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  • Is Godus dead?

  • PlugMonkey 30/06/2016

    @MandrakeTheBard

    The difference is that when Gilliam didn't finish a movie, he didn't exactly set out to screw the faithful.
    I'm so glad you wrote that. It so beautifully sums up my entire point.

    Two things slightly wrong with this statement:

    1. Molyneux didn't set out to 'screw' anybody.

    2. Even if he did, there is no 'faithful'.

    'Screw the faithful'? Jesus. Now it's a religion!

    He pitched a game. Some people funded it. It didn't work out.

    Gilliam pitched a movie. Some people funded it. It didn't work out.

    These things happen. All day, every day. Only gamers think they're some kind of precious 'faithful'.

    That was my whole point, and I'd like to thank you for your participation in proving it.
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  • PlugMonkey 29/06/2016

    @MandrakeTheBard

    Me too, but Tarantino over-estimated how good his movies would be, and Gilliam once failed to finish a movie, so if they were game developers they would have to be despised.
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  • PlugMonkey 29/06/2016

    @tomster2300

    *yawn*

    And this is why everyone loves Tarantino and despises Terry Gilliam?

    Thought so.
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  • PlugMonkey 28/06/2016

    @Frosty840

    Nobody makes the big, crazy promises any more. Not in public. It's just too dangerous.
    Sean Murray. And the knives are well and truly out for him if No Man's Sky doesn't live up to every single one of every single gamer's most fevered imaginings.

    It's kind of sad, and pretty much unique to games. Tarantino promised me the sword fight at the end of Kill Bill would be the greatest swordfight I'd ever seen, and it wasn't. AND he promised me that the car chase at the end of Death Proof would be the greatest car chase I'd ever seen, and it bloody wasn't either! Bastard! :evil:

    I didn't demand he be tarred and feathered and hounded from the industry though, I just approached his subsequent movies with lower expectations and slightly less enthusiasm because, y'know, they're just movies.

    I did the same with Molyneux and his games.
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  • PlugMonkey 28/06/2016

    How does anybody still care? Reply +1
  • Watch: We ask the creator of X-COM about his next game, Phoenix Point

  • PlugMonkey 29/06/2016

    @varsas

    I don't care if he owns the IP or not. He created X-Com, and didn't work on XCOM at all.

    It's like saying "James Cameron, the creator of Terminator Genisys".
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  • PlugMonkey 29/06/2016

    Julian Gollup made X-COM, not XCOM. It's a subtle but important difference. If I was him I'd be suing for libel. Reply 0
  • Battlefield 1 multiplayer misses out two key countries

  • PlugMonkey 14/06/2016

    So, a few weeks ago we all had our knickers in a bunch of faux outrage over the disrespect of rendering WWI troops for virtual slaughter in the name of entertainment, and today we've got our knickers in a bunch of faux outrage over the disrespect of NOT rendering French and Russian troops for virtual slaughter in the name of entertainment.

    Internets ftw! \o/
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  • Lego Dimensions' second year adds Harry Potter, Adventure Time, A-Team

  • PlugMonkey 09/06/2016

    That's no regular ancient war elephant. That's an ancient psychic tandem war elephant. Reply +7
  • Dead Rising 4, State of Decay 2 tipped for Microsoft E3 reveal

  • PlugMonkey 07/06/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77

    I tuned out as they became increasingly about gimmicky weapons.
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  • PlugMonkey 07/06/2016

    @Wayne There certainly isn't enough good ones.

    Edit: There aren't! There are a fair few crappy ones, a handful of fun ones, and virtually none that actually implement zombies properly, rather than as the go-to guilt-free stooges for a bit of the old ulta-violence.
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  • Valve backs Star Wars Battlefront 3 fan remake for Steam release

  • PlugMonkey 06/06/2016

    @DrRobotnik

    All relative and subjective.

    If even a single customer is going to play this instead of buying a new game, Disney will not suffer it to live.
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  • PlugMonkey 06/06/2016

    @jabberwoky

    I suspect you are not alone, and that's exactly why it's going to get shut down.

