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Posted by Mr.Walrus on Apr 3rd, 2011

Well, as a good many of you probably already know (Yes, this is news from a month ago, so naturally I just got it today), Kelly Bailey appears to have disappeared from Valve. He's made the music for all of the Half Life games and several other Valve projects, developing a pretty large fanbase. His tracks are the embodiment of awesomeness, just like everything else in the Half Life series, and everyone agrees that without him it just wouldnt be the same. He also was the example used to construct the layout of Gordon Freeman's face. And now he's just gone. He's not on their site, Valve isnt saying or answering anything on the subject, and apparently he's been out for over half a year and there's no news from him or anybody else about what he's doing. 

I've searched the web thouroughly and gotten no answers on why he's absent. Was he fired? Did he leave? Did Gabe Newell accidentally sit on him? I think that the theories involving him leaving without having something against Valve or him dying (Definately that one) can be ruled out. If he had left without argument or died, I'm almost certain that Valve would have put up something thanking him for his hard work on their games. But Valve isnt just ignoring the subject, theyre intentioanlly avoiding it; From what I've heard, literally nobody has gotten answers from them. There was apparently also a "last post" from him in Valve's forums, which got deleted. Hmm...

Did Valve fire him? I find that unlikely, as tons of their community simply adore his songs (Me included) and having him gone will likely decrease popularity. I also find it unlikely that he would just suddenly leave, as he's put enormous amounts of effort into the company. The really strange thing is just that neither he nor Valve seem to be saying anything whatsoever- There are no announcements on his new projects or reasons for why he left.

My current theory is that the Gman kidnapped Kelly Bailey, much like Gordon Freeman (They're arguably the same person) and Kelly Freeman will appear a few decades in the future to fight a giant alien race or make a soundtrack for those that do. That, or Valve decided to place him into stasis for defiance or something.

Anyway, the reason I made this post (Other than to gripe about it) was to ask the Moddb community the same questions everyone else is asking. Do any of you guys know why he's gone, or where his next piece of work will appear next? If not, what are your theories and thougts on the matter?

Thanks for reading,

Mr.Walrus

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TheGreatGonzo
TheGreatGonzo Apr 5 2011, 4:16pm says:

Hope she didn't follow Wally...

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dafatcat
dafatcat Apr 12 2011, 10:05pm replied:
ZeroTimesTwo☢ wrote:she

lol

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TheGreatGonzo
TheGreatGonzo Apr 15 2011, 4:04pm replied:

Whoops.

he*

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figalot
figalot Apr 6 2011, 7:32am says:

He went to azeroth to get sounds for dota 2 .... true story.

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cW#Ravenblood
cW#Ravenblood Apr 15 2012, 10:17am says:

Well, it's sad because he did some amazing work, I love the music in Valve Games.
But I think Valve just kinda f*cks their fanbase up?
People still waiting for HL3, also I heared that Kim Swift, a developer and inventor of Portal just does her own PuzzleGame.
They ruined more or their status as Mod-Friendly after their updates.
So they f*ck the HL Fans up, the CS:S Fans (CS:S updates) and some Portal fans aswell (not their fault?) and now just some more.
Dafuq are they doin?

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Sanguinius
Sanguinius Dec 2 2012, 11:25am says:

Maybe he took over Valve and is silently runing it from the shadows...

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