So, How’d That Half-Life 2 Protest Go?

So, How’d That Half-Life 2 Protest Go?

Earlier this week, tens of thousands of users joined a Steam group dedicated to playing Half-Life 2 as a demonstration calling on Valve to get its arse in gear and release, or at least officially confirm work on Half-Life 3. How’d it turn out? It was either a great success or a disappointment, depending on your point of view.

I’ll go with “success”, as the game’s numbers shot from 3000 to more than 13,000 during the protest window, rocketing Half-Life 2 into the top 20 and just short of the top 10 (organisers note that it peaked at No. 11. The figures represent concurrent players.)

Now, when we first reported on this Tuesday, there were 30,000 members of the group. There are now 50,000. So less than half who originally backed this cause actually logged in to do so. And there’s no assurance that Valve will acknowledge the demonstration or do anything in response to it.

Still, moaning and groaning over Half-Life 3 is something that takes place every day on gaming interest sites all over the Internet. This was actually a productive action, as it showed Valve that customers still love their games enough to play them seven years after release, rather than abuse Gabe Newell’s email to demand one.

“I am personally impressed with what we’ve achieved today,” the organiser wrote. “We’re nowhere near done — in fact, we are currently in the process of planning new activities; this was only our first attempt, and, in my eyes, was a success for everyone.” It’s a success in my eyes, too.

A Red Letter Day: 13,216 fans play Half-Life 2 [Steam. h/t Mythos]


    • did you even check the group out, their actions are justified. If you even bothered to look into it you’d agree instead of posting a belittling comment.

      • No, this is all f’ing stupid. They say they want “better communication”, but in reality, they want Valve to open up on their biggest secret ahead of schedule. They want HL3 acknowledged, they demand news and inside info, and that stupid entitlement is what makes this whole “protest” stupid.

        Playing games for charity, arranging community events, all fine and nice gestures. But arranging it with a clear, selfish agenda? Not cool. They don’t deserve shit. They act as if HL’s future is uncertain, like Valve would ever kill their biggest franchise. It’s coming, guys, but this shit doesn’t help one bit.

  • It’s like protesting against your job by showing up for work….Could not understand the thought process behind this one.

    • No… it’s not. Works something you go to weekly. Playing HL2 is something you may not have done in years.
      It was just a fun event more then something dramatic. Which is more likely to get valve’s attention and give a response IMO.

  • i don’t think that protest is really the right word Jaqji and mike, it’s more just letting valve know that hey, people still love half life and people want to know if they’re going to finish the series or not.

  • So we are going to tell them we want half life 3 by playing half life 2 derp derp wouldn’t that just tell valve they are content with half life 2 hahaha.

    • Well that would be a lot like protesting gun restriction by running around stabbing people. You can’t tell people how much you want Half-Life 3 by playing Half-Life 3.

  • That word ‘protest’ in this case has a bit on it’s tongue in it’s cheek, I don’t know people don’t understand this.

  • I suppose that valve will do nothing about the ”protest” and they will give a Half Life-themed hat for Team Fortress 2 (Lets hope that my statement will be false…)

  • 50,000 signed up is not really enough to motivate a major game dev into action considering signing up means absolutely nothing. (Anyone remember that boycott MW2 group?)

    Plus, even if they hit number 11 in the top games, there is a HUGE jump in numbers from 10 onwards most being more than triple what they hit. Hell CS 1.6 hit a peak of 79,984 today.

    Then again, Valve are pretty nice and might come out and drop a couple of hints in response.

  • if 13,000 people are still playing my old game ( and i reckon some are still buying them?) then where is the need for me as a developer to push out new products? Don’t get the logic of this protest… or am i missing something?

  • I think a better protest would be for everyone to shut steam down for 24 hours. Be interestng to see how many people would do that… a 24 hour STEAM black out.

  • “This was actually a productive action, as it showed Valve that customers still love their games enough to play them seven years after release”

    Because Counter-Strike 1.6 needs a protest group to stay in the top 10…

    • Because HL2 is a multiplayer game? Come on, context. There’s only so many times you can finish a narritive driven singleplayer game before it gets old.

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