While there is a large portion of gamers dying to get their hands on Half-Life 2: Episode 3, many of them would rather protest from their couches and computer chairs than put any actual effort forward to make their case known to Valve. A few precocious Half-Life fans, though, did step up to represent the many and made their presence known by picketing outside the Valve offices.
Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, or as most know him: the guy who teases us, actually found the protest entertaining and even provided the picketers with food and drinks to keep their campaign going. Newell acknowledged that this small group of protestors wasn’t going to have any effect on whether or not Half-Life 2: Episode 3 ever gets made, but he was humbled by their dedication.
Even more entertaining is the fact that one of the businesses occupying the same building as Valve actually called the cops on the protestors, but did not anticipate the very large Half-Life fan base that exists. As it turns out the cops who reported on the scene were actually huge Team Fortress 2 fans, and not only approved of the protest but offered to join in.
Here’s a picture of Newell with the protestors courtesy of Kotaku:
Though we admire these die-hard Half-Life fans’ dedication, we realize that Valve is mighty busy at the moment, speeding up the release of DotA 2 and whatnot, and is most likely sick of hearing about how badly gamers need the next entry in Gordon Freeman’s saga. And also it’s still unclear whether or not Valve would skip Episode 3 and simply move on to Half-Life 3, which would make the Episode 3 protestors’ jobs that much more difficult.
But seriously Valve, please just give us one piece of news on the next Half-Life or we’re breaking out the sleeping bags and headed to your office.
How many protestors do you think it would take for Valve to finally announce Half-Life 2: Episode 3? If that were what it would take would you join in on a mass-picket?