This all seems to have been spurred on by a recent blog post from a former Valve writer, Marc Laidlaw. Over the weekend he laid out a fictional tale that was about as transparent as you can get, highlighting what pretty much everyone has accepted would have been the continuation of the Half-Life series. Not that this means Half-Life 3 is never coming or that it will even follow Laidlaw’s outline, but folks have taken it as some sort of proof that Valve has put the kibosh on the series and, um, DOTA 2 is responsible? Not Hearthstone, though. That game is apparently free and clear of blame.