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Gabe Newell says he'll do a Reddit AMA if charity event raises enough money

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I'm willing to bet that you have some questions for Gabe Newell. Questions like 'How did you cultivate such a magnificent beard?', 'Who's your favourite Thundercat?', and 'Why was Tom Hanks snubbed in this year's Oscar nominations?' Also something about Half-Life 3. Soon, all your questions will be answered. Maybe. Depending on a few things. The biggest being the little matter of the $500,000. Valve's resident overlord took to Reddit earlier to promote the Heart of Racing charity event (opens in new tab) , and after answering a few questions (opens in new tab) and proving that he's the real deal (opens in new tab) , Newell said he'll participate in an AMA (opens in new tab) (Ask Me Anything) if the event raises $500K in donations.

Newell's backing a car in the Heart of Racing charity driving event (opens in new tab) , which is raising money for the Seattle Children's Hospital. To promote the event, Newell took to Reddit. Then he took to Reddit again. Then he took to Reddit a third time (opens in new tab) , at which point people finally twigged that he might be THAT Gabe Newell. His most upvoted comment was this: "When they asked me what number I wanted for the car I asked for '3' and they said 'nope.' Irony." HALF-LIFE 3 CONF-on second thoughts, that joke never goes down too well.

In response to a request for an AMA, Newell posted the following comment. "I'll do an AMA once we hit $500K in donations to the hospital. How's that?". There's no way to tell how much money has been raised so far, that I can tell, but if you've been inspired to give money to a worthy cause, you can donate here (opens in new tab) .

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.