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1Michael Abrash 1Michael Abrash
2Michael Abrash was ABD (All But Dissertation) in the PhD program in Energy Management and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 when he got his first microcomputer – a Vector Graphics VIP CP/M machine with 56K and 160x72 graphics – and he’s still ABD. (His mother stopped giving him a hard time about not getting his PhD sometime in the mid-1990’s, right around his first meeting with Bill Gates.) He did some of the earliest arcade-style games for the IBM PC (Space Strike, Cosmic Crusader, and Big Top, if you’re a trivia buff – and yes, they were sold in plastic baggies). After he discovered the hard way that the PC didn’t actually have a game market yet, he worked at a series of hardware and software graphics companies, writing several books (including Zen of Assembly Language) and magazine columns (remember them?) on performance and graphics (most notably for Dr. Dobb’s Journal) along the way. In 1992 he somehow ended up as the graphics lead for the first two versions of Windows NT, then in 1995 he went to Id and worked alongside John Carmack to write Quake. After that he worked on both versions of Xbox, cowrote a software renderer, and worked on Intel’s Larrabee project before coming to Valve. Check out Michael's blog Ramblings in Valve Time. 2Michael Abrash was ABD (All But Dissertation) in the PhD program in Energy Management and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 when he got his first microcomputer – a Vector Graphics VIP CP/M machine with 56K and 160x72 graphics – and he’s still ABD. (His mother stopped giving him a hard time about not getting his PhD sometime in the mid-1990’s, right around his first meeting with Bill Gates.) He did some of the earliest arcade-style games for the IBM PC (Space Strike, Cosmic Crusader, and Big Top, if you’re a trivia buff – and yes, they were sold in plastic baggies). After he discovered the hard way that the PC didn’t actually have a game market yet, he worked at a series of hardware and software graphics companies, writing several books (including Zen of Assembly Language) and magazine columns (remember them?) on performance and graphics (most notably for Dr. Dobb’s Journal) along the way. In 1992 he somehow ended up as the graphics lead for the first two versions of Windows NT, then in 1995 he went to Id and worked alongside John Carmack to write Quake. After that he worked on both versions of Xbox, cowrote a software renderer, and worked on Intel’s Larrabee project before coming to Valve. Check out Michael's blog Ramblings in Valve Time.
3Mike Ambinder 3Mike Ambinder
4Mike has a B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from Yale and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois. His job description is vague, but he thinks it probably has something to do with applying both psychological knowledge and methodologies to game design. Essentially this means he gets to play with data, perform research, and act as an in-house consultant of sorts. He is really happy that you took the time to read his paragraph. 4Mike has a B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from Yale and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois. His job description is vague, but he thinks it probably has something to do with applying both psychological knowledge and methodologies to game design. Essentially this means he gets to play with data, perform research, and act as an in-house consultant of sorts. He is really happy that you took the time to read his paragraph.
5Matthew An Steam Profile 5Matthew An Steam Profile
6Matthew loved to play video games as a child. His parents warned him that playing games wasn't going to get him a job in the future. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2010, he proved them wrong by landing a job at Valve. As part of Valve’s Steam Support Team, Matthew helps support our Korean community and localizing efforts, making thousands of Korean Steam users believe we actually have offices in Korea. Matthew also uses his Photoshop skills to help make sure advertisements for sales and promotions get properly translated and presented to Steam users in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French, and German - just to name a few. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer and any first-person shooter game he can get his hands on. 6Matthew loved to play video games as a child. His parents warned him that playing games wasn't going to get him a job in the future. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2010, he proved them wrong by landing a job at Valve. As part of Valve’s Steam Support Team, Matthew helps support our Korean community and localizing efforts, making thousands of Korean Steam users believe we actually have offices in Korea. Matthew also uses his Photoshop skills to help make sure advertisements for sales and promotions get properly translated and presented to Steam users in Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French, and German - just to name a few. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer and any first-person shooter game he can get his hands on.
7Ted Backman 7Ted Backman
8Prior to joining Valve in the summer of 1996, Ted studied painting at the University of Washington. During his time here, Ted has been designing and building many of the people, places, and things that inhabit Black Mesa, City 17, and the outlying environments. A Seattle native, Ted finds drizzle comforting and insists that Payne's grey is his favorite color. 8Prior to joining Valve in the summer of 1996, Ted studied painting at the University of Washington. During his time here, Ted has been designing and building many of the people, places, and things that inhabit Black Mesa, City 17, and the outlying environments. A Seattle native, Ted finds drizzle comforting and insists that Payne's grey is his favorite color.
9Jeff Ballinger 9Jeff Ballinger
10Jeff's projects include Half-Life 2, Lost-Coast, Day of Defeat. Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and DotA 2. He is responsible for concepts, world textures, prototyping levels, architectural studies, and model making. In addition to working on world environments you can find him sketching, modeling, and learning new art techniques. 10Jeff's projects include Half-Life 2, Lost-Coast, Day of Defeat. Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and DotA 2. He is responsible for concepts, world textures, prototyping levels, architectural studies, and model making. In addition to working on world environments you can find him sketching, modeling, and learning new art techniques.
11Ken Banks 11Ken Banks
12Before joining Valve in 2010 as a Level Designer and Artist, Ken Banks previously worked on titles including Doom 3, Quake 4, and Borderlands. His career was inspired by his first real gaming experience on the PC, Valve’s Half-Life, in 1998. He became established in Half-Life’s flourishing mod community as a contributor to the successful Natural-Selection, which helped launch his career into game development at the age of 18. 12Before joining Valve in 2010 as a Level Designer and Artist, Ken Banks previously worked on titles including Doom 3, Quake 4, and Borderlands. His career was inspired by his first real gaming experience on the PC, Valve’s Half-Life, in 1998. He became established in Half-Life’s flourishing mod community as a contributor to the successful Natural-Selection, which helped launch his career into game development at the age of 18.
13Aaron Barber 13Aaron Barber
14Aaron got his first taste of 3D environments when he was studying engineering at UCLA. He was building VRML websites for the university, and also designing levels for Quake and Duke Nukem 3D with several Internet mod groups. His level design skills landed him a job at Xatrix Entertainment where he worked on Redneck Rampage, Quake 2, and Kingpin. After Kingpin, he took a senior design position at Electronic Arts where he worked on James Bond before coming to Valve. Outside the world of game and level design, Aaron likes playing music around Seattle. www.nineteen5.com. 14Aaron got his first taste of 3D environments when he was studying engineering at UCLA. He was building VRML websites for the university, and also designing levels for Quake and Duke Nukem 3D with several Internet mod groups. His level design skills landed him a job at Xatrix Entertainment where he worked on Redneck Rampage, Quake 2, and Kingpin. After Kingpin, he took a senior design position at Electronic Arts where he worked on James Bond before coming to Valve. Outside the world of game and level design, Aaron likes playing music around Seattle. www.nineteen5.com.
15Jeep Barnett 15Jeep Barnett
16Jeep quit his janitorial job at Fred Meyer to turn his programming hobby into a career. Jeep's love of video games (and fear of returning to a life of toilet scrubbing) drove him to earn a B.S. Degree from the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA. His senior game project, Narbacular Drop, morphed into Portal after Valve hired Jeep and his DigiPen teammates. 16Jeep quit his janitorial job at Fred Meyer to turn his programming hobby into a career. Jeep's love of video games (and fear of returning to a life of toilet scrubbing) drove him to earn a B.S. Degree from the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA. His senior game project, Narbacular Drop, morphed into Portal after Valve hired Jeep and his DigiPen teammates.
17Mark Behm 17Mark Behm
18Mark grew up drawing on a small table next to his Dad’s larger one, enamored of Star Wars and Frazetta. Before joining Valve in 2009, Mark worked as a feature film animator, concept artist, and illustrator for 12 years. His pre-Valve animation work includes Robots, Shrek the Third, and Madagascar 2. Mark now works as a concept artist, modeler, texture artist, and animator. 18Mark grew up drawing on a small table next to his Dad’s larger one, enamored of Star Wars and Frazetta. Before joining Valve in 2009, Mark worked as a feature film animator, concept artist, and illustrator for 12 years. His pre-Valve animation work includes Robots, Shrek the Third, and Madagascar 2. Mark now works as a concept artist, modeler, texture artist, and animator.
19Mike Belzer 19Mike Belzer
20Playing with G.I. Joes and video games as a kid really paid off for Mike. First, he made a career in stop motion, animating Gumby and the Pillsbury Doughboy, and the films Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. Then, in 1993, he was introduced to CGI at Pixar – and he really LIKED IT. For the next 12 years, Mike worked at the Walt Disney Animation Studios on such projects as Dinosaur, Kangaroo Jack, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt. Now he's at Valve making games. When he's not playing with pixels, Mike’s spending time with his wife and kids. 20Playing with G.I. Joes and video games as a kid really paid off for Mike. First, he made a career in stop motion, animating Gumby and the Pillsbury Doughboy, and the films Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. Then, in 1993, he was introduced to CGI at Pixar – and he really LIKED IT. For the next 12 years, Mike worked at the Walt Disney Animation Studios on such projects as Dinosaur, Kangaroo Jack, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt. Now he's at Valve making games. When he's not playing with pixels, Mike’s spending time with his wife and kids.
21Jeremy Bennett 21Jeremy Bennett
22Before joining Valve, Jeremy worked at Weta in New Zealand. He was the Visual Effects Art Director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Conceptual Designer on King Kong. In 2003, Jeremy won the Visual Effects Society’s Best Art Direction in a Motion Picture award for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Since joining Valve in 2006 he has worked on Half Life: Episode 2, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, and several upcoming titles. When he's not at work Jeremy can be found surfing the many breaks off the Olympic Peninsula, or building Lego space ships with his two boys. 22Before joining Valve, Jeremy worked at Weta in New Zealand. He was the Visual Effects Art Director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Conceptual Designer on King Kong. In 2003, Jeremy won the Visual Effects Society’s Best Art Direction in a Motion Picture award for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Since joining Valve in 2006 he has worked on Half Life: Episode 2, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, and several upcoming titles. When he's not at work Jeremy can be found surfing the many breaks off the Olympic Peninsula, or building Lego space ships with his two boys.
23Dan Berger 23Dan Berger
24Prior to Valve, Dan shipped a bunch of products, provided consumer services, and managed development teams. None of that was nearly as cool as what he's doing now. Despite his complete lack of game-industry qualifications - unless 20-odd years of pen-and-paper role-playing count - he nailed his Valve interview and got invited to join the party. Dan now works on Steam, happy to be back in a role where he's only responsible for his own mistakes. 24Prior to Valve, Dan shipped a bunch of products, provided consumer services, and managed development teams. None of that was nearly as cool as what he's doing now. Despite his complete lack of game-industry qualifications - unless 20-odd years of pen-and-paper role-playing count - he nailed his Valve interview and got invited to join the party. Dan now works on Steam, happy to be back in a role where he's only responsible for his own mistakes.
25Yahn Bernier 25Yahn Bernier
26Yahn was an Atlanta patent lawyer with a degree in chemistry from Harvard. So obviously he ended up in Seattle developing computer games. He taught himself to program at the age of 12 and has worked on the systems code and tools for most of Valve's titles. Yahn's proudest moment was when he was able to edit the text of this paragraph, after leaving it unchanged for more than a decade. 26Yahn was an Atlanta patent lawyer with a degree in chemistry from Harvard. So obviously he ended up in Seattle developing computer games. He taught himself to program at the age of 12 and has worked on the systems code and tools for most of Valve's titles. Yahn's proudest moment was when he was able to edit the text of this paragraph, after leaving it unchanged for more than a decade.
27Ken Birdwell 27Ken Birdwell
28Ken interrupted his fine art studies to join Gabe at Valve as one of their first employees. With a background mostly in simulation and medical software, Ken's primary focus at Valve has been animation software. He's also responsible for most of the acting systems that underlie the characters in Half-Life 2. Ken is the only Valve employee to actually grow up here in Bellevue, and spends countless hours regaling his officemates with tales of what the town was like "when I was a boy". 28Ken interrupted his fine art studies to join Gabe at Valve as one of their first employees. With a background mostly in simulation and medical software, Ken's primary focus at Valve has been animation software. He's also responsible for most of the acting systems that underlie the characters in Half-Life 2. Ken is the only Valve employee to actually grow up here in Bellevue, and spends countless hours regaling his officemates with tales of what the town was like "when I was a boy".
