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Posts tagged “Gabe Newell”

Gabe Newell Might Have Announced Source 2, Possibly

I'm so reluctant here, but it does seem that Gabe Newell has suggested that Valve are working on a completely new version of their previously incrementally improved Source Engine. Source 2, as Newell seems to accept for a title, would rather dismiss the company's previous frustration at queries over whether such a thing might exist, formerly shaking their fists and crying, "But Source is already…

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I Suspect Gabe Newell May Not Be A Fan Of Windows 8

Like the headline says, I have something of a conspiracy theory going here. Let's review the evidence: 1) Valve has never released an official threequel. This, clearly, is because that would put it one step closer to the number eight. 2) I have never seen Windows 8 and Gabe Newell in the same room together. (This could also mean that Gabe Newell is Windows 8.) 3)…

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Et Tu, E3? Valve Not Planning Any New Announcements

[Sound of a doorbell ringing.] "Hello there! Yes, I have a delivery for you, Mr, um, Hugh Mann." "What? That can't be right. I never ordered anything." "No, no, I'm pretty sure you did. I couldn't help but notice you're having a parade out back. It's very nice. Wouldn't want anything unfortunate to happen to it." "Er, yeah. Anyway, I guess I'll sign for this so…

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Disnewell Land: Valve Re-Envisions F2P For DOTA 2

Back when DOTA was nothing more than an elaborate WarCraft III map, it used to be my way of relaxing. Sure, I wasn't some unholy whirlwind of might and magic, but it was an experience that fell somewhere on the spectrum between "pleasant" and "killing a million things." Flash forward to today: I don't really play LoL very often. It's stressful! If I can get…

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Gabe Newell Ponders “If we have to sell hardware we will”

Penny Arcade's new games journalism site (note the lack of capitalisation), the PA Report, has kicked off with an interview with Uncy Gabe of Valve's new beard. Most interviews with the newly hirsute Newell have some form of forward looking speculation about the industry, because that's the way his mind works, and Newell's take on hardware shows that the Valve hivemeind are contemplating how best…

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Less Is More: Gabe Newell On Game Pricing

There's a lot we don't understand about pricing games. But as more and more evidence pours in, the most common pattern appears to be: the less you charge, the more you make. There are so very many examples of this, from iOS pricing phenomena, to the extraordinary revenue generated by the Humble Bundle pay-what-you-want schemes. Further to this come comments from Valve's boss, Gabe Newell,…

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Gabe’s Business Plan? “Not Sucking”

Say what you like about the dangers and problems of Steam's digital distribution hegemony. Grumble about the lack of Half-Life 3. Point out that Valve are currently just making remakes. But interviews like this one remind us why Valve are where they are: "Premature monetization is the root of all evil," says Gabe. "I think not sucking is way more of an important thing to…

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Newell Says Valve Need To Bring EA Back

I mean they need to bring sexy back, too, but Electronic Arts - who have removed a bunch of games from Steam and don't intend to put Battlefield 3 on there - will have to come first, according to this article over on Develop. Valve bossking Newell reportedly said: "We really want to show there’s a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We…

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Valve “Not Giving Up On Single Player At All”

A couple of weeks ago we were speculating on what US journalist Geoff Keighley meant in his iPad-only documentary The Final Hours of Portal 2 (yes, iPad-only) (I DON'T KNOW) when he said... “Portal 2 will probably be Valve’s last game with an isolated single-player experience... What this all means is something Newell is still trying to figure out." ...and there was much wailing and…

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Gabe Newell Is Messing With Us

Something's going on in Valveland. Well, something's always going on in Valveland: these are clever, playful people. However, this time we (and other sites) appear to be a part of it. We've been sent the below two, super-cryptic images from one Mr G. Newell himself. What do they mean? They're presumably related to the ongoing potato-related ARG, so hopefully by sharing them here we can…

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Gabe Newell’s Favourite-Ever Game Is…

Well, it's a Mario game. 64, specifically. Nnng. That game is quite good, but every dev seems to say the same thing these days - or is that just me being a misery? Fortunately, at least if you're a PC gaming site, Valve boss Newell tells CVG of two other most immortally-beloved games, one of which is Doom ("made me rethink everything I thought about…

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“When Will You Release Counter-Strike 2?”

Aw, bless. I share the below video not because it gives much away in terms of when and if we'll see Counter-Strike 2 (though it's certainly not a denial, which is some kind of good news at least), but because of the charming awkwardness of Gabe Newell's reaction when asked directly in front of THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE whether Valve's evergreen man-shooter will be sequelised any…

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Gabe In Australia

Courtesy of Byteside, we have Gabe Newell's speech to the gathered Australian gamers when he met modder Joe W-A yesterday posted below. Newell talks about the importance of the PC gaming community to the creativity of the industry. We also get to hear from the modder himself, the chap behind flying Gabe and Erik to Australia in the first place, who seems kind of dumbfounded…

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Gabe Newell Suggests Public Funding For Games

Gabe Newell has offered another of his interesting ideas. How about gamers fund the development of games? Sounds odd? Well, it might be clever for a couple of reasons. Speaking to ABC's Good Game show, Newell put forth the idea that the $10 to $30 million that's traditionally invested in games could come from the audience who's likely to buy it. Investing at this stage,…

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Gabe Newell: Valve Are Very Rich. It’s Awesome.

Well, that's what you get reading between the lines of Gabe Newell's keynote at this year's DICE Summit, which featured the Valve boss speaking about his company's experience with Steam and how digital-download direct sales are an enormous success. G4 liveblogged the event in loving detail while Gamasutra did an overview of the whole thing. I'd read the whole G4 thing if I were you,…

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Google To Buy Valve? – Update

We asked Valve to comment on the rumour, and received a succinct reply: "Which is all it is... a rumor." Can it really be true that Google are about to buy Valve? So goes the rumour that's currently setting the internet alight. A rumour we look on with dubiously raised eyebrows and possible scorn. Yeah, right. Very happy to be proved wrong. But we'll see.…

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Steamworks & Steam Cloud – In Summary

Valve has announced Steamcloud. That's the headline that should be at the top, I suppose. That will be the headline on all the gaming sites that respond to today's news. A new system for storing player data, from save games to keyboard configurations, on Steam is a brilliant idea. Your games are now available on any PC, and you can play exactly where you left…

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Zero Punctuation in Another Nation (USA)

It's not just Walker who's had a chance to fawn over Gabe Newell. Taking a break from eviscerating Clive Barker's Jericho, Yahtzee has been off for an audience with Valve. And he's written a travelogue of his escapades over at The Escapist. And here's a picture of him with Gabe Newell. Yahtzee is the one in the hat and Gabe Newell is the one who…

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RPS Exclusive: Gabe Newell Interview

In our exclusive conversation with Gabe Newell, we discuss the nature of Valve as a company - its ethos and potential, the real reason Gabe hired the Portal team, the vision for Steam, and indeed all online distribution, have every game ever available to download, Gabe's beginnings with id, and how Valve was very nearly called Rhino Scar. At any other games developer, Gabe Newell…

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