Valve ARG

Gabe Newell on his Dota 2 obsession, Half-Life protests and EA's Origin

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This interview originally appeared in PC Gamer UK issue 232. Alternatively you can watch the video interview.

Valve are constantly surprising. One month they’re making one of their most popular games, Team Fortress 2, free to play, and the next they’re running a $1 million tournament for the upcoming Dota 2.

That makes any chance to speak to company co-founder Gabe Newell a pleasure, because you never know what you’re going to get. I sat down with him during the Dota 2 tournament to talk about his obsession with his company’s new game, his thoughts on EA’s Steam-rival Origin, and what motivates him to come into work each day.

Erik Wolpaw on Portal 2's ending: "the [spoiler] is probably lurking out there somewhere"

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Relax. All done now. Potatoes collected, game digested, portals spent.

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Time for more Portal 2! After finishing both of Portal 2's campaigns we sat down with writer Erik Wolpaw to discuss what was – and wasn't – featured in the return to Aperture, the game's ending, and a lady with an especially sexy voice. Needless to say, if you haven't played Portal 2 to the end, this is spoiler PACKED. So don't read any further until you've completed the thing.


Portal 2 potato sack indie devs given "free reign" to design launch ARG

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The indie developers involved in the potato sack sale say that they were given "free reign" to design the ARG, as well as "access to any IP we wanted." Edge have been catching up with the potato sack developers to find out exactly how the enormous ARG came together.


Valve ARG not over, Half Life clues emerge

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As if a race against time to unlock Portal 2 early wasn't enough, Valve have been dropping cryptic hints that there's more to come from the ARG. A decrypted morse code message hidden in the latest Steamcast read "it's not over the others have been compromised." Later, a message from the mysterious "Doug" alludes to an Aperture Science Icebreaker Ship. The only one of those we know about is the Borealis. The Borealis was last seen seen at the end of Half Life 2: Episode 2. This is getting very exciting indeed.

Catch up with the latest clues below. We'll be updating this post with the latest info as it arrives.


Play Potato Sack games, get Portal 2 early

Owen Hill at

The Portal 2 countdown we mentioned earlier has come to a dramatic conclusion.

According to the new site, gamers can "Help release Portal 2 early" by playing the 13 indie games in The Potato Sack bundle. You can also buy the collection of indies bundled with Portal 2.

So what are you waiting for? We're off to play Killing Floor. Yeah!

Thanks to leswordfish for pointing out this handy Portal 2 release date calculator thing. Is it accurate? Guess we'll find out soon.


Countdown appears on Aperture Science site. World initiates preload

Owen Hill at

A countdown has appeared on www.aperturescience.com, along with a message from the ever-enchanting GLaDOS.

She seems pretty happy with humankind's progress through the Valve Arg over the past few days, but what could the countdown actually be leading up to?

Office speculation is rife: the early release of Portal 2? The early release of a bit of Portal 2? A mini Portal 2 mini-game thing? Companion Cube plushies for everyone? Some Half-Life 2: Episode 3 info? More potatoes?

Initiate speculation and mild panic... NOW.


From: Gabe Newell. Subject: No subject

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The picture is called "berets or scoop." See the full image below.


Portal 2 trailer sells turrets, contains secret messages

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The latest Portal 2 trailer tells you why you'd want to own your very own Aperture Science turret, probably the friendliest tools of death you're ever likely to fall victim to. This is more than just another Portal 2 trailer, however, hidden away between the cuts there are secret messages, encoded in ASCII, which feed back into the mysterious goings on in Steam's recent potato sack sale.