Back from Valve - L4D/Half-Life/DOTA/Portal Edition
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[h2]For the Robin Walker interview head over to the TF2 sub-section![/h2]
[b][url=http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1071803-Back-from-Valve-TF2-Edtion?p=28740732#post28740732]Linky to other thread[/url][/b]
So today was the big day, the day I went to Valve. You know how they say never meet your heroes, well thats just not true at all.
The day started out with a trip though the office with Thad, one of the employees. He showed me around the offices and all the different areas of their office building. This included the tech support area were the gave me the current specs of their computers (i7, 6GB DDR3 Ram, 128GB SSD, Nvidia 580) but they still test on lower end comps so don't let that worry you. After this we went past DOTA 2, TF2, and test rooms. Fallowing that we came back to the office cafeteria for a little snack then it was back to the lobby.
After waiting in the lobby for a few minutes it turned out Gabe was in the office and wanted to say hi. To my great delight he was playing DOTA 2 when we walked in and from what I can see the game already looks very promising. After a little "sneak peek" we sat down to talk about Steam and other goings on in Valve. During this chat he confirmed that Steam will get a video recorder very soon, also he said they were looking into the iOS/Android platform for possible expansions with Steam. He also siad that the Source film maker is in the pipeline for a public release. After the chat was over he happily signed my copy of the Orange box and sent me on my way to Robin Walker.
So me and Robin then headed down to the TF2 team so see the people behind the game. After that it was down the business, the interview. [url=http://www.facepunch.com/threads/1071803-Back-from-Valve-TF2-Edtion](To see this interview click here)[/url] Once the interview was over we were both really hungry and we split ways for lunch. When I had finished lunch I went back up the office and waited for Robin to come back. Then I got one of the biggest surprises of my life, Tim Schafer had just walked into the lobby. Now he looked really busy so I didn't bug him for an autograph or something but it was still badass seeing Gabe Newell, Robin Walker, and Tim Schafer all in one day.
Speaking of Robin, just as Tim left he showed up. Robin then took me to the Portal 2 test area were I tried out some single player on the PS3 and got to see how Steam interacts with the PS3. Then to my great delight I was shown a nearly completed version of Meet the Medic. All I will say is that its really epic and was worth the time it took. For the final act of the day Robin let me go all out on Portal 2 while he pushed out the new TF2 updates. Now I have a few things to say about Portal 2. One is that you [b]need[/b] to buy this game. Portal 2 is just mind-blowing, the story, the puzzles, everything is the best that Valve has ever made. Valve could sell this game at $100 a pop and I would still buy it, thats how good it is. And as for a demo, this game does not need one. Take it from me, Portal 2 GOTY 2011 no contest.
So thats it, that was my day at Valve sorry if I didn't answer all the questions but I hope the new info will make up for it.
[b]Re-cap of important info:[/b]
1. They use very high end computers when a game is in development (i7, 6GB DDR3 Ram, 128GB SSD, Nvidia 580) but they still test on lower end comps
2. Steam will get video recording "soon"
3. Steam might come to iOS/Android
4. Source Film Maker will be made public "soon"
5. Meet the Medic is badass
6. Portal 2: GOTY hands down
[b]Pictures:[/b] (Sorry they are all urls, media tags are not working atm)
If dropbox is down use these link:
Enjoy and feel free to ask more questions. (It might jog my memory if I forgot something in my story)
those wall stickys + ceiling barnacle are awesome
Oh man, Gabe is so cool.
[QUOTE=Political Gamer;28740730]Meet the Medic is badass[/QUOTE]
That is one cool case. Also laughed at the wall of hats.
All of those pictures are great. The Valve offices look awesome.
[quote] Meet the Medic is badass[/quote]
Concept art for a new valve game?
we need info on this picture
What is this? Looks creepy.
You got a signed copy of the Orange Box.
[QUOTE=Smashman;28740829]You got a signed copy of the Orange Box.
but it's a xbox version so it's worthless, don't feel bad.
[QUOTE=deadoctober;28740836]but it's a xbox version so it's worthless, don't feel bad.[/QUOTE]
Yea but, its signed by Gabe.
[QUOTE=Political Gamer;28740730] I was shown a nearly completed version of Meet the Medic. [/QUOTE]
God. Damn. YOOUUUUUUU
Did they manage to get the old voice actor?
[QUOTE=GFreeman515;28740853]Yea but, its signed by Gabe.[/QUOTE]
And Robin. Good Jesus I want Robin's autograph.
DAT GOLD CROWBAR.
And everything else, too. Meet the Medic is coming, yay!
[QUOTE=Timebomb575;28740861]God. Damn. YOOUUUUUUU
Did they manage to get the old voice actor?[/QUOTE]
Oh yeah, that's pretty relevant.
Words do not express the hate, jealously, envy, excitement, happiness, and sorrow I am feeling right now.
You're fucking amazing.
Oh god... I think I came.
The Demo stickies at the door made me laugh
So if you simply go there you get free crap?
Concept art for a new valve game?
we need info on this picture[/QUOTE]Art done by people at Valve and nothing more
I wonder why Tim Schafer was at there
proof read the OP there are a few misspellings, things like "Source will maker will be made public soon" and a link that doesn't go anywhere
And Valve should release a Will Maker, it would be cool
Did you ask about the Source SDK updates?
[QUOTE=Hazrd24;28740995]I wonder why Tim Schafer was at there[/QUOTE]
making more day of the tentacle pls
[b]MEET THE MEDIC!!![/b]
It's like I just read heaven.
Holy shit, Valve does read Facepunch. I knew Jeep was a member, but oh my :ohdear:
I also recommend that everyone listen to this: [url]http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1276735/Pictures/Other/Valve/Robin%20Walker%20Interview.m4a[/url]
Very, very insightful.
It's like everything I ever wanted confirmed is now actually confirmed
OP, unzip your pants
My body is ready
edit: I jelly as fuck. I must go see valve. It's one of the things I must do before I die.
[quote]Steam might come to iOS/Android[/quote]
Even just a Steam Chat app for them would be the best thing ever.
Um... Is it bad that when I read this:
[QUOTE]He also siad that the Source film maker is in the pipeline for a public release[/QUOTE]
I kinda... Did a single clap followed by a very, [I]very[/I] loud, enthusiastic "[B]AAAHA YES![/B]"
No exaggeration... Whatsoever.
Also, can you say about how long Meet the Medic was?
you should have killed robin walker
Words cannot express how awesome Valve's offices are...
I-.... We need to make up some sort of new word to express these kinds of emotions!
I [i]really[/i] have to go and see these people soon. (Going from Texas would be rough)
I wonder what it would be like if Kelly Bailey were still there :smithicide:
[editline]21st March 2011[/editline]
[QUOTE=NomadicNinja;28741272]you should have killed robin walker[/QUOTE]
He isn't [i]that[/i] bad... For all we know he [i]might not[/i] be the cause of the "TF2 Incident".
pictures are down
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