Nerdist Podcast interview with Gabe Newell, part 1
Interview with Gabe, and also Valve-dudes Robin Walker and David Sawyer. Skip 8 minutes in to get past the intro and straight to the interview.
Points of interest:
12:00 - Gabe: "Don't ever try to lie to the internet (because it won't work)"
30:30 - hint at new (incredible) thing Valve is working on. "Abrash's project? The Vortex?"
33:00 - TF2 used as testing ground for elements of DOTA2.
37:15 - Gabe philisophises about a future where computers bypass our eyes and instead beams images and experiences directly into our brains. (Speculation: VALVE WORKING ON MATRIX-PROTOTYPE? HMM!)
45:30 - The livingroom, mobile
49:15 - HALF LIFE 3 (gets mentioned. In a joke. Sorry for getting your hopes up.)
50:30 - Storytelling in games
54:00 - The player's relationship with characters in the game. A lot of talk about Portal 2's ending.
1:00:50 - Valve working on a 15 minute short film right now.
1:03:00 - Hollywood people and their terrible ideas for film versions of Valve games.
1:06:45 - Valve working on a bunch of controllers with "the same control and precision as mouse and keyboard but in a living room setting".
1:16:50 - "Valve = a company full of trolls who occasionally releases videogames"
There's also a part 2 of the interview, which focuses more on the company.