29Antoine Bourdon 29Antoine Bourdon
30Antoine hails from the heart of the France’s Champagne region, where he majored in law but focused on his minor: computer science. After working as a Microsoft contractor - supporting Live Meeting - he came to Valve where he’s been supporting our French community, localizing, and leading the French Café program. 30Antoine hails from the heart of the France’s Champagne region, where he majored in law but focused on his minor: computer science. After working as a Microsoft contractor - supporting Live Meeting - he came to Valve where he’s been supporting our French community, localizing, and leading the French Café program.
31Jason Brashill 31Jason Brashill
32Jason worked on British comics 2000ad and Judge Dredd Megazine as well as concept art for many games. His free time was spent mostly “enhancing” (other people’s) property with spray paint. Jason eventually skipped town and now resides near Seattle where he does all manner of arting at Valve and no longer pursues his extra-curricular activities in any way shape or form. Honest. 32Jason worked on British comics 2000ad and Judge Dredd Megazine as well as concept art for many games. His free time was spent mostly “enhancing” (other people’s) property with spray paint. Jason eventually skipped town and now resides near Seattle where he does all manner of arting at Valve and no longer pursues his extra-curricular activities in any way shape or form. Honest.
33Charlie Brown 33Charlie Brown
34Another Fort Walton Beach, Florida native, Charlie graduated from the University of Florida in the summer of 1994 and headed for California and 3Dfx Interactive. His responsibilities there included developer support, porting products to hardware, sample code, simple demos, and ultimately working with the 3Dfx developer relations team to manage the engineering game porting effort. Charlie left 3Dfx after two years and, with his college friend Gary McTaggart, created the Uber(tm) Engine at Ritual Entertainment in Dallas, Texas. Not long after joining Ritual, Charlie and Gary left to start their own company. Not long after that, Valve made Charlie (and Gary) an offer "they couldn't refuse." 34Another Fort Walton Beach, Florida native, Charlie graduated from the University of Florida in the summer of 1994 and headed for California and 3Dfx Interactive. His responsibilities there included developer support, porting products to hardware, sample code, simple demos, and ultimately working with the 3Dfx developer relations team to manage the engineering game porting effort. Charlie left 3Dfx after two years and, with his college friend Gary McTaggart, created the Uber(tm) Engine at Ritual Entertainment in Dallas, Texas. Not long after joining Ritual, Charlie and Gary left to start their own company. Not long after that, Valve made Charlie (and Gary) an offer "they couldn't refuse."
35Tom Bui 35Tom Bui
36Tom graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Like most software engineers at the time, he decided to join an Internet startup and become a millionaire before turning 30. When that didn’t happen, and after the Internet bubble burst, he decided to forget all that web-based, e-commerce stuff and pursue his real dream: making video games. He joined Midway Games West (formerly, the original Atari). That studio shut down a few months later, so Tom moved on to Maxis where he worked on titles such as Darkspore, Spore, and The Sims 2 (and many of its expansion packs). Since joining Valve in 2010, Tom has worked on Team Fortress 2, Portal 2, and small parts of Steam. 36Tom graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Like most software engineers at the time, he decided to join an Internet startup and become a millionaire before turning 30. When that didn’t happen, and after the Internet bubble burst, he decided to forget all that web-based, e-commerce stuff and pursue his real dream: making video games. He joined Midway Games West (formerly, the original Atari). That studio shut down a few months later, so Tom moved on to Maxis where he worked on titles such as Darkspore, Spore, and The Sims 2 (and many of its expansion packs). Since joining Valve in 2010, Tom has worked on Team Fortress 2, Portal 2, and small parts of Steam.
37Tobin Buttram 37Tobin Buttram
38As a music major, Tobin fully expected to have a career in food service. Instead, he spent most of his twenties touring and recording with Robert Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists, which led, somehow, to Microsoft in 1996, where he worked on Interactive Music Architecture (DirectMusic) and then as an Audio Director at Microsoft Game Studios, primarily with FASA. Tobin joined Valve in 2008 and is blown away every day that, in addition to doing audio production on some of the coolest projects in the whole wide world, he’s allowed to tinker with the audio calls in the game code, and encouraged to learn more about that side of the process every day. 38As a music major, Tobin fully expected to have a career in food service. Instead, he spent most of his twenties touring and recording with Robert Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists, which led, somehow, to Microsoft in 1996, where he worked on Interactive Music Architecture (DirectMusic) and then as an Audio Director at Microsoft Game Studios, primarily with FASA. Tobin joined Valve in 2008 and is blown away every day that, in addition to doing audio production on some of the coolest projects in the whole wide world, he’s allowed to tinker with the audio calls in the game code, and encouraged to learn more about that side of the process every day.
39Chris Carollo 39Chris Carollo
40Chris spent his college years working on Quest, a Quake level editor. His first real job was at the Massachusetts-based Looking Glass Studios where he worked on sound and physics for Thief. (His Thief handiwork included the revolutionary and tragically forgotten "sphere hat" primitive.) After a few sweaty years in Texas working on the Deus Ex sequel for Ion Storm Austin, Chris joined Valve. He still enjoys being able to step out of doors without bursting into flame. 40Chris spent his college years working on Quest, a Quake level editor. His first real job was at the Massachusetts-based Looking Glass Studios where he worked on sound and physics for Thief. (His Thief handiwork included the revolutionary and tragically forgotten "sphere hat" primitive.) After a few sweaty years in Texas working on the Deus Ex sequel for Ion Storm Austin, Chris joined Valve. He still enjoys being able to step out of doors without bursting into flame.
41Dario Casali 41Dario Casali
42Dario started designing levels for Doom while he was studying economics at the University of Oxford in England. After building "Final Doom: The Plutonia Experiment" with his brother, he was invited to Valve where he discovered that it was actually possible to have a career in games. Upon graduating from Oxford in 1996, he decided that the finance world would just have to wait. After all these years in the U.S., Dario still stubbornly refuses to give up his accent, and happily endures being the subject of British jokes on a daily basis. 42Dario started designing levels for Doom while he was studying economics at the University of Oxford in England. After building "Final Doom: The Plutonia Experiment" with his brother, he was invited to Valve where he discovered that it was actually possible to have a career in games. Upon graduating from Oxford in 1996, he decided that the finance world would just have to wait. After all these years in the U.S., Dario still stubbornly refuses to give up his accent, and happily endures being the subject of British jokes on a daily basis.
43Matt Charlesworth 43Matt Charlesworth
44Matt grew up in Nottingham in the UK. He broke into videogames 14 years ago when he started working at a British shop called Core Design on a new game called Tomb Raider. Remember that one? Many sequels later he moved to Canada where he worked at Bioware (on Mass Effect) and then at Blizzard/Activision in Vancouver. When Matt joined Valve in 2008 he got straight to work crafting characters for Left 4 Dead 2. By adding a simple lacey undergarment, he managed to help make the Spitter even grosser than was previously thought possible. If he ever offers to show you his reference images, just walk away. 44Matt grew up in Nottingham in the UK. He broke into videogames 14 years ago when he started working at a British shop called Core Design on a new game called Tomb Raider. Remember that one? Many sequels later he moved to Canada where he worked at Bioware (on Mass Effect) and then at Blizzard/Activision in Vancouver. When Matt joined Valve in 2008 he got straight to work crafting characters for Left 4 Dead 2. By adding a simple lacey undergarment, he managed to help make the Spitter even grosser than was previously thought possible. If he ever offers to show you his reference images, just walk away.
45Jess Cliffe 45Jess Cliffe
46While attending Virginia Tech, Jess co-created the original Counter-Strike. You may have heard his voice yell, “Counter-Terrorists Win!” once or twice. Ask him to say it; he loves that. These days, Jess can be found working on Left 4 Dead 2 and attempting to toilet train his cat Gonk. He’s this close. 46While attending Virginia Tech, Jess co-created the original Counter-Strike. You may have heard his voice yell, “Counter-Terrorists Win!” once or twice. Ask him to say it; he loves that. These days, Jess can be found working on Left 4 Dead 2 and attempting to toilet train his cat Gonk. He’s this close.
47Phil Co 47Phil Co
48Phil Co graduated from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1994 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area hoping to be a rock star. When the rock star thing didn't work out, Phil turned to his second choice: level design. He started at Cyclone Studios, working on Requiem: Avenging Angel. He went on to design levels at Infinite Machine, Knowwonder, and Blizzard North before coming to Valve in 2005. He is also the author of the book Level Design for Games. 48Phil Co graduated from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 1994 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area hoping to be a rock star. When the rock star thing didn't work out, Phil turned to his second choice: level design. He started at Cyclone Studios, working on Requiem: Avenging Angel. He went on to design levels at Infinite Machine, Knowwonder, and Blizzard North before coming to Valve in 2005. He is also the author of the book Level Design for Games.
49John Cook 49John Cook
50Formerly of Team Fortress software, John manages online platform development for Team Fortress 2 and other projects. Before coming to Valve, John studied computer science at RMIT University in Australia. He still suffers from jetlag after his move to Seattle; he can’t seem to make it in to work until past noon. 50Formerly of Team Fortress software, John manages online platform development for Team Fortress 2 and other projects. Before coming to Valve, John studied computer science at RMIT University in Australia. He still suffers from jetlag after his move to Seattle; he can’t seem to make it in to work until past noon.
51Greg Coomer Steam Profile 51Greg Coomer Steam Profile
52Prior to joining Valve, Greg helped Microsoft design various software products. Before that, he worked with Nintendo, started and ran a user interface design company, and spent several years as a freelance product designer. After helping to come up with the company name, Greg went on to lead the first game project that Valve ever cancelled. Greg's secret dream is to create a game called Akzidenz-Grotesk. You know, for kids. 52Prior to joining Valve, Greg helped Microsoft design various software products. Before that, he worked with Nintendo, started and ran a user interface design company, and spent several years as a freelance product designer. After helping to come up with the company name, Greg went on to lead the first game project that Valve ever cancelled. Greg's secret dream is to create a game called Akzidenz-Grotesk. You know, for kids.
53Christen Coomer Steam Profile 53Christen Coomer Steam Profile
54Christen joined Valve after serving ten years at Microsoft, where she designed a variety of consumer products and platforms. Since they let her go on good behavior, she’s joined the Steam team, where she designs, produces, tests, ships, and markets new features with the team of Steam engineers. And her brother. Have feedback or suggestions about Steam? Send 'em her way! 54Christen joined Valve after serving ten years at Microsoft, where she designed a variety of consumer products and platforms. Since they let her go on good behavior, she’s joined the Steam team, where she designs, produces, tests, ships, and markets new features with the team of Steam engineers. And her brother. Have feedback or suggestions about Steam? Send 'em her way!
55Scott Dalton 55Scott Dalton
56Scott began playing and designing games at an early age on an Atari 800 and never looked back. He came to Valve after creating games at Legend Entertainment for many years. Aside from level design and game mechanics, he delights in creating particle effects and programming the system that drives them. When not making worlds come to life, he's usually making them explode, bleed, and burn. 56Scott began playing and designing games at an early age on an Atari 800 and never looked back. He came to Valve after creating games at Legend Entertainment for many years. Aside from level design and game mechanics, he delights in creating particle effects and programming the system that drives them. When not making worlds come to life, he's usually making them explode, bleed, and burn.
57Bruce Dawson 57Bruce Dawson
58Bruce joined Valve after alternating between gaming and non-gaming careers. This was part of a careful study to determine which is more enjoyable. Spoiler alert: working on games is wicked fun. Bruce's previous game jobs include work at Distinctive Software, Cavedog Entertainment, Humongous Entertainment, and with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 group. His previous non-game jobs are too boring to list. Bruce enjoys making games faster and less crashy, and blogs about these attempts. True fact: Bruce tried to parlay his juggling and unicycling skills into a career, and only failed because he had no money for circus school. 58Bruce joined Valve after alternating between gaming and non-gaming careers. This was part of a careful study to determine which is more enjoyable. Spoiler alert: working on games is wicked fun. Bruce's previous game jobs include work at Distinctive Software, Cavedog Entertainment, Humongous Entertainment, and with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 group. His previous non-game jobs are too boring to list. Bruce enjoys making games faster and less crashy, and blogs about these attempts. True fact: Bruce tried to parlay his juggling and unicycling skills into a career, and only failed because he had no money for circus school.
