As we can see from a whois lookup in black-aperture:
ATTN BLACK-APERTURE.COM care of Network Solutions PO Box 459 Drums, PA 18222 US
And here is a whois lookup in aperturescience that was used from Valve to hint Portal back in 2006:
ATTN APERTURESCIENCE.COM care of Network Solutions PO Box 459 Drums, PA 18222 US
This is something really interesting, as most of us, that doubted this site’s validation, based our claims on its whois lookup. So, if the company has already worked with Valve – which is a fact now – then they could obviously be working again in teasing and hinting towards a new Valve title, right?
And here come the new hints. The site is titled with a “Status: Mark 7” message, which basically hints to Half-Life’s suit. Fair enough, this hint was for quite some time available and you’ve probably already seen it. However a quick look at the website’s HTML code reveals some new hints:
“<meta name=”Status: Mark 7″ content=”2012“>”
At the meta name column of the HTML code, the website’s content is equal to ‘2012’ and the color of the background that was used was ‘#000003’. As you can see by visiting the website, the background color is black. Black, which means that the default code is ‘#000000’ and not ‘#000003’. In other words, this was made intentionally.
Could this all just be trolling? Sure it could. Could these indications, on the other hand, hint at a 2012 reveal? Most probably. It’s a fact that everyone can interpret these findings differently. It’s also a fact that these latest findings prove that there might be some credibility behind the black-aperture website.
As always though, take everything you’ve just read with a grain of salt. Be sure to check out our opinion about Valve’s response to the recent HL3 rumors!
Some websites have linked us about this story, so we feel the need to elaborate on Black-Aperture’s domain servers. As the whois lookup suggests, the domain servers are different from those of Valve’s. And let us ask you this; do you think that Valve is so stupid to come out and say that they are not developing a HL3 game, yet use their domain servers in a third-party website? If you’ve ever ‘played’ with the domain servers, you’ll already know that they can be easily changed after a while. So here is something else for you; wouldn’t it be possible that Valve is using other domain servers to cover their tracks? This is common sense guys and that’s what you should think in the first place.
As we’ve already said, this situation is 50-50. We are not saying that there will definitely be a HL3 game. Hell, even the title suggests that it MIGHT be valid. Not that it’s 100% valid. And make no mistake, we do want to believe Valve but before that, the company should explain all those hints that were given by themselves. It’s true, there are so many hints that we simply can’t pass by.
In other words; you want to believe that HL3 does not exist? Fine with us. You want to believe that there will definitely be a HL3 game? Sure, go ahead. Our advise? Just keep an open mind and think outside the box for just a second. That’s all!
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email