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6 comments 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?

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jjawinte Jun 27 2011 says:

The Walrus still lurks !!

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Mr.Walrus Creator
Mr.Walrus Jun 27 2011 replied:

Yep, I shall always stalk the dark corners of moddb.

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TheGreatGonzo Mar 28 2011 says:

Gordon Freeman, a man who crowbars aliens in the face and never does any actual science.

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Mr.Walrus Creator
Mr.Walrus Mar 28 2011 replied:

Hey, smashing alien faces with crowbars has some meaning in physics too you know.

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TheGreatGonzo Apr 5 2011 replied:

What? It's a joke, i never see him do science. They could make him talk in ep 3 though :/

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Mr.Walrus Creator
Mr.Walrus Apr 6 2011 replied:

I was joking back. -_-

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Otter. Apr 6 2011 replied:

Gordon just researches the sh*t out of everything... in the speed of light :D

Gordon Freeman's logic against aliens:


Crowbar it to death
Did it work? A/B/C
C=Yes, but alien has ranged attack

If B or C: Use bullets
Did it work? A/B

If B: Use explosive weaponry
Did it work? A/B

If B: Boss battle. Use some kind of trickery/environment till it stops breathing/functioning.
He/she/it is an ally. Stop wasting ammo.


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TheGreatGonzo Apr 10 2011 replied:

I just realised what ever i comment it gets downvoted.

Worst. Idea. For. A. Website. EVER.

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dafatcat Apr 10 2011 replied:

Alternatively, you could stop being an idiot.

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sergeant_stacker Mar 23 2011 says:

I'm actually glad to know that at least SOMEONE realizes that my mod isn't serious XD

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