Well Looks Like Brad Muir Is Working at Valve - Let's All Wish Him Luck!

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Following up from the thread a while ago about Brad Muir leaving Double Fine... well it looks like he's found some new digs up in Seattle (Edit: I guess Valve is technically in Bellevue. Curse my limited knowledge of American Geography), starting this December.

Needless to say I'm excited. Valve is an interesting company and Brad Muir made some really great games with Double Fine. Hopefully this continues at Valve and we see something with the Muir name on it before too long. To be honest it seems like a match made in heaven to me, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe it's the Dota. We will never know.

So let's all wish @mrmooear good luck and give him a big :D!

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:D. Give us TF2 ranked matchmaking you lovable bastard wonderful human being.

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Shame to see that he's left game development, but I wish him the best.

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valve seems like it would be a FASCINATING place to work- all the best mr. mooear!

Shame to see that he's left game development, but I wish him the best.

what's he doing at valve if not game dev?

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@mellotronrules:
IT is a lame joke on the fact that some people think Valve doesn't make games anymore and is just steam.

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The next Steam sale mini-game is gonna be dope!

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So when can we expect Valve to put out Trench Brigade?

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#10 SgtSphynx  Moderator

Hope he ends up doing something more exciting than DOTA2 skins

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#11  Edited By Jesus_Phish

@oldirtybearon: The only place more uninteresting for industry people to end up is at Riot.

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#12  Edited By Nardak

Though working at valve is probably considered one of the best gigs in the industry. Getting in is pretty hard.

Financially Valve is very stable so working there is probably less rocky than at Double Fine where getting a game financed can mean the difference between having a job and being laid off.

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I guess he will be busy making Dota characters do double salutes. At least that will make the game better to look at.

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Half-Life Tactics, let's do this!

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Okay, now the requirements have been met for DOTA3.

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This seems to be a much better fit for Brad Muir. I'm really happy for him.

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Oh god. Does no one remember Clint Hocking spent nearly 2 years at Valve doing nothing?

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:D

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#19  Edited By violet_

I mean he got a gig where he's paid for sitting around and doing basically nothing now, so congrats!

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Ah when it was said Seattle I didn't think Valve because they aren't right in Seattle. Anyways, seems like a good place to work and not make games!

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So "Trenched 2: Drenched" is never gonna happen now right?

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@dudeglove said:

Oh god. Does no one remember Clint Hocking spent nearly 2 years at Valve doing nothing?

I remember.

It's amazing to me that anyone would see this as a good move from a creative standpoint. The way Valve is structured means very little gets done, because anyone can join or leave your project at any time. I imagine people spend more time cajoling and playing diplomat just to get something going than actually creating something. Not to mention it's far easier to keep the economies of their various F2P games moving than it is to actually build a new game.

It's frustrating as hell from a customer standpoint. Valve was once one of the best developers in the industry, and now they've essentially Raven Software'd themselves.

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Not to be hyperbolic, but, Brad Muir is going to take all the hats out of Dota.

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:D

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Now it makes sense how much Brad was talking about how Dota 2 is perfectly designed in his final live stream ;)

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#26  Edited By Dixavd

Congrats Brad :D

But the cynical side of me says that Valve don't make games any more... (just add on content to their own games - and very infrequently sequels to their biggest games after many years of fruitless trial and error)

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It's frustrating as hell from a customer standpoint. Valve was once one of the best developers in the industry, and now they've essentially Raven Software'd themselves.

if you want sequels, i can see where it'd be somewhat frustrating. but given the amount of talented people they've assembled under one roof, i'm actually quite happy to have them tinker behind the scenes. with the controller, streaming box, and vive all around the corner- they're about to make a big push into hardware which is new and exciting territory for them.

again, not games- but i i think it does elevate the gaming landscape as a whole, so it doesn't really grind my gears.

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@oldirtybearon: Oh don't get me wrong, I'm super happy for Muir to have landed with something more solid. I wonder, considering Brad's a "systems" kinda guy, if he's coming on to help fix the burning trash fire that is Steam's storefront.

Steam itself is such an odd company, and Newell has at least been up front in the past about what Steam/Valve is (saying things like "games as a business rather than a product" or whatever the quote was), that you're probably right. My worry is that, well, iOS' app store really isn't sustainable. Not in the sense that it doesn't generate money (it most certainly does), but that it's creatively bankrupt, and Steam is going the same way. Valve at least seemed to have a sense of pride over its games, so its hard to believe they'll let Steam turn into what is basically the App Store.

Or maybe Brad is doing Vive stuff, who knows. I hope he doesn't go to waste, because he's mighty talented.

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And here I thought people were joking when they were speculating about Brad going up to Seattle to be closer to Dota.

:D

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Is there any chance he's Mr. Robotting Valve in order to sneak into Gabe's office and turn off the big switch labeled Dota 2, finally setting Brad free.

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Half-Life 3 status = :D

But seriously, I look forward to some Dota hats from Mr. Muir. But seriously, all the best to Brad! He seems like a cool duder!

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#33  Edited By ArtisanBreads

@mellotronrules: Plus they've helped, and continue to help, tons of other developers sell and get the chance to make games of their own (for a profit yes, but point is Steam has been great for PC gaming and indie developers). Valve is just a different company now and they're good at what they do. There are plenty of other games to play. And hell, they make a couple fantastic ones still even if they aren't to my taste and I'd bet they will release some other games, if infrequently.

I am guessing Brad might want to work on DOTA 2 (a game he is obsessed with) and have a stable position (he has a family now) rather than make another small game for Doublefine. Makes sense to me.

I am no DOTA fan and I try to not follow it too much, but I think there's more work constantly going into it then people say here.

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Valve is bound to create more games at some point. They probably have a bunch of stuff internally but are not interested in putting out anything less than perfectly polished, sort of like Blizzard tries to.

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How does he feel about DOTA hats now?

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@brake said:

Half-Life 3 status = :D

I'm waiting for all the Brad Muir as Gordon Freeman shops. I'm sure the internet will deliver.

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Value making games!

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#38  Edited By I_Stay_Puft

Congrats Brad Muir, enjoy Seattle area and all of our crappy I-5, I-405, and 520 floating bridge traffic in the mornings. ;)

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:D

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#40 turboman  Staff

Looking forward to Brad Muir's Half Life 3.

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As a guy that loves really tight design this seems like a great fit for him.

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Half Life 3 is now a tower defense game with mechs and the combine are now TV monsters. It's super weird, but at least it came out, right?

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@turboman said:

Looking forward to Brad Muir's Half Life 3.

I'm looking forward to Valve's Alter Echo 2.

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Hey, I wish him luck...sadly he might needed it. It not like you hear great things about working there sometimes. I guess if you get in the right "high school click" there things go fine, if you get stuck at the "other kids table" your life is miserable.

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TRENCHED BUT IN THE STYLE OF MONSTER HUNTER (BRAZEN) GO BRAD GO!

Congrats :D !

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#46  Edited By GiantLizardKing

Anybody Photoshop Brad into the HEV suit yet?

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Maybe Valve is secretely making like 20 games. Or just 5.

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RIP Game Development.

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Get ready for DOTA2 to be renamed Hat Brigade.

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Hopefully Valve serves Chicken Fries to employees, otherwise he may be in trouble...

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