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Erik Wolpaw

1 year ago

Valve loses its fourth writer in two years, as Jay Pinkerton leaves the company

We tease Valve for not making games any more, what with their not making games any more, but it's really starting to look most peculiar as the company loses its fourth big-name writer in less than two years. According to a Facebook update on Jay Pinkerton's timeline, he left the company last night.

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Portal funnyman Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve

Erik Wolpaw, one of Valve's famous funnymen, has left the studio. The co-founder of cherished games site Old Man Murray is known at Valve for his writing on games like Portal, Left 4 Dead, and the Half-Lives, though Valve's mysterious free-floating structure means he may well have also served coffee, written Gabe Newell's e-mails, and bred a genetically-engineered pet fed with Steam microtransactions. We may…

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6 years ago

Feature: Of Tim Schafer And Turret Wives

Story Time With Valve’s Erik Wolpaw, Pt 2

Yesterday, you probably read the first part of my chat with Valve's Erik Wolpaw and Double Fine's Anna Kipnis. If not, it's right here- but FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY. By which I mean until the Internet ceases to exist, which, you know, could happen someday. Anyway, in today's installment, we branch out a bit from yesterday's story-centric beat. Valve's newfound love of wearable computing,…

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Feature: With A Special Double Fine Guest!

Story Time With Valve’s Erik Wolpaw, Pt 1

It all began one sunny, seemingly inauspicious afternoon in a Starbucks. It also ended there - but, you know, later. Ragged and bone-weary from three days of wading through PAX's diseased hordes, Valve's Erik Wolpaw, Double Fine's Anna Kipnis, and I huddled around one last vestige of civilized humanity: a table. Then we spent nearly an hour talking about this year's sudden upsurge in crazy-interesting…

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7 years ago

Erik Wolpaw Talks In Depth About Portal 2

A really fantastic in-depth interview with Valve's Erik Wolpaw has been posted by the NYU Game Center as part of their lecture series. During it Wolpaw plays Portal 2, talking about the process behind creating the game, the motivations behind many of the decisions, and a great deal of thought about how story and games interact. You can watch it below.

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The Remarkable Notability Of Old Man Murray

This is something special. If you saw Wednesday's article about Old Man Murray's temporary deletion from Wikipedia, you'll know that it was originally deemed "not notable" due to a lack of references. That's been fixed now, thanks to the very hard work of Wikipedia editors. (It's probably wise not to dismiss one of the greatest works of humanity over a single, dodgy admin settling personal…

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8 years ago

Gametrailers Interview Erik Wolpaw

Gametrailers have a lovely interview with Valve's Eric Wolpaw, chatting about Portal 2. They cover all the territory you've probably already encountered, accompanied by footage you've already seen, but it's succinct, and fun, discussing both the single player and co-op campaigns. And it's always entertaining to see someone encountering the "G-Man is Gordon from the future" lie for the first time.

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9 years ago

RPS Electronic Wireless Show L4D2 Special

While wandering the long, barren corridors of Valve HQ I stumbled upon Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw, the two men who a few years ago made up the members of Old Man Murray. Bundling both of them into a big sack I carried them into a room packed with buzzing PCs and forced them to join in on a podcast to discuss the release of…

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Gaming Made Me: Friends Of RPS Panelosity

Alec suggested we do Gaming Made Me - ooh - last Friday? Being RPS, we only got around to working out anything on Monday morning. It takes until Tuesday to realise how special it feels, and we should pursue it. Also, we realise that since there's only four of us, it totally means we're lacking a post for Friday. So we quickly drop a mail…

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10 years ago

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RPS Wireless Show Ep6: Erik Wolpaw Speak-O-Chat

In a very special sixth edition of the very "special" Rock, Paper, Shotgun Electronic Wireless Show, not only are all four overlords of RPS united, but also joined by a proper important guest. Mr Erik Wolpaw was lovely enough to join us in one of Valve's echoey metal rooms, so we could discuss co-op gaming memories, Left 4 Dead, and the trick behind decent voice…

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Tom Versus Bruce Erik: Battle for Middle Earth

I've linked to 1UP's reprints of the departed CGW's Tom [Chick] versus Bruce [Geryk] columns in the Sunday Papers before, but I think it's time we stuck one on the front page. In short, the idea is they plan a versus game and document their thoughts, tactics and similar. Except this time Erik-OMM/Portal/Etc/Stuff is standing in for Bruce. And these are his thoughts, tactics and…

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11 years ago

Portal Post-mortem posted

Well, a tease of it anyway. Gamasutra have posted a little of a Portal post-mortem, written by RPS-crushes Kim Swift, Erik Wolpaw and Jeep Barnett. It's taken from the January Issue of Game Developer, which can actually be bought in a PDF format for (er) money. Man, I wish people would give us money. Anyway, the two quoted sections involve the development of the game's…

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RPS Interview: Valve’s Erik Wolpaw

Erik Wolpaw is fated to only ever be refered to as "one half of Old Man Murray", rather than "co-writer of Psychonauts and writer of Portal". So today we bring you our interview with one half of Old Man Murray, Erik Wolpaw. We discuss what it's like to work for Valve, how GLaDOS came about, the role of cake in games, and, of course, why…

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