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There's no way Gabe (and his family) lives (Long Beach Penn) which 165 miles from where he works (Bellevue, WA) and commutes that everyday. That had to have been a vacation home shown. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:29, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

It should be Gabe Newell and Harrison went on to found Valve, not find. This page is semi protected so i can't correct it. someone with the authorisation, do it please? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:08, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

This is correct, and still hasn't been fixed. Hoping to bring it to the attention of the powers that be. -RokXRokX (talk) 03:26, 15 June 2009 (UTC)


I was under the impression that Newell was the lead programmer at Valve, the page mentions nothing about it and don't know if I'm mistaken. LikuX 08:40, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

Added a Picture[edit]

Not sure how to format pages correctly yet, and it looks kind of dumb on the page, so if someone could fix that for me, it would be great. --Renablistic 20:09, 13 October 2007 (UTC)

Dumb? You, sir, are a genius. That is the greatest picture I have ever seen in my life. No, but seriously, that picture is so unflattering it's hilarious. I say keep it for the lulz. Sandwiches99 (talk) 05:33, 28 July 2008 (UTC)

Trivia Section[edit]

I will concede the fireplace incident, although my brother was an eye-witness. However, I think GN's status as a Harvard dropout is significant both in itself and as an example of the phenomenon in which many Harvard dropouts, including Bill Gates and a few of my TA's, went on to become Microsoft millionaires. Also, GN was never called "Feet" or "Birds" in school, and that line certainly qualified as silly, so I removed it. Fbagatelleblack 17:25, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Games in Windows?[edit]

From what I hear he was the one who included the games in Windows 1.0 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:24, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Does anyone have a reliable source on this factoid? AlistairMcMillan (talk) 00:13, 6 January 2008 (UTC)

That cant be true, in an interview with Gabe he said that he had never made a game before Half Life. He was a spreadsheet developer among other boring things. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:58, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

PS3 Bias[edit]

What's with the section that is nothing but bias against the PS3? It doesn't even specify which "port" they are talking about. I know Newell has said that in the past, but he's said the same thing about the 360. It's his rant on next-gen in general. Hadiz (talk) 20:36, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Edited to clarify which port we are talking about. AlistairMcMillan (talk) 14:50, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

I must say that I do find that section to be less than objective - it's effectively laying the blame for a perceived inadequate game on an person from a completely different development house. Gabe Newell really had nothing to with the quality of the ps3 release, nor should he be held accountable for it. Also of note is that the PS3 release of the Orange Box had an average reviewer score of 89% of metacritic, while this score is not quite as high as the pc and xbox releases it is enough to make it the 4th highest ranked game on the ps3. - Funkeystu (talk) 08:42, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

It should clearly be edited to show his overall distaste in current-gen console technology, or if anything, moved to another article (like Valve itself or The Orange Box). Right now this has a clear fanboy slant. -TonicBH (talk) 04:42, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

Windows "producer"; other roles at Microsoft[edit]

From the article with the producer quote, Newell describes his role "[using] games industry parlance". Likely, this means he was a project manager, and given what I've read of Microsoft's management of projects, likely one of several. I'm interested more in what he did at Microsoft after those three releases, though. Depending on how you count them, the third release could have been Windows/x86 (2.1; released 1988) or Windows 3.0 (released 1990). Did he work at all on 3.1x, NT, or Windows 95? --coldacid (Talk|Contrib) 13:43, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Son reportedly enjoys Counter-Strike?[edit]

What is this? What on God's green earth does this have to do with Gabe Newell? Millions of people enjoy Counter-Strike, and one of them is *gasp* related to him? No crap! This piece should be removed immediately. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:16, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done I could imagine reasons it might be relevant, but the statement itself is an uncited weasel and we can't decide or speculate our own relevance either. DMacks (talk) 04:56, 24 October 2008 (UTC)


why is this article "semi protected indefinitely due to an ongoing high risk of vandalism"? why is Newell so unpopular?? Jgcxelite (talk) 12:35, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't know the exact reasons, but I do know that, especially around Facepunch Forums, there are constant cracks at Mr. Newell's weight and his apparent habit of constantly pushing releases father and farther back. It's even gone so far as to connect the two together, stating that any joke about Newell would lead to the delay of an upcoming game. That's probably why the article is protected, to prevent such jokes from appearing. (talk) 16:31, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

Even though the page is protected, someone was still able to get onto it and throw some jokes onto it today (August 16, 2009) —Preceding unsigned comment added by BfDelano (talkcontribs) 20:17, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

