Trivia: Valve Software
- 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
- Hey, It's That Voice!: They use the same voice actors a lot, namely the guys from Team Fortress 2.
- One of Us: According to his "Geek A Week" interview, Gabe Newell loves Pulp Fiction (he loves how Quentin Tarentino'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.
- Internet Counterattack: In early 2015, Valve released a system that allowed its community to put their game mods up on the marketplace for purchase. Owners of the mod could either set a fixed price, a "pay what you want" price system, or release the mods free of charge. There would also be a split in profits made where Valve would take 70% of the cut and divide it between themselves and the game studio who made the game that the mod was made for. There would also be a refund system where people had 24 hours to request a refund for a mod they purchased, but doing so would bar that person from buying or selling on the marketplace for a whole week. There was a massive negative reception to the idea from gamers, critics, and journalists alike as they all pointed out that not only was the profit division completely unfair, but they also feared that people would get greedy, others releasing overpriced garbage mods, and others would sell stolen mods that, overall, would have a negative impact on the community. Valve tried to defend the practice by saying that the makers of Skyrim (they were the first developers to be on board with the new model) suggested the high profit division and Valve also believed that their community could police itself so Valve wouldn't have to be involved. The negative feedback continued and Valve quickly removed the paid mods model while also giving everyone a full refund.
- Schedule Slip: Their delays on their release dates are so infamous that their fandom has coined the term 'Valve Time' 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.
- 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 Matrix movies and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.