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The creator of Half-Life likes Portal 2 more

by Joey Davidson | January 18, 2017January 18, 2017 12:00 pm PDT

Yesterday, Gabe Newell hosted an AMA on Reddit where fans flung him questions that ranged the spectrum of predictability.

One of the more personally revealing questions for Newell came when a fan asked him to pick his favorite single player game from Valve. His answer wasn’t Half-Life. Instead, it’s Portal 2. Newell’s reasoning is fascinating.

The issue with Half-Life for me is that I was involved in a much higher percentage of the decisions about the games, so it’s hard for me to look at them as anything other than a series of things I regret. There’s no information in my response about what we’ll do in the future. It’s simply easier for me to be a fan of things that in which I was less directive…

…If you are involved in a game, everything ends up being a set of trade-offs. Anything in a game is a sacrifice of things not in the game. I just feel those more personally about Half-Life for a bunch of reasons.

Newell likes Portal more because he was involved less

I understand Newell’s stance here, though I can’t pretend to really relate. We’ve all heard the notion that it’s hard for an artist to enjoy their work thanks to knowing where all the faults and shortcomings lie.

I imagine that’s the same for Newell when it comes to Half-Life. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Portal 2 is an incredible game.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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