    Who will buy EA's crappy Battlefront if you can have a better one for free? It might not be making any money, but it still could cost EA and Disney a fair few quid.
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  • Rock Band 4 distributor Mad Catz suffers enormous loss

  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    @RawShark

    And, in particular, why the peripheral manufacturer thought we'd all buy new peripherals when you can literally pick them up on street corners. My RB1 drum kit went in a skip. Couldn't give it away.
    Reply +1
  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    @blarty

    Or, to put it another way, Mad Catz over-estimated and over-produced, and now Harmonix has completed all their contractual obligations to them.
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  • Capcom bans pro fighting game player due to sexual harassment

  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77

    I'll get the lights.
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  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    @kangarootoo

    Heh heh. No problem. I'll take the compliment. ;)
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  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    @Ep1cN3ss1e
    Potentially, yes. It’s possible that she misspoke or was entirely misinterpreted. However, it’s also a potential possibility that she meant it 100% and is now backtracking solely for the sake of a quiet life, or meant it but is accustomed to tolerating it and so didn’t expect the event organisers not to. I can’t say I feel like I’m in a particularly good position to judge. This is all total speculation.

    A good general course of action for a minefield (literal or metaphorical) is to have the fewest possible number of people in it, and then have them all jump around as little as they can. To that end I would encourage EG and everyone else NOT to pile in to ‘get to the bottom of it’. I very much doubt that would improve anything at all. You’ve clearly made your mind up, and now you want no stone left unturned until you’re proven right. You shouldn’t turn over stones in a minefield. YES I’M RUNNING WITH THE MINEFIELD ANALOGY! I LIKE IT!

    I think the organisers should let everything calm down and then think about having another look into whether the ban might be suspended, if that seems appropriate, once everything has calmed down.

    This spelling the end of his career is complete hyperbole, and is exactly the sort of thing that doesn’t help matters at all. Sportsmen pick up bans all the time – sometimes spurious, sometimes justified – and they don’t generally end careers. (Unless they’re lifetime bans, obviously, which this isn’t or they come at the tail end of a career, which I don’t believe to be the case here either.)
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  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    @Ep1cN3ss1e

    No amount of deeper digging will erase the fact that she said it was 'unwanted', and that was pretty much that. Commence sentencing.

    Now, maybe she mispoke, and maybe a huge miscarriage of justice has occurred here, but the idea that the organisers and media should be returning the to alleged victim to ask if she would like to retract her original statement in the face of the rather large shitstorm that's happening...well..I'm glad that's not my job! You're entering a whole new minefield there, and you're still wearing the same blindfold and riding the same pogo stick!
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  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    @kangarootoo

    I'm pretty sure I not only just acknowleged that the gender of the pincher and pinchee is indeed a factor here, but also laid down an explanation of exactly why that's the case, whether people want it to be or not.

    Did you stop halfway through the second paragraph or something? Sorry, I do go on a bit. :)
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  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    I’ve had my arse grabbed by total strangers and I’ve always taken it as a compliment. It’s happened a grand total of twice in 37 years.

    I’ve also seen friends of mine be on the receiving end of the same sort of compliment half a dozen times in the space of half an hour, and can completely understand why it’s started to feel less than complimentary. It’s the same behaviour that, by repetition, leads to an entirely different perception.

    Any time you make unsolicited contact with someone, you’re rolling the dice on how they will react. The fact that the odds are stacked against you as a man here is unfortunate, but it is how it is. The odds are far more in your favour the better you know the person, because you are no longer dealing with completely unknown variables. If you think about it, it’s also a completely different act with a completely different motive, which is why the other person is more likely to think “oh, it’s you” rather than “who the fuck are you?”

    As far as this particular instance goes, whether the person on the receiving end has made a complaint or not, once it’s in the public domain the organisers have the choice of either moving against it or tacitly endorsing it. With such a hot button issue they’re damned either way, really, but in what is already such a male dominated environment I can entirely see why they’ve reacted the way they have. They can’t possibly be seen to be suggesting that women at their events are ‘fair game’ by default, even if it means moving to the opposite extreme to do that. There isn’t much of a happy middle ground for them to occupy.

    If she’d come right out and said “we’re buddies and this is normal” it might have played out differently. As soon as she says “it was unwanted”, what can they possibly do? Lead her towards saying it was fine instead? How would that look?
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  • PlugMonkey 03/06/2016

    @ghostgate2001

    And, by definition, anything that is designed to surprise someone else is an "unwanted" act
    I see your point on leading the witness - the organiser seemed to have their mind made up well in advance of speaking to her - but I'm not sure your logic here really stands up.

    In my life I have had no end of pleasant surprises. Things that I had no idea were going to happen, but were entirely welcome and wanted.

