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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?

Thanks for reading,

Mr.Walrus

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Mr.Mellon
Mr.Mellon Jan 14 2011, 11:32pm says:

Thank you for the only steampunk mod on Moddb btw

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Mr.Walrus Creator
Mr.Walrus Jan 15 2011, 8:56am replied:

Check out Mist of Stagnation, theyre steampunk too :P

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Maggot4ever
Maggot4ever Jan 5 2011, 6:41pm says:

I'm a Temple Knight now, sir Walrus.

You can refer to my person as Lord Maggot for now on.

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Cremat0r
Cremat0r Jan 4 2011, 10:38pm says:

Changed name, same walrus.
Are you a fan of Master Chief now?

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jjawinte
jjawinte Jan 2 2011, 6:36pm says:

Hey there Raider ! Hope you had some decent holiday time and that 2011 holds great things for you !

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Cremat0r
Cremat0r Dec 24 2010, 2:17pm says:

Dat Walrus!

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Maggot4ever
Maggot4ever Dec 24 2010, 2:47am says:

I was pretty sure about that.

******* walrus.

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Mr.Walrus Creator
Mr.Walrus Dec 24 2010, 12:35am says:

Victorian Walrus is gettin' into the season.

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Cremat0r
Cremat0r Dec 8 2010, 6:54pm says:

Good day, officer, got some Steampunk-ish things you wanna talk about?

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Mr.Walrus Creator
Mr.Walrus Dec 8 2010, 8:12pm replied:

Good sir, the royal academy of science and industry approves your bonafide comment.

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