• The "I EMAILED SOMEBODY AT VALVE!" thread, post your questions and replies here
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Aw man. I'm going to feel like crap if I don't like what they send me. I can't lie to myself. I think I'm just going to buy it instead. because messaging them going "Can I have ____ for free." is kind of.. weird.
Fun fact: Mary's favorite animal is the Dolphin.
Here's how the tour went down. We first chatted with the two receptionist/HR people, who were both extremely chatty and friendly. First, we saw Gabe's knife collection. It was pretty big, with a couple knives from special people, like Locke's knife which JJ Abrams gave Gabe. The guy who was giving us the tour worked for a knife shop, and Gabe, a frequenter at the shop, hired him. There was a wall devoted to fan stuff: Postcards, posters, letters, and birthday cards for Gabe. We then walked over towards the IT portion of the floor, and Mike Blaszczak made a sudden appearance and gave us a tour of the local sever room. Their servers are running Windows 7 from what I saw on the connected LCD screen. We then toured the game rooms. They do not have cubicles, but computers/desks on wheels which each person is assigned, and they can move them around to different potions of the building to work on whatever project they want at whatever time. There were a ton of people in the TF2 room, and many jokes about hats were had. Apparently when the hat economy started occurring, they brought in a economist from Greece to chat about their microeconomy they created. We walked briefly past the Counter Strike area, and all I could see was someone designing the main menu screen and some code. I tried to pry about Episode 3, but he laughed and stated the current games that were out and publicly released. Another person on the tour, someone from /v/, was very happy with how he worded it and looked like he caught something I didn't. The rest of the tour was basically talking about the working structure of the company, how they have no bosses, and their food is all free. They ended the tour with giving us all goodie bags, which consisted of DOTA 2 keys, a portal 2 shirt, plush companion cube, a Scout key-chain, and a neat Aperture Science water bottle. We chatted for a bit about how to get into technology carriers (Make something cool, prove your worth to the company), and small talk.
[QUOTE=Chezhead;35534537]DOTA 2 keys.[/QUOTE] If you don't want your key, I'll take it. :v:
[QUOTE=Chaotic Lord;35535141]If you don't want your key, I'll take it. :v:[/QUOTE] My family (father, mother, me, lil' sister) did the tour with me, and I don't think my sister or father would really want the keys (after they described it to my mother, she said she would try it because it sounded like a puzzle game). I'll probably give you one.
Could I have your dads one if he didn't want it? :v:
Added on to my package to Valve (I have to get around to sending it) It now includes: -3 hats (1 pepsi, 1 7up, 1 Lipton) -handwritten note -a small glass tiger -a notecard that reads: [QUOTE]HL2:EP3 for me? Check one. []Yes! [] NO.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Chezhead;35535718]My family (father, mother, me, lil' sister) did the tour with me, and I don't think my sister or father would really want the keys (after they described it to my mother, she said she would try it because it sounded like a puzzle game). I'll probably give you one.[/QUOTE] Coolio
Send a finger to them and say if they don't release it you'll cut off more of your fingers and eventually you won't be able to play games anymore and they will have lost a fan. [editline]12th April 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Chezhead;35535718]My family (father, mother, me, lil' sister) did the tour with me, and I don't think my sister or father would really want the keys (after they described it to my mother, she said she would try it because it sounded like a puzzle game). I'll probably give you one.[/QUOTE] Do you have to make an appointment or can you just show up?
[QUOTE=Errorproxy;35536133]Send a finger to them and say if they don't release it you'll cut off more of your fingers and eventually you won't be able to play games anymore and they will have lost a fan.[/QUOTE] Anyone want to offer me their fingers?
I drew a cat and sent it to the frontdesk, i hope they like it [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/SnRfr.png [/IMG]
[QUOTE=Luafox;35539815]I drew a cat and sent it to the frontdesk, i hope they like it[/QUOTE] You should draw her a dolphin. Marys love dolphins.
