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Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby DaveTHX » 14 Feb 2011, 11:53

That percentage would shoot up if they started offering the same price as the likes of Amazon and Play from day one.
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Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby TimHotston » 14 Feb 2011, 11:54

and that a onetime manager of a Waffle House in Florida is now a lead software developer on Half-Life


Gabe Newell must of really liked those waffles :lol:
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby Jensonjet » 14 Feb 2011, 12:18

With all that money it would be nice if Valve actually get off their fat asses and create a NEW GAME ENGINE!!!!! Assuming they're capable. I'm not sure they are.

Left4Dead's engine is poor. Very poor. And the fact the single player campaigns last such a short time makes the game a near rip off. I don't game on a PC, but I did I'd not have paid for that.
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby altitude2k » 14 Feb 2011, 12:28

Have you seen the man? Of course he nearly went blind...
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby spunwicked » 14 Feb 2011, 12:42

Overeating disease is a result of toxins produced by Clostridial bacteria type D. These bacteria, which are usually harmless, live in the soil. When cattle consume these bacteria and the conditions in the animals' intestines are just right, the bacteria grow out of control. When this happens, they produce many toxins that are dangerous to the cattle.

A calf will go from perfect vision to complete blindness in a matter of hours. You may notice the calf not wanting to move or follow the herd. It may walk right into a tree or stumble over a rock. On inspecting its eyes, you will find a white film covering them.
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby nathar » 14 Feb 2011, 12:43

I found out this weekend that Steam take a straight 30% cut of everything they sell. I love steam, but their pricing will cripple indie gaming if they continue to hold so much of the digital distribution market. It heartens me to see things like Minecraft doing so well without steam because its evidence that PC gaming outside of steam isnt quite dead yet :)
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby anytime » 14 Feb 2011, 13:05

Jensonjet wrote:With all that money it would be nice if Valve actually get off their fat asses and create a NEW GAME ENGINE!!!!! Assuming they're capable. I'm not sure they are.

Left4Dead's engine is poor. Very poor. And the fact the single player campaigns last such a short time makes the game a near rip off. I don't game on a PC, but I did I'd not have paid for that.


That me be the problem, they are in a very comfortable position right now so they are in no hurry to do anything. They arn't in a hurry like most people to get there game done and dusted because they have wages to pay ect and arn't constrained with time limits that money always brings, so they will get it done in there own time like years years and years.
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby Tonyb » 14 Feb 2011, 13:59

I bought L4D2 off steam last weekend for a tenner and have to say it's a brilliant online experience, infact, haven't touched my 360, so from my point of view it's a case of "well done Gabe" and long may those profits roll in!
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby joycey » 14 Feb 2011, 14:40

spunwicked wrote:Overeating disease is a result of toxins produced by Clostridial bacteria type D. These bacteria, which are usually harmless, live in the soil. When cattle consume these bacteria and the conditions in the animals' intestines are just right, the bacteria grow out of control. When this happens, they produce many toxins that are dangerous to the cattle.

A calf will go from perfect vision to complete blindness in a matter of hours. You may notice the calf not wanting to move or follow the herd. It may walk right into a tree or stumble over a rock. On inspecting its eyes, you will find a white film covering them.


Very funny. You would think that when he got his vision back the thoughts "F*** me, I'm fat - better use some of that money to fund a gym membership" would cross his mind :roll:
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby STEVONYMO » 14 Feb 2011, 15:07

I nearly went blind once but it had nothing to do with my cornea. :roll:
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby woodins » 14 Feb 2011, 15:31

joycey wrote:
spunwicked wrote:Overeating disease is a result of toxins produced by Clostridial bacteria type D. These bacteria, which are usually harmless, live in the soil. When cattle consume these bacteria and the conditions in the animals' intestines are just right, the bacteria grow out of control. When this happens, they produce many toxins that are dangerous to the cattle.

A calf will go from perfect vision to complete blindness in a matter of hours. You may notice the calf not wanting to move or follow the herd. It may walk right into a tree or stumble over a rock. On inspecting its eyes, you will find a white film covering them.


Very funny. You would think that when he got his vision back the thoughts "F*** me, I'm fat - better use some of that money to fund a gym membership" would cross his mind :roll:


Listen to some Tom Leykis clips on Youtube, and you will understand why a fatty like Gabe doesn't need a gym. Quick summary hint: "Nearly, if not already, a billionaire."
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby DAEDALUS79 » 14 Feb 2011, 15:45

, a congenital disease


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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby anytime » 14 Feb 2011, 16:06

Fat people can't help the way they are, you see they are born with the disease obesity, it's in there genes. It's true, it was in the newspaper.
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby Imaduck » 14 Feb 2011, 17:38

He's a ledge end, no doubts. Also, cool story bro, genuinely, never knew that stuff :)
Steam is pretty great, it deserves a lot more respect that it gets and the whole profit thing is brilliant. My only gripe - make more of the games GFWL compatible, then I'll be absolutely 100% sold :D

I think it's clear why the Waffle dude was hired ...... to make Gabe nutritious low fat salads of course ! :roll:
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Re: Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

Postby Slim-Cognito » 14 Feb 2011, 18:16

"so I had a nasty eye infection that nearly cost me my sight, but thats all in the past now as I became rich and succesfull through creating Valve and .... HALF LIFE, Oh the people ..." yeah you get where Im going with this :P
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