    There's a difference between goosing someone who doesn't know they're going to be goosed by you and goosing someone who doesn't want to be goosed by you. It's a pretty important distinction too. One you should be clear on before you start grabbing at anything.
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  • No Man's Sky delayed, no longer releasing in June - reports

  • PlugMonkey 27/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk

    It was revealed far too early.
    Sez you, with the convenient advantage of 20/20 hindsight on:

    a) How big it would get, and how quickly. Some indie devs push their games at trade shows for years before anyone even raises an eyebrow.

    b) How long it would take to finish.
    (Including having your office flooded out.)

    Negative opinions are welcome to be voiced. It helps if they are founded on something though.

    So, you really would have turned down The Late Show?
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  • PlugMonkey 26/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk

    You would have turned down The Late Show?
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  • PlugMonkey 26/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk

    Oh, so they ARE at fault. Make up your mind.

    Should Sean Murray have turned down The Late Show?

    Would you have turned down The Late Show?

    I wouldn't. Nobody in their right mind would. It's The Late Show!

    The hype train was at full steam the moment they demo'd it. We did that. Us gamers. We generate the hype with clicks and views and "omg this is gonna be the best game evar!" comments. From that point you couldn't derail it with a fucking bomb. That buzz, it comes from us, and when it doesn't it costs MILLIONS to fake.

    Hello Games have done nothing wrong. Not one single thing, apart from try to make an ambitious game that captures people's imaginations. The fuckwits. We'll be sure to stamp that out of them. After all, we only put them up there on that pedestal so we could kick them off it.

    Edit: Late / Tonight show fuppuppery.
    Reply +18
  • PlugMonkey 26/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk

    Over hype is a concert? Because no game could ever live up to the expectations set...by a concert? That's a pretty small scale, arthouse way of over-hyping something. Or was this concert at the Superbowl?

    If Hello Games aren't at fault, why are Hello Games drawing so much criticism for their handling of it?
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  • PlugMonkey 26/05/2016

    @dogmanstaruk

    Right. The hype overload began as a result of a concert. Nobody was getting at all overexcited before then.

    If only they hadn't done that dang concert, nobody would have heard of the game and everything would be alright.

    (I also find the idea that a tiny studio with a minimal marketing budget should be actively trying to reduce the exposure of one of their games lest it be considered unseemly absolutely hilarious. Yeah, better to risk going bust than flirt with being too successful.)
    Reply +12
  • PlugMonkey 26/05/2016

    @mega-gazz

    How have they 'overhyped' it? Has there been a seven digit multi media marketing campaign?

    Nope. They just demo'd it and the interwebs went mental. Gamers got hyped about the idea all on their own.

    You want them to do something quieter than demoing it at a trade show? What is that, exactly?
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  • Get Grow Home, Rayman Origins and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger for $1

  • PlugMonkey 26/05/2016

    @kimchibaka

    am I being overly cautious?
    Yes. It's fine.
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  • More powerful Xbox One planned for 2017 - report

  • PlugMonkey 26/05/2016

    @grassyknoll

    I don't know why you're purposely missing the point, people don't feel they're buying a new phone on a contract as those costs are hidden.
    They're not particularly well hidden. I spotted them almost immediately.

    It's obviously quite different to spending £350 every few years on a toy.
    Yes. It's spending £800 every few years on a new toy.

    Except for a handful of exceptionally moronic people, I think most people DO know they're buying a new phone every couple of years. They do it anyway because they like shiney new things.

    I think this is evidence that they are more likely to buy a new console for £350 every four years or so. You think the opposite. Que sera.

    Edit: OMG, I've just realised that the difference maker here is you having even less faith in humanity than I do...

    I might be starting to agree. ;)
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @Fourfoldroot

    No, either way it might be shitty, based on things that haven't happened yet. :P
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @grassyknoll

    Consumers don't pay £500 up front though do they. That's the point.
    No, they pay £800 over the course of the contract instead. Is that better? Because if you like that better, you don't have to look far to find any number of companies who will offer you the same deal on buying a console, or pretty much anything.
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @Fourfoldroot

    I did notice that! Very generous. Righto. Shelf life, from early adoption to final death rattle. Eight years on average, 6 years minimum acceptable value. Your numbers.

    Now I look at it, I don't know why I started talking about time between console releases. Maybe it's because we're commenting under an article about a new console release, not a current console discontinuation?

    Did you notice that the Xbone's shelf life isn't over? They're about to announce a redesign of it in fact.

    I noticed that.

    So, using your metric of value, nothing has actually happened yet. They support the new redesign for a couple of years - and it would seem pretty bloody stupid to make it if they weren't going to - and everything is entirely fine and normal. A 6-10 year shelf life is maintained!

    Phew!

