Submitted by yomaru 1218d ago | news

Half-Life 2 art director finally reveals why he left Valve

To many gamers, Valve is the epitome of good in the gaming industry. They produce great games, they’re heavily involved with and support their community, and Gabe Newell is one of the nicest guys you’ll find in the industry. So one has to wonder, why would anyone leave a company with such a good reputation? The former art director on Half-Life 2 did, and now he’s finally revealed why. (Arkane Studios, Dishonored, Half-Life 2, Industry, PC, PS3, Valve, Valve Software, Xbox 360)

rufusman91  +   1218d ago
Valve becoming bigger and bigger = better and better games and sales on steam.
patriotZero  +   1218d ago
you say
inveni0  +   1218d ago
Yeah, I can definitely see too big being a problem. Things start to become a bureaucracy, and that begins to limit creative freedom.
BlackPrince 42  +   1218d ago
Not quite, many studios get worse when they get larger because too many voices dulls the creative edge of the studio.

Insomniac Games is a victim of this.
inveni0  +   1218d ago
I agree. Sony is one company that is good at finding a balance between these things. Valve hasn't yet been affected, I don't think...so maybe they'll do okay, too. But this dude that left definitely knows their inner workings better than any of us, and it just didn't suit him anymore. I can respect that.
Primalfear  +   1218d ago
Fanboys always find a way to bring Sony into every Article. *sigh*
inveni0  +   1218d ago
Actually, I brought up Sony because my first thought was, "Sony is big, and it doesn't hurt their first party creativity." It has nothing to do with the fact that I'm a fanboy, though I totally admit to being one. Sony games are awesome. I was countering my earlier claim that big could = bad. Obviously, it's not always true. So I gave an example.

Emo children call out fanboys in every comment.
iNFAMOUZ1  +   1218d ago
are you kiddin primal, this site is 80% sony fanboys, xbox gets treated like shit on a daily basis, the nerve of your blind hidden trolling.
coolman229  +   1217d ago
@Inveni0 Sony doesn't develop games. What they do is buy studios to make games exclusively for their consoles. Valve is a software company as opposed to Sony, which is mostly a hardware company. The comparison is a little off.
inveni0  +   1217d ago
Sony has so many studios, it's ridiculous...and they're all SCE studios. Let me show you:

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mananimal  +   1218d ago
@ rufuseman91

spoken like a politician, nice.
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khan_saab  +   1218d ago
"Valve becoming bigger and bigger" = I want more money

plain and simple. he wanted a bigger paycheck and he did not get it so he left. plain and simple
HardCover  +   1218d ago
That's the dumbest shit I've heard all month.

Time to go unplug my internet and check if the sun still exists.
Crazay  +   1218d ago
All the people I know in the industry especially on the artistic side, are in it for the love of the art and they want to be pushed to new limits with their craft.

If Valve started to do too many cookie cutter products, then i can see why someone as well respected as him would want to go elsewhere. somewhere they can use their imagination and create new and interesting things instead of the limitless garbage.
ATi_Elite  +   1218d ago
1. Valve is The Best! They are passionate about their games and fans so no worries from them. They remain a Private company to keep the "Suits from screwing things up".

2. Dishonored seems like a Bioshock clone, sorry but it does but that may be a good thing.

3. He went with the money and power so no complaints about leaving.

4. your next game or any thing you make will not be better than Half Life 2. HL2 was the result of great minds working together and not one individual.
strauser360  +   1218d ago
Wow. You are a pure Valve fanboy. congrats.
Crazay  +   1218d ago
Gabe probably ate his lunch one too many days.

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t0mmyb0y  +   1218d ago
Your avy >>>>
Jazz4108  +   1218d ago
Is there ever a time that a valve article can be written without some a hole commenting on Gabes weight. Everyone has problems and issues and we as humans should not stoop to the level of making fun of people for there issues. Grow up.
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Crazay  +   1218d ago
Shhhhh Jazz...No one was talking to you. it was said as a joke. I don't care that he looks like the stereo typical overweight nerd. Just that he's a loud mouth Dbag who runs a company that yes, has made some great games but fails to meet deadlines AND that he allows it like its some sort joke. "Valve Time"
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Bathyj  +   1218d ago
Lighten up Jazz, fat people are the last group we're still allowed to make fun of.

Might as well enjoy it until thats gone too.
BitbyDeath  +   1217d ago
@Bathyj, and gingers.
Bathyj  +   1217d ago
Oh yeah, I forgot about red headed step children.
RXL  +   1218d ago
"Not sure if fan boy...or just delusional"
MeatAbstract  +   1218d ago
Fair enough, really. Can't argue with his reasoning. The guy wants to work and create. Since Valve have unlimited resources they can pump into games, they can just sit back and take their time. Lord knows when we'll see anything new from Valve in terms of a new game, a new world, a new IP. That's what this guy wants to do.
BlackPrince 42  +   1218d ago
So in other words, this guy left Valve because he's actually interested in making games, not piddling around for years at a time buying small studios, appropriating their in development games, and then publishing it as if Valve had been working on it all along.

I understand that......................and this explains why Dishonored gives me the HL2 feel.
chukamachine  +   1218d ago
HL3 has already taken too long.

HL2 sold 12million on PC.
Vladplaya  +   1218d ago
I feel Antonov, it's one thing to work for a big and successful company, but its another thing to be stagnated as an artists with nothing much to do.

He is an artist, and I respect the guys for going with his heart and taking a risk on working with new people in smaller company just so he can bring out something new out of his talent. Good luck to him, Dishonored looks great so far too!
thezeldadoth  +   1218d ago
half-life 3 is so hyped that its going to fail. Even if its the best FPS ever made, it won't live up to fan expectations. Sadly, if it becomes very popular it will be hated as well. People like to feel like they are different than most people. If its popular, they can't be hipster. Its why people hate wow and cod and halo before cod came out and made halo cool again for hipsters.
FarCryLover182  +   1218d ago
"Give me Half-Life 3, or give me death!"- Patrick Henry
jon1234  +   1218d ago

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