As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.

RSS Feed Podcast 17 - Gabe Newell Interview

William and Glenn are pleased to interview Gabe Newell and Kutta from Valve Software.

Posted by William on Jun 8th, 2011

Hello fellow ModDB fans, we are so excited to be posting our Gabe Newell and Kutta interview that we recorded this week.

Topics Discussed (but not limited to)

  • No new Episode Three information.
  • Steam as a social platform.
  • Steam for mobile devices.
  • Source SDK and Portal 2 Authoring Tools
  • DirectX 9, 10, 11
  • Will GoldSource be released under GPL
  • Portal 2 ARG
  • Valve’s first steps into a non-fps genre.
  • Ideas and backstory behind the Crowbar.
  • What Gabe and Kutta do in their free time (besides knives).

Gabe Newell Interview

  • William is joined by Glenn.
    • William McMahon
      Owner/Operator of Podcast17.
    • Glenn (aka. HecticGlenn) — Host
      Writer at
  • Interview is with Gabe and Kutta.
    • Gabe Newell
      Founder/Managing Director of Valve Software.
    • Kutta Srinivasan
      Software Developer at Valve Software.

Full show notes and links can be found on our website

Podcast 17

(Special thanks to the Overgrowth team and Iiro Jäppinen for providing these nice icons!)

Sethen Jun 8 2011, 12:59am said:

Enjoyed every minute of it. I'm sure it was a blast for both you guys. :D

+4 votes     reply to
medve Jun 8 2011, 3:34am replied:

i didnt listened to it, but i bet william jizzed in his pants

+2 votes     reply to
dsi1 Jun 8 2011, 1:02am said:

So is this Valve's E3 showing? ;p

+7 votes     reply to
Radu_IceMan Jun 8 2011, 2:47am replied:

"Nope,it's just me, Gabe Newell"

+28 votes     reply to
aidy70060 Jun 8 2011, 7:12am replied:

I see what you did there.

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buy_a_hotdog! Jun 8 2011, 1:15am said:

This is one of the best things about Valve, Gabe has no problem sitting down and interacting with steams community. How often do you see Bobby Kotick do anything similar?

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Metalspy Jun 8 2011, 3:02am replied:

I wonder if Bobby Kotick even knows what a community is, besides his definition of "crowd to get money from".

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TheillusiveMan Jun 8 2011, 3:05am replied:

That is true but also a really dumb thing to say. If you can find another head of a publishing company that really sits down and interacts with the community, then compare him to Kotick. But Gabe Newell is a developer, I am not being an idiot I love Gabe Newell and his approach to gaming and the industry. Newell is from a developer, he interacts with the community to help create better games and a better community (plus he is cool), Kotick's job is business, to get the most money out of a product. And well, he is damn good at it.

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Metalspy Jun 8 2011, 3:30am replied:

He is damn good at it indeed, I'm kind of jealous D: Although I wouldn't want to trade my love for games for any amount of money.

+1 vote     reply to
Renay Jun 10 2011, 7:45am replied:

Total Object

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CrazyChickenMFK Jun 8 2011, 1:27am said:


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Kamikazi[Uk] Jun 8 2011, 5:48am said:

Good interview :D

+2 votes     reply to
bad@chaos Jun 8 2011, 9:58am said:

thanks for doing it but i thought it was a pretty crummy interview.

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ZitaX Jun 8 2011, 10:49am said:

Great interview, but to be honest, I dont give a flying *beep* about anything else but the next installment in the Half-Life series! I don't care one bit about Linux versions or Steam for mobile devices or anything else!

tl;dr: I ONLY care about the next installment in the Half-Life series, and nothing else!

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Gandbon Jun 9 2011, 3:42pm replied:


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Wolf0x Jun 8 2011, 1:08pm said:

Great interview

+2 votes     reply to
SteveZombie Jun 8 2011, 9:14pm said:

tl;dl. Can we please get a transcript of this?

+4 votes     reply to
Tech|Rogue Jun 8 2011, 11:20pm replied:

There are transcripts available on their website.

+2 votes     reply to
MortalMaxx Jun 9 2011, 3:51am said:

That was a nice tune in the end!

+1 vote     reply to
kazarr Jun 9 2011, 4:07am said:

"Now, I know everyone has a lot of hats at Valve" Did he just integrate a TF2 reference into that question?

