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Gabe Newell AMA

Gabe Newell defends paid mods against the fury of an angry Internet

Brace yourselves, the downvotes are coming
Apr 25
// Alissa McAloon
The PC gaming community has been up in arms ever since Valve announced a few days ago that the Skyrim Steam Workshop would start allowing modders to charge money for previously free user-created mods. To the surprise of absol...
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Gabe Newell punches his way into indie game

Newell is an ultra powerful boss
Apr 13
// Laura Kate Dale
News revealed on April Fools is always difficult to know how to treat. Do you waste time verifying it? Do you assume everything's a hoax regardless of proof? Do you just wait it out and see if the news still has updates in th...
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Break out the party hats, it's Gabe Newell's birthday!

Or put on your horsie head
Nov 03
// Brett Makedonski
How does a man that has the universal respect of the Internet celebrate his birthday? Does he announce Half-Life 3? Does he throw a spectacular Steam sale? No, he probably just keeps watching you.
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Is Gabe Newell watching you?

Jul 23
// Brett Makedonski
Is he? IS HE? This link's a bit old, but it's never too late for a jaunty tune that asks the important questions. Gabe Newell

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Valve's Gabe Newell did an Ask Me Anything

'GabeN, what are your specs? Well, I'm a handsome man with a charming personality'
Mar 05
// Jordan Devore
After a false start, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell took to reddit for an Ask Me Anything alongside several other Valve employees. While nothing too revelatory was said, Newell did comment on the upcoming Source 2 engine and it...

Don't worry, Valve isn't looking at your porn history

Gabe Newell address Valve's Anti-Cheat system
Feb 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Valve and the PC gaming savior Gabe Newell took to reddit to address the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system. Specifically, the CEO reassured Steam users that they are not accessing your browsing history. The company usually doesn'...
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Goodbye Greenlight?

Gabe Newell wants 'to make Greenlight go away'

Sit back and wave at the Greenlight
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
There has been a wealth of news from Steam Developer Days as freewheeling game makers tweet like fiends. There's the Steam Controller redesign, Valve wanting music and video services for SteamOS, 75 million active users on St...