59Dean DeJong 59Dean DeJong
60Dean started playing computer games on mainframe computers in the mid ‘70’s at The Evergreen State College while in Jr. High and has never stopped. After getting a pair of degrees in optics from the University of Rochester, he dove into work at Boeing on the expansion pack to the most expensive game ever developed. The game was “Global Thermonuclear War” AKA “The Cold War” and the expansion pack was “Strategic Defense Initiative” colloquially known as Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars.” Over time Dean slid over to work on developing techniques for optically measuring jet engines exhaust, shockwaves, vibration, liquid flow, supercool water sprays, unexploded munitions, and even crops. He then opted to switch gears to work on a far more important project – he became a stay-at-home dad. After a more than a few years of raising his three daughters, Dean’s wife decided it was her turn to experience the thrills and spills of being a stay-at-home parent. Dean leaped into a position of designing and building see-through, head mounted displays using scanned laser beams for a half-dozen years. When Valve invited him to join the team here, Dean jumped in without hesitation and began his never ending quest to reward the community of Valve customers with awesome experiences. 60Dean started playing computer games on mainframe computers in the mid ‘70’s at The Evergreen State College while in Jr. High and has never stopped. After getting a pair of degrees in optics from the University of Rochester, he dove into work at Boeing on the expansion pack to the most expensive game ever developed. The game was “Global Thermonuclear War” AKA “The Cold War” and the expansion pack was “Strategic Defense Initiative” colloquially known as Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars.” Over time Dean slid over to work on developing techniques for optically measuring jet engines exhaust, shockwaves, vibration, liquid flow, supercool water sprays, unexploded munitions, and even crops. He then opted to switch gears to work on a far more important project – he became a stay-at-home dad. After a more than a few years of raising his three daughters, Dean’s wife decided it was her turn to experience the thrills and spills of being a stay-at-home parent. Dean leaped into a position of designing and building see-through, head mounted displays using scanned laser beams for a half-dozen years. When Valve invited him to join the team here, Dean jumped in without hesitation and began his never ending quest to reward the community of Valve customers with awesome experiences.
61Ariel Diaz 61Ariel Diaz
62Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ariel came to Valve after finishing his studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. As part of Valve’s character design team, he is responsible for creating character models, facial expressions, and skeleton deformations. Outside Valve, he pursues traditional art skills such as drawing, painting, and sculpting. 62Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ariel came to Valve after finishing his studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. As part of Valve’s character design team, he is responsible for creating character models, facial expressions, and skeleton deformations. Outside Valve, he pursues traditional art skills such as drawing, painting, and sculpting.
63Quintin Doroquez 63Quintin Doroquez
64"Q!" brings over 10 years of multi-disciplinary graphic design experience to Valve. He has had a creative role in launching print, online, and new media endeavors as a senior art director for Incite PC Gaming magazine, art director for PC Accelerator, and associate art director for PC Gamer. At Valve, you can find Q!'s schedule filled with marketing, packaging, web design, game trailers, .dem file creation, and other visual communications tasks. In his spare time, Q! likes to reminisce about how he was training to be a competitive bodybuilder 14 years ago. Get over it, already! 64"Q!" brings over 10 years of multi-disciplinary graphic design experience to Valve. He has had a creative role in launching print, online, and new media endeavors as a senior art director for Incite PC Gaming magazine, art director for PC Accelerator, and associate art director for PC Gamer. At Valve, you can find Q!'s schedule filled with marketing, packaging, web design, game trailers, .dem file creation, and other visual communications tasks. In his spare time, Q! likes to reminisce about how he was training to be a competitive bodybuilder 14 years ago. Get over it, already!
65Mike Dunkle 65Mike Dunkle
66Mike joined Valve in 2000 after spending 10 years in senior marketing and business development positions in the semiconductor test and embedded software markets. At Valve, Mike is responsible for general business development, including Source Engine licensing, Steam content distribution, Asian distribution, and tournament licensing. During his spare time, he enjoys coaching high school and premier club soccer teams. Mike's ideal Sunday afternoon is spending time at a soccer game with his wife and son. 66Mike joined Valve in 2000 after spending 10 years in senior marketing and business development positions in the semiconductor test and embedded software markets. At Valve, Mike is responsible for general business development, including Source Engine licensing, Steam content distribution, Asian distribution, and tournament licensing. During his spare time, he enjoys coaching high school and premier club soccer teams. Mike's ideal Sunday afternoon is spending time at a soccer game with his wife and son.
67Dhabih Eng 67Dhabih Eng
68(pronounced ZA-bee) 68(pronounced ZA-bee)
69Dhabih, who's been playing games since he was six years old, has a degree in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Washington. He started making a name for himself by doing freelance design work for gaming magazines (Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official Playstation Magazine, PC Gaming World) while still in school. Dhabih has also done web design and worked on the Quake2 TC pack Zaero from Team Evolve. He started at Valve by doing freelance work in mid-1998, and signed on full-time in early February of 1999. Dhabih is truly a world citizen, having grown up in six different countries (Australia, Macau, Canada, China, Taiwan, and the USA). You can find out more about Dhabih and check out some of his work by visiting his website. 69Dhabih, who's been playing games since he was six years old, has a degree in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Washington. He started making a name for himself by doing freelance design work for gaming magazines (Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official Playstation Magazine, PC Gaming World) while still in school. Dhabih has also done web design and worked on the Quake2 TC pack Zaero from Team Evolve. He started at Valve by doing freelance work in mid-1998, and signed on full-time in early February of 1999. Dhabih is truly a world citizen, having grown up in six different countries (Australia, Macau, Canada, China, Taiwan, and the USA). You can find out more about Dhabih and check out some of his work by visiting his website.
70Miles Estes 70Miles Estes
71Miles began his career at Foundation Imaging in Southern California as a character animator on the Starship Troopers TV series. Shortly thereafter, he got his start in games - lead animator for Interplay's PS2 game Run Like Hell. Upon joining Valve in 2001, Miles was inhumanely forced to participate in company playtests. As a result, he developed an addiction to Counter-Strike, despite the fact that he was really bad at it. He has since overcome his addiction and contributes character modeling and/or animation to a lot of Valve games. His hobbies include lamenting over the fact that he's not drawing enough. 71Miles began his career at Foundation Imaging in Southern California as a character animator on the Starship Troopers TV series. Shortly thereafter, he got his start in games - lead animator for Interplay's PS2 game Run Like Hell. Upon joining Valve in 2001, Miles was inhumanely forced to participate in company playtests. As a result, he developed an addiction to Counter-Strike, despite the fact that he was really bad at it. He has since overcome his addiction and contributes character modeling and/or animation to a lot of Valve games. His hobbies include lamenting over the fact that he's not drawing enough.
72Chet Faliszek 72Chet Faliszek
73We are all still trying to figure out exactly what it is that Chet does at Valve, but at the very least he occupies office space on the 11th floor as self-proclaimed Mr. Awesome. 73We are all still trying to figure out exactly what it is that Chet does at Valve, but at the very least he occupies office space on the 11th floor as self-proclaimed Mr. Awesome.
74Al Farnsworth Steam Profile 74Al Farnsworth Steam Profile
75After a couple of years spending too much time in meetings at Amazon.com, Al made the trip across Lake Washington to join Valve as a web developer on the Steam team. When he's not playtesting Team Fortress 2, Al works on the Steam store and other Valve websites. 75After a couple of years spending too much time in meetings at Amazon.com, Al made the trip across Lake Washington to join Valve as a web developer on the Steam team. When he's not playtesting Team Fortress 2, Al works on the Steam store and other Valve websites.
76Dave Feise 76Dave Feise
77Dave came to Valve in July of 2009 after five years at Electronic Art's Redwood Shores studio where he worked on Dead Space and The Godfather series. When he’s not rattling the walls at Valve with dangerously loud sound effects, Dave enjoys playing music, fly fishing, cooking, and Polaroid photography. A Seattle native, Dave is a graduate of California’s Ex'pression College. 77Dave came to Valve in July of 2009 after five years at Electronic Art's Redwood Shores studio where he worked on Dead Space and The Godfather series. When he’s not rattling the walls at Valve with dangerously loud sound effects, Dave enjoys playing music, fly fishing, cooking, and Polaroid photography. A Seattle native, Dave is a graduate of California’s Ex'pression College.
78Adrian Finol 78Adrian Finol
79Adrian landed in Venezuela from the planet Krypton, and began programming at an early age. Before Valve, Adrian contributed to several popular Half-Life mods and was also a founding member of the Front Line Force team. After years spent fighting Lex Luthor, Adrian went in search of the perfect donut. He finally found "Donut Nirvana," and now has the physique of a veteran games programmer. 79Adrian landed in Venezuela from the planet Krypton, and began programming at an early age. Before Valve, Adrian contributed to several popular Half-Life mods and was also a founding member of the Front Line Force team. After years spent fighting Lex Luthor, Adrian went in search of the perfect donut. He finally found "Donut Nirvana," and now has the physique of a veteran games programmer.
80Moby Francke  
81At Valve, Moby has been a character designer on Half Life 2 and the art lead on Team Fortress 2. Both titles benefited from his fine art training (with an emphasis on illustration). After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, he worked at Lucas Arts as a conceptual designer, and taught figure painting at his alma mater.  
82Vitaliy A. Genkin 80Vitaliy A. Genkin
83Vitaliy grew up in the Soviet Union. He earned two Master's degrees (with honors) and a lieutenant rank. He solved thousands of differential equations systems, then architected and implemented software that has probably processed petabytes of binary data by now. And then, he moved to Santa Monica to help Sony lay the foundation for PlayStation-3. Vitaliy joined Valve in 2006 and helped us ship The Orange Box, our first Xbox 360 game. He went on to establish our matchmaking system, implement the PlayStation-3 version of our engine, and design and improve our numerous back-end systems. 81Vitaliy grew up in the Soviet Union. He earned two Master's degrees (with honors) and a lieutenant rank. He solved thousands of differential equations systems, then architected and implemented software that has probably processed petabytes of binary data by now. And then, he moved to Santa Monica to help Sony lay the foundation for PlayStation-3. Vitaliy joined Valve in 2006 and helped us ship The Orange Box, our first Xbox 360 game. He went on to establish our matchmaking system, implement the PlayStation-3 version of our engine, and design and improve our numerous back-end systems.
84Derrick Gennrich Steam Profile 82Derrick Gennrich Steam Profile
85For 10 years he played Counter-Strike and haunted game tournaments, such as the Cyberathlete Professional League Winter Championships. Now, he’s here at Valve. Derrick has been with the company for almost four years, assisting customers as part of our Steam Support team. His hobbies include animation, playing video games, running half-marathons for fun (Yes, he’s nuts!), and being a DJ. 83For 10 years he played Counter-Strike and haunted game tournaments, such as the Cyberathlete Professional League Winter Championships. Now, he’s here at Valve. Derrick has been with the company for almost four years, assisting customers as part of our Steam Support team. His hobbies include animation, playing video games, running half-marathons for fun (Yes, he’s nuts!), and being a DJ.
86Chris Green 84Chris Green
87Prior to joining Valve, Chris Green worked on such projects as the Amiga Flight Simulator II, Ultima Underworld, the Amiga OS, and Magic:The Gathering Online. He ran his own development studio, Leaping Lizard Software, for nine years. These days, he's working on various pieces of graphics and game technology for Valve. 85Prior to joining Valve, Chris Green worked on such projects as the Amiga Flight Simulator II, Ultima Underworld, the Amiga OS, and Magic:The Gathering Online. He ran his own development studio, Leaping Lizard Software, for nine years. These days, he's working on various pieces of graphics and game technology for Valve.
