Trivia / Valve Software

  • Adored by the Network: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and Steam software get repeated announcements of big updates and new content, to the exclusion of almost all of their other properties.
  • Approval of God: Valve has showcased various fan works for their games, such as Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2 and the Portal series.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Half-Life for FPS and Portal for Puzzle genres respectively.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Volvo", whenever they're perceived to be not doing their job well, as in "volvo pl0x" or "ded gaem, volvo disband". This nickname rose in prominence when DOTA 2's Diretide 2012 event was canceled, to the point where Volvo Cars even rolled with the discussion and made a couple of shout-outs to Valve on its social media pages.
    • "Western Konami" by some disillusioned Valve fans after the Artifact announcement.
  • He 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 Matrix movies and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • 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 is 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 Pulp Fiction (he loves how Quentin Tarantino's movie fanboyism shows through his work), Phillip K. Dick, 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.
  • 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.
  • Schedule Slip: Their release date delays are so infamous that their fandom has coined the term 'Valve Time' to refer to their ability to 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.
  • Vaporware: Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is legendary in the industry for becoming this. Episode 2 is considered the high point of the second game, and it ends on an infamous Cliffhanger. Fans eagerly awaited news for the next game. After the departure of Marc Laidlaw, the series' lead writer, it's safe to say that the game has been unofficially canceled.
  • What Could Have Been...: They're pretty tight-lipped about the work that goes on behind the scenes, even if it's been aborted, but Gabe revealed that they had been working on an RPG about fairies at one point before they decided that it was going nowhere.

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