    See you in 2019.
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @grassyknoll

    No they don't, the majority get their phones on contract
    Um...I hate to be the one to break this to you, but on a contract you're paying for the phone in full plus a veritable boatload of interest on top...

    Edit: Oh come on! Who's negging that? It's just maths! Look at the contract with the phone, look at the sim-only contract without the phone, multiply the difference by the length of the contract. What do you get? A very, very expensive phone!
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @Fourfoldroot

    Well then, I guess we're going to have to wait unti the Xbone is actually discontinued and reconvene then.

    If it's 2019 then you'll be all smiles again. Won't that be nice.
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @Simatron3000

    Is there not overlap here? Is XBone being discontinued?

    How else would you like to measure it? If you're an early adopter, the gap between X360 and Xbone is 8 years.

    If you're a when-it-hits-mainstream, 2nd or 3rd SKU sort of customer, the whole thing slides up a couple of years and the gap is...eight years.

    The expected shelf life of consoles is NOT 6-10 years. The longest ever shelf life of the most enduring generation of consoles EVER was maybe 6-10 years. Just about. At a push.
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @Fourfoldroot

    There is an expected shelf life of 6-10 years for consoles
    Hang on there, when has there EVER been a 10 year gap between console generations?

    The longest gap I can find is 8 years between X360 and Xbone, and that was preceded by a 3 year gap between Xbox and X360. You can't take the upper end outlier and stick it as the middle of your range.

    (Well, you can, but a pedantic twat will come and call you up on it. *waves*)

    Across all four major console manufacturers (and ignoring the Sega add ons) the average generation is 5.23 years. The last generation was unusually long.
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @Fourfoldroot

    Now you mention it, I don't know a single person who even remotely cares about 4k. This is all about VR.

    VR is clearly possible on PS4. I've played it and it's very impressive.
    It'll work, but it won't fly. Not once the more demanding stuff starts coming through.

    If it would, Sony and MS wouldn't be doing this.

    There not much point investing a ton of money in VR and then hobbling it with the mid-range of the specifications it demands. That's what you're going to pitch to the VR early adopters? Good luck with that...
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @GreyBeard

    What the fuck are Microsoft thinking?
    VR. Same as Sony.

    The last generation dragged on and on and on because no big tech leap came along to force a new one, until eventually we got a new generation basically out of pure fatigue.

    And then, about 10 minutes after the specs were all locked down and production was starting to roll, along came the big tech leap everyone was waiting for and now everything is ever so slightly not quite powerful enough to leverage it. It's quite spectacularly awkward.

    So, Sony and MS can either wait five more years and then do VR on the next generation of consoles, or they can do this.
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @Fourfoldroot

    Much though the rampant pant wetting is hilarious fun to watch, I don't think you actually have anything to worry about. If you want VR or a 4k display, you need one of these. If you don't, you don't. In that instance, buying one would just be a fantastic waste of money.

    Honestly, I've never really bought in to the whole idea of PC gamers being an elite master breed of vastely superior intellect and maturity, but there must be some reason we don't throw a massive benny every time nVidia release a new GPU to the market. Maybe there's something in it after all.

    (Yeah, you can all neg this too. ;))
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @TeaFiend

    We are going backwards to the old days of upgrades for consoles, just like how the Mega Drive had the 32X and Mega CD.
    We would be, if the new releases weren't cross compatible with each other.

    But they are, so we aren't.
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  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    @Bludsh0t

    If I wanted to have to upgrade my console every 3 years, I'd buy a fucking PC
    You don't upgrade a fucking PC every three years, and so you also don't have to upgrade your fucking console every three years. (He says stating the fantastically bleeding obvious.)
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  • Former Valve employee is suing the company for $3.1m

  • PlugMonkey 25/05/2016

    Plaintiff felt bad for the exploited minors
    So bad that she'll only feel better if someone pays her, not them, a million dollars?

    Gee. I feel bad too. I'll take a cheque.

    What's the difference between 'general damages' and 'special damages'? Funny that they both come to a nice, round million.

    This is probably wrong of me, but my sympathy for the plaintiff is somewhat diluted by the eye-watering level of compensation being claimed. This is obviously complete speculation on my part, but it does make it look a teeny, tiny bit like a cynical cash grab as opposed to a genuine attempt to recoup legitimate losses.