+1 vote     reply to
NullSoldier Jun 10 2011, 5:32pm replied:

No, it's a pretty common term Valve has used even before TF2.

+1 vote     reply to
BunnyJen Jun 9 2011, 8:50am said:

Lol @ Gabe's ringtone ^____^

+3 votes     reply to
jjawinte Jun 9 2011, 9:25am said:

Quite a bit of interesting information. I wonder...

+1 vote     reply to
PS2viciado Jun 9 2011, 10:21am said:

You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know, You know... NO I DONT KNOW CUZ U DIDNT SAID IT YET... good interview though

+10 votes     reply to
Tracha Jun 9 2011, 10:46am said:

Nothing 'bout EP3? Next!

+2 votes     reply to
kalidrone Jun 9 2011, 1:46pm replied:

So damn true... DX I am getting SO fed up with the lack of EP3 news, Object seriously... >_< The least, the VERY LEAST they can do is at least provide a HINT of news of EP3 if not ANY news tidbit at all... >>

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Death_Octimus Jun 10 2011, 7:20pm replied:

took 10 year of secret production on HL2(give or take lol) to announce that!

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XDmarcsyoXD Jun 9 2011, 2:04pm said:

i would have liked to hear gabe's view on EA's steam ripp off, 'Origin'.

+2 votes     reply to
Darth^Xerstorung Jun 9 2011, 10:30pm said:

I got as far as "No new Episode Three information." :/

+4 votes     reply to
cinco Jun 10 2011, 12:57am buried:


gabe newell's like a retarded ball of feces

-12 votes     reply to
SteveZombie Jun 10 2011, 8:01pm replied:

You must think pretty highly of retarded balls of feces.

+6 votes     reply to
GodofDarkness Jun 10 2011, 3:36am said:

so, its delayed once again...not surprised

-1 votes     reply to
Snuffeldjuret Jun 10 2011, 4:01am said:

Great one =).

+2 votes     reply to
ice_trey Jun 10 2011, 1:28pm buried:


wow what a fatso lol, he needs to cut down on the burgers

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MrBCut Jun 10 2011, 3:14pm said:

thanks for this!

+1 vote     reply to
SGTLEGENDKILLEЯ Jun 10 2011, 7:49pm said:

JON CARMACK!! *jizzes and dies*

+1 vote     reply to
nado Jun 10 2011, 10:48pm said:

I love how gabe makes jokes about how he blatantly dodges the half life questions

+4 votes     reply to
RacerXLR8 Jun 11 2011, 12:45am said:

Any word on Half-Life 3 ? Anyone?

+2 votes     reply to
SiPlus Jun 11 2011, 8:29am said:

Ask when prop array error will be fixed.

+1 vote     reply to
CleanSuit Jun 11 2011, 10:56pm said:

its cool to see ol' gabe on here

+2 votes     reply to
Mischa_Silden Jun 13 2011, 1:33am said:

Gabe Newell! I love you forever!

+1 vote     reply to
DeV-xC Jun 13 2011, 7:56am said:

Great podcast thx !

+1 vote     reply to
loserspearl Jun 13 2011, 2:56pm said:

gabe gets lonely at night and plays with his valve toys!

+2 votes     reply to Jun 13 2011, 3:50pm said:

I cant say it was interesting interview, since Gabe actually dodged every single question about next Half-life installment, exactly as he said.

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Wesley Jun 15 2011, 6:48am said:

I didn't have time to listen to the whole thing... I have a question to who did. Did they ask about the distribution of mods on Steam, did they mention at all what Desura is doing and if they plan to add it to Steam as well? Would have been nice to hear their thoughts on Desura :)

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MahtXL Jun 25 2011, 2:31pm said:

Gabes really Object me off, as a Valve fan (verging on ex fan) his dodging the episode 3 questions is getting old, just f'ing answer you fat. ughh nvm.

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ray1claw Jul 8 2011, 8:18pm said:

@kutta: 'kutta' is 'dog' right? and if you are an indian, you know that. Unless its a short form for something big like kutthrapali or something. Anyways, I so wanna work at Valve!
@gn: please oh please hire me, my next mod is full of sheer awesomeness!!!

+1 vote     reply to
MiniAce Aug 31 2011, 2:04am said:

@MahtXL it's you calling gabe fat that is delaying ep 3

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deaddale Nov 29 2011, 3:25am said:

well i look all over the web and i think ep 3 is real and comeing

+1 vote     reply to
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