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Episode 307: Nerdist Podcast
Gabe Newell: Valve - The…
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Nerdist Podcast: Gabe Newell: Valve – The Company

Gabe Newell, part two! In this episode Chris and Chloe sit down with Gabe to talk about the business side of video games, how Valve came to be, and their mutual love for Doctor Who!

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  1. Matt says:

    Gabe is seriously out of shape, you can hear his heavy breathing throughout the podcast

  2. tom says:

    Is it me or do 90% of nerdist podcasts devolve into an industry circle jerk with people talking seriously about comedy like the most important thing in the world.

  3. bEN says:

    LOL, Gabe is a Bronie!!!! (My Little Pony enthusiest)

  4. bill cosby says:

    I hope the table made a full recovery from Gabe’s wrecking ball fists.

  5. Jengaman says:

    I can’t imagine chris hardwick even plays many PC games, and never really bad mouths any guest. So if he did anything but suck his butt farts it’d be a huge surprise for any listener.

    And as part of Dota’s fanbase, i can say valve didn’t steal the game away from us ( IMO probably saved it from them). And Icefrog was given the keys to Dota so long ago and has done a pretty excellent job with progressing the game thus far. I feel comfortable saying dota2 is Ice Frogs game right now, and that its under valve

    But yeah I agree with some of your other points.. but this isn’t the podcast for it.

  6. venekor says:

    That said Portal 2 is the best written game of all time, amazingly done and their animation artists are just amazing.

  7. venekor says:

    This Podcast kisses their arse too much, where are the questions on…

    – The Failure of CS:GO and why they outsourced it.
    – The aging Steam UI and how slow it is.
    – Why they do so much focus testing which ends up dumbing down their games and making them too easy like Portal 2 and L4D linear level design.
    etc etc.
    – Why they stole DOTA away from their fanbase which was based with Blizzard and pretend Icefrog made it, when he didn’t.
    – Why they haven’t fixed the 1.6 server browser?
    – Why they’re making a console no one cares about.

    Just sick of them, give us HL3, it’s all we want, not the rest of the bullshit. Valve fans don’t care about Dota, leave that fan base with Blizzard…….. give us Valve games!

  8. Johnothan Pedak says:

    I can read between the lines…

    Gabe did fuck Jenny McCarthy and Chris is making Half-Life 3!!!

  9. Jon says:

    Haha, was actually just thinking the same thing. Given the love these guys have all shown for both Star Trek and Star Wars, those two episodes should be rather fun for them… assuming they end up liking the show to begin with.

    ….A John de Lancie interview might make for an interesting episode at some point in the future….

  10. Blair says:

    This was such a great listen! I’ve never played any of the valve games, but boy do I want to now!

    So, Chris and Chloe….
    Have you caught up on the My Little Pony: Frienship is Magic yet?
    If so, have you gotten to the Discord character?
    It’s a 2 parter and has a couple of things you two might appreciate.
    1. Voice Talent for Discord
    2. Final scene in part 2.

  11. Sylvia says:

    Gabe. You’re wonderful. But please, Stop. Hitting. The table.

  12. Ryan says:

    Chris I have that same T-shirt, love a ton!

  13. Robert Crandall says:

    Thank you so much for this! I have admired Valve since Half-Life 1, and I love Nerdist, so now my head is exploding from the awesomeness of this podcast!

  14. Andy Sowards says:

    Freaking awesome interviews! Gabe is awesome!

    If anyone wants to check out the Valve employee handbook they mentioned here it is ->

    Love it!! Valve FTW!

    Thanks again for all the awesome podcasts Chris!

  15. Mike says:

    When Gabe is talking all I can hear in the background are his massive hands flapping around. I honestly was losing my shit laughing at that. Aw man, good times.

  16. Dan the Brony says:

    Gaben has admitted bronydom on several occasions.

    When the 4chan /v/tards heard, it was a shitstorm of butthurt for the ages. Up to that point, they worshiped Gaben and vocally denounced ponies. Their collective cry of “BETRAYAL!” put Noah “Spoony One” Antwiler’s XCOM rant to shame.

  17. Mister Twister says:

    Stop it Gabe, “beaming the signal into your brain”, while maybe not impossible, is still incredibly stupid.

  18. Julian Sammy says:

    By the nerdist definition of nerd, I’m a business nerd (among other categories of nerdism in my repertoire). This interview – and the opportunity to hear about how Valve is doing what it does – was great. Thanks, for this, Chris.

  19. Ted says:

    I am really not a fan of Chloe’s gradual folding in to the podcast.

  20. Tom says:

    Where the fuck is Matt!?! That is all…

  21. AllHailing says:

    These really were some phenomenal podcasts, Thank you @nerdist and company for the goods!

  22. scuds says:

    Gaben is an AWESOME brony. He knows about the E/N rating, Lauren Faust, all the rest.

    Great show Chris!

  23. Atticus says:

    3 is a magic number


    Why Big C, why would you do such a thing?


  24. AllHailing says:

    GabeN is a Brony?! my world is officially rocked.

  25. Axel says:


  26. Jon says:

    Ah, and how could I forget, this marked the triumphant return of Dick Capes into the public eye… I give it a week before we have one as a misc. item for the Demoman.

  27. Sheldon J says:

    Nope! I figured it out. Not as tricky as a thought, Mr. Hardwick…

  28. Sheldon J says:

    The main pic is with you and Skydart but the banner pic is you and Wheaton. You are a tricky, tricky man Mr. Hardwick.

  29. Jon says:

    Amazing pair of episodes right there. Gabe, Portal, TF2, Valve’s setup, ponies, hats, and even Rob Walker in one of the them! What’s not to love! Don’t think I’ve ever heard a more interesting form of interview with Gabe anywhere before this.

  30. Jpstroop says:

    “3 is a magic number, yes it is”

    Stop playing with my heart.

  31. Michelle says:

    a 2 parter! is there enough time to get through both today?
    I love love love left 4 dead!!! totally got me hooked!