So I got a reply from Mary and replied back with my address and information yesterday. I didn't get a new reply after that, should I be worried? :I :suicide: I'm a fool.
[QUOTE=Frying Dutchman;35544027]So I got a reply from Mary and replied back with my address and information yesterday. I didn't get a new reply after that, should I be worried? :I [/QUOTE] Nope.
[QUOTE=En Ex;35540905]You should draw her a dolphin. Marys love dolphins.[/QUOTE] but i named the cat Purrkins
[QUOTE=Errorproxy;35536133] Do you have to make an appointment or can you just show up?[/QUOTE] Just email the front desk telling them what days you would be available to take a tour, and they'll say what time and the address of the place. The office is actually a bit secret and has no outside sign or such saying where it is. The building's directory does not even list it, so you need to go through them.
[QUOTE=Chezhead;35546150]Just email the front desk telling them what days you would be available to take a tour, and they'll say what time and the address of the place. The office is actually a bit secret and has no outside sign or such saying where it is. The building's directory does not even list it, so you need to go through them.[/QUOTE] I will go through them.
[QUOTE=Chezhead;35546150]Just email the front desk telling them what days you would be available to take a tour, and they'll say what time and the address of the place. The office is actually a bit secret and has no outside sign or such saying where it is. The building's directory does not even list it, so you need to go through them.[/QUOTE] They should have the Lambda graffiti outside so to resonate with the Half-Life universe (Lambda caches) I think that would be pretty cool to see when you'r visiting.
I was kinda worried about my stuff being caught by our mail system then I sent her this: [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/FFB5e.jpg[/IMG] She then answered: [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/iUK8a.jpg[/IMG] Awesome!
I sent them an e-mail on Friday and I haven't gotten any package. Odd
[QUOTE=Fingers!!!;35555129]I was kinda worried about my stuff being caught by our mail system then I sent her this: [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/FFB5e.jpg[/IMG] She then answered: [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/iUK8a.jpg[/IMG] Awesome![/QUOTE] you drew a fucking duck and got shit, when i spent 5 hours on a portrait of gabe newell and just got some comments, and mine looked fucking awesome :v: silly Mary
[QUOTE=Joppari;35556720]you drew a fucking duck and got shit, when i spent 5 hours on a portrait of gabe newell and just got some comments, and mine looked fucking awesome :v: silly Mary[/QUOTE] post it here
So, I heard Mary likes dolphins.. [img]http://yeyfiles.net/941144559/533456_3754039649052_1218264447_33719585_546534646_n.jpg[/img]
It's been 10 days. my excitement is off the charts
They sent me a Dota 2 mouse pad and Aperture sticker. Pretty awesome, I was in need of a mouse pad.
We should all ask Mary random questions, and compile all the facts into a list. Just because.
[QUOTE=Chaotic Lord;35562960]We should all ask Mary random questions, and compile all the facts into a list. Just because.[/QUOTE] not creepy at all
Received my autograph today: (didnt want to make a long post so here are just the links) [url]http://i.imgur.com/LlVQp.jpg[/url] [url]http://i.imgur.com/JH4uV.jpg[/url] [url]http://i.imgur.com/RR46U.jpg[/url]
[QUOTE=iWhatIsLove;35563123]not creepy at all[/QUOTE] Exactly! :eng101:
Is this too forward? [QUOTE]Not sure who I was supposed to send this to, so hopefully this gets to the right person! If it's possible, could I get something with Gabe's signature on it? I'm not picky; it could be on the back of your lunch napkin or underneath that old and outdated Episode 3 script that's lying around, collecting dust. I'm sure no one would miss [I]that.[/I] Anyways, I would just love to have a signature from one of my heroes in gaming. Gabe's a busy guy, so I understand that he can't read all of his emails. I thought I'd try someone else who works with him. If you could help me, or point me to Gabe's signature assistant, it'd be much appreciated. Thanks Mary.[/QUOTE]
Killer dolphins? [IMG]http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/7215/killerdolphin.png[/IMG]
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