88Bronwen Grimes 86Bronwen Grimes
89At age 17, Bronwen took a break from high school to attend a post-graduate course in 3D animation. (Well, why not?) At the end of the program, she was both disappointed and delighted when a visiting industry professional told her she'd never make it as a character animator, and ought to think about becoming a technical director instead. Stunned to learn that there was a profession where you could create artwork and code, she embraced a career in technical art. Three years later, she'd collected enough credits in both disciplines from various institutions to graduate from Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, with a degree in Digital Media Arts. She promptly landed a job at Toronto's Pseudo Interactive and never looked back. Now at Valve, Bronwen gets to do a little bit of everything, just like she always wanted -- well, except for the animation. Which is probably for the best. 87At age 17, Bronwen took a break from high school to attend a post-graduate course in 3D animation. (Well, why not?) At the end of the program, she was both disappointed and delighted when a visiting industry professional told her she'd never make it as a character animator, and ought to think about becoming a technical director instead. Stunned to learn that there was a profession where you could create artwork and code, she embraced a career in technical art. Three years later, she'd collected enough credits in both disciplines from various institutions to graduate from Seneca College in Toronto, Canada, with a degree in Digital Media Arts. She promptly landed a job at Toronto's Pseudo Interactive and never looked back. Now at Valve, Bronwen gets to do a little bit of everything, just like she always wanted -- well, except for the animation. Which is probably for the best.
90John Guthrie 88John Guthrie
91Along with his buddy Steve Bond, John started Quake Command, the influential and popular Internet gaming site. John was also the co-creator of “Quake Airplane” and “Quake Kart,” and has constructed many of the chambers and corridors in Half-Life’s Black Mesa Research Center. Since joining Valve in 1997, John has designed levels for Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress, Portal: Still Alive, and Portal 2. 89Along with his buddy Steve Bond, John started Quake Command, the influential and popular Internet gaming site. John was also the co-creator of “Quake Airplane” and “Quake Kart,” and has constructed many of the chambers and corridors in Half-Life’s Black Mesa Research Center. Since joining Valve in 1997, John has designed levels for Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress, Portal: Still Alive, and Portal 2.
92Joel Hatfield 90Joel Hatfield
93Joel came to Valve in May 2011 to assist with front office and administrative responsibilities. Having a real estate background, he quickly investigated different organizational methods and operations to streamline all types of housekeeping chores to make sure the people behind the great games and services here at Valve are able to focus on what they do best. 91Joel came to Valve in May 2011 to assist with front office and administrative responsibilities. Having a real estate background, he quickly investigated different organizational methods and operations to streamline all types of housekeeping chores to make sure the people behind the great games and services here at Valve are able to focus on what they do best.
94Don Holden 92Don Holden
95While studying computer science at Cornell University’s College of Engineering, Don would disappear for months at a time - into his dorm room or “The SUG” (Cornell alums UNITE!). He was busy making computer games and graphics demos. His obsession helped him land a couple of summer gigs at Valve, where he worked, under the tutelage of Ken Birdwell and Chris Green, on making vrad.exe faster. After getting his Master’s degree, Don joined Valve full-time. He’s still working on graphics stuff. 93While studying computer science at Cornell University’s College of Engineering, Don would disappear for months at a time - into his dorm room or “The SUG” (Cornell alums UNITE!). He was busy making computer games and graphics demos. His obsession helped him land a couple of summer gigs at Valve, where he worked, under the tutelage of Ken Birdwell and Chris Green, on making vrad.exe faster. After getting his Master’s degree, Don joined Valve full-time. He’s still working on graphics stuff.
96Jason Holtman  
97As Valve's Director of Business Development, Jason focuses on Steam distribution, Steamworks integration, and game development on the Source engine. Prior to joining Valve, Jason practiced law, specializing on intellectual property and technology issues. Having travelled all over world to meet with current and potential partners, Jason can tell you the best place to park at SeaTac Airport and exactly where you should buy coffee in more than 15 major airports. He has also perfected the art of the "airport gift."  
98Eric Hope 94Eric Hope
99Before joining Valve, Eric worked as a designer for Apple – working on products like Apple's iPod Classic, iPod Nano, Developer Forums, and WWDC iPhone app. These days, when he isn't designing at Valve, he can be found, sandpaper in hand, feverishly rounding the sharp corners off of anything within reach. If you happen to drop by one day and catch him doing so, perhaps in the wee hours of the morning, he will guiltily offer you a tract detailing the life and work of Dieter Rams. 95Before joining Valve, Eric worked as a designer for Apple – working on products like Apple's iPod Classic, iPod Nano, Developer Forums, and WWDC iPhone app. These days, when he isn't designing at Valve, he can be found, sandpaper in hand, feverishly rounding the sharp corners off of anything within reach. If you happen to drop by one day and catch him doing so, perhaps in the wee hours of the morning, he will guiltily offer you a tract detailing the life and work of Dieter Rams.
100Keith Huggins  
101Keith came to Valve from the world of feature film special effects. Two and half years at Weta, five and a half years at Digital Domain in Los Angeles, and a brief stint at Industrial Light and Magic. His handiwork can be seen in King Kong, the last two installments of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episode III, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Fifth Element, and several commercials and music videos. Keith is the only person in the world who has animated dialogue for both Gollum and Yoda. When he’s not working on projects at Valve, he can often be found in a casino, making a moderate effort to remain fit, or spending time with his wife.  
102Brandon Idol 96Brandon Idol
103While growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Brandon often retreated to the family basement to play video games or guitar - and daydream about getting paid to do either. He wound up earning a degree in computer animation, and using his considerable animation skills to help establish the visual style for many games, including Final Fantasy IX, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft. Brandon now spends his time at Valve creating backgrounds, pointing spotlights at extreme angles, and being slightly irresponsible with color. He still plays guitar. 97While growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, Brandon often retreated to the family basement to play video games or guitar - and daydream about getting paid to do either. He wound up earning a degree in computer animation, and using his considerable animation skills to help establish the visual style for many games, including Final Fantasy IX, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft. Brandon now spends his time at Valve creating backgrounds, pointing spotlights at extreme angles, and being slightly irresponsible with color. He still plays guitar.
104Brian Jacobson 98Brian Jacobson
105As a child, Brian learned how to program by cracking all the computer games he couldn't afford to buy. As an adult, he decided to join the games industry as a way to make up for his reprehensible childhood. At LookingGlass, he worked on Flight Unlimited. He went on to co-found GameFX, and was a Lead Engineer on Sinistar Unleashed. He joined Valve in 2000 and has contributed to just about everything the company has shipped since then. Brian focuses mostly on engine and graphics technology, with the occasional foray into game design. 99As a child, Brian learned how to program by cracking all the computer games he couldn't afford to buy. As an adult, he decided to join the games industry as a way to make up for his reprehensible childhood. At LookingGlass, he worked on Flight Unlimited. He went on to co-found GameFX, and was a Lead Engineer on Sinistar Unleashed. He joined Valve in 2000 and has contributed to just about everything the company has shipped since then. Brian focuses mostly on engine and graphics technology, with the occasional foray into game design.
106Burton Johnsey Steam Profile 100Burton Johnsey Steam Profile
107A Texas-born, Justin Bieber look-alike, Burton jumped into gaming at an early age. Building computers, hoarding consoles, and moderating Steam forums made him quite the teen heartthrob. When his facial hair became too prominent to disguise, he jumped into a Geek Squad uniform and enrolled as a Computer Science major at Southern Methodist University. In 2007, Burton joined Valve as a Community Developer. He came with a signature giggle, an addiction to Snickers, and the rare ability to find a relevant song for any occasion. Now, Burton can also claim expertise in web development, anti-cheat development, and community management. 101A Texas-born, Justin Bieber look-alike, Burton jumped into gaming at an early age. Building computers, hoarding consoles, and moderating Steam forums made him quite the teen heartthrob. When his facial hair became too prominent to disguise, he jumped into a Geek Squad uniform and enrolled as a Computer Science major at Southern Methodist University. In 2007, Burton joined Valve as a Community Developer. He came with a signature giggle, an addiction to Snickers, and the rare ability to find a relevant song for any occasion. Now, Burton can also claim expertise in web development, anti-cheat development, and community management.
108Erik Johnson 102Erik Johnson
109Erik began his career as a shoe salesman and moved up to selling used cars. When he decided that the car business wasn't for him either, he took a job in Sierra Online’s QA department. As one of Sierra's Half-Life testers, Erik spent a lot of time at Valve and we eventually offered him a job as shipping manager. Erik is now one of Valve’s business development authorities. 103Erik began his career as a shoe salesman and moved up to selling used cars. When he decided that the car business wasn't for him either, he took a job in Sierra Online’s QA department. As one of Sierra's Half-Life testers, Erik spent a lot of time at Valve and we eventually offered him a job as shipping manager. Erik is now one of Valve’s business development authorities.
110Kristopher Katz 104Kristopher Katz
111Kris seems to collect careers like some people collect Pokémon. Before joining Valve - and the games industry - in 2008, he worked as a theatrical lighting and sound designer, radio producer and station automation programmer, farm news reporter, professional film critic, and TV editor. At Valve, he started out in Steam support, using his eyes (and ears) to help find and fix bugs across several Valve titles. Lately, he's been doing level and puzzle design for ongoing Portal 2 development. On the side, Kris enjoys hiking, and volunteering with the Seattle Humane Society. 105Kris seems to collect careers like some people collect Pokémon. Before joining Valve - and the games industry - in 2008, he worked as a theatrical lighting and sound designer, radio producer and station automation programmer, farm news reporter, professional film critic, and TV editor. At Valve, he started out in Steam support, using his eyes (and ears) to help find and fix bugs across several Valve titles. Lately, he's been doing level and puzzle design for ongoing Portal 2 development. On the side, Kris enjoys hiking, and volunteering with the Seattle Humane Society.
112Emily Kent 106Emily Kent
113Emily ended up at Valve after a design recruiter said “it’s really too bad you weren’t interested in Valve.” What?! Fast forward two years and she’s currently working on making it easier for gamers to share the best parts of their favorite games on the Steam Community. Prior to Valve, Emily worked at Xbox, at a mobile, local, social networking start up (try saying that in an interview!), and at Pioneer Studios. 107Emily ended up at Valve after a design recruiter said “it’s really too bad you weren’t interested in Valve.” What?! Fast forward two years and she’s currently working on making it easier for gamers to share the best parts of their favorite games on the Steam Community. Prior to Valve, Emily worked at Xbox, at a mobile, local, social networking start up (try saying that in an interview!), and at Pioneer Studios.
114Iikka Keranen 108Iikka Keranen
115Having escaped (or been let loose?) from a secret bio-research lab in Siberia, Iikka started to design and program games at an early age. However, it wasn't until he began to create levels and mods for Doom and Quake that he became known to the world. In 1988, he left the pack of wolves that raised him for a job at ION Storm in Dallas, Texas. A few years and adventures later, he found himself at Valve. That was 2001. He hasn't had the urge to bite anybody since. 109Having escaped (or been let loose?) from a secret bio-research lab in Siberia, Iikka started to design and program games at an early age. However, it wasn't until he began to create levels and mods for Doom and Quake that he became known to the world. In 1988, he left the pack of wolves that raised him for a job at ION Storm in Dallas, Texas. A few years and adventures later, he found himself at Valve. That was 2001. He hasn't had the urge to bite anybody since.
116Dave Kircher Steam Profile 110Dave Kircher Steam Profile
117Dave joined Valve in 2005, fresh from the DigiPen Institute of Technology, where he helped create the mind-bending student project (and Portal precursor) Narbacular Drop. His primary contributions to Portal and Portal 2 involved developing the graphics and physics systems that make the games’ unique discontinuous spaces work seamlessly in a 3D environment. With the addition of multiplayer in Portal 2, Dave then made those spatial discontinuities work with nonlinear prediction. Dave has also contributed to Left 4 Dead games and Xbox360 support for the Source engine. He is known within the company for his ability to quickly find new exploits in game mechanics. 111Dave joined Valve in 2005, fresh from the DigiPen Institute of Technology, where he helped create the mind-bending student project (and Portal precursor) Narbacular Drop. His primary contributions to Portal and Portal 2 involved developing the graphics and physics systems that make the games’ unique discontinuous spaces work seamlessly in a 3D environment. With the addition of multiplayer in Portal 2, Dave then made those spatial discontinuities work with nonlinear prediction. Dave has also contributed to Left 4 Dead games and Xbox360 support for the Source engine. He is known within the company for his ability to quickly find new exploits in game mechanics.
