What Did Gabe Newell Say To The Half-Life 3 Protesters?

Where the hell is the next Half-Life game? That's what two Vancouver-based Valve fans wanted to know when they set up shop opposite the headquarters of the people criminally late on shipping Half-Life 2: Episode Three. Valve founder Gabe Newell met with those "protesters" to deliver them good news and bad.

Newell told Kotaku at Gamescom that Valve's first public protest by a couple of "very nice" Canadians ended peacefully, even though the cops showed up.

"They wanted to know when Episode Three was coming out," Gabe said of his run-in with two diehard Half-Life fans. "I said 'I can't tell you.' And they were, like, 'OK…'" (Kotaku asked Newell the same question. He said "I got nothing for you.")

But it wasn't a total loss for the protesters.

"We asked them how many sodas they had," Newell said. "They only had two, so we sent them some sodas and some pizza." The group also got a tour of Valve's offices and some hands-on time with Dota 2. "We needed people to test," he explained.

"We were worried," Newell said of the cardboard-wielding micro-mob. "The cops showed up after someone else in the building called the police. He rode up on his Segway, but it turns out [the cop]was a big Half-Life fan. So he completely understood where they were coming from and didn't chase them off."

While the Half-Life 3 fans' protest may not have gotten us any closer to details on the further adventures of Gordon Freeman, they at least made an impression on Valve's co-founder.

"They stayed for two days. We miss them."

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    I wonder if Blue Shift was his favorite...

    Trust Gabe to send pizza and soft drinks, hahaha. "I cant tell you" is good enough for me though, better than "when its done"

    It's been so long since I played the cliffhanger ending of Ep2, I've kinda stopped caring. It feels like it isn't coming out.

    Portal 2 was fantastic, but with the next 2 games being Dota 2 and Counter Strike : CoD Clone, it's gonna be ages, and I've kinda stopped caring.

      I was just like you, I'd gotten over it, I was happy to just wait. But then after Portal 2 I was jonsing for more Valve SP goodness, so I replayed them all. I'm such a fool.

      What makes you think that CS:GO will be a CoD clone? Iron sights have been ruled out and de_dust2 has been confirmed. Sounds like CS to me.

    “We needed people to test,” after the portal games I would not be so keen to go into Valve to be 'Tested'!!!!

    Now I know how to get a free meal when I'm in Washington. That will definitely come in handy.

    Did they get cake at the end of the Testing? PLEASE TELL ME THEY GOT CAKE!

    “We needed people to test,” he explained.

    So Valve's name-change to Aperture Science is going well.

    And damn everyone else for beating me to the obvious.

    In the meantime, we all now know what we need to do if we ever need to mooch pizza.

    "Get in mah belly." We all know thats what he said, or at least thought.

    Newell was working on Half Life 3 but unfortunately the last batch of snack food he bought used up the last of the millions of dollars that Portal 2 got them, so now he has to go back to making games that make income.

    Another fat joke, another week in 'development'.

    I would have handcuff myself to something.

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