This is how desperate the Half-Life fanbase has become. Or, at the very least, certain elements of it. They are… well, they are… uh…
Meet “Operation Crowbar”, and its official Steam Forum thread. Those who choose to participate in this operation are actively… buying cheap crowbars from Amazon… and mailing them to Valve. And this is considered a form of protest, to get across a message – that the Half-Life fanbase is fed up of all the silence. So, apparently the best way to go about doing that is to waste money on cheap iron crowbars. Not exactly, if you ask me. Alternatively, participants can simply… spam Valve’s e-mail accounts and Facebook page with pictures of crowbars and pictures of crowbar-related puns. Which is even worse.
I honestly have no idea either. This is just… just… I don’t even know. It’s one of those ideas that is so unbelievably silly that it either came from a troll or a really, REALLY wacky person. I could say “crazy”, but then again, they don’t really believe this will turn out to be fruitful either. Crowbar companies are going to have a good season in spring 2012, and that’s for sure. Look, guys. Need a better suggestion? Instead of throwing your money at crowbar producers, donate it to the charity of your choice, then send Valve the receipt. If you REALLY want to do something with crowbars (maybe that’s a fetish or something), then at least do something useful with these crowbars – Leveraged, the Valve ARG Network’s admin, suggested that you give them to Tools For Self Reliance. Because as it stands, you’re simply wasting Valve’s time, your time, AND your money.
Ludicrous. Just ludicrous. All of it is ludicrous. The whole thing. I’ll give you an example using my recurring “Valve time travel” joke: if you travelled back in time to the 10th of October, 2007, and told the guys at Valve that in 4 and a half years’ time, they would drive the HL fanbase mad to such a point where they would literally be mailing Valve crowbars, I think you’d be escorted out of the building. Brutally.