• The "I EMAILED SOMEBODY AT VALVE!" thread, post your questions and replies here
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[QUOTE=Jericho_Rus;34054292]I just asked [email]frontdesk@valvesoftware.com[/email] if they could sign the posters I'm buying. He said yes but they're being shipped from an offsite location therefore I needed to send them the posters. It's been two months since the posters got there and they're not here yet and they aren't responding to my emails. :([/QUOTE] Wait another month. 3 months seems to be the magic number.
A couple of conversations I had with Mike Morasky. This is a reply to a question I had about the different versions of "Reconstructing Science": [QUOTE]Hello. I've been comparing "Reconstructing More Science" from Volume 3 to the original Portal 2 trailer, the E3 2010 fan-recorded loop of "Reconstructing Science" on Youtube, and the "Micro Mix" of "Reconstructing Science" released prior to Portal 2's release, and to my ears, it sounds like there's two different mixes of this track. "Reconstructing More Science" sounds like an extended/complete version of the Portal 2 teaser audio, while the "Micro Mix" and E3 2010 recording sound like a sped-up, higher tempo looping version with certain sections downplayed or mixed differently than what's on Volume 3. Does this, in fact, mean that there are two different, similar but distinct, versions of this song floating around? If so, would you be willing to release the faster-tempo version? The game's text files also indicate "Reconstructing Science" was supposed to be one of the ending tracks, fitting in somewhere around "Want You Gone." Was this any particular version? Thank you for your time, and for releasing a stand-alone version of the Portal 2 soundtrack.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE]Hi [En Ex], Very observant. I believe that there are currently actually 4 publicly "available" versions total and 1 that's not been publicly released. - original e3 (nano) mix - e3 booth mix (micro), yes faster, sparser - special mix for portal2 ARG version of "audio surf" - volume 3 "more" version - there were 2 "audio surf arg" versions from which they selected 1, so there's another one somewhere that's unreleased. Yes, originally the credits went longer than "want you gone" so we had a short version of "reconstructing" following it (in a filmic fashion) but decided that the callback video worked better if we sped up the credits and went straight to the video instead. I don't believe it was a unique version of "reconstructing". If it makes some sort of sense to release all the versions at some point, I don't see why we wouldn't. No promises though. If we come up with an excuse[/QUOTE] This reply answers a question I had about "Archimedes." Just to clarify, Mike got me confused with someone else in this email. I did not actually visit Valve. [QUOTE]Hello. Thanks for putting "Archimedes" in TF2. My question is, is it a remix of "A Little Heart to Heart" you decided to make for fun, or was it an alternate version of "A Little Heart to Heart" that went unused for Meet the Medic? Thanks for your time.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE]Hi [En Ex], I'm glad you liked it. I wasn't able to be there for your visit so I thought I'd contribute in my own way. The piece was actually a combination of the two. I originally planned to have the opening music to "A Little Heart to Heart" be a bit more involved like in "Archimedes", so I did some versions with all the extra improvisation and more complex lines at the same time I did the simple versions. I liked the way the players were working together so I worked with them to come up with a scheme to do a much longer version of just that section to potentially put in the menu (which I now try to do with every piece if I have the time). I ended up using a simple version for the video and I had forgotten I had that longer more complex version until I heard you were visiting and that you were a big TF2 fan. I then went and dug it out.. edited it a little bit and voila, there you go. So yes, it's a long version of the unused alternate opening to "A Little Heart to Heart" that I did for fun. thanks for writing, mike[/QUOTE]
I asked Gabe 3 - 4 months ago, if they can send me an autograph. They replied real fast asking about my adress, but i still haven't got anything. How long does it take? Maybe it takes so long, because i live in germany. Should I ask about it?
I already got gabe's signature, should i ask for moar? :O i dont want to seem like a needy fuck to them.
[QUOTE=Region;34060520]I already got gabe's signature, should i ask for moar? :O i dont want to seem like a needy fuck to them.[/QUOTE] I think asking once is enough, they might think you're greedy ;) Also, once I get my engineering firm up and running, I'm totally making a life-size hunter for them (animatronic of course).
[QUOTE=ewitwins;34060900]I think asking once is enough, they might think you're greedy ;) Also, once I get my engineering firm up and running, I'm totally making a life-size hunter for them (animatronic of course).[/QUOTE] Yah that's what i thought. I don't want to piss them off. One signature is enough.
Waiting for my signed snack bar item... I hope they didn't forget about me. :v: I'll give them another 3 months.
[QUOTE=En Ex;34058898]A couple of conversations I had with Mike Morasky. -snip-[/QUOTE] I just want to point out something that impressed me about Mike's replies to you. He said: "I ended up using a simple version for the video and I had forgotten I had that longer more complex version until I heard you were visiting and that you were a big TF2 fan. I then went and dug it out.. edited it a little bit and voila, there you go." That's just plain awesome that he'd do that for just one fan. Total Respect!
[QUOTE=Chaotic Lord;34067492]Waiting for my signed snack bar item... I hope they didn't forget about me. :v: I'll give them another 3 months.[/QUOTE] The food is gonna be stale by the time it gets to you...
