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On Half-Life 2 Delays

Half Life 2 may not make 2004 VGpro.com (thanks Voodoo Extreme and Planet Half-Life and Frans) has a quote from Valve's Gabe Newell taken from Polygon magazine reflecting their willingness to delay the release of Half-Life 2 as long as required to create the gameplay experience they are envisioning. He goes so far as to express a willingness to delay the game's release another year and spend another barrelful of money on the game:

"We've already spent millions into this project, and we're willing to spend as much as we need to make this the best first person experience ever. If that means delaying the game to 2005, we'll do it without any hesitation. If it means sinking another $20 million into the project, we can do it. Rest assured, if we delay the game, it'll be only to blow your socks off even more when it finally releases."

Update: Though many have tried to interpret this as a further delay announcement, it has been pointed out that this quote was made in reference to the game's delay in September 2003.

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250. Can a get 2 fity? Apr 26, 2004, 13:04 Jane You Ignorant Slut!
 
heh

 
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249. No subject Apr 26, 2004, 12:44 SamBeckett
 
lol, ok - 249

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248. Re: No subject Apr 26, 2004, 11:23 Gandhi
 
Alright, I need volunteers to bring this post-count to a nice, even, 250. Just two more

And don't you mess up the balance to the Force this time, Hebrew

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247. No subject Apr 25, 2004, 22:38 MrCamper
 
Has anyone noticed that founder and long time admin at planethalflife, Fragmaster has quit. And he left a flaming rant aimed at Valve over at:

http://www.forumplanet.com/planethalflife/topic.asp?fid=6549&tid=1352802

Interesting on his accounts of the insider news items on Daikatana2, err I mean HL2.....



ooops just found the Re: The Planethalflife Guy section of the thread.....

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246. Re: Half-Life 5 Apr 25, 2004, 20:36 L0cky
 
Take aslong as ye like imo

They recently hired Scott Dalton from LE (Wheel of Time, XMP), I'd rather them spend another 5 years making it the best fps ever than have 4 mediocre updates.

 
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245. Half-Life 5 Apr 24, 2004, 20:45 Will
 
Half-Life 5 would be nice, so many technological advances could be made if the series went that far. Though I doubt VALVE will stay in buisness long enough to make anything after Half-Life 2. lol

 
-Will
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244. Future Games Apr 24, 2004, 20:21 Will
 
God, how long have I been waiting for Half-Life 2? It's been since I beat the original Half-Life, which was late 1998, so thats like 6 years. Jeez, Valve. What the hell?! Half-Life 2 should be an awesome game. Though the other future games, such as Duke Nukem Forever, Doom III, Quake 4, etc., I never cared about any of those games. Once I play Half-Life 2, I can officially stop playing computer games forever...that is, unless they make a Half-Life 3, or 4, or maybe even 5....

 
-Will
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243. No subject Apr 24, 2004, 09:29 Ledge
 
Im disappointed in Valve, for the sake of half life fans who deserve to at least know wtf is going on. Valve, take a good look at ID Software, that is how a professional game company operates. Bring on Doom3.

 
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242. Re: Apr 22, 2004, 21:06 Gandhi
 
I will make it nice and uneven again

Noooooooooooo ..... damn you Hebrew! Damn you to hellllll!!!!!!!



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241. Re: Apr 22, 2004, 20:04 hebrew_national
 
have nothing to add here. Just wanted to the post-count to a nice even 240

I will make it nice and uneven again.

 
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240. Re: Apr 22, 2004, 17:54 Gandhi
 
I have nothing to add here. Just wanted to the post-count to a nice even 240

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239. 36 hours Apr 22, 2004, 03:30 BluestCheese
 
I might be rusty in my memory of the news they basically released a year ago, with little in between then and now, but did they promise 36 hours of gameplay? Itd be great if they did...
heck 100 hours would be really awesome.

 
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238. agreed Apr 22, 2004, 03:28 BluestCheese
 
Good call im with you

 
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237. **** POLL ***** Apr 22, 2004, 00:04 Slingblade
 
As long as we're talking about Half-Life 2, here's a question for you unopinionated lot....


If (or when) there is Half-Life 2, the movie, who should play the starring role?