    What does the employment of minors have to do with it at all?
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  • After 10 years of waiting, Half-Life 2: Episode 3 seems further away than ever

  • PlugMonkey 24/05/2016

    @Baddamobs

    BTW, I didn't call you lazy. The answer to the rhetorical question was "No. Pursuing your own ambitions over someone else's decade old obligation does not make you lazy."
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  • PlugMonkey 24/05/2016

    @Baddamobs

    You're conflating "lazy" and "distracted" for no particularly good reason.

    There you are, over there working on a not particularly interesting or groundbreaking FPS for the 'fans'. Not your fans, you understand - they have absolutely no idea who you are - but fans of something the studio that you work at made 10 years ago that has nothing to do with you, personally, at all. You were in highschool when the last one came out.

    Here I am, over here working on a much more exciting, completely groundbreaking VR prototype. Hello! *waves*

    The only thing you have to do to stop working on the boring FPS and come work on the exciting VR project is say "I would rather work on the exciting VR project".

    Switching to the more challenging, groundbreaking project is a strange definition of 'lazy'.

    So, what would you do? Keep tirelessly trudging along for someone else's fans? As I say, I'd be impressed if you did, but I wouldn't.

    People talk about game studios as if they're some sort of constant, unchanging entity, but they aren't. The people who are Valve now will, for the vast majority, be a completely different bunch from who was Valve 10 years ago.

    That's why I think you might get some massive Half-Life nerds like the Crowbar Collective to do it, but Valve themselves aren't massive Half-Life nerds any more and they haven't been for a long, long time.

    I understand why you think Valve in general should honour their commitment, and I'm sure if Valve had shareholders they'd make sure it happened for the money, but I really don't see why you think you or I would volunteer to spend 3 years of our lives honouring someone else's commitment if no-one forced us to.
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  • PlugMonkey 24/05/2016

    @Baddamobs

    And then Gabe says "Cool! If you don't feel like working on your personal dream project instead, then you have at it!"

    Depending on how big a team you can recruit to your banner, a non-groundbreaking FPS game is only going to mean, say, three years of your life and career dedicated to cleaning up someone else's mess, and then at the end of it, everyone will most likely hate you for not living up to their expectations.

    Honestly, if that's what you would do in that situation, that's something I genuinely like and respect.

    I wouldn't do it though. Even if I started, I'd likely get distracted by something more interesting than ticking the box that is HL3. It takes a long old time to make a game, even a not particularly ambitious one. "For the fans" is an admirable sentiment, but one I feel is much easier to express when you don't actually have to serve the sentence.

    And that's why I think there hasn't been a HL3, and might never be a HL3. Maybe they'll put the Crowbar Collective on it once they've finished Black Mesa?
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  • PlugMonkey 24/05/2016

    @Baddamobs

    You think they're not making HL3 because they're too lazy? Seriously?

    Look at it this way: if I set you up in a development studio with an infinite budget and told you to make whatever you felt like, would you make Half-Life 3? Or would you make that game idea that's been knocking about in the back of your head for years that you've been desperately hoping for a chance to make?

    The second one, surely. The only reason you'd do the first one is if you didn't have any ideas of your own, in which case I'd have to wonder how you landed the job at Valve in the first place. Does that make you lazy?
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  • PlugMonkey 23/05/2016

    @tarasis

    but the odd way it's been handled and spoken about suggests there is more to it than that.
    Why does it? If it was a simple case of lack of interest, it would be handled exactly the same way - with the people who aren't interested in making it also not interested in talking about the thing they have no interest in.

    Are you familiar with Occam's Razor?

    My assumptions:

    1) no-one at Valve is interested in making any more Half-Life.

    Your assumptions:

    1) The idea was stolen.
    2) The owner has sued.
    3) The owner has demanded all future development cease, rather than make a mountain of money from it.
    4) The owner has gagged Valve with an injunction, rather than be recognised as the original creator of one of the most celebrated game series in history.

    When it comes to idle speculation, I'm unconvinced that all your extra assumptions increase the probability all that much. Who is this mystery figure? And why do they hate money and acclaim so much?

    Edit: Actually, the equally likely alternative is that a small team of die-hards are still working on it at Valve, and the reason nobody talks about it is nobody has the faintest idea if/when it'll ever be ready.
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  • PlugMonkey 23/05/2016

    @DAN.E.B

    What's wrong with that? It would be exactly the same as it is now, only free, and with hats.

    What can you possibly dislike about 'free'? Because I know you can't dislike hats...
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  • PlugMonkey 23/05/2016

    @Baddamobs

    why fucking bother keeping the IPs?
    Why fucking bother selling fucking the IPs when it's a lot more fucking effort than just fucking keeping them?
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