So here's what I did today instead of going to class.

#1 Posted by ajamafalous (12541 posts) -
I had class (Italian!) from 2-3 pm, but at 11:45 my roommate texted me and told me that Gabe would be on campus giving a talk from 12:15-1:30. When we got there at 12:20 (parking was a total bitch) he had already started and the room was full, but the lady guarding the door told us that he was going to try to split his time and do a second talk afterward, so we went to the other room and waited until 1:15 before he got there (Valve Time in full effect). He talked until about 2:30 about a ton of interesting stuff, including Valve's corporate structure (or lack thereof), how he believes Apple could roll the living room consoles if they chose to enter the market, how he hopes that Apple won't make a move on it before the Steambox gets other players into the PC living room market, and a lot of the thought process and decision making behind how they handle Steam's store, creating market value, running a free to play game, working with an economist, what they look for in their employees, and more. It was an awesome experience; Gabe's a really genuine guy and opened up about a lot more than I was expecting him to. He also didn't hold back cracking some jokes and cursing more than a few times. Definitely one of those things I'll remember years from now.

To close, here is a picture of Gabe Newell wearing a horse mask.


This one's a little blurry, but a bunch of people yelled "HOLD UP A THREE" and Gabe 'struggled' to hold up a third finger. 
#2 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (5019 posts) -

Wow, great stuff. I would totally ditch class for that too.

#3 Posted by Wraith1 (602 posts) -

that's pretty awesome duder

#4 Posted by _Chad (999 posts) -

Three is a myth, look at that photo it's blurry just like all the bigfoot and loch ness monster photos.

#5 Posted by Ravenlight (8057 posts) -

Nice! I'm always impressed with how down-to-earth and willing to just talk about random stuff Gabe Newell is. Based on all the interviews and podcasts I've heard him on, he seems like a legitimately cool guy.

#6 Posted by McShank (1649 posts) -

Which Campus? UW? Some Community collage near seattle? Also what did he say he looks for in employees so I can start improving on those factors :D

#7 Posted by Sooty (8195 posts) -

Gaben can do no wrong.

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#8 Posted by OfficeGamer (1120 posts) -

I'm someone who really really needs to respect a person before praising them and calling them great, and I consider Gabe Newell the greatest guy in this entire industry.

#9 Posted by Marz (5753 posts) -

that's pretty cool.

#10 Posted by mlarrabee (3273 posts) -

There aren't too many people who have a vision and, despite universal dissent, persist until it's realized and everyone's opinion changes.

Steve Jobs and Gabe Newell are two of those.

#11 Posted by ajamafalous (12541 posts) -
@McShank said:

Which Campus? UW? Some Community collage near seattle? Also what did he say he looks for in employees so I can start improving on those factors :D

University of Texas at Austin.
He basically said that they try to fill their staff with people who can do more than one thing so that they can draw from all of those areas when they're working on a project. An example he gave was a guy that had an art and animation background but could also program. He would make an art asset for the game. When he got to implementing it and animating it, the programming was very difficult, so instead of dealing with the difficult programming, he went back and changed the art assets to make it easier to program.
#12 Posted by meaninoflife42 (603 posts) -

So Jacket from Hotline Miami was inspired by Gabe Newell.

#13 Posted by Claude (16632 posts) -

Worth the ditch. Very nice, indeed.

#14 Posted by RazielCuts (3091 posts) -

@meaninoflife42 said:

So Jacket from Hotline Miami was inspired by Gabe Newell.

That game makes sense now.

#15 Posted by mnzy (2978 posts) -

Why is Gabe in Austin? Buying Studios, hiring freshly unemployed game developers? To the rumor machine!

#16 Posted by Mirado (1216 posts) -

I just love breaking this one out.

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That's awesome that you jumped ship to listen to him. By the sound of it, it was totally worth it.

#17 Posted by TooWalrus (13344 posts) -

What's the deal with the horse head?

#18 Posted by august (3924 posts) -

Awesome as fuck.

#19 Posted by BisonHero (8638 posts) -

The beard is still awesome, but he needs to grow it out into a full Santa Claus.

#20 Posted by packs217 (95 posts) -

I've run into Gabe in Seattle twice and he was happy to stop and talk both times. Great guy.

#21 Posted by ajamafalous (12541 posts) -
@TooWalrus said:

What's the deal with the horse head?

Dude in the picture apparently had it with him and got it signed (along with a few other things). Then he asked for a picture, and someone said to him "put on the horse head!" Dude started to grab it and Gabe was all "No," and grabbed it himself, took off his glasses, and put it on. Fucking hilarious.
#23 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1522 posts) -

When will Gaben learn how to count to three.....When!?!?

#24 Posted by Eviternal (199 posts) -

@McShank said:

What did he say he looks for in employees so I can start improving on those factors

Here is Valve's employee handbook (dated 2012). That should help!

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