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Posted by SupaNinjaMan on Oct 19th, 2008

Half-Life2 not where it's said to be?

(meant to be a joke, it's not important enough to really be complaining.)

As we all fondly remember our hours playing HL2, we see no evidence of it being located in a remotely US city because the architecture, and never contested that it was outside Eastern Europe because VALVe says so, right? I think we all might be wrong, as most (West Coast) US residents know there is a decently dangerous gang known as SUR 13, or to those who are a bit behind, they also go by the Mexican Mafia, La eMe (which means "The M" in Spanish, chosen because "M" is the thirteenth letter of the alphabet) and is considered the oldest and most dangerous prison gang in America. (The 13 comes from it having only thirteen members when it started in the late 50's in Tracy, California by incarcerated Chicano gang members.)

After force feeding you all this information, you must think I've gone completely mad and obsessed with Latin American gangs, right? Not exactly. As seen in my screenshot below, there is a faded SUR 1(too faded to count as a 3, looks similar to a 7 also). Which I find extremely curious, since the SUR 13 is solely in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and finally Texas, not Eastern Europe. This leaves me asking, why.

  • Why is the Mexican Mafia in Eastern Europe?
  • Why, if it's a factual error, did VALVe choose the SUR 13, they live in freakin' Washington state!?!?!
  • And finally, Why am I ranting over a stupid tag?
Disbelieve my findings, refer to the picture below.


Mhm, what now fool! A gang tag from West Coast United States in in Ravenholm!

Please, don't complain about how stupid this finding is, I discovered a way to topple VALVe's tyrannical hold over the gaming community with a factual error! (Just kidding, I love VALVe, they started with a modified Quake engine and turned it into the most influential game basically ever.)

Signed, Your favorite overzealous teenage gamer, SupaNinjaMan.

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Icemaz Oct 20 2008 says:

Ha, nice findings, go ask Gabe or someone. But yeah, nice find

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filiepgroh Dec 19 2008 says:

maybe simply and easter egg as a reference to mexican mafia?

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SupaNinjaMan Dec 22 2008 replied:

could be.

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m82sniper Jul 18 2009 says:

Well, it's probably just Valve adding some realistic graffiti to the game, and you also have to remember that everyone was relocated when the combine came, so there's a chance that some of the gang members made it over to city 17 and Ravenholm, or maybe there's some SUR 13 wannabe's in City 17

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SupaNinjaMan Jul 21 2009 replied:

well, i heard it was originally going to be in america, so the decal was probably just left over.

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Mr.Walrus Jan 4 2011 says:

Nice findings :D As you said, it was probably just a left over decal from earlier versions in the game.

Or maybe...

The Combine is actually the Mexican Mafia in disguise!

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