118Eric Kirchmer 112Eric Kirchmer
119Eric has been an artist with Valve since 2002. In that time, he has helped with the visual design of Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and other Valve titles. Originally from Southern California, Eric now calls the Pacific Northwest home. 113Eric has been an artist with Valve since 2002. In that time, he has helped with the visual design of Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and other Valve titles. Originally from Southern California, Eric now calls the Pacific Northwest home.
120Ted Kosmatka 114Ted Kosmatka
121Ted was 12 when he set out to write for a living. This mostly involved a lot of rejection letters, an unfinished biology degree, and eventually a job as a steel worker like his father and grandfather. After the steel mill went bankrupt Ted took various lab jobs where friendships were formed and fire departments called. Eventually, he finished a degree and worked in a research lab with electron microscopes, writing on the side. Then came the obvious next step: ditching it all to write video games. Since joining Valve in 2010, Ted’s worked on various projects, including the Lab Rat comic and DotA 2. His fiction has been widely reprinted and nominated for both the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon awards. 115Ted was 12 when he set out to write for a living. This mostly involved a lot of rejection letters, an unfinished biology degree, and eventually a job as a steel worker like his father and grandfather. After the steel mill went bankrupt Ted took various lab jobs where friendships were formed and fire departments called. Eventually, he finished a degree and worked in a research lab with electron microscopes, writing on the side. Then came the obvious next step: ditching it all to write video games. Since joining Valve in 2010, Ted’s worked on various projects, including the Lab Rat comic and DotA 2. His fiction has been widely reprinted and nominated for both the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon awards.
122Alden Kroll Steam Profile 116Alden Kroll Steam Profile
123Alden has a habit of ending up in the middle of everything. If he isn't getting in the way of Steam game releases, he’s probably working on UI design for Valve games or the Steam store. Alden came to Valve after working on design and production for the Xbox 360 Dashboard. Before that, he studied design at the University of Washington and worked on various freelance design projects. When he’s not working, Alden can be found chasing his competitive ambitions in cycling and swimming. He commutes to work by swimming back and forth across Lake Washington every day. Most weekends, he relaxes by riding his bike to Portland. Twice. 117Alden has a habit of ending up in the middle of everything. If he isn't getting in the way of Steam game releases, he’s probably working on UI design for Valve games or the Steam store. Alden came to Valve after working on design and production for the Xbox 360 Dashboard. Before that, he studied design at the University of Washington and worked on various freelance design projects. When he’s not working, Alden can be found chasing his competitive ambitions in cycling and swimming. He commutes to work by swimming back and forth across Lake Washington every day. Most weekends, he relaxes by riding his bike to Portland. Twice.
124Marc Laidlaw 118Marc Laidlaw
125Marc Laidlaw joined Valve in 1997, bringing his experience as an author of weird fiction to bear on creating the Half-Life storyline. He was sole writer on Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and lead writer for the Half-Life episodes. Even as Valve’s writing team expanded, with the arrival of Erik Wolpaw, Chet Faliszek, Jay Pinkerton, and Ted Kosmatka, Marc remains the lead writer of emails. His novels include Dad's Nuke, Neon Lotus, The Orchid Eater, Kalifornia, and the award-winning The 37th Mandala. Visit Mark's web site. 119Marc Laidlaw joined Valve in 1997, bringing his experience as an author of weird fiction to bear on creating the Half-Life storyline. He was sole writer on Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and lead writer for the Half-Life episodes. Even as Valve’s writing team expanded, with the arrival of Erik Wolpaw, Chet Faliszek, Jay Pinkerton, and Ted Kosmatka, Marc remains the lead writer of emails. His novels include Dad's Nuke, Neon Lotus, The Orchid Eater, Kalifornia, and the award-winning The 37th Mandala. Visit Mark's web site.
126Jeff Lane 120Jeff Lane
127Jeff began his career as a graphic designer in the print industry. Over the course of 12 years, he moved into graphics for video projects, then graphics for commercial multimedia, and finally graphics for games. He hasn't looked back. After making 3D art for Hyperbole Studios’ Quantum Gate interactive movie projects, Jeff spent five years as an art director and level designer at Sierra Studios before coming to Valve. 121Jeff began his career as a graphic designer in the print industry. Over the course of 12 years, he moved into graphics for video projects, then graphics for commercial multimedia, and finally graphics for games. He hasn't looked back. After making 3D art for Hyperbole Studios’ Quantum Gate interactive movie projects, Jeff spent five years as an art director and level designer at Sierra Studios before coming to Valve.
128Tim Larkin 122Tim Larkin
129As a freelance composer and musician, Tim has done it all. He played trumpet for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sheila E., Lou Rawls, Huey Lewis, James Brown, and Natalie Cole; recorded numerous records, movies, documentaries, and TV shows (including Survivor and Fear Factor 2.0) as a studio musician; created the sound design for The Chubbchubbs!, a 2003 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short Film; and as Audio Director at Cyan studio for eight years, created the music and sound for the Myst series. Now, he’s here at Valve, where he’s worked on just about every title the company has shipped. When he’s not working, Tim is playing tennis, fly fishing, or commuting back and forth to his home and family in Spokane, WA. 123As a freelance composer and musician, Tim has done it all. He played trumpet for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sheila E., Lou Rawls, Huey Lewis, James Brown, and Natalie Cole; recorded numerous records, movies, documentaries, and TV shows (including Survivor and Fear Factor 2.0) as a studio musician; created the sound design for The Chubbchubbs!, a 2003 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short Film; and as Audio Director at Cyan studio for eight years, created the music and sound for the Myst series. Now, he’s here at Valve, where he’s worked on just about every title the company has shipped. When he’s not working, Tim is playing tennis, fly fishing, or commuting back and forth to his home and family in Spokane, WA.
130Liam Lavery 124Liam Lavery
131Liam showed early promise in his summer job at General Motors making car transmissions. Twice, GM and the UAW awarded him a Certificate of Perfect Attendance. But Liam left the assembly line for the classroom, teaching college and junior high math until a professor named Yau (that would be the Fields Medal-winning Shing-Tung Yau) convinced him to look for other work. Liam’s interest in understanding the rules that govern society led him to law school, and then to Seattle’s K&L Gates firm where he specialized in technology and business law and worked with a number of game companies, including Valve. Right before joining Valve, Liam served as general counsel of Zillow.com. 125Liam showed early promise in his summer job at General Motors making car transmissions. Twice, GM and the UAW awarded him a Certificate of Perfect Attendance. But Liam left the assembly line for the classroom, teaching college and junior high math until a professor named Yau (that would be the Fields Medal-winning Shing-Tung Yau) convinced him to look for other work. Liam’s interest in understanding the rules that govern society led him to law school, and then to Seattle’s K&L Gates firm where he specialized in technology and business law and worked with a number of game companies, including Valve. Right before joining Valve, Liam served as general counsel of Zillow.com.
132Tom Leonard  
133Before joining Valve, Tom was the CTO of Buzzpad, Inc. Before that, he spent five years at Looking Glass Studios where, as Lead Programmer, he wrote the AI and core architecture for Thief: The Dark Project. Tom also spent seven years working on C++ development tools at Zortech and Symantec. He's been at Valve since 2002, working on design and technology for Half-Life 2, Episodes One and Two, and Left 4 Dead.  
134Matt Logue 126Matt Logue
135As a paint fixer and rotoscope artist at the legendary Tippett Studio, Matthew painted a pimple out of Darryl Hannah’s armpit for My Favorite Martian and rotoscoped Kevin Bacon in a black bodysuit for Hollowman. He moved on to legendary Weta Digital to work as an animator and animation lead for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He came to legendary Valve from Los Angeles where he was the animation supervisor on The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, the longest title of any film he’s ever worked on. He’s now animating on Dota 2. Matthew had been eyeing Valve for awhile and is happy to report that he and his family like Seattle much better than LA, although the weather reminds him of that Ray Bradbury short story (All Summer in a Day) where the sun only comes out for two hours every seven years. 127As a paint fixer and rotoscope artist at the legendary Tippett Studio, Matthew painted a pimple out of Darryl Hannah’s armpit for My Favorite Martian and rotoscoped Kevin Bacon in a black bodysuit for Hollowman. He moved on to legendary Weta Digital to work as an animator and animation lead for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He came to legendary Valve from Los Angeles where he was the animation supervisor on The Chronicles of Narnia; The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, the longest title of any film he’s ever worked on. He’s now animating on Dota 2. Matthew had been eyeing Valve for awhile and is happy to report that he and his family like Seattle much better than LA, although the weather reminds him of that Ray Bradbury short story (All Summer in a Day) where the sun only comes out for two hours every seven years.
136Doug Lombardi 128Doug Lombardi
137After years in the music industry, Doug decided to get a real job. Then he came to his senses and got into the gaming industry instead. As Valve’s Vice President of Marketing, Doug helps manage and coordinate third-party relations, marketing, and press activities. 129After years in the music industry, Doug decided to get a real job. Then he came to his senses and got into the gaming industry instead. As Valve’s Vice President of Marketing, Doug helps manage and coordinate third-party relations, marketing, and press activities.
138Realm Lovejoy  
139Realm’s father is a Japanese ex-monk. Her mom is an English teacher from Rhode Island. Realm grew up in snowy Nagano, Japan, and later moved to Washington State. She attended DigiPen Institute of Technology, got an AAA in 3D Computer Animation, and was part of the DigiPen team that made Narbacular Drop for its senior project. She interned at Nintendo Software Technology before joining Valve’s Portal team. Now she works on videogames full-time and spends her free time writing and illustrating.  
140Randy Lundeen 130Randy Lundeen
141Randy came to Valve from Microsoft, where he worked as an interface designer for the Internet Gaming Zone. Randy designs some of the most unusual and original game levels at Valve. He’s also the designer most likely to push the polygon and memory limits of our engine. In his distant past, he was a key staff member at a potato processing plant where his responsibilities included peeling and quality oversight. He was really good at that too. 131Randy came to Valve from Microsoft, where he worked as an interface designer for the Internet Gaming Zone. Randy designs some of the most unusual and original game levels at Valve. He’s also the designer most likely to push the polygon and memory limits of our engine. In his distant past, he was a key staff member at a potato processing plant where his responsibilities included peeling and quality oversight. He was really good at that too.
142Scott Lynch 132Scott Lynch
143Before joining Valve, Scott was Senior Vice President at Havas Interactive where he created and managed the Sierra Studios business unit that published Half-Life. During his five years with Sierra, Scott held a number of different positions in business development, acquisitions, finance, investor relations, and product development. Before Sierra, Scott worked in the public accounting industry for Coopers & Lybrand. In both the audit and tax departments, he managed a range of clients, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington Business School (with a concentration in accounting), and is an inactive Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington. 133Before joining Valve, Scott was Senior Vice President at Havas Interactive where he created and managed the Sierra Studios business unit that published Half-Life. During his five years with Sierra, Scott held a number of different positions in business development, acquisitions, finance, investor relations, and product development. Before Sierra, Scott worked in the public accounting industry for Coopers & Lybrand. In both the audit and tax departments, he managed a range of clients, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington Business School (with a concentration in accounting), and is an inactive Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington.
144Ido Magal 134Ido Magal
145In 2001, Ido joined Valve to do art and design levels. He also enjoys photography, foreign films, and advising the President about issues of national importance. 135In 2001, Ido joined Valve to do art and design levels. He also enjoys photography, foreign films, and advising the President about issues of national importance.
