it to be a real surprise. I agree with Valcan.

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            December 2, 2011 6:54 PM

            There's no NEED? Portal 2 looked fucking good, ran amazingly well on the PS3, I can only assume just as well on the more powerful 360 and seriously - Portal is a great example of how art direction can trump any bullshit fancy effects. PLUS Portal 2, seemed to have pretty fancy effects?

            A lot of conspiracy theorists think "oh nope, he's doing source 2!!! with HL3, in a lab, surprise bitches!!" they aren't, they'll just keep slowly updating their engine, helping them make actual games quicker.

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      December 2, 2011 11:02 AM

      It's been 7 years? Holy shit.

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        December 2, 2011 4:58 PM

        This was my first thought as well!

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      December 2, 2011 11:22 AM

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      December 2, 2011 11:31 AM

      Why is it a rumor that they wore a HL3 shirt if there is a picture and a witness?

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        December 2, 2011 11:36 AM

        It's all a conspiracy.

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        December 2, 2011 12:13 PM

        Firstly it's just a shirt that anyone can make. Secondly the leaked files from the DotA 2 client suggest HL2 Ep3 not HL3. In the end who knows it will probably release in 10 years anyway.

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          December 2, 2011 12:50 PM

          But just not anyone is wearing it?

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            December 2, 2011 12:54 PM

            It could be a troll. It could be legit. As I said though it's not consistent with the leaked files.

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        December 2, 2011 1:25 PM

        the rumor is about what it means, not that he was wearing the shirt (since as you say, that's pretty well documented)

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      December 2, 2011 12:11 PM

      this is news? slow day?

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      December 2, 2011 12:13 PM

      Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Half-Life 3 T-shirt on Developer.

      Targeted for release via walking around Bellevue, T-Shirt on Developer features two sleeves and a Half-Life 3 logo on the front.

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      December 2, 2011 12:54 PM

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      December 2, 2011 1:31 PM

      Breaking news: Man wears shirt. Film at 11.

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      December 2, 2011 2:03 PM

      im gonna make a HL4 shirt

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      December 2, 2011 4:34 PM

      HL2 Episode 3? Bueller?

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      December 2, 2011 6:50 PM

      One of my friends, David, who works at 343 informed me at a party that Valve is working on BOTH Half-Life 2: Episode 3 and Half-Life 3 at the same time. Run THIS through the rumor mill a few thousand times.

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      December 4, 2011 5:54 PM

      I want to believe

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      December 6, 2011 8:57 AM

      Does anyone really believe anything from Valve nowadays? They rarely live up to their promises, other times they just outright lie. Halflife episodes out every 6 months? L4D will have tons of DLC? Nope, 4 years since episode 3 was due. Nope, we'll just turn what should have been a DLC for L4D into a new game to wring some more cash out or customers.

      Valve loves to troll people. Believe nothing till any game or content is actually for sale.

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