Why people hate Electronic Arts

Apr 22 // Vito Gesualdi
Lack of creativity Electronic Arts is terribly afraid of the word "creativity." Being creative means taking risks, trying things which haven’t been tried before. EA, meanwhile, prefers to release the same game as many times as possible, seeing just how much money they can milk out of a franchise before the public realizes they probably don’t need the “Extreme Farming” expansion for The Sims.  I've said it before, but this is still the stupidest thing ever. For a good example of how shameless Electronic Arts is about their lack of original ideas, look no further than Goldeneye: Rogue Agent. After snatching the Bond license away from Rare and churning out an endless procession of uninspired shooters, EA finally decided to just try and trick people into thinking they'd crafted a sequel to the N64 hit. The game wasn’t even based on the movie Goldeneye, it was about a dude with an actual golden eye, which makes literally no sense whatsoever.  Worst of all, EA doesn't even have the decency to recognize when they've published another uninspired piece of crap. Medal of Honor: Warfighter was universally panned by critics, though rather than recognize their failure and learn from it, EA execs decided to loudly whine about how unfair the scores were. Is there anything more pathetic than a bunch of filthy rich executives crying because reviewers judged their game based on its merits rather than its gigantic marketing budget? Buying out the competition As established, EA hates coming up with new ideas, and nowhere is this more apparent than their massive lineup of cookie-cutter sports titles. Of course, who can really fault them for taking advantage of those knuckle-dragging cretins who are happy to pay $60 for the exact same game they bought last year? Look at how excited John Madden is about his royalty check.  That being said, it’s pretty pathetic to see how terrified EA is of their competition, likely aware that any developer with even a sliver of respect for the customer could easily blow their half-assed efforts out of the water. That’s exactly what happened in the case of Sega’s NFL 2K5, a game which was not only hailed as one of the best football games of all time, but actually sold for $10 less than EA’s latest lazy installment in the Madden franchise. Sweating profusely as they considered the idea of actually having to work for their consumer's money, the EA execs frantically called up their chums at the NFL, negotiating an exclusive contract and killing off any competing NFL game series, including NFL 2K and NFL Blitz.  Of course, Electronic Arts themselves actually brought back the NFL Blitz franchise in 2012, which is pretty disgusting when you think about it. It’s one thing to commit murder, it’s another to reanimate your victim's corpse and force it to dance for nickels.  Treating workers like Slave Labor You might argue that EA can’t be faulted simply for being good at business, and I’ll be the first to admit I’ve got nothing against good old fashioned capitalism. Problem is, Electronic Arts is a little too old fashioned, the company clearly pining for the days when where treating your workers like slaves was just par for the course. Ah, the good ol' days. See, in America we have something called “overtime law,” where any employee working in excess of forty hours in a week get paid at 1.5 times their normal rate for those additional hours. It’s supposed to encourage companies to hire additional workers, rather than simply hiring a burly guy with a whip to provide encouragement. Somehow though, EA never got the memo about not forcing your programmers to work like sweatshop laborers. In 2004, Erin Hoffman, the so-called “EA Spouse,” posted a scathing expose on how the electronic giant had treated her husband and other employees, forcing them to work as many at 84 hours a week  without any overtime compensation. Her speaking out led to three separate class-action lawsuits being filed against EA, the software giant forced to shelve their plans for motivational shock-collars. Beatings will continue until morale improves. Ruining companies In the 90s Electronic Arts set about buying up every awesome PC developer they could find, with the hopes of working with these talented studios to create great software values for the consumer... Wait, that’s wrong. What EA actually wanted was to buy up a bunch of already popular franchises, then force the developers to release an endless stream of crappy bug-laden sequels. Remember the biblical story of Abraham, who was commanded by god to take his son Issac up to a mountain and stab the kid with the first sharp rock he could find? It was kind of like that, except Issac was the Command and Conquer series and Electronic Arts wasn't kidding around about the “murder your child” decree.    C'mon Abraham, just ship Ultima IX. Who cares if it sucks? Not that EA cared as they helped run studios like Westwood and Origin into the ground. Once the studios were no longer profitable, they simply fired everybody and pocketed whatever cash they'd made. Everybody wins, except of course for those developers who were forced to stab their most-beloved creations to death.  Poor Richard Garriott. I hope he's happy now that he lives in space. Shamless Money-grubbing Though most publishers these days have resorted to a variety of tactics to earn some additional cash, Electronic Arts is perhaps the most shameless about these practices, eagerly trying to squeeze every possible dollar out of your wallet. Countless hours of login screen fun. Downloadable content - You can be sure every EA release will come loaded with it, much of which probably should’ve been included in the retail release.  Used games - Sorry buddy. If you want to play with your friends, you’re gonna need this ridiculous online pass.  Micro-transactions - Because your favorite video games are made better when you're constantly being asked to feed them quarters Digital-rights management - EA promises to make sure that playing the game you bought is as frustrating as possible, either loading your computer up with DRM software, or forcing you to wait weeks for them to fix the servers before you can actually play that copy of SimCity you bought. See, the reason gamers love companies like Valve, is because Valve makes it clear they loves the consumer. Gabe Newell has proven you don’t have to constantly shit all over your customers just to turn a profit. Every time I buy a game on Steam, I feel like I’m supporting a company which actually cares about me as a customer. With Electronic Arts, I get the feeling my money is being used to purchase orphaned children, whose souls are used to power EA's massive fear engine, gradually opening the portal to the hellish nightmare realm where their demonic overlords plot the total enslavement of humanity. Call it a hunch. Non-Existent Customer Service It’s interesting to see how different companies approach the issue of customer service. Many retailers hold by the old adage “the customer is always right,” going out of their way to please every patron. Electronic Arts goes by the motto "we hate you, give us your money," something which has unsurprisingly earned them few fans. Hi! How can we make your life miserable today?  EA's inability to care about their consumers was less of a problem back in the retail days, though the move towards digital downloads has forced people to deal with Origin's incompetent customer service reps. Got charged twice for Battlefield 3? That's a banning. An opponent swore at you during a game session? That's another banning. You pre-ordered Command & Conquer: Generals 2 before it got announced as free-to-play and now need a refund? Sorry bro, better luck next time. The recent SimCity debacle was excellent evidence of how little Electronic Arts cares about their customers. When you sell somebody a $60 product that doesn’t work, the right thing to do is offer them a refund. However, the idea of swimming in a slightly smaller money pool was enough to send EA executives to tears. No refunds for anybody, though you do get a free copy of whatever game EA calculated would least affect their bottom line. So, Electronic Arts has established the precedent that they are allowed to sell you something that doesn’t work, then refuse to give you back your money, and potentially ban you for complaining about it. If that’s not enough cause to cancel your Battlefield 4 pre-order, I don’t know what is. Preorder your inexplicable Origin banning today! In summary, Electronic Arts is like most American companies, their blind greedy love of money resulting in a terrible experience for the consumer. Though we can't argue that they put out some great games now and again, it's their crappy business practices which are the problem. The Worst Company in America? Maybe not, but they're definitely working hard to keep the title.  
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Worst company in America? You decide.
It wasn't much of a surprise when Electronic Arts was recently voted the Worst Company in America by readers of Consumerist for the second year in a row. Though the game publisher's sins are arguably less substantial than tho...

