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Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - January 4

Today was a busy day for news and with CES 2011 starting up in full force tomorrow it's going to get even busier. Time to take that 5 hour drink dealie.
  • Folks who want to make new in-game weapons and items for Team Fortress 2 can now try them out with the first beta release of the game's item testing room
  • Wired's web site has released the 2010 edition of its annual Vaporware list, with Half-Life 2 Episode 3 listed among the tech-related items. It also lists the Black Mesa Source mod as well which seems a little unfair.
  • Activision is threatening to depart its UK offices because of that country's decision not to extend tax cuts for game developers.

Watch Peter Molyneux's son beg for Half-Life 3

Sometimes kids are just so darn cute. Such is the case with the young son of famed game designer Peter Molyneux. While you would think it would be cool to have the creator of Populous, Syndicate and other classic PC game titles, this kid obviously has one game on his mind and oddly enough it's not his dad's upcoming Fable III.

In the above YouTube video we see the kid pretty much beg Valve to release Half-Life 3. Hey, we are all for that happening. Whether its titled Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 2 Episode 3 or whatever Valve wants to title it at this point, this child represents the dream of finally completing Gordon Freeman's saga. So Valve, it's your move.

[Via VG247.com]

Valve has "three pretty big surprises" coming in next 12 months

Valve has thrown us some turns from left field in the past with announcements like Left 4 Dead 2 coming out a year after the first game and most recently the release of the free game Alien Swarm. But apparently we aint seen nothing yet from the Bellvue, Washington developer. Computer and Video Games (from the latest UK PC Gamer magazine) reports that Valve head mad Gabe Newell is teasing even more from the developer.

Newell states, "I can guarantee you people are going to be surprised at stuff we do." He adds, "We have three pretty big surprises in the next 12 months at least." One of them is likely to be the Defense of the Ancients game that has been strongly hinted at of late. But what could the other two surprises be like? Stay tuned.

Big Download's News Bits & Bytes - July 22

Comic-Con is in full swing now. Lots of A, B, and Z-grade celebs, lots of cosplay and lots of cool stuff to buy in the dealers room. How we wish E3 had a dealers room now. Darn it.

Sorry: Valve's E3 2010 "surprise" isn't Half-Life 2: Episode 3

We had a feeling that it was too good to be true. After Valve announced that a "surprise" was coming in place of its Portal 2 E3 2010 press conference, lots of folks thought it would be Half-Life 2: Episode 3, the long, long awaited final chapter in the first person shooter saga that began in 2004's Half-Life 2.

Well, Valve's head man Gabe Newell has slammed that rumor in the face by saying via email (and reproduced by fan site Halflife2.net) that the E3 2010 surprise is not Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Newell also called the images that hinted at such a surprise fake, something we pretty much knew already. Oh well.

BIG Rumor: Half-Life 2 Episode 3 (or maybe Half-Life 3) reveal at E3 2010?

This is one of those stories that we actually hate to report about because, well, we feel kind of forced to at this stage. When Valve announced that their Portal 2 event at E3 2010 was canceled to be replaced by a "surprise" a lot of folks, including us, speculated that the "surprise" might actually be a reveal of the long, long in development Half-Life 2 Episode 3.

While we still think such a reveal might actually be in the works (hey anything is possible) some images have popped up on the interwebs that show the classic lambda symbol with the words "Freeman June 14". The image comes from the Twitter page of the founder of GamerTag Radio but Rock Paper Shotgun (without actually naming its source) has already declared the image to be a fake. However we think that while this could very well be a Photoshop dealie, it's still possible that Half-Life 2 Episode 3 (or maybe even Half-Life 3) could be the surprise and someone outside of Valve is just trying to stir the pot. If that's the case, well, mission accomplished.

Don't expect Gordon Freeman to speak in next Half-Life game

He's one of the most famous PC game characters in history, yet we have never heard Gordon Freeman speak in any of the previously released Half-Life games from developer Valve. And when and/or if Gordon returns in the next Half-Life game don't expect that to change,

Computer and Video Games reports from the latest Edge print magazine that Valve's head man Gabe Newell was asked if they will finally give Gordon a voice he said, "We're not philosophically opposed to this, but we don't have any good reasons to do it." Valve feels it's better to give Gordon's supporting cast more of the spotlight, saying, "Right now making your companions more interesting and compelling seems a more fruitful avenue to explore." Valve hasn't returned directly to the Half-Life series since Half-Life 2 Episode 2 was released back in the fall of 2007.

Future Half-Life games to be scarier?

There have been some genuinely scary gameplay moments in the Half-Life game series from developer Valve but its head man Gabe Newell seems to think that future installments in the first person shooter series should be more frightening. Computer and Video Games quotes Newell as saying, "I feel like we've gotten away from genuinely scaring the player more than I'd like, and it's something we need to think about, in addition to broadening the emotional palette we can draw on."

Of course we have all been awaiting the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 for a long time. The final installment of the trilogy of episodic games is now looking like it will come out at least four years from Episode 2's release in 2007 (remember when each episode was supposed to come out six months apart?).

Rumor: No Half-Life 2: Episode 3 in 2010

It's been well over two years since the release of The Orange Box and as a consequence the release of Valve's Half-Life 2 Episode 2. The second of three announced episodic continuations of Valve's first person shooter was packaged in The Orange Box but since its release Valve has not talked at all about the status of the third and final chapter in the trilogy.

Now Cinema Blend is reporting that the new print issue of Game Informer magazine claims there will not be any new Half-Life game released in 2010. That means it will be at least three years, if not more, before we might learn what happens to Gordon Freeman. Last June, Valve head man Gabe Newell claimed there were good reasons for not talking about their plans for Episode 3 yet. Hopefully we will learn those reasons soon.

Big Download's 2009 PC Game Vaporware Awards

We at Big Download, and the game industry at large, are always interested in seeing what Wired magazine will put into their annual Vaporware list. However, we have been greatly disappointed with the games and game related products that Wired has picked to be on the list in the past few years.

This year's list included StarCraft II at number one which we certainly agree with. However it also included the third episode of Penny Arcade Adventures which we think is a little unfair since two episodes were released last year. And putting Black Mesa, a Half-Life 2 mod that's been in development for several years, is very unfair since the folks behind it are doing it for fun, not for profit or even a deadline.

The truth is there are a lot of high profile games and game-related hardware projects that certainly fit the term "Vaporware" far better than Wired's article. We've decided to give our own Vaporware awards to put the spotlight on those games that were promised at one point for release in 2009 but have not only missed that deadline but have dropped off the the grid in terms of recent publicity and/or any firm new release dates (in StarCraft II's favor, its developer/publisher Blizzard has shown the game as playable at recent events like BlizzCon). We've picked 11 candidates for the award and also given a special mention to a game that, while it didn't have a 2009 release date, should have been out by now as well.

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