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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!)

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Sethen Jun 8 2011 says:

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

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medve Jun 8 2011 replied:

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

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dsi1 Jun 8 2011 says:

So is this Valve's E3 showing? ;p

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Radu_IceMan Jun 8 2011 replied:

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

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aidy70060 Jun 8 2011 replied:

I see what you did there.

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buy_a_hotdog! Jun 8 2011 says:

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 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 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 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.

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Renay Jun 10 2011 replied:

Total ********

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CrazyChickenMFK Jun 8 2011 says:


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Kamikazi[Uk] Jun 8 2011 says:

Good interview :D

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bad@chaos Jun 8 2011 says:

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

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ZitaX Jun 8 2011 says:

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 replied:


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Wolf0x Jun 8 2011 says:

Great interview

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SteveZombie Jun 8 2011 says:

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

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Tech|Rogue Jun 8 2011 replied:

There are transcripts available on their website.

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MortalMaxx Jun 9 2011 says:

That was a nice tune in the end!

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kazarr Jun 9 2011 says:

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

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NullSoldier Jun 10 2011 replied:

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

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BunnyJen Jun 9 2011 says:

Lol @ Gabe's ringtone ^____^

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jjawinte Jun 9 2011 says:

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

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PS2viciado Jun 9 2011 says:

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

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Tracha Jun 9 2011 says:

Nothing 'bout EP3? Next!

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kalidrone Jun 9 2011 replied:

So damn true... DX I am getting SO fed up with the lack of EP3 news, ******* 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 replied:

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

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XDmarcsyoXD Jun 9 2011 says:

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

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Darth^Xerstorung Jun 9 2011 says:

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

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cinco Jun 10 2011 buried:


gabe newell's like a retarded ball of feces

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SteveZombie Jun 10 2011 replied:

You must think pretty highly of retarded balls of feces.

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GodofDarkness Jun 10 2011 says:

so, its delayed once again...not surprised

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Snuffeldjuret Jun 10 2011 says:

Great one =).

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ice_trey Jun 10 2011 buried:


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

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MrBCut Jun 10 2011 says:

thanks for this!

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SGTLEGENDKILLEЯ Jun 10 2011 says:

JON CARMACK!! *jizzes and dies*

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nado Jun 10 2011 says:

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

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RacerXLR8 Jun 11 2011 says:

Any word on Half-Life 3 ? Anyone?

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SiPlus Jun 11 2011 says:

Ask when prop array error will be fixed.

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CleanSuit Jun 11 2011 says:

its cool to see ol' gabe on here

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Mischa_Silden Jun 13 2011 says:

Gabe Newell! I love you forever!

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DeV-xC Jun 13 2011 says:

Great podcast thx !

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loserspearl Jun 13 2011 says:

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

+2 votes     reply to comment Jun 13 2011 says:

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 says:

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 says:

Gabes really ******* 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 says:

@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!!!

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MiniAce Aug 31 2011 says:

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

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deaddale Nov 29 2011 says:

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

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