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  • Blog Post: Suspicious Dota 2 Patch Gets Fans Buzzing About Half-Life 3

    The intrepid Steam Database has discovered a suspicious file in a recent patch for Dota 2. The text file, named "hl3.txt", contains lines of code that have sparked fans' imaginations with possible extrapolations to a new Half-Life game, including zip lines, procedural generation, and virtual... More
  • Blog Post: Last Of Us Creative Director Neil Druckman Jokingly Requests The Half-Life License From Valve

    In a fun bit of "imagine if..." thinking, Neil Druckman, creative director of The Last of Us and Uncharted 4, jokingly requested the Half-Life license from Valve, pointing out that they've already suited up Alyx Vance's performer, Merle Dandridge, in a motion capture suit once before... More
  • Blog Post: Song Inspired By Hypothetical Half-Life 3 Will Make You Reach For Nearest Crowbar

    The wait for Half-Life 3 has been a long one, with fans creating videos , expansive mods , and even a remake of the entire first game in the meantime. Music producer and Half-Life fan Ryan Reedy has recently joined this group, composing a hypothetical track inspired by his anticipation for the series'... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Publishes Free Comic Book Day Catch-Up Comic For Team Fortress 2

    Today is free comic book day, and in honor of the sort-of holiday, Valve has published a comic to catch readers up on its ongoing Team Fortress 2 comic book. The comic has been published for free quarterly by Valve for some time. It recently published its third issue. Valve has offered the catch-up comic... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Now Allows User-Initiated Pre-Order Cancellations

    In the past, in order to cancel a pre-ordered item on Steam users had to contact Valve. Now, if Steam users change their minds about pre-purchasing a game, they can cancel it with little fuss. If you pre-order an item, a prompt now appears next to game offering the option to "Refund an item."... More
  • Blog Post: Gabe Newell Promises Reddit AMA If Children's Hospital Donations Reach $500,000

    Valve's top man says he's willing to do an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit to help raise money for the Seattle Children's Hospital. In a post on Reddit, Newell said that if donations to The Heart of Racing charitable foundation (which benefits the Children's Hospital) exceed... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Half-Life 3 Trademark Listing Was A Hoax

    Earlier in the week, news circulated about a trademark listing for Half-Life 3 , which had been filed in the Trade Marks and Designs Registrations Office of the European Union website, leading many to believe that an announcement for the game would soon follow. It seems that the news of Half-Life 3's... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Valve's Internal Database Exposed, Half-Life 3 Team Revealed

    Yesterday, for a brief amount of time, Valve's internal project-management system was exposed to the world. Information culled during that time reveals a core team of Valve veterans and other experienced developers. According to the report on CVG (from data first outed on Reddit), the team is made... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Files Half-Life 3 Trademark

    Forget the weird controller, here's the Valve news we've been waiting for. NeoGAF posters Shinobi602 and Rosti spotted the filing on the Trade Marks and Designs Registrations Office of the European Union website. While we can't link directly, you can go to this page and enter 012180394 into... More
  • Blog Post: Gabe Newell Reveals Hollywood's Terrible Half-Life Movie Ideas

    Gabe Newell of Valve made two appearance on the recent Nerdist podcast , and among the many topics covered was Hollywood's Half-Life and Left 4 Dead movie proposals. It's pretty easy to understand why Valve turned them away when they were presenting ideas that involved horse-riding in a movie... More
  • Blog Post: Half-Life 2 Gravity Gun Replica On The Way

    After a successful run of replica Portal guns , NECA is looking a little further back into Valve's game library for it's next project. The Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator, or Gravity Gun to those folks who prefer their weapon's names to have fewer than 13 syllables, is from Half-Life... More
  • Blog Post: Kinect Support Coming To Garry's Mod

    Garry's Mod, the sandbox editor for Valve's Source engine, should be getting Kinect support soon. The creator of Garry's mod, Garry, has been posting videos showing off his Kinect experiments and posted on Twitter that an update should be coming through soon. Garry's Mod is responsible... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's Gabe Newell Basically Confirms New Source Engine

    Valve's co-founder Gabe Newell got a visit from the Internet's /v/ board from 4chan.com, and they asked him what's going on with the Source engine. You can see video of the visit below, where Newell preemptively knocks down any Half-Life 3 questions, but he does talk about additions to the... More
  • Blog Post: Sign Up For The Steam For Linux Beta

    Valve is readying Steam, the online video game distribution service, for Linux, but it needs some help making sure it works. If you're a Linux user, and you want to lend a hand/get your hands on Steam for Linux a little early, head here and sign up for the beta. More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Concept Art Appears Online

    Another day, another Half-Life 2: Episode 3 rumor, this time with pictures. A thread has appeared on the Valve fan site ValveTime.net showing off supposed concept art for the next installment in the Half-Life series. It's high-quality art that fits with the Half-Life concept art style, and also has... More
  • Blog Post: More Onion Ring Evidence Hints At Half-Life 3

    Update: There is no way this is a coincidence. Just five months ago, a first Half-Life onion ring appeared online. Now there is another. This one looks much tastier. With E3 only a week away, this could be Valve's elaborate way of building excitement for an announcement. [via Reddit ] ----------... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Has No E3 Announcements

    Hoping for a Half-Life 3 reveal at E3? Keep dreaming. Valve said it has no announcements planned this coming June. Valvetime.net was first to receive the confirmation via a purported e-mail exchange with president Gabe Newell, who said, "We're not announcing anything. Really. We are not announcing... More
  • Blog Post: Cave Johnson Returns In Portal 2 Perpetual Testing Initiative Video

    Portal 2's test chamber editor will be available on May 8 , and Valve put together a video to remind everyone that it's coming soon. J.K. Simmons returns to offer his Cave Johnson voice over explaining how it all works, and it is unsurprisingly hilarious. I could watch a 90-minute feature of... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's Employee Handbook Is Online For All To See

    Update : A Valve representative confirmed to Game Informer this handbook is legitimate. ------------------------------------- We got some insight into the inner workings of Valve last week when employee Michael Abrash posted a blog discusses the company's odd structure, and now we get to see a lot... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Would You Want From Valve Hardware?

    Valve boss Gabe Newell recently posited that the company would "make hardware if we have to." What's your dream scenario for hardware from the Steam/Half-Life/Portal studio? Would you want Valve to buy a service like Gaikai and make a cheap set-top box that streams the whole Steam catalog... More
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