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Newell at the BAFTAs

Valve saw a 50 percent increase in business last year

Newell speaks out at the BAFTAs
Mar 15
// Brett Makedonski
Gabe Newell received a fellowship at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, and took the opportunity to reveal that Valve's business was up 50 percent last year. "I think in the last year our bu...
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Xi3 CEO says Valve asked him to build the Piston console

'So Gabe, it's up to you. The ball is in your court'
Mar 12
// Allistair Pinsof
Valve distanced themselves from Xi3's Piston via a public statement that came after an announcement that the Steam-ready console would cost $1,000. Now, Xi3's CEO says Valve asked him to build the Piston and that Gabe Newell ...
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Steam Box

Steam Box controller may measure your 'arousal'

Prototypes to be sent out in '3-4 months'
Mar 05
// Patrick Hancock
BBC recently got a chance to talk to Gabe Newell about the upcoming Steam Box, Valve's upcoming attempt to bring the Steam platform into the living room. Mr. Newell mentioned that a big hurdle at the moment is deciding on the...

Gabe Newell to be honored with BAFTA fellowship

Valve boss having a great year
Feb 25
// Dale North
Valve boss Gabe Newell was just inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame last month, and now he's up to be honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts next month. BAFTA's Fellowship is the highest accolade they best...

Gabe Newell is a skeptic of cloud gaming

Face, cloud gaming
Feb 07
// Dale North
Valve's Gabe Newell gave us his thoughts on cloud gaming this morning at his D.I.C.E. Summit keynote, saying that he's a skeptic of the technology. While he backs in-home streaming as a solution for getting PC games on living...

Half-life & Portal films are happening, J.J. Abrams says

"As real as anything in Hollywood ever gets"
Feb 06
// Allistair Pinsof
Director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Valve are cooperating on film adaptations of Half-Life and Portal, with early ideas already being tossed around Hollywood. Abrams also dropped hints that a game collaboration might be in d...
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The future of Steam and more in Newell's Reflections talk

Highlights from 'Reflections of a Video Game Maker'
Feb 02
// Jordan Devore
We already covered one major breakout from Gabe Newell's talk at The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, which was that the top earner made $500,000 in a single year through the sa...
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That's our Gaben

Gabe Newell will sign your horse mask, and then put it on

See the footage, complete with a Half-Life 3 'reference' and everything
Jan 31
// Jordan Devore
Don't let anyone say that Gabe Newell isn't a man of the people. After speaking to students at The University of Texas at Austin, which is where his quote about Apple being competition for the PC industry in the living room ...
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Steam Box

Gabe Newell says Apple is Steam Box's biggest threat

Not those console thingies
Jan 30
// Patrick Hancock
During a lecture at the University of Texas, Gabe Newell mentioned that the Steam Box's biggest threat isn't the home consoles, but instead Apple. The biggest challenge, I don't think is from the consoles. I think the bigges...

