VALVE BOSS Gabe Newell has taken part in a Reddit ask me anything (AMA) session without actually embracing the full meaning of the event.
Newell took part in a long, fun and informative talk, but refused to comment on Half Life 3, regardless of how many times people brought it up.
"Are we ever going to get closure for the Half Life story line?," asked one Redditor to a chorus of crickets.
"He should have titled this 'Ask Us Almost Anything' if he had no intentions of touching Half-Life sequel questions," complained another.
The subject of Steam boxes, the Valve games console, came up, and Newell said that the firm is working on low cost machines that could link with existing hardware. "We're making some progress," he said.
Perhaps fittingly given its ubiquity, the issue of privacy and surveillance came up. Newell was asked what he thought about the present situation. While he did not specifically comment on recent revelations, he did say, "A couple of years ago I donated a million dollars to the ACLU."
Newell was asked when he started programming. "13" was his quick response. Asked what language he used, he said, "ALGOL".
Another Redditor asked Newell whether Steam will integrate services like Pandora into its system and make it easier for users to listen to internet radio. He did not provide specifics, but he said, "Yes, we've got some things in the works that we think you'll like."
Asked what strangest gift Newell and Valve have ever been sent, he responded that a locked crate once turned up from 4Chan along with an offer to buy the key. Newell said that the firm sold the box on Craigslist.
Newell reckoned that he plays about 20 hours a week gaming, and explained that Valve was chosen as a name because it is "better than "Rhino Scar". µ
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