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Get Your Conspiracy Hats On...Valve has Filed a Trademark for Half-Life 3!

All right folks, last week, Valve announced a trio of news regarding their upcoming Steam Machines and controller, in a bid to bring PC gaming into your living rooms.  While those were exciting, people were hoping for some sort of Half-Life 3 news, yet didn't get any.  Hold on to your butts though, as apparently the company has just filed a trademark for the fabled sequel...

Okay, okay, okay.  This is really interesting, but let's try and not blow things too far out of proportion.  Apparently Valve has filed for a trademark on Half-Life 3, a game fans have been waiting for, for a very long time.  An eagle-eyed spotter over on NeoGaf noticed the registration on the Trade Marks and Designs Registrations Office of the European Union website. 

The filing is for a trademark listed under two different classifications: "Computer game software; Electronic game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software" and "Provision of on-line entertainment; provision of computer and video games and computer and video game programmes from a computer database or via the Internet."

While this is exciting, and might be indicative that Valve is giving the fans what they've been waiting for, try not to blow a gasket just yet.  The truth is, companies register trademarks all the time for a variety of reasons.  It may just be that they want to ensure no one else takes the name or domain, or they want control over the IP for further down the future. 

Even so, it's tough not to get just a little excited!  What do you guys think it means?

-Jordan

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