So... I sent a mail to Valve. 19 hours later: An answer. ^^ (There's some spoilers in this mail!) [url]http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k425/LuigiBlood/ValveMail1.png[/url] (My mail) [url]http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k425/LuigiBlood/ValveMail2.png[/url] (Mike's Answer) This made my day.
[QUOTE=.FLAP.JACK.DAN.;34072500]The food is gonna be stale by the time it gets to you...[/QUOTE] I don't plan on eating it! :v:
Check the mail today. Sees package with my name on it. Instant orgasm. I got an awesome Portal Battlemat (giant gaming mousepad) with their signatures! It's got the wall mural of the "Angel took the cube away." on it. =D Funny thing is, I've actually needed a mouse pad for a while. Thanks Joel and Valve! [editline]7th January 2012[/editline] Joel just identified two of the Signatures, I could identify most, including his. The two of them he identified are Gabe (EEEEEEEEEE) and Christina Engel. :D
[QUOTE=Deremix;34088299]Check the mail today. Sees package with my name on it. Instant orgasm. I got an awesome Portal Battlemat (giant gaming mousepad) with their signatures! It's got the wall mural of the "Angel took the cube away." on it. =D Funny thing is, I've actually needed a mouse pad for a while. Thanks Joel and Valve! [editline]7th January 2012[/editline] Joel just identified two of the Signatures, I could identify most, including his. The two of them he identified are Gabe (EEEEEEEEEE) and Christina Engel. :D[/QUOTE] Could you post a picture! :dance:
[QUOTE=Sokrates;34128675]Could you post a picture! :dance:[/QUOTE] I'll try to, but I don't have a scanner or camera. I'll try and get a scanner though.
" -----Original Message----- From: ********************** Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:55 PM To: Gabe Newell Subject: [Contact Form] Valve's Stance on SOPA and PIPA Dear Mr. Newell As I am sure you may know, the United States Congress is to debate the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) on January 24th, 2012. Most of the entertainment industry has supported these bills, including numerous large games companies, and we know Valve has experienced piracy of their content before, but given Gabe’s recent statements about online piracy in video games it leads to a sense of uncertainty as to the company’s official position. Does Valve support SOPA and PIPA? Sincerely -A Concerned Citizen Message sent via contact form at [url]http://www.valvesoftware.com/email.php[/url] Senders IP address: *************************** Gabe Newell [email]gaben@valvesoftware.com[/email] 10:19 PM (1 hour ago) Nope. " So that's a relief.
I love how he replies with one word and a fullstop.
[QUOTE=tostopagaben;34176744]I love how he replies with one word and a fullstop.[/QUOTE] I was half expecting "nope.avi"
So how many emails do you think they reply to out of the tons they get? I have a slight concern I'd like to ask someone about but I'm unsure of how to get my foot in the door with all the other people trying at the same time.
I'd say roughly 1/50 that get past the spam/retard filter.
not my email but for people wondering about valve's stance on sopa [IMG]http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/9826/gabeh.png[/IMG]
[QUOTE=Raijin;34198802]I'd say roughly 1/50 that get past the spam/retard filter.[/QUOTE] That's not good... My "concern" must sound really dumb to anyone other than me as well, so I don't have high hopes now. :(
[QUOTE=Spacewolf;34203556]That's not good... My "concern" must sound really dumb to anyone other than me as well, so I don't have high hopes now. :([/QUOTE] Who you email depends on your concern. If it's music, for example, Mike Morasky is your best bet. If it's Half-Life, Marc Laidlaw. And if it's [URL="http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1155219"]knives[/URL]...
It's TF2 related.
My guess would be to email Robin Walker.
It's been, like, 8 months now. No response from anyone at Valve, that's it. My games are gone. I've emailed Gabe several times, why would Valve do this to me? After what a big fan I've been, all the good things I've said, all their games I've purchased... why would they just keep them and ignore me? Feels terrible, man.
[QUOTE=HerSilverHammer;34217781]It's been, like, 8 months now. No response from anyone at Valve, that's it. My games are gone. I've emailed Gabe several times, why would Valve do this to me? After what a big fan I've been, all the good things I've said, all their games I've purchased... why would they just keep them and ignore me? Feels terrible, man.[/QUOTE] Have you emailed the Front Desk? Hope you get them back.
[QUOTE=HerSilverHammer;34217781]It's been, like, 8 months now. No response from anyone at Valve, that's it. My games are gone. I've emailed Gabe several times, why would Valve do this to me? After what a big fan I've been, all the good things I've said, all their games I've purchased... why would they just keep them and ignore me? Feels terrible, man.[/QUOTE] I know that feel bro. I waited several months before [email]FrontDesk@Valvesoftware.com[/email] emailed me and said "Well, I just sent your posters."
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[QUOTE=Chaotic Lord;34217565]My guess would be to email Robin Walker.[/QUOTE] I've tried that in the past with no luck.
[QUOTE=Spacewolf;34231731]I've tried that in the past with no luck.[/QUOTE] Try again. I'd imagine he gets a number of emails so he might have missed yours.
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