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Approval of God: Valve has showcased various fan works for their games, such as , Half-Life 2 and the Team Fortress 2 series.
Portal Breakthrough Hit:
Half-Life Hey, It's That Voice!: They use the same voice actors a lot, namely the guys from .
Team Fortress 2 Man of a Thousand Voices: But without reading the credits or being told, you probably won't guess they're the same people.
Ellen McLain is particularly ubiquitous, her voice being in every game in the Orange Box, the other Half-Life 2 games, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and Dota 2.
One of Us: According to his "Geek A Week" interview, Gabe Newell loves (he loves how Quentin Tarentino's movie fanboyism shows through his work), Phillip K. Dick, Pulp Fiction Stephen King, fanboys over Shigeru Miyamoto (he especially loves Super Mario 64), is a Brony, and wants people to draw hats all over his trading card.
Schedule Slip: Their delays on their release dates are so infamous that their fandom has coined the term to refer to the manner in which they can single-handedly dilate time around themselves. This is probably mostly thanks to Valve's loose internal corporate structure, where no-one has a single, set-in-stone role to play in the company. They claim it is due to their attempts to produce high-quality games that are fun, and the developer commentary often mentions features that were not fun that had to be discarded, which certainly consumes time.
'Valve Time' The Red Stapler: Ellis' trucker cap (and subsequently, the RED Team version of it, once it was released as a Team Fortress 2 item) and "Bull Shifters" t-shirt, Chell's tank top, an Aperture Science shower curtain (doubles as a Mythology Gag, because they started off manufacturing shower curtains to the military), The Mann Co. Cap and Soldier's Grenadier's Softcap.
They Also Did: John Patrick Lowrie ( The Sniper) is also a novelist, Ellen McLain ( The Administrator, Combine Overwatch, and GLaDOS) sings opera (although those who have completed Portal 2's single player story mode already know this quite well), Hugh Dillon ( Nick) is a rock singer, and Jim French ( Father Grigori, Bill, Elder Titan) is a radio personality. Composer Mike Morasky did special effects on the second two movies and Matrix trilogy.
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