No Half-Life 3, but here's what we learned from Gabe Newell's AMA

Valve co-founder and managing director reveals new facts about himself on Reddit.

Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell participated in an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) thread on Reddit today, after his previous attempt at an AMA was unsuccessful.

We've rounded up some of the most upvoted questions and corresponding answers Gabe Newell posted in the thread.

Gabe Newell reveals his favourite non-Valve game.

His friends think his e-fame is "entertaining"

The cancelled AMA which was supposed to happen on 3/3 was not an intentional troll, he claims.

You could have played Team Fortress 2 with Gabe Newell.

Company name "Valve" was chosen over "Rhino Scar"

Dota 2 is currently Gabe's favourite game.

The Source 2 engine will be focusing on user generated content.

He's donated $1m to The American Civil Liberties Union.

He's never thought about leaving Valve.

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mtouchprod
mtouchprod

When you give one word answers to questions in a situation where you've invited people to get to know you, it comes across as really passive-aggressive. Why even do it if you're not engaged by the process?


The only thing he really had anything to say about was when someone invited him to promote his new upcoming product.

wexorian
wexorian

He's t Rolling even !!! :D


Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

For all those here commenting about HL3, do you really think an intelligent person is going to make a game that the community has hyped about for so long?  It could be a masterpiece and people would still act like the end of days was upon us.  Anyone else get suckered into Duke Nukem Forever?  Yea I'd rather they just leave HL3 as an internet meme than break my heart with a Duke Nukem Forever style release.

angrygm3r
angrygm3r

Half-Life 2 is my favourite game of all time. I've completed it 3 times (Half-Life - 3;-) and I still find it super fun. I want them to release HL3 so badly that one day I figured I'm going to take action to try and make it happen. If I can get 100k people on my petition I reckon they'll have to react publicly. One strong theory is that they need some killer IP to boost sales of the Steambox and the Steambox has been delayed... http://www.whythehelldidnthalflife3comeoutyet.com

Forrk
Forrk

One thing though,Gabe seem so energetic all the sudden when it comes to the new Source engine...call me a conspiracy nut,but do any of you remember how the Source engine first came out as a pretty damn impressive innovative thing that feature realistic (well,sort of )environmental physics interaction and wows the world? BEFORE the announcement of HL2?

samweigel3
samweigel3

Honestly, I'm ready to give up on Valve.  None of their games compare to Half Life.  They've let their flagship series sink, one of the dumbest moves in video game history.  This is like if Microsoft never made Halo 3.  Also, their excuse that the future of gaming is multiplayer and they'd rather be involved in that than a single player game like Half Life is a bunch of crap.  Rocksteady recently announced the final Arkham game, Batman: Arkham Knight.  They've said it will be single player only.  It's exploded the web, and people everywhere are going to buy it.  I sure as hell am.  Those games are amazing, on par with Half Life, and also Rocksteady is nice to their fans.  They don't jerk us around for no reason.  *AHEM VALVE*  They're going to make millions on that game, just like Valve would make millions if they made Half Life 3.  Honestly, I'm in my 20s now, and I am going to be in graduate school within two years.  I won't have time for video games much longer, so if they don't make Half Life 3 within a couple years I probably won't even buy it.  So way to go Valve.  All your loyal fans are growing up and probably won't even want to play your games if you make them.  Congratulations.  You've literally thrown millions of dollars down the toilet and pissed off most of the gaming world.

bloo_blue
bloo_blue

I bet all the people that asked the quistions here where under fuking 28 because anybody that has and gaming skills and sense would have asked him about Half - Life 3 or the half life title .   All that other shit dont fuking matter bunch of lazy fuks .

so_hai
so_hai

I can't believe he had the time to type out such lengthy and descriptive answers. If the Valve coders are this brief, it's no wonder that their first party releases are beyond overdue.

cofeebogart
cofeebogart

half-life 3 is all what matters now for people Mr.Newell!!!

chechak7
chechak7

No Half-Life 3 ,no meaning for my GAME life  

Fire_Wa11
Fire_Wa11

Gamespot, you may want to retitle your headline for this.  "No Half-Life 3 but..." the way it is written implies that Valve or Gabe Newell says there won't be one.  Perhaps. No Half-Life 3 NEWS..." or "No Half-Life 3 annoouncements but..." reflects the article's content more factually.


