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Another E3 with no news of Half Life 3 - at least none that
I heard. Not even a spoof or fake image to spark a flurry of activity. To be
honest, I don't even recall hearing anything about Valve, Gabe Newell, Steam
Box or anything else of the sort.
I know, I know...the big guy announced months
ago Valve wouldn't have anything to show at E3, but I was at least hoping to
hear some juicy rumors or wild speculation. I did stumble across a somewhat
humorous and only mildly disturbing video provided courtesy of Machinama.
And if that wasn't funny enough, you should follow @IsHL3OutYet
on Twitter. I don't know why, but I can't help but chuckle every time I see a
tweet from this account. Oh, they're always the same.
Hah, I'm kidding.
This is a topic I've talked about before, but I think it's
been a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Many of you know the extent of my Valve attraction, so it might
seem a bit odd to hear me say, I think I would be okay if a Half Life 3 never
happens. Deep down I think it will happen and I'm sure in the outer reaches of the
Valve Studio there are developers hard at work on the game. But if it's not
true, I'm okay with that.
My fear is Half Life 3 might suffer from the same pressure Duke
Nukem Forever encountered after a fifteen year development cycle - insurmountable
expectations. Granted, DNF had a number of challenges and roadblocks along the
way, but in the end, the expectations of greatness were so high, DNF never
really had a chance to be successful.
Gamers have been waiting for so long to see the next Half
Life 3, or at least some hint of a Half Life 3, I can't help but wonder when it
finally gets here, even if it's phenomenal, will gamers wonder why it took so
long? I think we're currently around six years in the making so it has a while
to reach DNF status.
When compared with games having an annual or biannual
release, it makes me consider the sine wave of anticipation versus time spent
waiting. Let me explain, because I think it's an interesting phenomenon (and you
probably think I'm a loon).
When games like Call of Duty or even Assassin's Creed has an
annual release, the excitement...and even the expectation...seems to be somewhat
subdued. Almost as if gamers don't really have time to get excited for the
game. Or maybe because they expect it there is no reason to get excited. I
wonder if the game changed it up and didn't come out every year, if we would
suddenly have a change of heart - like a disturbance in the Force.
A game a few years in the making seems to really drive up
excitement and anticipation. A three or four, or maybe even five year development
cycle really seems to get gamers antsy (I have no idea if that's how you spell
it) for details.
But I think you get to a point where that anticipation
morphs into other feelings. Perhaps, frustration or ambivalence. Eventually
many will even quit caring all together. In Duke Nukem Forever's situation,
some gamers (we're talking young gamers) weren't even born when it was first announced.
Obviously they don't feel the same sort of emotion as a gamer who followed the
highs and lows of the development over the years. We're entering a phase where some gamers haven't played Half Life, and dare I say, haven't even heard of it.
If this is true, will we eventually get to a point where
Half Life 3 is in danger of people expecting so much out of it that we will
judge it too harshly if and when it shows up? And if so, how many years do they
have left before that happens?
Maybe next year will be the year.