146John McCaskey 136John McCaskey
147John spent his post college graduate years at a struggling Web 2.0 startup, lured in by the illusion of stock option riches. Since arriving at Valve, he's landed on the Steam team where he works on a little bit of everything, from Shopping Carts to the in-game Overlay. His favorite thing about Valve is having a huge, energetic user base, which benefits from the work he does on Steam. 137John spent his post college graduate years at a struggling Web 2.0 startup, lured in by the illusion of stock option riches. Since arriving at Valve, he's landed on the Steam team where he works on a little bit of everything, from Shopping Carts to the in-game Overlay. His favorite thing about Valve is having a huge, energetic user base, which benefits from the work he does on Steam.
148Sergiy Migdalskiy 138Sergiy Migdalskiy
149A bit of an odd-ball, Sergiy joined Valve to do weird low-level stuff and squeeze more blood, um, juice out of the silicone in your gaming machines. Sergiy specializes in systems programming, physics, and applied math. According to him, some games pretend to be simulating physicsy-looking motion. Sergiy made the physics engine behind Uncharted: Drake's Fortune while at Naughty Dog, and the animation system in Far Cry during his lazy years at Crytek. There were a few other odd jobs here and there, but the list is long and boring, and mostly lost in the eons that have passed. 139A bit of an odd-ball, Sergiy joined Valve to do weird low-level stuff and squeeze more blood, um, juice out of the silicone in your gaming machines. Sergiy specializes in systems programming, physics, and applied math. According to him, some games pretend to be simulating physicsy-looking motion. Sergiy made the physics engine behind Uncharted: Drake's Fortune while at Naughty Dog, and the animation system in Far Cry during his lazy years at Crytek. There were a few other odd jobs here and there, but the list is long and boring, and mostly lost in the eons that have passed.
150Jason Mitchell 140Jason Mitchell
151After eight years leading ATI's 3D Application Research Group, Jason was finally seduced by the entertainment industry. He's now putting his 3D graphics hardware knowledge to use on just about every project at Valve. Jason frequently publishes on a variety of real-time rendering topics and periodically speaks at graphics and game development conferences around the world. While joining Valve has significantly cut down on Jason's international jet-setting, he's still the man to see if you're looking for a stuporous late night Tokyo karaoke escapade. Oh yeah, and he has a website. 141After eight years leading ATI's 3D Application Research Group, Jason was finally seduced by the entertainment industry. He's now putting his 3D graphics hardware knowledge to use on just about every project at Valve. Jason frequently publishes on a variety of real-time rendering topics and periodically speaks at graphics and game development conferences around the world. While joining Valve has significantly cut down on Jason's international jet-setting, he's still the man to see if you're looking for a stuporous late night Tokyo karaoke escapade. Oh yeah, and he has a website.
152Mike Morasky 142Mike Morasky
153Morasky's life and career sounds a lot like one of the post-modern audio collages he is so fond of creating. Teenage guitar player in a bar band in Montana; award-winning experimental composer in Tokyo; audio hardware programmer in Silicon Valley; underground art rocker touring the world; 3D animator and director for television; electronic audio collage artist in France and Japan; visual fx artist on The Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies; AI animation instructor at an art college. These days, Mike is doing some combination of all these things at Valve. 143Morasky's life and career sounds a lot like one of the post-modern audio collages he is so fond of creating. Teenage guitar player in a bar band in Montana; award-winning experimental composer in Tokyo; audio hardware programmer in Silicon Valley; underground art rocker touring the world; 3D animator and director for television; electronic audio collage artist in France and Japan; visual fx artist on The Lord of the Rings and Matrix trilogies; AI animation instructor at an art college. These days, Mike is doing some combination of all these things at Valve.
154John Morello II 144John Morello II
155John is an animator most of the time. He’s been a gamer since his parents bought their Commodore 64. As a high-schooler he made small Quake mods and became addicted to Team Fortress. After graduating, his brother introduced him to the guys on the Day of Defeat team. They wanted to ship their mod, but they needed animation help. John jumped in. Valve eventually invited John and the rest of the team to continue DoD development at Valve’s offices. At this point, John has worked on nearly every product we've shipped. His TF obsession is over - replaced by an addiction to DotA, and lapping his Ducati at local road courses. 145John is an animator most of the time. He’s been a gamer since his parents bought their Commodore 64. As a high-schooler he made small Quake mods and became addicted to Team Fortress. After graduating, his brother introduced him to the guys on the Day of Defeat team. They wanted to ship their mod, but they needed animation help. John jumped in. Valve eventually invited John and the rest of the team to continue DoD development at Valve’s offices. At this point, John has worked on nearly every product we've shipped. His TF obsession is over - replaced by an addiction to DotA, and lapping his Ducati at local road courses.
156Marc Nagel  
157At age 19, Marc was a Game Counselor at Nintendo of America. After years of helping people play games, he decided he wanted to help create some. He wound up at Sierra Entertainment - as a test lead for six years. The highlight, of course, was working on Half-Life - and also on Opposing Forces, Counter-Strike, Blue Shift, and many patches. When Sierra shut down, Marc headed to Microsoft. Then Valve snagged him. Now he’s back in the land of the living making sure that the zombie you kill blows up real good.  
158Arsenio Navarro 146Arsenio Navarro
159He makes the swag, the swag that goes BOOM! Prior to Valve, Arsenio was shackled to the corporate records vault of a giant law firm. He helped with due diligence for corporate mergers and acquisitions, work that lends itself to much soul searching and, ultimately, a strong desire to find a more rewarding existence. With parachute in hand, Arsenio jumped from legal land into an entry-level job at Valve. Six years later, he now manages Valve’s retail merchandise partners, and The Valve Store, and supports charitable organizations. In his spare time, Arsenio enjoys CrossFit torture, beat boxing, and designing t-shirts that the company's legal department will not let out of the building. 147He makes the swag, the swag that goes BOOM! Prior to Valve, Arsenio was shackled to the corporate records vault of a giant law firm. He helped with due diligence for corporate mergers and acquisitions, work that lends itself to much soul searching and, ultimately, a strong desire to find a more rewarding existence. With parachute in hand, Arsenio jumped from legal land into an entry-level job at Valve. Six years later, he now manages Valve’s retail merchandise partners, and The Valve Store, and supports charitable organizations. In his spare time, Arsenio enjoys CrossFit torture, beat boxing, and designing t-shirts that the company's legal department will not let out of the building.
160Dina Nelson 148Dina Nelson
161Dina has a degree in “Human Rehabilitation.” She rehabilitates humans in the software industry by bringing them to Valve, where their brains, bodies, and families are rejuvenated after having been oppressed by various working conditions elsewhere. Not content with dispensing the obvious perks like a rewarding work environment and fat paychecks, Dina spoils us by employing an army of fringe benefit specialists to boost the rehab magic. 149Dina has a degree in “Human Rehabilitation.” She rehabilitates humans in the software industry by bringing them to Valve, where their brains, bodies, and families are rejuvenated after having been oppressed by various working conditions elsewhere. Not content with dispensing the obvious perks like a rewarding work environment and fat paychecks, Dina spoils us by employing an army of fringe benefit specialists to boost the rehab magic.
162Gabe Newell 150Gabe Newell
163Gabe held a number of positions in the Systems, Applications, and Advanced Technology divisions during his 13 years at Microsoft. His responsibilities included running program management for the first two releases of Windows, starting the company's multimedia division, and leading efforts on the Information Highway PC. Then he started Valve. His most significant contribution to Half-Life, the company’s debut title, was his statement: "C'mon, people, you can't show the player a really big bomb and not let them blow it up." 151Gabe held a number of positions in the Systems, Applications, and Advanced Technology divisions during his 13 years at Microsoft. His responsibilities included running program management for the first two releases of Windows, starting the company's multimedia division, and leading efforts on the Information Highway PC. Then he started Valve. His most significant contribution to Half-Life, the company’s debut title, was his statement: "C'mon, people, you can't show the player a really big bomb and not let them blow it up."
164Aaron Nicholls 152Aaron Nicholls
165Things started well enough for Aaron Nicholls. He was born into a loving family and showed tremendous promise. Then he discovered video games, and spent the rest of his youth playing or programming them. After college, he joined Microsoft’s Windows division. When he discovered that Microsoft had a games division, he promptly transferred there. During the next several years, he lived a double life as a manager/coder, working on Gears of War, Halo 3, and Jade Empire, among others. Since joining Valve, Aaron has been jumping between gameplay, design, and system work. In his spare time, he runs, climbs, travels, reads, and cooks, although not simultaneously. 153Things started well enough for Aaron Nicholls. He was born into a loving family and showed tremendous promise. Then he discovered video games, and spent the rest of his youth playing or programming them. After college, he joined Microsoft’s Windows division. When he discovered that Microsoft had a games division, he promptly transferred there. During the next several years, he lived a double life as a manager/coder, working on Gears of War, Halo 3, and Jade Empire, among others. Since joining Valve, Aaron has been jumping between gameplay, design, and system work. In his spare time, he runs, climbs, travels, reads, and cooks, although not simultaneously.
166Martin Otten 154Martin Otten
167Martin comes to us from Germany, where he earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Dortmund University. Martin is best known for programming “Argus” (for Quake) and "Half-Life TV” (as a contractor for Valve). Since arriving in Washington State, Martin has lost all the hubcaps on his Volkswagen and single-handedly stopped Seattle traffic by strolling across the street in a bath robe while sipping a white Russian. Not bad for a "poor German boy." Martin also enjoys listening to the band Manowar since, after all, some bands play, but Manowar kills. 155Martin comes to us from Germany, where he earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Dortmund University. Martin is best known for programming “Argus” (for Quake) and "Half-Life TV” (as a contractor for Valve). Since arriving in Washington State, Martin has lost all the hubcaps on his Volkswagen and single-handedly stopped Seattle traffic by strolling across the street in a bath robe while sipping a white Russian. Not bad for a "poor German boy." Martin also enjoys listening to the band Manowar since, after all, some bands play, but Manowar kills.
168Tony Paloma 156Tony Paloma
169Tony got into game programming via the mod community in 2001. He created several server plugins and was responsible for the first online Team Fortress 2 backpack viewer. He continued this work as a hobby while studying Computer Science at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. Before coming to Valve in 2011, to work on his passion, Tony spent two years at Microsoft helping to develop the next version of Visual Studio. 157Tony got into game programming via the mod community in 2001. He created several server plugins and was responsible for the first online Team Fortress 2 backpack viewer. He continued this work as a hobby while studying Computer Science at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. Before coming to Valve in 2011, to work on his passion, Tony spent two years at Microsoft helping to develop the next version of Visual Studio.
170Jay Pinkerton 158Jay Pinkerton
171The question Jay gets asked most often is: “How do you become a video game writer?” Answer: “It’s actually incredibly simple. Decide you want to be a comedy writer. Spend the majority of your twenties climbing the comedy-writing ladder. Get impressive-sounding jobs as editor of National Lampoon and Cracked.com. Reach the highest rung of the internet comedy-writing ladder. Come to the horrifying realization that internet comedy writing is a thankless, awful job that pays slightly less than a job professionally finding money on the street. Realize you have no employable skills other than making people with employable skills laugh. Despair. Then, and this part is the most important, have Portal get released somewhere around this time, create a seismic impact, and have everyone in the game industry decide they need established comedy writers for their games.” 159The question Jay gets asked most often is: “How do you become a video game writer?” Answer: “It’s actually incredibly simple. Decide you want to be a comedy writer. Spend the majority of your twenties climbing the comedy-writing ladder. Get impressive-sounding jobs as editor of National Lampoon and Cracked.com. Reach the highest rung of the internet comedy-writing ladder. Come to the horrifying realization that internet comedy writing is a thankless, awful job that pays slightly less than a job professionally finding money on the street. Realize you have no employable skills other than making people with employable skills laugh. Despair. Then, and this part is the most important, have Portal get released somewhere around this time, create a seismic impact, and have everyone in the game industry decide they need established comedy writers for their games.”