J.J. Abrams, Gabe Newell team for D.I.C.E. 2013 keynote

Jan 28
// Dale North
Television writer, director, producer, and all-around bad ass J.J. Abrams, and Valve boss Gabe Newell, will team up to host the opening keynote at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit on February 6 in Las Vegas. The two media powerhouses...

CES: Gabe Newell shares some info on Valve's Steam Box

The future of PC gaming
Jan 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Verge got a chance to sit down with Gabe Newell at CES this week and finally shed some light on the much talked about Steam Box. On top of partnering with multiple companies to create Steam optimized PCs, Valve themselves...
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Steam Box

Valve's Steam Box will use Linux, debuting this year

Expect more news at GDC or E3
Jan 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Valve's electronics engineer Ben Krasnow reportedly gave a talk at the EHSM 2012 conference in Berlin recently where he gave out new details on Valve's Steam Box. According to German tech site, Ben told the audience ...

Gabe Newell to be inducted into AIAS Hall of Fame

Newell a keynote speaker for D.I.C.E. 2013
Nov 15
// Dale North
My man. Gabe. If I could only fistbump you right now. Or at least stroke your sparkly beard. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced that Gabe Newell, the president of Valve and our savior, will be induct...

The DTOID Show: Mass Effect 4, Source 2, & Adam Sessler

Plus: Stop cursing on the cyberwebs, CoDBloppers!
Nov 12
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! We're back with another steaming pile of gaming news for your brain-holes! A new Mass Effect game is in the works, and the exciting part is that it's gonna be running Frostbite 2. Black Ops II comes out tomorro...

ESA raises $800,000 at 15th annual Nite to Unite

2013 beneficiaries announced
Oct 29
// Dale North
The Entertainment Software Association Foundation raked in $822,000 at its 15th annual Nite to Unite for Kids game industry black tie event this past October 18 in San Francisco. These funds go into ESAF's grant and scholarsh...

EA's Facebook page trolled with hentai, Gabe Newell pics

Social Netwanking
Sep 12
// Jim Sterling
Corporations are allowed to get away with a lot of dubious behavior, but in an age of social networking, they would do well to be a bit more careful about pissing off a vocal demographic. EA, this year's biggest public enemy ...

Gabe Newell brands Windows 8 a 'catastrophe'

Jul 25
// Alasdair Duncan
Ouch. Whilst I haven't had a hands-on with Microsoft's upcoming OS, Gabe Newell was brutally honest when asked about his feelings on Windows 8 at an annual videogame conference in Seattle. Making a rare public appearance at C...

Game dev lookalikes do battle with the 'Guverman'

Mar 22
// Tony Ponce
The trio of king3vbo, Analoge, and Cutie Honey is back with a brand new episode of Gaming Gurus in the Ghetto, a show about Gabe Newell, Tim Schafer, and Hideo Kojima that you wouldn't believe does not actually star the real...

GDC: The mystery behind the Gabe Newell pictures solved!

Mar 08
// Alex Rubens
[Freelancer Alex Rubens tracked down the man who plastered Gabe Newell's face all over downtown San Francisco this past week during the Game Developers Conference. For journalism!] After mysterious pictures of Gabe Newell&rsq...

GDC: Someone put up pictures of Gabe Newell EVERYWHERE

Mar 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Dale North, Steven Hansen and I just got finished at the Game Developers Conference today here in San Francisco and on the way home we happened across a picture of Gabe Newell's face at the corner of 4th and Howard St. We got...

These Dtoiders are dead ringers for famous game devs

Feb 14
// Tony Ponce
I started watching this video and pulled a double take because I could swear I was actually looking at Gabe Newell, Tim Schafer, and Hideo Kojima in a new YouTube sitcom! What you see is an all-star cast of Destructoid commu...

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