Normally I would ignore such oversight, but remember those reports in 2012 that Rocksteady's next Arkham game would be golden/silver-age inspired prequel with cameos by early DC superheroes?  Well, based on yesterday's Arkham Knight trailer those reports now seem erroneous derp.

jj2112
jj2112

There'll come a day when Newell won't even fit in a widescreen monitor

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Gabe doesn't want to invest anymore into that mediocre franchise. No more Half-Life 3. And after playing Half-Life 2, I agree with Gabe.

davion100
davion100

If people want HL3 and Portal 3, why don't they just fucking make them ?

WolfyBrandon
WolfyBrandon

Ok I have to get this off my chest. After the release of Half-Life 2, I remember watching a video where the developers said they were changing to episodic content "to provide game content quicker than the many years it takes to develop a large game like HL2". They were doing that for us... to provide us the product we wanted quicker to make us happy (at least that was their attitude at the time). I really enjoyed Episode 1 & 2, and it's been so long now that I can't even remember the last time I played them. After that massive cliffhanger ending that was Episode 2, you would think they would have continued and finished the episodic content they promised us within a reasonable time frame. Do they not owe their loyal fans that have supported them that? It's taken so long now that episodic content is out of the question, they could have been working on a full blown Half-Life 3 sequel by now. So my question is why does it seem like valve could care less about Episode 3 / Half-Life 3? Don't get me wrong, I have really enjoyed the other products they have created like L4D & Portal, but this cold shoulder they have given their fans regarding the half-life series does not sit well with me, and this is coming from a big time fan of the half-life franchise. I remember after finishing Ep2, I was more than eager to get my hands on the next episode... but now it has been so long I have this sick feeling in my stomach that it just won't be the same. Even if Ep3 was released late this year, it's been so long I feel I would have to replay Episode 2 to get the full effect. I am no longer as hyped or excited for it as I was back then, and that alone I feel is a huge missed opportunity for valve. Honestly, with the way things are now, I pretty much have to just forget / not care about the next installment because it's taking ages and I'm tired of being let down every year it's not announced or even mentioned. I guess what I am trying to say is, if valve was a more open company and let their fans know what is really going on, maybe we could all understand and let them do whatever they plan to do for the next installment of the franchise. What would be the point of keeping it a big secret this long...? it's not like they are going to announce it and get me excited anymore, it will be met with the words "It's about time!" and that's coming from a fan that owns multiple copies of pretty much every game in the entire franchise, and honestly I wish I didn't feel that way. I wish I could have played Ep3 back when I had just finished Episode 2 and was super excited to get into the next chapter and continue the story where it had left off. Lastly I wish it hasn't taken this long to where these click-bait type of articles come out and I have to type out something like this. Maybe, just maybe... valve should take a page out of CD Projekt RED's book when it comes to being open and supportive of their fans.

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

Gabe is looking round..er...

perfect_chao
perfect_chao

Well either L4D3 L4D2 (remake) or HL3 will be one of the first games to use Source 2, going by past leaks anyway.. seems they were genuine as Valve hasn't said they were fake, not that they may say they were fake... but still

pip3dream
pip3dream

Can someone explain for the uninitiated of us how this works?  Does the person get a moderated list of questions from users and then answers them? Real time? Not real time?  

pip3dream
pip3dream

So in something called "Ask me Anything" no one asked about HL3? :)

quakke
quakke

So was the Half-Life3 question just completely ignored?


I just want to put this here again.