172Karen Prell 160Karen Prell
173Karen grew up near Seattle and embarked on her first career as a puppeteer in 1980. She performed popular film and television puppet characters for 16 years, most notably Red Fraggle in Fraggle Rock and the Worm in Labyrinth. Her second career as a computer animator included work on the award-winning Pixar films Geri’s Game, For the Birds, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2. She is now well into a third career in video games at Valve, tackling testing, development, and animating exuberant characters such as Wheatley the star sphere in Portal 2. Karen continues to do occasional puppet performances and enjoys yoga, kayaking, hiking, biking, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 161Karen grew up near Seattle and embarked on her first career as a puppeteer in 1980. She performed popular film and television puppet characters for 16 years, most notably Red Fraggle in Fraggle Rock and the Worm in Labyrinth. Her second career as a computer animator included work on the award-winning Pixar films Geri’s Game, For the Birds, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2. She is now well into a third career in video games at Valve, tackling testing, development, and animating exuberant characters such as Wheatley the star sphere in Portal 2. Karen continues to do occasional puppet performances and enjoys yoga, kayaking, hiking, biking, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
174Bay Raitt  
175Before joining Valve, Bay led the creation of Gollum's facial system for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has worked as a concept artist and sculptor at the Weta workshop and helped setup the creature pipeline at Weta Digital in New Zealand. Prior to moving Down Under, Bay was the product manager for the 3D modeling and animation tools Mirai and Nendo. Bay started his career working for Olyoptics as a colorist on early issues of Spawn, The Pitt and The Maxx for Image Comics.  
176Elizabeth Ratto 162Elizabeth Ratto
177How did a Portuguese-speaking, snowboard-loving farm girl from Oakdale, Ca. wind up doing HR benefits and payroll administration for a video game company in Bellevue, WA? It probably had to do with her switch from accounting to HR management at Chico State; and those stints at a legal/econ consulting firm and at Gracenote, Sony’s music tech company; and the transition from San Francisco to Seattle; and that former colleague who knew somebody who knew somebody who worked for Valve. But you know what? We don’t really care how Elizabeth wound up at Valve. We just thank the gods she’s here. Twice a month.. When we get those paychecks. Like clockwork. 163How did a Portuguese-speaking, snowboard-loving farm girl from Oakdale, Ca. wind up doing HR benefits and payroll administration for a video game company in Bellevue, WA? It probably had to do with her switch from accounting to HR management at Chico State; and those stints at a legal/econ consulting firm and at Gracenote, Sony’s music tech company; and the transition from San Francisco to Seattle; and that former colleague who knew somebody who knew somebody who worked for Valve. But you know what? We don’t really care how Elizabeth wound up at Valve. We just thank the gods she’s here. Twice a month.. When we get those paychecks. Like clockwork.
178Alireza Razmpoosh 164Alireza Razmpoosh
179Alireza moved to Canada (via Iran and Turkey) when he was nine. His first impressions of the west were the films TRON, Die Hard, and Lawnmower Man. Inspired by this trinity of action, art, and science he chose a career in 3D animation and visual effects. After earning a Bachelor's and a post-graduate degree in animation from Sheridan Institute of Technology, Ali went to London to start work on his first film. He was 24. He now works at Valve where he drives the effort to transform visual effects into a dynamic interactive experience – and blows stuff up. 165Alireza moved to Canada (via Iran and Turkey) when he was nine. His first impressions of the west were the films TRON, Die Hard, and Lawnmower Man. Inspired by this trinity of action, art, and science he chose a career in 3D animation and visual effects. After earning a Bachelor's and a post-graduate degree in animation from Sheridan Institute of Technology, Ali went to London to start work on his first film. He was 24. He now works at Valve where he drives the effort to transform visual effects into a dynamic interactive experience – and blows stuff up.
180Brandon Reinhart 166Brandon Reinhart
181Brandon Reinhart broke into the industry in 1998 when he landed a job as a gameplay programmer on Unreal Tournament for Epic Games. He spent several years at 3D Realms, Sony Online Entertainment, and Spacetime Studios working on Duke Nukem Forever, Star Wars Galaxies, and Blackstar. Brandon joined Valve in 2008 and intends to spend the rest of his life working here. 167Brandon Reinhart broke into the industry in 1998 when he landed a job as a gameplay programmer on Unreal Tournament for Epic Games. He spent several years at 3D Realms, Sony Online Entertainment, and Spacetime Studios working on Duke Nukem Forever, Star Wars Galaxies, and Blackstar. Brandon joined Valve in 2008 and intends to spend the rest of his life working here.
182Alfred Reynolds 168Alfred Reynolds
183Alfred joined Valve as a software engineer in 2002. He has contributed to the development of Counter-Strike, Half-Life 2, and Steam. He also does his best to maintain the Linux ports of our games. Most recently, he led development efforts to bring third-party applications to the Steam platform. Prior to Valve, Alfred worked for an Australian research organization; he would be forced to kill anyone who discovered the true nature of his work there. He is also the one to blame for starting plug-ins on Half-Life servers and, in particular, for creating Admin mod. 169Alfred joined Valve as a software engineer in 2002. He has contributed to the development of Counter-Strike, Half-Life 2, and Steam. He also does his best to maintain the Linux ports of our games. Most recently, he led development efforts to bring third-party applications to the Steam platform. Prior to Valve, Alfred worked for an Australian research organization; he would be forced to kill anyone who discovered the true nature of his work there. He is also the one to blame for starting plug-ins on Half-Life servers and, in particular, for creating Admin mod.
184Matthew Rhoten 170Matthew Rhoten
185Matt came to Valve from Microsoft, where he worked on stuff ranging from UI to device drivers. Like many members of the Steam team he is a generalist, meaning he genuinely finds just about everything interesting. In his spare time, Matt enjoys hanging out with his family, and learning new things via serial hobbies. 171Matt came to Valve from Microsoft, where he worked on stuff ranging from UI to device drivers. Like many members of the Steam team he is a generalist, meaning he genuinely finds just about everything interesting. In his spare time, Matt enjoys hanging out with his family, and learning new things via serial hobbies.
186Dave Riller 172Dave Riller
187Dave started working on games in his spare time back in the days of Doom and Quake. His work caught our eye and we lured him here from the East Coast to work on Half-Life. Now that he’s added code writing to his bag of tricks, Dave works tirelessly to improve the experience of every single diehard Team Fortress 2 fan. That’s right, you know who you are. It’s all for you. 173Dave started working on games in his spare time back in the days of Doom and Quake. His work caught our eye and we lured him here from the East Coast to work on Half-Life. Now that he’s added code writing to his bag of tricks, Dave works tirelessly to improve the experience of every single diehard Team Fortress 2 fan. That’s right, you know who you are. It’s all for you.
188Erik Robson 174Erik Robson
189After earning a Master’s in Sculpture in 1996, Erik made the most of that degree by working cash registers and designing web pages. As creatively satisfying as those occupations were, he couldn’t shake the feeling that he should be doing more with his life. He spent six months creating Quake levels and, in 1998, landed a job designing levels for Cyclone Studios’ Requiem. For the next 12 years he served as Lead Designer at 3DO and Double Fine Productions. Finally, in 2010, he dragged his wife up to the Pacific Northwest and took a job at Valve. 175After earning a Master’s in Sculpture in 1996, Erik made the most of that degree by working cash registers and designing web pages. As creatively satisfying as those occupations were, he couldn’t shake the feeling that he should be doing more with his life. He spent six months creating Quake levels and, in 1998, landed a job designing levels for Cyclone Studios’ Requiem. For the next 12 years he served as Lead Designer at 3DO and Double Fine Productions. Finally, in 2010, he dragged his wife up to the Pacific Northwest and took a job at Valve.
190Elan Ruskin  
191Elan has worked in the game industry since 2003. Since joining Valve in 2006, he’s been an invaluable engine programmer, gameplay developer, and generalist curmudgeon. Elan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Mellon University.  
192Matthew Russell  
193Before coming to Valve, Matthew spent seven years as an animator with DNA Productions in Dallas, Texas. His first DNA assignment was the Emmy-nominated Olive the Other Reindeer. He went on to be a character and supervising animator for the Oscar-nominated feature Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius; a supervising animator on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius; and Lead Animator for The Ant Bully (from DNA and Warner Bros.). Since joining Valve, Matthew has worked on Alien Swarm, Team Fortress 2, and Portal 2. He is an instructor for AnimationMentor. He also likes balloons, pony rides, and fruity drinks, the ones with the little umbrellas on top.  
194David Sawyer 176David Sawyer
195David makes cool levels that you love to play. That is all. 177David makes cool levels that you love to play. That is all.
196Wade Schin 178Wade Schin
197Wade has worked in the game industry as an artist since 1998, and for Valve since 2005. In his spare time, he participates in group art shows and experiments with 3d printing and casting. 179Wade has worked in the game industry as an artist since 1998, and for Valve since 2005. In his spare time, he participates in group art shows and experiments with 3d printing and casting.
198Chris Shambaugh 180Chris Shambaugh
199Chris studied fine art, filmmaking, and design at a midwestern liberal arts university way back in the 1980's. Before coming to Valve, he helped design products at Microsoft. Before that, he designed and built neon signs and lighting in Chicago. In 1987, Chris produced an 11-minute public service announcement, which won the Most Promising Filmmaker Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Twenty-four years later, he is still determined to fulfill that promise. 181Chris studied fine art, filmmaking, and design at a midwestern liberal arts university way back in the 1980's. Before coming to Valve, he helped design products at Microsoft. Before that, he designed and built neon signs and lighting in Chicago. In 1987, Chris produced an 11-minute public service announcement, which won the Most Promising Filmmaker Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Twenty-four years later, he is still determined to fulfill that promise.
200Taylor Sherman 182Taylor Sherman
201Taylor joined Valve in 2001 to help develop Steam, and has been part of that team ever since. His previous experience ranges from DVD emulation to air combat simulators for the military. He has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City. When he's not working, Taylor can usually be found rehearsing or playing guitar with the Tuning The Air ensemble here in Seattle. 183Taylor joined Valve in 2001 to help develop Steam, and has been part of that team ever since. His previous experience ranges from DVD emulation to air combat simulators for the military. He has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City. When he's not working, Taylor can usually be found rehearsing or playing guitar with the Tuning The Air ensemble here in Seattle.
202Eric Smith 184Eric Smith
203Eric joined Valve in 2000 after graduating from the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA. Before DigiPen, he worked for Nintendo of America. But when DigiPen opened its doors in the U.S. in January 1998, Eric saw an opportunity to change careers and make games instead of just playing them. 185Eric joined Valve in 2000 after graduating from the DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA. Before DigiPen, he worked for Nintendo of America. But when DigiPen opened its doors in the U.S. in January 1998, Eric saw an opportunity to change careers and make games instead of just playing them.
204David Speyrer 186David Speyrer
205David developed telecommunications software in Boulder, Colorado before he came to Valve. During his time here he's been a programmer/designer and cabal lead on Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. He has also worked quite a lot on our Hammer level editor over the years. A fan of recreational physical suffering, David goes rock climbing in his spare time. He has dragged many a pale and shaking Valve employee along on adventures in vertiginous terror. 187David developed telecommunications software in Boulder, Colorado before he came to Valve. During his time here he's been a programmer/designer and cabal lead on Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. He has also worked quite a lot on our Hammer level editor over the years. A fan of recreational physical suffering, David goes rock climbing in his spare time. He has dragged many a pale and shaking Valve employee along on adventures in vertiginous terror.
206Kutta Srinivasan 188Kutta Srinivasan
207After getting a B.S. degree from Caltech, Kutta decided that making video games for a living was probably the next best thing to playing them all day in his dorm room. He joined Microsoft at age 19 and worked on Xbox and Xbox 360 games (Gears of War, Halo 3, Mass Effect, Lost Odyssey, Crackdown, Fable 2). There was also a stint in there with the DirectX team working on DirectX 9 & 10 shader technologies. Now Kutta's a systems and game programmer at Valve, working on whatever happens to strike his fancy. When he's not coding, sleeping, or cooking, Kutta spends his time climbing rocks, riding bikes, and snowboarding off things that he really ought not to. 189After getting a B.S. degree from Caltech, Kutta decided that making video games for a living was probably the next best thing to playing them all day in his dorm room. He joined Microsoft at age 19 and worked on Xbox and Xbox 360 games (Gears of War, Halo 3, Mass Effect, Lost Odyssey, Crackdown, Fable 2). There was also a stint in there with the DirectX team working on DirectX 9 & 10 shader technologies. Now Kutta's a systems and game programmer at Valve, working on whatever happens to strike his fancy. When he's not coding, sleeping, or cooking, Kutta spends his time climbing rocks, riding bikes, and snowboarding off things that he really ought not to.
