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Episode 306: Nerdist Podcast
Gabe Newell: Valve - The…
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Nerdist Podcast: Gabe Newell: Valve – The Games

It’s the first episode with the co-founder and director of video game development at Valve, Gabe Newell! In this episode he sits down with Chris, Chloe, Wil Wheaton and Robin Walker and David Sawyer to talk all things video games!

Win a trip to Las Vegas to see Gaben get inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame at the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain (D.I.C.E.) Summit: Click here for details!

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  1. Framework says:

    Where’s Half-Life 3?!

  2. It is now almost 2 years later.  How about another interview with Newell and asking about the status of Half-life 3 or whatever it’s going to be called.  It’s absolute BS that we have been waiting over 7 years for this.  Unbelievable!   I have emailed the company several times asking for an update and of course got no response.  Its just really frustrating.

  3. Brett Hawton says:

    Gabes company has over 600 complaints listed with the Better Business Bureau:

    I’m not a gamer and have never purchased his products yet I see many fraudulent charges from & listed on my bank statement. WTF?!?

  4. As the kids say, “Wicked-sweet Young Ones t-shirt, Chris!” 😀

  5. ChoskarChulian says:

    Why you bitches complaining?? THIS WAS THE BEST FUCKING PODCAST I HAVE EVER SEEN and everyone was awesome. I know I sound like a 12 year old boygroup fangirl but what can I do, that is EXACTLY how I feel about Valve, Gabe, dis Podcast EVERYTHING. Now will be watching the other Podcast w/ Gabe. Gunna be fucking AWESOME!!!! :´´D

  6. Tillburg says:

    Ahaha some of you commenters are such pricks. Don’t worry Hardwick we still love you. I’m pretty stoked for this episode!

  7. TurdBurglar says:

    The only person that saves this god awful show is Gabe. STOP INTERRUPTING GABE WITH YOUR UNRELATED BLABBER! Also; You guys are extremely unfunny.

  8. None says:

    An 8 minute intro? Really?

  9. Tanya says:

    @ChrisHardwick, is the name Falcon Northwest an homage to the movie War Games?

  10. Kristin says:

    Warning! PORTAL 2 Spoilers! I’m only a little ways through Portal 2 so I had to stop mid-episode. I’ll be allowed to listen again when I’ve finished the game.

  11. rpks says:

    Another boring podcast so typical from folks from US. “Amazing, wow, etc” and no deeper questions. Like why people from Europe are constantly screwed over by Valve. Euro=Dollar BS etc…

    Keep admiring

  12. Michael says:

    gotta say gabe looks much better w/ a beard, and i’m pretty sure he’s lost some weight too. he’s like the ying to bobby kotick’s yang.

  13. CMoss says:



  14. Brian says:

    I thought it was hillarious when Chloe mentioned the game emulator that plugs into a TV. The person who designed that is an engineer at Valve!

  15. Michelle says:

    i am also placing a third love for the young ones T!

    “neal neal, orange peel….”

  16. MauroG says:

    Great episode, I’m so glad Chris invited Will Wheaton, you can really sense his boner when he talks.

    Please, guys, stop complaining about them not talking about you’re exact interests. Isn’t it more than enough to be able to listen for free to a fantastic conversation with the heads of one of the best* companies in the industry?

    Keep up the good job!

    *I guess after these two episodes I can say that Valve actually is the best. I knew they were awesome, but not to this extent.

  17. gavku says:

    Great episode!

    @Alex you should check out ( if you haven’t already ) the Irrational Podcasts, or other game dev pods like Idle Thumbs, Core Elements, Experience Points, and even A life Well Wasted. Also episode 78 over at jenesee has Jeri Ellsworth an electrical engineer for Valve…

  18. Alex says:

    Loved these two valve eps. I’d be really interested to hear more interviews with game designers. Maybe ken Levine from bioshock or warren specter or John carmack or Romero or notch or any of a dozen indie devs. I know they might not be as good interviewees as your usual actors and comedians who do a lot of press but I’m sure you guys can keep it interesting

  19. Julio says:

    Like N mentioned, I was kind of disappointed of the lack of talking about earlier games. When I hear “Valve,” I think Half-Life. So it’s a shame there was no talk of the series other than a joke about HL3, although it was a beautiful episode nonetheless and I loved every second of it.

    Also Chris, can I have your melodica?

  20. Thanks guys. I just spent the past 2 days playing Portal and Portal 2 front-to-back. I blame you.

    So, who is ready to make some science? This guy.

    (and now I will sleep)

  21. AllHailing says:

    @n on obviously they know about Half-Life. What exactly do you think the 3 was referring to? 😛

  22. n says:

    I meant engine.

    Don’t take it wrong, I enjoy what you do, but that chat you had with Gabe was like talking to De Niro and not asking him about 70’s. There’s a reason why we talk today about Valve and the reason is Half-Life and all of mods came out. It was a community online project. Valve buy out some of the most popular mods such as Team Fortress, Day of Defeat, Counter-Strike. The other things you should talk about is platform Steam and upcoming releases as Dota2, moba games are the future and this is where business is going on right now.

  23. n says:

    Too bad the Nerdist team doesn’t know older games from Valve than Portal and TF2. Half-Life was a revolution for PC online games and the endinge spawned the most and best mods for this game, it was a milestone that should be touched, but what can you expect from console gamers. Do some extra research, for me there was too little about games.

  24. Dean says:

    Seconding the love for Chris’ Young Ones shirt.

