A protest against Valve for its lack of information on Valve's "lack of information" regarding Half-Life 2: Episode 3 seems to have missed its mark slightly. The protest – which had the support of 30,00 players who pledged that they would play Half-Life 2 on Steam over the weekend – saw only half of those players playing over the weekend. They increased the usual amount of players playing Half-Life 2 by about 10,000.
"I am personally impressed with what we've achieved today," the protest's organizer said. "We're nowhere near done – in fact, we are currently in the process of planning new activities. This was only our first attempt and, in my eyes, was a success for everyone."
The protest was designed to send Valve a message: "Your oldest and longest-running fanbase would like better communication … The entire trilogy of episodes was scheduled to be completed and released by 2007, and if Valve has decided to do other things for the time being, that's fine."
"All that we ask for is a basic response on the matter, and to let fans know whether or not the current story arc is scheduled to conclude at another point in time."
We wish them well in their future endeavors, though an online petition would probably work better than improving Valve's online usage stats for the weekend.