Damn it, Valve.
I want to like you. I really, really want to like you. I absolutely love all the games you put out. Portal, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2 are all some of the best games from the past decade. Steam has grown into one of my preferred gaming distribution methods of choice and I am eagerly awaiting the Steam Box. Nearly every single thing you touch is magnificent. You, as a company, shouldn’t be hard to like. But I feel like you are deliberately taunting me now.
There was some big news involving Valve and the Half-Life series this week, and you can stop any giddy squealing that sentence might have caused because I can guarantee that the truth is infinitely more disappointing than what you were imagining. Valve programmer Joe Ludwig announced that they had just shipped a beta version of Half-Life 2 that includes Oculus Rift support. OH GOODY! There is nothing that makes me more excited than a Beta version of game that I first played nearly 10 years ago and now own on three different platforms. I know Oculus Rift has been received a lot of support from developers and gamers and obviously had a very successful Kickstarter program, but the last thing I’m interested in is playing Half-Life 2 again but this time wearing a funny hat.
I don’t want to play Half-Life 2 on the Oculus Rift or the Neo Geo X or the Game Toaster XL Big Blammo Holy Hell I Can’t Believe This Got Kickstarted or whatever else you’re planning to release this on. Stop wasting time on whatever flavor of the month gimmick idea is trending today and give us what you know we want. You know, the resolution to one of the biggest cliffhangers in gaming. The conclusion/continuation of one of the biggest and best loved sagas in video games. Half-Life 2: Episode 3 or Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 4 Dead or Half-Life Apology For Taking So Long or whatever else you want to call it. I honestly don’t care at this point.
What I really want is for you to show you still have some interest in the Half-Life series before we start losing our interest in it.