I mean.. Anything not from Valve that takes place after the current end of the timeline (Arguably the end of HL2:Ep2, although possibly also Alyx) is a complete fanfic. Once you pass the point of the official story, anything else is fan fic. Your personal headcanon. Perhaps shared with other people, but it's all non-canon, fan fic, useless and IMO a very cheap tactic to finishing a story. For some people that's enough, but for me? If I'm paying for a story, I want the whole damned thing. I don't want a quarter, half, two thirds with a 'fill in the ending yourself' at the end. If Ep2 had ended on not a cliff hanger, then I'd be less miffed about it. If Valve had shown any real evidence of wanting to advance the story towards a conclusion (I'd even count books at this point, but I'm not aware of any that pick up after the current end of the timeline) then that'd be a point in Half-Life's favour. It screams to me that the IP owners can't be bothered, and don't care, when something like that happens and there's no ostensible reason for it (IE: Studio closure). As for imagining the 'graphics' of a book I'm not really sure how that applies. Books, IME, still end. Half-Life has not ended. It's been taken to a point that makes clear that the writer expected there to be more (Or is just a monumental ****stain, but given that Gabe has suggested that the HL2 episodes should have been referred to as HL3 not HL2 and specifically mentions Ep3 I don't believe that's the case; Source: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/i_valve_060606 - Incidentally this interview also adds weight to my dismissal of Alyx as a continuation of the story; ), and just.. Didn't get there. For whatever reason. Don't get me wrong, I believe at this point any HL3-esque release is going to be met with very similar amounts of ire as Duke Nukem Forever was, given how long it's been (Thirteen years), and I can see why no one at Valve wants to do it, but for me? That makes it abandonware. An unfinished story with no end in sight. Which (For me) takes away from the argument that the story is good, because as it stands it's effectively at the end of a chapter with a bunch of blank pages after it where the last chapter (ep3) should be.