Today Valve announced the Team Fortress 2 update: Mann VS Machine in a Left 4 Dead blog post:

There is a link at the bottom you might find interesting. When you click it, it takes you to the Team Fortress 2 update page but if you typed in the ACTUAL url it took you to a special Steam profile of someone called "Chase."

Here is the clickable secret URL in question:

The interesting part about Chase? He is playing Half-life 3: Indev. Is this the start of a new ARG or Valve having a bit of fun with players?


hardeyez wrote on 08/16/2012 at 02:55pm

Nice! I love it when the devs mess around like this. But it could just be a joke...

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/16/2012 at 04:05pm

Looks like that url is now broken. People have flooded it!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/16/2012 at 04:08pm

I was able to click it and got this now:

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/16/2012 at 04:08pm

Same Steam page.

Chowda wrote on 08/16/2012 at 04:11pm

Ha! That's great. I bet sometimes he really wishes he could do this.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 08/16/2012 at 06:03pm

Did anyone notice that the top comment on the profile for "Chase" says "Thank's for that hat you traded! Gordon looks good with a beret."

Seems like Steam trading coming to Half life 3, not that that's very surprising. Does this also mean there will be an item shop for HL3?

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/16/2012 at 06:46pm

I don't know how much of that is a joke and how much of it is real. I just found that on the profile page for Chase, if you click on the HL3 dev, all the screen elements fall apart. So it's obviously not a real page, but Valve loves mixing hints with jokes.

Tungsten wrote on 08/16/2012 at 09:43pm

Hey, speaking of which, anybody else up for some Left 4 TF2? Kill some zom... robots or whatever. Sure would be a change of pace from terraria.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/17/2012 at 01:20am

Yes. I want to try my hand at it tonight I hope. Heard threre are lines for servers though :)

geoffreyk wrote on 08/21/2012 at 03:16pm

They appear to have "fixed" the L4D post. 2 possibilities: A. Valve really meant for this to be a thing. B. Someone made a typo, and an opportunist took advantage of it to register the broken URL and send it somewhere fun.

On the "URL Not Found" error page that I see now for that link above, it mentions "" in the Apache server/port 80 reference. This is a site that has been previously identified (not via this particular page), and which people have been claiming is a fake/hoax for months. For some reason, my cynic brain is telling me to go with Option B, even though the rest of me so-very-much wishes it was Option A.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/21/2012 at 03:20pm

Hmmmm, yeah that makes sense. I am still holding out for option A but... Yeah I guess we will see.

I want HL3 but I'm not crazy about it. If I had to wager, I'd say they are working on it now. Especially since Valve employees can work on whatever they want. Unless there is a 100% company wide "no HL3 policy."

Travis   Admin wrote on 08/21/2012 at 04:21pm

Dammit Geoffrey, you ruined my fun. But you're probably right, this does seem to be hoaxy.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 08/22/2012 at 01:03am
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