Valve continues to stoke the fires of our desire for Half-Life 3 by revealing unused images that were designed for use as Trading Cards on Steam. Half-Life 2, among a host of other games, were included in the Trading Card feature that was added to Steam in May 2013. Two months later, Valve hired Seattle-based artist David Thany to create Half-Life trading cards, emoticons, and badges that were to be released alongside the Steam Summer Sale.
When contacted by Valve to comment on why he thought the Half-Life images were never released,
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Were these Trading Cards to be released, it’d give a lot of players a reason to jump back in and experience the Half-Life series one more time. I know that I’d be willing to spend several dollars getting my hands on one of those crowbar emoticons, anything to fill the void where Half-Life 3 belongs. The fact that these images exist is enough to make you wonder whether Valve would consider creating images that would fit within the aesthetic of Half-Life. It would be nice to see some old-school Half-Life images as Trading Cards or emoticons.