  25. onReload says:

    Yeah, and by association, they kinda did make TF1 – Robin is now part of Valve, and he worked on that mod, so uh…there!

    and yeah why do people hate on ricochet so much haha? it was simple, but so what?

  26. Bo Dixen Pedersen says:


    Yes, but they did make Team Fortress Classic, which could be called TF 1.3 or something and TF2 bears more resemblance to TFC than the original TF although the class mechanics are similar.

    And Ricochet wasn’t entirely bad.

    The limited art design made the maps look the same and some bugs (some more serious), but any game where ýou can decapitate your opponent can’t be entirely bad.

  27. CHRIS says:


  28. ashn0d says:

    Just wanted to point out an error in the intro: Valve didn’t make Team Fortress, they made Team Fortress 2.

    The original TF was a mod for Quake, the same way the original DOTA was a mod for Warcraft 3.

  29. RedNightmare says:

    It’s official, I have died and gone to heaven, no way this is possible back on Earth.

  30. joe says:

    @chris i do love me some patterns. ‘Oh yeah, get on over here patterns….’

  31. Chris Hardwick says:

    @Justin: I am yoncé. Beautifully put.

    And for Scott…how is a repetitiveness not nerdy?? Nerds LOVE patterns and comfort and tend to rebel against variation and change.

  32. @Scott S – Yes! Exactly! Why doesn’t Chris just carry around a thesaurus and refer to it during every easy, relaxed, free-flowing conversation he has, ever! I don’t know why he doesn’t do it! It’s so simple, easy, and in no way cumbersome at all!

    Look, the way Chris hosts the show is in a very relaxed and, for want of a better term, informal way, which I mean in a good way. We’re just his friends who are in on a private chat. When he does the intro, it feels like he’s talking to a friend. I don’t know about you, but I tend to use the same terms, like “amazing”, over and over again in my personal life. It’s easy to understand and it conveys the point “Holy fucking ass crackers this/that/the other is awesome!” wonderfully.

    Aziz Ansari, in his episode of “You Made it Weird,” made a wonderful point about something (I believe it was about heaven) that I wanted to post to Tumblr. However, I couldn’t because almost every second or third word was “like”. Pete Holmes tends to call everyone “a delight,” describes almost every episode of YMIW as one of his favorites, and says, during almost every live show, “This is the best show we’ve ever done.”

    Everyone has their own phrase, or word, or sentence that they tend to use over and over because it’s the quickest and most concise way for them to say a specific thing. Pete Holmes has “favorite” and “delight.” Chris has “amazing”. Please, just get over it, for your own sanity and happiness at this *cough*free*cough* podcast.

    @Chris, remember… Beyoncé. :)

  33. onReload says:

    Scott shut up

    Also holy fuck Robin Walker

  34. Scott S says:

    Enthusiasm is a nerd thing, but so are synonyms. Saying “amazing” all the time isn’t very nerdy, we need a little variety.

  35. Jergus says:

    lol they almost dont talk about games at all

  36. Stephen says:

    Could not have asked for a better, more insightful podcast.
    Actually hearing an interview with Gaben for the first time really put his whole personality into perspective. What a thoughtful, introspective, intelligent guy…..who can laugh at penis-cape jokes.

    Great job guys! Although next time, could you instead tease the podcast five months in advance? ;-D

  37. Fish says:

    Fuck Yes. GabeN

  38. Rafal says:

    First minute: “and Valve makes games like Dota and Portal and Left For Dead and Left for Dead 2 and Team Fortress and Team Fortress 2 and Counter-Strike” Dude, haven’t you forgotten something?

  39. Three Toes of Fury says:

    I shall awaiteth coment on said ‘cast until i listen.


    Until then.





    That is beyond awesome-sauce!!!!!

    rik “polution…alllll around…sometimes up…sometimes down…but always…allll awwround.”

    neil “is it true bambi..did you do a disney nasty?”

    mike “as usual, mike the cool person takes charge”.

    vivyvyan “bored…bored….bored..bored…BORED!!! [wack]”

    Peace n Cant You See We’re the Young Ones.


  40. John48221 says:

    Not being a gamer I guess this is where the phrase “listen and learn” comes into play.

  41. steven says:

    damn, that was a long ass intro

  42. As a member of a gaming community that the majority of the time plays Valve games and as someone who views Valve as the best video game developer, publisher, and innovator out there, I really, appreciated this episode.

    I also appreciated the sincerity and preparedness of all interviewers. Gabe’s insight was bar none, but your questions and personal experiences and analysis of games was right on par and more than enough to keep all video game and Valve fans quite happy. You knew what questions to ask to get excellent responses.

    Excellent interview, cool insight, and even some glimpses of the future! Thank you.

  43. Leah says:

    OK post-ep comment:

    1. Chris don’t apologize for being excited for the shit you enjoy. To quote John Green: nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff…nerds are allowed to love stuff like jump up and down in the chair can’t control yourself love it.

    2. CONTROLLER!!! *screaming* I’ve played Portal through maybe 8 times on PC, and my first runthrough on my Xbox I can’t get past an early level because I over shoot the damn targets. A more precision controller would be incredible.

  44. Adam says:

    Would it be strange of me to say that Gabe is looking more and more like a Robin Williams playing Tom Hanks’ role in Cast Away?

    Very excited about this. He’s a smart guy.

  45. Mohammed Aqib says:


  46. Leah says:

    Pre-podcast comment to just say HOLYSHITBALLS I have all the excite for this