How dare they? Gabe Newell has meant a lot for the developement of games. Even thought I don't like certain things in their games, I enjoy them as a whole. I does not like certain things about steam either, but if we are about to judge something, we must remember to sum up everything.
Also remember that the only one that truely can judge a person is him/her-self!
Spearmintz (talk) 14:48, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

--He hates PS3? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:09, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

Not because he hates the PS3, but because he's gone to lengths to insult the PS3's entire fan base with vicious and entirely unnecessary remarks to the media. The Playstation isn't his only target either. The guy is pretty rude toward anyone and anything outside of his sphere. He just foams at the mouth more than usual concerning the PS3. So it shouldn't be surprising at all if a lot of people he's been offensive to feel inclined to be offensive right back at him. (talk) 22:06, 3 July 2009 (UTC)
Its my fault, A long time ago I edited the page saying he died on his toilet, I was bored, That was I think, in 2008. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:10, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

And the entire pcmasterrace thing where they basically worship him. Its satirical but that doesn't mean that there aren't people who would vandalize the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:51, 23 September 2013 (UTC)


I would like that this quote was added to the wikipage in some way ( seems locked ):

C'mon, people, you can't show the player a really big bomb and not let them blow it up.

This statement can be found on this page: . Spearmintz (talk) 14:48, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Unless it is particularly relevant, the place for quotes is AlistairMcMillan (talk) 17:45, 23 June 2009 (UTC)
Could someone add the fact that on the TF2 commentary, he stated that his favorite class is the Spy? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:05, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

Personal Life Section[edit]

I feel that the Personal Life section is kind of irrelevant, considering how little information it holds and its overall insignificance. Should it be removed? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:06, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

'and Super Mario 64 convinced him video games were art' - so he did believe video games were art but now does not? is not the correcting wording 'and Super Mario 64 convinced him that video games are an artform.'

not to mention the fact that nowhere in the source article does it make mention that it is the same Gabe Newell from Valve. It could be just anyone. Delete it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Micbic2000 (talkcontribs) 10:17, 31 August 2010 (UTC)

Should it be Suffered and not Suffers? Seeing as it's been cured? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:20, 29 April 2011 (UTC)


The article says he dropped out of college, his category tag says he's an alumnus. Which one is it? I'll address this shortly if the original poster doesn't address it soon. Thanks, TheFireTones 12:23, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Both are true. He attended Harvard, thus qualifying as an alumnus, but he did not graduate. One does not need to be a graduate to be an alumnus, and I get fundraising letters from various institutions which prove this point. Ebikeguy (talk) 03:03, 14 April 2010 (UTC)

Infobox Photo[edit]

If anyone wishes to change the infobox photo in this article, please discuss it on the "Talk" page first. Thanks. Ebikeguy (talk) 02:12, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Valve Task Force Re-vitalization[edit]

Attention, all contributors to the Valve Task Force and the articles it constitutes!
I am here to announce that I will be re-vitalizing the Valve Task Force, aimed at universally improving articles constituting Valve Corporation, their employees, associates and products. This specific task force has been dormant for quite some time and with two very notable releases coming out this year, I feel like this is the appropriate time to re-stimulate the general aim of this group. For those who are not already members of the Valve Task Force, feel free to add your name to our members list and contribute to whatever articles you feel your contributions may prove beneficial for. Valve, its products and notable employees have proven to be essential to the progression of the video game industry, so I'd like to make a call of arms for this cause. DarthBotto talkcont 21:56, 08 February 2011 (UTC)


Well im suprised no one has done this before,he is a well hated man so i thought i would include this in the artical ok?Awsometilthegrave (talk) 20:08, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Absolutely not! Eik Corell (talk) 20:22, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
It's surprising to find Gabe's page here not protected. Gravitoweak (talk) 20:53, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
The article has been semi-protected since October 2009. That knocks the vandalism down to a level that is not "good" but still allows numerous good edits to proceed. Any vandals that do sneak through are (almost) obviously a chronic problem (and on balance perhaps an overall detriment to WP) rather than drive-by kids, so WP:AIV is where to request they be blocked. DMacks (talk) 21:31, 5 September 2011 (UTC)
Certainly not. Gabe Newell is far from hated; he is rather popular, being that he has assisted in the development of many Steam-Games, Window Platforms, console platforms and other cetra. Gabe Newell is often subject to many cruel jokes in the Valve community, but Gabe is far from "hated". Gabe Newell is actually one of my favorite figures in todays society. He is also a admired figure of many Valve fans such as myself, despite the cruel jokes and such, he is most popular. :) --Suffery (talk) 21:57, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