"I want Half-Life3. I so hate this Modern Military Shooters/Call of Battlefields/Current FPS'."

polishfish
polishfish

what a bastard to play with our hearts like that!!!

omgitsdrlove
omgitsdrlove

WHERE TEH FCUK IS MY HALF-LIFE 3333333333333333 GABE!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111 PLEASE jqewojr1o328rtnsd098fnj132r8n98qnfe9138hr59lhfz9lh842tuj09

Kooken58
Kooken58

The mention of Source 2 pretty much confirms it...Half-life 3

kingnothing47
kingnothing47

The answer is right in front of us people. His responses are so terse because he's PLAYING half life 3 while he types!

godfather830
godfather830

He doesn't seem like a very nice guy, I don't understand why he's liked so much.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

To all these people complaining about him not revealing Half-Life 3.  Grow up.  He's not going to reveal Half-Life 3 in a reddit conversation.  That's frickin stupid.

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

@samweigel3 If by most of the gaming world you mean console users.  Every PC owner I know (I am one myself) loves Gabe for allowing us to compile vast libraries of games for the same price as a couple console discs.  Uninstall and reinstall as many times as you like, no subscription fee.  I'm one that has absolutely no patience for software I purchase to hit me with an advertisement and I still find the Features box that pops up after I quit a game on Steam to be mostly helpful instead of annoying.


Your comment is riddled with assumption and guesstimates, and won't be taken seriously by anyone with any influence to change things.


As a bitter person, I acknowledge your existence, fellow Bitterman.

jc_moran1
jc_moran1

@samweigel3  

Sam -- I feel ya on Half Life 3 and Valve's procrastination. But you are never too old to Game. Once a Gamer always a Gamer. I am in my early 40s, married, kids (who love Half Life !!! Even my wife, a non Gamer, finds it intriguing), and Masters level education, and steady job -- and I still game, and have been gaming since my College days. I have a steam account as well. I still buy games but not as much as I used to, but I am still Gaming. 

If Half Life 3 comes out, I will buy it and PLAY it. And with my kids too !!!!! 

And I will be gaming with my Grandkids also when the time comes !!!

Patience Sam. Seems bleak right now, but I am sure HL-3 will come out in due time, and will be kick ass.  A new generation of Gamers who were never born when HL 1 came out or were too small to game are aware of it after having played Black Mesa, and have played HF2 for sure. The generation gap is not as big as you think. Black Mesa did that. When HL3 comes out ALL gamers of any decade will go get it.

dr_dualech
dr_dualech

@samweigel3  I bet you a million dollars the Source 2's first title will be Half-Life 3.

ziproy
ziproy

@Fire_Wa11  Do not expect any journalistic talent from these folks. That title was deliberately typed like that to get additional clicks

so_hai
so_hai

@davion100 I suspect that they're scared that it won't be received well - the only reason I think that is because there are no economic or technical reasons in the way.

nexitem
nexitem

@davion100 This is the difference between Valve and any other Developer out there, cause valve does make games just because there is high demand, Valve makes games cause they want to make them. Half life 1 and 2 are amazing games, but they need a lot of work. I think Valve will release this game with source engine 2.

blackpuddytat
blackpuddytat

@cjtopspin  He's definitely looking more portly...maybe even Portaly....3?

quakke
quakke

@pip3dream  

The way i understood it, was that there were hundreds of posts that was deleted, so i guess he really just did ignore everything Half-Life3 related questions.

blackpuddytat
blackpuddytat

@quakke  I think the AMA became an AMABJNATP"T", an Ask Me Anything, But Just Not About That Particular "Thing"


But did anyone raise the question about Ricochet 2? :D

thrombosis45
thrombosis45

@kingnothing47  Nope, it's probably the grease on his fingers from the 3 buckets of chickens he inhaled while sitting there that messed up his typing. You did notice the beard he grew to hide the quadruple chin, right? That hulking behemoth needs to do some exercise and a diet before it's too late!

jellyman68
jellyman68

@godfather830  What makes you say that? I always thought he seemed like a very decent and approachable guy, just maybe a bit socially awkward. 

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@KamikazeDonut  Why would Gabe reveal Half-Life 3 in a reddit conversation?!  Are you frickin kidding me?

cmdragon
cmdragon

@ziproy @Fire_Wa11  Not gonna lie and this is immature, but I read that as dicks, just saying. Act like this message isn't here.