Alright folks, all aboard the hype train it’s about to leave the station! I’m going to attempt to get the true meaning out there, so to speak. After hearing about the now infamous Steamcast Tweet, I wanted to get a serious insight into what’s really going on, after looking at my Steam Friends’ list who would be better to ask than Brad from Steamcast otherwise known as Mimaz98. To make a long story short, it seems like the information is very possibly true. After a discussion about possible strange Half-Life references showing up on the official TF2 blog, I did a little bit of investigation myself. Brad had noticed that the image used on the official post It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Australian Christmas was originally of an Aurora Borealis effect on a starry sky. The image has since been, inexplicably, changed to The Engineer standing in front of a warm Christmas fire.
Here’s the part this no longer becomes wild speculation…
My investigation into this matter included searching for a cached version of the post. What I found was the original Aurora Borealis image Brad mentioned. The astounding thing is the image filename is “truemeaning.jpg” The first sentence in the blog post is “What is the true meaning of Australian Christmas?”. Simple logic can connect the dots to a very possible conclusion, it all seems too unreal to believe but Valve would not be making these decisions and changes without good reason. With that said I’m very curious to see what will take place over the next few days and the holidays.
I’d say something major is very possible considering everything going on. After all, GameInformer predicted “Half-Life 3 revealed [in 2011], and it looks great. Surprise.” and just to back up their claim, in January 2010 they stated there would not be a Half-Life game that year which we all know turned out to be true. I shouldn’t forget to mention they’re the website/magazine that officially, and exclusively, revealed Dota 2 last year as well.
Don’t forget to check out the hidden image yourself:
LambdaGen will be here to cover any updates to this, grab some popcorn and stay tuned.