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A gaggle of Gabe Newells begging for Half-Life 3 and other must-know game news

Hayden Dingman | Oct. 20, 2014
Witcher 3. Half-Life 3. Civilization: Beyond Earth. World of Warcraft. Call of Duty Some of PC gaming's biggest games were making headlines this week, for matters ranging from awesome to utterly bizarre. Let's dive in!

Side note: "Call of Duty by Activision" would be a great Doritos-scented cologne.

Speaking of creative rights

Remember back in 2003 when Postal 2 was released and people lost their collective minds because of its over-the-top violence? Someone apparently forgot that game had already been made and decided to make it again, except this time give it the even-less-creative name of Hatred. Here's the trailer, which features such Angsty-Dude-In-A-Trenchcoat gems as "And I will put in the grave as many as I can," and "My genocide crusade begins here." So edgy. (Warning: The video below is exceptionally violent.)

Eye bleach

If you sat through that last garbage trailer you deserve a reward. How about the opening cinematic to next week's Civilization: Beyond Earth?

Fast forward six months

If you've been waiting anxiously for the release of Projects CARS, too bad. Slightly Mad Studios confirmed this week that the game will miss its November launch and instead release on March 20, 2015.

That gives them five whole months to switch the name before it becomes part of humanity's eternal legacy. Come on, Slightly Mad Studios. I believe in you.


The next game from the Surgeon Simulator team? It's "The beautiful story of one slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted."

A beautiful dream

There's now an Indiegogo campaign designed to "force" Valve into releasing Half-Life 3. Highlight: If the campaign reaches $45,000 in funding, the campaign promises "A bunch of Gabe Newells besieging Valve's doorstep wearing 'We Want HL3' t-shirts. Who knows, maybe they will sneak into a strategic meeting and release Half-Life 3 themselves."

After two days the campaign has already raised a massive total of $457 so, you know, they're well on their way.

I can't help but feel like this campaign is akin to everyone at a concert screaming "Encore!" when you already know the band is coming back out because the lights haven't turned on yet.

More reading

If you're reading this on Friday, know that you still have two days to take advantage of Steam's biggest free weekend ever — these games will last until Sunday at 1pm Pacific.

This week also saw Google Play beef up its games service , a modder turned a PlayStation 4 into a "laptop," and Humble launched a new bundle where all games are playable through your browser.

And since reviews season is in full swing, we've got three this week (and counting): loot-driven shooter Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, mystery adventure game The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, and Harmonix's rhythm-based bullet-hell game A City Sleeps. None are bad; the latter two are great.


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