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.