Nerd Boner Alert (Half-life 3?) *Update* F my life

Alright.  I was told today that this video is clearly a mashup of the Half-life and Lost mythologies, and most likely not an official production by valve or the makers of Half-life but just some elaborate special effects reel like initially speculated.  I never really understood Lost that much.  Generally, things produced by J.J Abrams make me queasy.  J.J Abrams productions are one of the few things on Earth that merit the use of emoticons, because when I watched Cloverfield I was very 😦 😦 :'(.  In other news, I am alone.  Thanks a lot ya jerks!

O.K, so first, a warning.  This post many not be interesting to most humanoids, but for me it is Christmas morning.  A while back, a mysterious video showed up on youtube called “What’s in the box?”  It was basically nine minutes of first person steady cam action set during some sort of futuristic catastrophe.  Some speculated the video was just a high budget special effects reel.  Others, mostly virginal nerds like myself, recognized that many elements from the Half-life video game franchise were present in the (awesome) video, and sensed hoped for a connection.

Now, I didn’t want to jump to conclusions before, but, upon watching the video again today, I realized that it is infact a piece of intense viral marketing for Half-life, probably for the third installment of the franchis, a production that has been under heavy wraps since The Orange Box was released in 2007.

The video, which plays out from a first person point of view, as if the viewer were the character (the same technique utilized in the video games where the gamer so intensely assumes the role of Gordon Freeman that the character Gordon speaks no dialogue), mentions Babel Research several times.  So, a quick google search on Babel Research revealed a neat little website for a fake tecnologies firm [ http://babel-research.eu/ ]…with both Black Mesa and Aperture logos appearing at the bottom.  Fans of the Half-life universe will recognize Black Mesa as the facility where Gordon Freeman worked, and Aperture as the setting for the mind-numbingly awesome game Portal.

That’s it folks, cased closed.  “What’s in the box?” is a peek at Half-life 3 to give nerd turds like myself preemptive boners, and to make sure we store sixty bucks to buy it upon release.

Evidence and boner material, after the jump.

Black Mesa, Aperture, and the mysterious Hanso logos
Black Mesa (Half-Life), Aperture (Portal), and the mysterious Hanso (unknown?) logos
The Babel Research logo, the tower a reference to the biblical story, most likely having something to do with the Half-life storyline.
this is bullshit

-gibbons

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