Unidentified deaf character

{{Character Infobox
|name=Unidentified deaf character
|era=Combine occupation of Earth|Combine occupation
|affiliation=The Resistance
A yet '''unidentified deaf character''' is slated to appear in a Half-Life 2 Episode Three|future game set in the ''Half-Life'' universe. 


This character is introduced in a video involving Gabe Newell and two interpreters discussing deafness and video games with a small audience of WikipediaHearing impairment|hearing impaired people, with Valve games and a frame of Overwatch Soldier art|Overwatch Soldiers concept art pictures in the background, uploaded August 06, 2009 by a former University of Washington student, http//www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=4254&id=1250235477 Samuel Sandoval, deaf as well.

Newell suggests that before Alyx met Gordon, she had a crush on a hearing impaired Resistance member, so she programmed Dog with knowledge of WikipediaAmerican Sign Language|sign language so she could practice and easily communicate with him. Then this person went away from Alyx to fight the Combine someplace else, and Alyx and Dog started signing with each other when they wanted to communicate without making noise or without other people knowing.

The implementation of such character would be the starting point of implementing signing into Valve's games and give them the excuse to build a related technology and give easier access to video games for hearing impaired players. The ''Half-Life 2'' episodes having each introduced a new technology (the interaction with a well developed NPC, along with full implementation of the Source's HDR lighting system for ''Episode One''; large outdoor environments and high scale battles previously unseen in the Source engine for ''Episode Two''), ''Episode Three'''s new technology might be it.

Valve's modeler/animator Bay Raitt also joins the discussion at the very end, although the video ends during the conversation. He apparently studied facial movements made by the deaf focus testers; facial expression is already fully implemented in the Source engine and would help in the process of including deaf characters in video games.

==External links==
*{{YouTube|url=j2LnP3JgbM0|text=Gabe Newell w/ Deaf Character - Part One}}
*{{YouTube|url=Np5KTAm7kac|text=Gabe Newell w/ Deaf Character - Part Two}} (where Newell evokes the character)
*{{YouTube|url=Xy8xjOChxtY|text=Gabe Newell w/ Deaf Character - Part Three}}

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