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Gabe Newell steps up to the mic in new Dota 2 voice pack

With over $25 million (£19m) now in the prize pool for Dota 2's The International tournament, Valve need a certain level of hype and energy to match that. Enter Gabe Newell, the softly-spoken CEO, knife-collecting uncle, and megacorp mascot. A new voice pack for Dota 2 has Newell deadpan through announcing large numbers of murders, delivering lines including "Megakill", "Monsterkill", "More than two kills but…

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Shanghai Major: Why Did Valve Fire Dota 2 Host James?

Where to start with the Shanghai Major right now? I've been trying to pull some thoughts together after the firings and the Reddit threads and the statement from Gabe Newell over the weekend but perhaps it's better to just run through the basic timeline for the Major's major Dota 2 [official site] drama and just explain what the heck is going on:

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Gabe Newell Now Stomping And Stabbing All Over Crawl

Oh yes, yes, Gabe Newell's in Crawl [official site] now but mercy me the Internet's obsession with him doesn't need any more stoking. Besides, the latest patch for on 3v1 compoerative (I coined that term, you can't steal it) dungeon crawler's journey through Steam Early Access also added a new Mini Beam Eye Bat evolution. Eye Bats! Boo! All the kids are in on hot…

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Crawl Turns Gabe Newell Into The Enemy Boss From Hell

There's the Mona Lisa and there's the Venus de Milo, and then there's this beauty. The kindly Australians of indie outfit Powerhoof have turned Valve's very own high priest Gabe Newell into an enemy boss for their asymmetrical dungeon crawler Crawl [official site]. Take a look at this thing, in all the technicolour glory of an animated gif.

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Hatred Has Returned To Steam Greenlight

Yesterday, Hatred was removed from Steam Greenlight. Despite having more than 13,000 votes and being the seventh ranked game of 2,000+, the isometric killing spree simulator had its page removed and Valve told the developers, "based on what we see on Greenlight we would not publish Hatred on Steam. As such we’ll be taking it down." Now it's back and developers Destructive Creations have posted…

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Gabe Newell Dishes On Source 2, HL3 VR, More In AMA

It's finally happened. Gabe Newell broke his nigh-mythical cone of silence to take part in a long-promised Reddit AMA, and the results were... illuminating. Ish. Newell is not the most talkative man, but he is a fairly straight shooter. The whole thing's a fascinating read, though truly "newsworthy" (whatever that even means any more) bits were scarce. But hey, if you'd like to know laughably…

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Gabe Newell Responds To Valve Anti-Cheat Spying Rumours

A few days ago, a rumour appeared on Reddit that Valve Anti-Cheat, the software Valve use to crush aimbots and wallhacks across their games, was spying on people's DNS cache and sending that information home. In other words, the Seattle game developer was watching every website you ever visited. It was only a rumour, and an unlikely one, but Gabe Newell appeared on Reddit last…

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Parts & Labour: Car Mechanic Simulator 2014 Demo

A brief history of my car maintenance attempts: 1) Reinserting a loose spark plug cable by hand, then driving 80 miles. This caused one of the engine's valves to meet its maker with such ferocity that the exhaust partially detached while the vehicle was in motion. Apparently, at least. It could have been a double-whammy of coincidence/ineptitude. 2) Topping up the engine oil but forgetting…

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Clint Hocking Leaves Valve, Newell Discusses Sequels

Clint Hocking, he of Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Far Cry 2, has departed from Valve after eighteen months working as a something or other designer and level designer. Meanwhile, Gabe Newell has been talking to noted videogame blog The Washington Post about the company's structure and strategy. Observant readers will notice that this post contains two pieces of Valve news but not a shred…

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Gabe Says Valve’s Business Grew “50%” In The Last Year

This is kind of cool. When Gabe Newell accepted his BAFTA fellowship last week, he crowd-sourced his speech in the Valve offices. All he received was sarcastic responses, which he then told to the audience. He was then interviewed backstage, and without the yoke of his cruel workmates he dropped a few amazing stats. The first one is that Valve's business grew massively in the…

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Valve Say No Projects Canned, Refuse To Discuss Layoffs

Gabe Newell has told Engadget that, despite the speculation (including our own) that a hardware project may have been cancelled, that Valve haven't cancelled any ongoing projects at all, and that's the the reason behind their having let some staff go. He added, "We're not going to discuss why anyone in particular is or isn't working here."

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Future Imperfect: Valve Still Not Sold On Cloud Gaming

One day, children will gaze up at the sky and fully believe its cottony bounties were named after hyper-sophisticated streaming data networks. I plan on being dead by then, so that's good. But, at least in the short term, Gabe Newell's not so sure. Yes, there are some fairly functional examples already up and running, but Newell believes they're far from optimal. Here's the real…

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Feature: "It's all about this illusion of freewill"

D.I.C.E. 2013: Newell Vs Abrams – FIGHT!

Some people talk. You know, with tongues and barbaric throat gurgles. Like peasants. But those people haven't conquered entire entertainment industries using titanic minds and the world's supply of lens flare alone. So naturally, Gabe Newell and JJ Abrams' verbal sparring match drew a bit more attention than the average bout of watercooler small talk. Also, it helps when the conversation involves the formation of…

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Worlds Collide: Valve And JJ Abrams Working On Movie

I'm off in the strange, far-away land of Las Vegas right now, and I just got done watching Gabe Newell and JJ "Warring Trek of the Stars" Abrams chat each other up on stage. I'll have more from the talk for you soon, but here's the big take-away: Valve and Abrams are officially collaborating. "What we're actually doing here," Newell said at the talk's conclusion,…

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Gabe Newell On Removing Valve From Steam

The news-owls at VG247 spotted that there's a video (below) of Gabe Newell's recent talk at the University of Texas. In it he covers a wide range of issues relating to games, and particularly to Steam - discussing things such as the market for Team Fortress 2 hats. But what is perhaps most remarkable is that around 44 minutes, he talks about the problem of…

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Gabe Opens Up About Valve’s Own Biometric Steam Box

The Steam Box drama is now reaching soap-opera-esque levels. First, Xi3 announced that it's partnered with Valve to birth a bouncing baby space grapefruit, then Valve noted that plenty of other prototypes are waiting in the wings, and now Gabe Newell's emerged from the shadows to chat up Valve's own Linux-powered, biometrically-controlled Steam Box. What's next, I ask you? Will we discover that Half-Life 2:…

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Gabe Newell Discusses Hardware Plans, ‘Packaged’ PCs

Important post-weekend question. While speaking to Kotaku at the VGAs this weekend, did Gabe Newell: A) Confirm that Half Life 3 will be a Wii U exclusive. B) Reveal Valve's plans to release a Steam Box that will replace desktop PCs entirely and force us all to sit on a couch for the rest of our lives. C) Request 'a little off the top', mistakenly…

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