Newell's corporate title[edit]

In its latest press release, Valve refers to Gabe Newell as its president, not managing director. (talk) 06:47, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

On LinkedIn, Newell refers to himself as president and owner of Valve, for whatever that's worth. Ebikeguy (talk) 15:17, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

New image[edit]

I suggest we upload a new image that has been around the internet for a few days now, the one used right now is really unflattering. This is the image which should be used. Almater (talk) 17:10, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Only images that are available under a free license are permitted for this individual. "Something floating on the internet" doesn't meet that fairly strict legal definition or wikipedia-policy standard. See Wikipedia:Non-free content for more details about the idea of "free" here. DMacks (talk) 17:18, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
I'm trying to dig up a Creative Commons photo that is a bit more flattering to Mr. Newell. Cheers, Ebikeguy (talk) 17:55, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

What if you just... asked him for a better one? He DOES answer emails. (talk) 12:26, 5 April 2012 (UTC)

Already tried that. No luck. Ebikeguy (talk) 18:31, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

"He is a confirmed fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic."[edit]

This is a pointless addition to the article and will only serve to cause controversy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:35, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

^ This. Completely pointless. (talk) 02:46, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

I don't know, if we have his favourite games, why not this? (talk) 10:21, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

Because a game designer's favorite games influence the games they produce. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:09, 29 June 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 18 April 2012[edit]

Please remove "He is a confirmed fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic", due to that it unnecessary to have this added to his personal life, as it has no impact on his career or actual personal life. Murferu (talk) 06:02, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Agreed. Removed per WP:UNDUE. Eik Corell (talk) 11:48, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Already done. Please be sure to disable the requested edit template after completing an edit request. Thanks Eik!   — Jess· Δ 00:48, 24 April 2012 (UTC)


Why does it say that Gabe was born 150 years ago? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

WP:VANDALISM happens from time to time. Looks like it was promptly fixed. DMacks (talk) 23:58, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

quick little word change[edit]

under work it says "upcoming operating system" windows 8 has been released so this needs changing to "newest operating system"

cheers — Preceding unsigned comment added by Subz91 (talkcontribs) 16:34, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

Fixed this. Thanks for pointing it out. Samwalton9 (talk) 23:14, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

Gaben Phenomenon?[edit]

Gabe Newell has become an extremely popular man, an icon of the PC gaming industry. Along with this status there has been a proliferation of content related to this (especially using the alternative "Gaben", which is based on his email, GabeN@valve). The use of this alternate name is so ubiquitous that it actually seems to pop up in a news/blog article by accident (

A few examples of extremely popular video/audio content related to this phenomenon:

One can see the influence of this phenomenon almost everywhere in the PC gaming community. I feel it is relevant to this article.

Star Trek[edit]

The article says: "His favorite games are Super Mario 64, Doom, and Star Trek played on a Burroughs mainframe computer." It would be nice if we could add an internal link for Star Trek. I think Newell means Star Trek (script game), but it could also be Star Trek (text game). -- (talk) 14:44, 29 May 2013 (UTC)


Anyone find some reliable sources about how all his fans mock his weight?--Vaypertrail (talk) 16:34, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

Is this in the article somewhere or are you proposing including it? Samwalton9 (talk) 16:44, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
It's not in this article, but I also think it should be included, as it has gone as far as it has now become an internet meme. Gabe Newell has never publicly commented on his weight, and I assume that no reliable sources say what his weight is. However mocking Gabe for his weight is very common online and it's widely believed that every time someone makes a fat joke about Gabe, it delays the release of Half Life 3. --PWNGWN (talk) 14:02, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
There are no grounds for including this information in the article if no reliable sources cover it and after a brief search it would appear they don't. Samwalton9 (talk) 14:15, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 December 2013[edit]

Put his nickname, Gaben in his name. Hondaissace (talk) 11:25, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. --Stfg (talk) 11:54, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 8 January 2014[edit]

I am requesting to change Gabe Newell's image to a more recent image (i.e. with his beard).(Source: Thank you for your time. :D TeiselBonne1834 (talk) 00:05, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Not done: Wikipedia can only accept free images. Images in newspapers or other publications, or ones generally foud on other websites do not qualify under the Wikipedia:Image use policy. DMacks (talk) 02:36, 8 January 2014 (UTC)}}