Is Half Life 3 Just Around the Corner?

Big news dropped last week from one of the industries fan-favorite developers, and it came in the form of a recent job listing. Valve Corporation is looking for an industrial designer with a background in “product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing,” according to a report released from Gameindustry International. In the past rumors have frequently surfaced about the company moving into the hardware market, including a rumor about working with Apple to develop a console, but this job posting seems to be a little too specific to have nothing to do with that end.

Most would assume that a console from Valve would utilize its popular Steam format, but that’s not the rumor that sparked the most amount of interest when I learned of this job listing. Just a few short hours after the news released I started hearing rumors that this may be what Valve has been waiting for in regards to releasing the long (very, very long) awaited Half Life 3. The Half Life series really helped to cement Valve as one of the majors hitters in the gaming market and fans have been clamoring for more Gordon Freeman for nearly a decade since the franchises second game dropped in November of 2004. To add a little more fuel to this rumor, official Half Life 3 shirts have been reported popping up in several game and comic conventions this year.

So what do you think? Would you want a Valve console, or are you happy with Steam for PC and Mac? Is this rumored console the vehicle for the next Half Life game? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Perpetual Testing Initiative

So Portal 2 is set to release some interesting DLC on May 8th.

Sorry it’s not the seductive and sexy Smooth Sax Expansion

It turns out the Perpetual Testing Initiative will be free content that will introduce a new mode that is similar to PSN’s echochrome and Little Big Planet’s level creator.

In the PTI, you can create your own levels that will be published and rated by fellow community Steam members. Looks like fun, check it out!

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Valve New Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The current developments are starting to take on the theme of Secret Saturday News. Valve has something up its sleeve along the lines of aliens, spaceships, maybe three breasted space strippers? Ok, the last one is complete wishful thinking, but aliens and spaceships appeals to my tastes and tickles my sweet spot. Hopefully more info is leaked before E3 because I am dying to find out whats next!

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Portal for free download on Steam

As part of a program called Learn With Portals, Valve is giving away the original Portal for free on Steam until September 20th. Check out the full project bio and a link for the download on their website here. For the rest of us uneducated folk, a free game is always a good thing. Check out the video below to see kids in nice buildings messing with Portal.


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Portal: No Escape (Live Action Short Film) 2 Million Views on Youtube in 3 Days

Dan Trachtenberg a film maker and a fan of the Portal series has been working on project called Portal: No Escape for a year and a half and it’s finally completed. Dan developed a short movie creating his own rendition of the Portal universe. Dan teamed with Mike Zarin, the man who established the first Inception trailer music, and created an amazing short sound track for No Escape. The video has been viral since August 23, 2011 which was two days ago and it already has over 2 million hits.

Portal 2: GLaDOS Core Cake

The artists over at Mike’s Amazing Cakes in Washington have created some really amazing cakes. They have had other custom cakes go viral on the internet but this by far is my favorite.

Yes! Everything on the core above is edible and awesome looking. This Mike and the Cake Boss should go head to head in a cake off.

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