Here's my vote...(scary, isn't it)
http://www.digwig.com/images/FreemanJackman.jpg

Who's yours?

Sling

 
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236. Re: The Planethalflife Guy Apr 21, 2004, 22:57 Creston
 
Jesus, that's a pretty bitter editorial alright. I can understand how the guy feels though, and unless he's a total lying jerk (which I seriously doubt), it just shows that Valve was playing bullshit to try to get some hype off from other titles with whom they have to compete. (not to mention trying to keep ATI from suing them for breach of contract, due to the XT cards)

Way to fuck yourself in the ass Valve. Maybe it's time to kick that idiot Lombardi out the door and get someone with half a braincell to do the business end of matters for you.

Creston

Edit : I do know that content has been cut from the game in an attempt to get it to ship sooner

No verifying if its true, but it just sounds fucked up enough that Valve would do it. So much for that 36 hours of gameplay.

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235. Re: The Planethalflife Guy Apr 21, 2004, 12:50 speechrut
 
"After playing Far Cry, I don't really care about HL2 anymore."

Man, really? That comes a big shock to everyone, I'm sure. Such a turnaround from your previous opinions.

"but really more like Gabe Newell, whom they should get rid of"

If you read frag's note, it's pretty clear that the person he thinks is the big ar*e is Doug Lombardi, the marketing/business guy. And I'd have to agree there. Gabe's a pretty cool guy: he's just got his head in the clouds about some things. Lombardi is the dude who talked out of both sides of his mouth and has Valve pimped out to all sorts of different interests.

"A lot of people bought ATI video cards because of that free voucher and the unusually convincing signs of impending release. I bet that ATI and other market players forced Gabe [who is obviously in their pocket] to keep mum about the true state of the game to push cards off the shelf."

That's my guess, though there is probably even more to it.

"I'm sorry, but I feel for all the people with lower end computers who got screwed out of the one game they could still play (HL1) because of Steam."

Give me a break. WON is still up and running, and Steam is now working pretty darn smoothly. If you, for some reason, have a low end computer you will still always be able to play HL SP and set up your own low end servers for personal multiplay. I don't see anything wrong with them moving their user base for NEW content to only slightly higher system specs. Are they supposed to support the low end FOREVER and hold everyone else back? It's been six years since they last upped the system specs!

 
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234. Re: The Planethalflife Guy Apr 21, 2004, 12:41 Gandhi
 
Normally I chalk up those type of comments to sour grapes. But if what he says is true about how involved he was in Half Life 2, this does not bode well for the game at all.

Though I am really looking forward to this game, I am going to hold off making a purchase until I see reviews and see how Steam will affect retail purchasers of the game.

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233. Re: The Planethalflife Guy Apr 21, 2004, 09:12 nin
 
Great link to the PHL guy...I pretty much agree with him. After playing Far Cry, I don't really care about HL2 anymore. It'll eventually get here, and then they'll be Steam issues, and then they'll be multiple patches, etc...it'll go on and on. Until it gets to a point where the game is fully playable and available on store shelves, I don't care about it. Valve had a great chance here, and they blew it. You can believe the source was stolen, you can believe it was all a big conspiracy, or you can believe they were no where ready to go for 9/30. What irks me is, instead of being honest and saying "we hit a few snags" Valve doesn't relay anything until a week before the game was supposed to be out.

So f#$* 'em...

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232. Re: The Planethalflife Guy Apr 21, 2004, 06:55 Bronco
 
Well, the main PlanetHalf-Life guy has packed things in...he wrote quite a departure article as well

Fragmaster handled the mailbag there for a while. His responses were some of the funniest things I've ever read.

I wonder if they are still around?

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231. Re: The Planethalflife Guy Apr 21, 2004, 05:54 hebrew_national
 
Cyber, that post by the PHL guy was awesome. Thanks for sharing that link.

When you have people that close to the Half-Life 2 community turning their back on it- just goes to show how bad the company [but really more like Gabe Newell, whom they should get rid of] is at treating their customers.

A lot of people bought ATI video cards because of that free voucher and the unusually convincing signs of impending release. I bet that ATI and other market players forced Gabe [who is obviously in their pocket] to keep mum about the true state of the game to push cards off the shelf.

 
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