208Jay Stelly 190Jay Stelly
209Jay joined Valve from Tetragon where he was lead engineer and 3D engine developer of Virgin's Nanotek Warrior. Before that, he developed titles for Sony Playstation & 3DO. Way before that, he wrote his first computer game (at age 9) and had a game published in a magazine (at age 15). A native of Cajun Country, Jay finds Northwest buildings too hot (what, no air conditioning?) and the food not hot enough. 191Jay joined Valve from Tetragon where he was lead engineer and 3D engine developer of Virgin's Nanotek Warrior. Before that, he developed titles for Sony Playstation & 3DO. Way before that, he wrote his first computer game (at age 9) and had a game published in a magazine (at age 15). A native of Cajun Country, Jay finds Northwest buildings too hot (what, no air conditioning?) and the food not hot enough.
210Anna Sweet 192Anna Sweet
211Anna is responsible for general business development, focusing on Steam distribution and Steamworks integration. She joined Valve in 2008, after working at Microsoft and MySpace, and earning a computer science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she plays a lot of soccer, volunteers at a cat shelter and regularly reminds her mother how growing up she was told that "no one would ever pay her to play video games". 193Anna is responsible for general business development, focusing on Steam distribution and Steamworks integration. She joined Valve in 2008, after working at Microsoft and MySpace, and earning a computer science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. In her spare time, she plays a lot of soccer, volunteers at a cat shelter and regularly reminds her mother how growing up she was told that "no one would ever pay her to play video games".
212Kelly Thornton 194Kelly Thornton
213Kelly came to Valve via the Half-Life mod community. While earning a Master's degree in Business at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he helped develop and do sound work for Day of Defeat. He saw a career in video game development and sound engineering as the obvious next step after the MBA - and an undergraduate degree in Biology - so he packed his things and headed west to Valve. Today, you can find Kelly in his office, surrounded by WWII books and memorabilia, wearing a fat pair of headphones, and wondering how in the world he actually landed a job he loves doing. 195Kelly came to Valve via the Half-Life mod community. While earning a Master's degree in Business at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he helped develop and do sound work for Day of Defeat. He saw a career in video game development and sound engineering as the obvious next step after the MBA - and an undergraduate degree in Biology - so he packed his things and headed west to Valve. Today, you can find Kelly in his office, surrounded by WWII books and memorabilia, wearing a fat pair of headphones, and wondering how in the world he actually landed a job he loves doing.
214Alex Vlachos 196Alex Vlachos
215Alex focuses on graphics programming and shader development at Valve. He joined the company in 2006, during development of The Orange Box. Previously, he worked as Lead Visual Effects Programmer at Naughty Dog during development of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune; Lead Programmer on ATI’s Demo Team; and as a software developer for the SpaceOrb 360. Alex grew up in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Boston University. Here's his website. 197Alex focuses on graphics programming and shader development at Valve. He joined the company in 2006, during development of The Orange Box. Previously, he worked as Lead Visual Effects Programmer at Naughty Dog during development of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune; Lead Programmer on ATI’s Demo Team; and as a software developer for the SpaceOrb 360. Alex grew up in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Boston University. Here's his website.
216Robin Walker 198Robin Walker
217Robin Walker co-wrote the hugely popular Quake mod "Team Fortress," before being assimilated when Valve acquired Team Fortress Software. Since then, he has been responsible for design, code, and management on various Valve products. 199Robin Walker co-wrote the hugely popular Quake mod "Team Fortress," before being assimilated when Valve acquired Team Fortress Software. Since then, he has been responsible for design, code, and management on various Valve products.
218Josh Weier (like "wire") 200Josh Weier (like "wire")
219Josh cut his teeth on multiple FPS titles in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin before coming to Valve to work on Half-Life 2. Since that time he’s never been too far from Alyx, zombies, or handheld portal devices. Whether it’s programming new AI behaviors, working on level design, or just sitting with a group of incredibly talented people in front of a whiteboard trying to solve a problem, it’s never a dull day at the office. 201Josh cut his teeth on multiple FPS titles in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin before coming to Valve to work on Half-Life 2. Since that time he’s never been too far from Alyx, zombies, or handheld portal devices. Whether it’s programming new AI behaviors, working on level design, or just sitting with a group of incredibly talented people in front of a whiteboard trying to solve a problem, it’s never a dull day at the office.
 202Chris Welch
 203Chris began his journey to video games as a pre-med student. Much to his mother’s dismay, a few years into his studies he switched from becoming a doctor to becoming an artist. He studied animation and visual effects at Brigham Young University and went on to become a Biomedical Illustrator and Animator for large pharmaceutical, surgical, and orthopedic companies. Later he went on to work at Weta Digital in New Zealand where he led the Look/Development for Jake and Neytiri, the main (alien) characters in the movie “Avatar”. He also did extensive creature texture painting and worked on other movies as well, such as The Adventures of Tin Tin, where he painting and shading the textures for Tin Tin himself, as well as the Captain. He has now been at Valve for several years doing character design and other game art related things. Although he sucks at actually playing video games, he loves working on them.
220Andrea Wicklund 204Andrea Wicklund
221Once upon a time, Andrea was a disheveled, San Francisco artist, making a living as an illustrator. She did newsmaker profiles and such for Rolling Stone, Spin, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Sadly, her life dream of illustrating children’s books fizzled, as her paintings, according to one art director, would “scare the children.” Which makes her perfect for Valve. She joined the company in late 2006. Since arriving, she’s done a little of everything, from character design to comic books (Lab Rat) to hand modeling. (Yes, Andrea is “the hand” of Left 4 Dead.) On her days off, she paints with real, non-electronic paint and listens to loud music—loud enough to drown out her singing voice. 205Once upon a time, Andrea was a disheveled, San Francisco artist, making a living as an illustrator. She did newsmaker profiles and such for Rolling Stone, Spin, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Sadly, her life dream of illustrating children’s books fizzled, as her paintings, according to one art director, would “scare the children.” Which makes her perfect for Valve. She joined the company in late 2006. Since arriving, she’s done a little of everything, from character design to comic books (Lab Rat) to hand modeling. (Yes, Andrea is “the hand” of Left 4 Dead.) On her days off, she paints with real, non-electronic paint and listens to loud music—loud enough to drown out her singing voice.
222Erik Wolpaw 206Erik Wolpaw
223Erik Wolpaw's father attended Yale, became a successful lawyer, got disbarred, lost everything, and went to jail for a while. Later, he and Erik lived in a horrible ghetto apartment where Erik used the Yale alumni magazine to smash cockroaches. From this inauspicious start, Erik eventually went on to not graduate from high school. Now he writes dialog for video games, including the award-winning Psychonauts, Portal, and Portal 2. Prior to that he was a freelance writer and before that he co-founded Old Man Murray. It's not like he became a surgeon or anything, but it's not too bad, considering. 207Erik Wolpaw's father attended Yale, became a successful lawyer, got disbarred, lost everything, and went to jail for a while. Later, he and Erik lived in a horrible ghetto apartment where Erik used the Yale alumni magazine to smash cockroaches. From this inauspicious start, Erik eventually went on to not graduate from high school. Now he writes dialog for video games, including the award-winning Psychonauts, Portal, and Portal 2. Prior to that he was a freelance writer and before that he co-founded Old Man Murray. It's not like he became a surgeon or anything, but it's not too bad, considering.
224Doug Wood 208Doug Wood
225Doug came to Valve in the early days - 1997, to be exact – so there aren’t many titles he hasn’t touched. But most of his work has been animating for the Half-Life series. Before coming to Valve, Doug did time at Origin in Austin, and at 3DRealms in Dallas, where he worked on Duke Nukem 3D. 209Doug came to Valve in the early days - 1997, to be exact – so there aren’t many titles he hasn’t touched. But most of his work has been animating for the Half-Life series. Before coming to Valve, Doug did time at Origin in Austin, and at 3DRealms in Dallas, where he worked on Duke Nukem 3D.
226Matt T. Wood 210Matt T. Wood
227At age 19, Matt left his home state of Pennsylvania for the sweltering heat of Dallas, Texas. There he became 3D Realms’ first level designer on its first real 3D game, Prey. Since then, he’s worked on Duke Nukem Forever as a designer, animator, and modeler. He also contributed to Max Payne. In 2003, Matt moved to Valve to work on Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2. He is (as far as we know) the only person in the world to have worked on four of Wired magazine's top-rated vaporware games. When Half-Life 2 shipped in 2004, the curse that prevented games that Matt worked on from getting shipped was finally broken. Now, he helps Valve ship games often, working primarily as a level and game designer, and gameplay programmer. Matt is happy to say that (in addition to the games mentioned above) he’s contributed to - and shipped Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life: Episode One, Half-Life: Episode Two, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Alien Swarm, and Portal 2 on multiple platforms. 211At age 19, Matt left his home state of Pennsylvania for the sweltering heat of Dallas, Texas. There he became 3D Realms’ first level designer on its first real 3D game, Prey. Since then, he’s worked on Duke Nukem Forever as a designer, animator, and modeler. He also contributed to Max Payne. In 2003, Matt moved to Valve to work on Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life 2. He is (as far as we know) the only person in the world to have worked on four of Wired magazine's top-rated vaporware games. When Half-Life 2 shipped in 2004, the curse that prevented games that Matt worked on from getting shipped was finally broken. Now, he helps Valve ship games often, working primarily as a level and game designer, and gameplay programmer. Matt is happy to say that (in addition to the games mentioned above) he’s contributed to - and shipped Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life: Episode One, Half-Life: Episode Two, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Alien Swarm, and Portal 2 on multiple platforms.
228Shawn Zabecki 212Shawn Zabecki
229Shawn was raised by the best mom ever. Since joining Valve in 2007, he’s been designing and implementing the Steam user experience. And he's terrific at it. But what we all marvel at is how polite and well-groomed Shawn is. People passing through the lunchroom often stop and stare at his supernaturally excellent table manners. It's like working with David Niven. Shawn is also very helpful and clever. Everyone likes him. You did a great job, Mrs. Zabecki. 213Shawn was raised by the best mom ever. Since joining Valve in 2007, he’s been designing and implementing the Steam user experience. And he's terrific at it. But what we all marvel at is how polite and well-groomed Shawn is. People passing through the lunchroom often stop and stare at his supernaturally excellent table manners. It's like working with David Niven. Shawn is also very helpful and clever. Everyone likes him. You did a great job, Mrs. Zabecki.
230Torsten Zabka 214Torsten Zabka
231As Valve's Steam Translation Administrator, Torsten coordinates all our text localization, ensuring that millions of Valve customers and partners around the globe believe we actually have offices in Germany, Spain, Russia, and France, just to name a few. 215As Valve's Steam Translation Administrator, Torsten coordinates all our text localization, ensuring that millions of Valve customers and partners around the globe believe we actually have offices in Germany, Spain, Russia, and France, just to name a few.
232Zoid 216Zoid
233Zoid (yes, just Zoid - like Cher) showed up on the radar shortly after Quake was released. He made a mod called “Threewave Capture the Flag,” which people really liked. Come to think of it, it’s probably Zoid's fault that most multiplayer first person games seem to include a capture the flag gameplay mode. After capturing far too many flags, Zoid joined Retro Studios and helped develop Metroid Prime and its sequels for the Gamecube. After a two-year stint at Carbine Studios (working on an MMO game), he decided to get back to his roots and join us here at Valve.217Zoid (yes, just Zoid - like Cher) showed up on the radar shortly after Quake was released. He made a mod called “Threewave Capture the Flag,” which people really liked. Come to think of it, it’s probably Zoid's fault that most multiplayer first person games seem to include a capture the flag gameplay mode. After capturing far too many flags, Zoid joined Retro Studios and helped develop Metroid Prime and its sequels for the Gamecube. After a two-year stint at Carbine Studios (working on an MMO game), he decided to get back to his roots and join us here at Valve.
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