As if he doesn’t have enough on his plate, J.J. Abrams continues his bid to become the king of pop (geek) culture by teaming up with Valve for possible big-screen versions of the software giant’s two most-loved franchises: Half-Life and Portal.
The folks down at New Zealand’s Weta Workshop must be huge Portal fans. ‘Cause you’re not going to believe what they just sent to Portal maker Valve Software.
No hardware yet, but Steam is coming to TV today! Also: after all that we’ve learned about Valve lately, it feels like the Half-Life developer is becoming known as the Apple of the gaming world: a magical, secretive place, kind of like the Chocolate Factory in real life.
A job opening posted to Valve’s website says very plainly that the company behind Half-Life and Portal is “jumping in” to the gaming hardware biz.
A few weeks ago, I told you about Valve releasing its Source Filmmaker software to the public. One crafty user decided to see what a scene from The Matrix would look like rendered in Source, and the result speaks for itself.
You know all those “Meet the…” videos that Valve makes to introduce Team Fortress 2 characters? Valve is giving away the software they use to make those short films. For free.
Valve Software‘s Handbook for New Employees has been posted to the web, and it’s one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever read, revealing Valve to be a place with no managers, where power is shared equally by every employee. Valve is truly a one-of-a-kind working environment. You’ve never seen anything like this…
The recent rumors flying around about Half-Life 3 being in active development with an announcement imminent, are total crap. But despite this, Valve is working on Half-Life. Just what iteration of Half-Life they’re working on is anybody’s guess, though. Let’s run down the possibilities.