My Goodness! How long has it been since the last release of an official half-Life game? Too long, that’s for sure.
We all know how hard it is to start something again after we have taken a break – going back to school after the summer (teachers as well as students!), starting a new diet after eating whatever we want or doing exercise after lazing on the sofa for months.
It can’t be much different for Valve and let’s not forget that Valve back then and Valve now are very different. Different people, different objectives and different priorities.
There’s also the Duke Nukem effect. The longer you leave it, the greater the expectation.
So, what do you think is the reason for the lack of Half-Life 3?
Back in October 2006 I started a weekly Poll Question. Lasting more or less ten years was pretty good and we have some very insightful discussions based on the questions. It became harder and harder for me to think of new questions and it eventually fizzled out in November 2016.
Then in November 2017, I decided to try the idea of a Re-Poll Question. My think was that the site has mostly new readers and they probably won’t comment on ten-year old poll questions. That lasted 2 questions before I realised that it was “probably” a mistake.
So here we are. I would like to encourage some discussion on the site and the Monthly General Chat is getting quieter and quieter. The Open Question series will be approximately once per month, probably near the middle of the month.
Unlike the poll questions, which had choices to select, as the name suggests, these will be open – no poll, no choices. I will write an introduction piece but it won’t be an article or very long. Just something to clarify the question and get things started.
I’ll probably have lots of opinions myself but it’s not a soap box for ME to tell YOU what I think, but really just a nudge to get the conversation going.
If you have any ideas for topics, please email me directly. I want to try to keep each Open Question as “On-Topic” as possible.