Gabe Newell Is a Boss in This New Indie Game

[UPDATE] Valve approves.

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[UPDATE] According to a tweet from developer Powerhoof, Valve is on board with Crawl using a Gabe Newell character as a boss.

The original story is below.

Indie game Crawl is adding a secret new boss character: Valve managing director Gabe Newell.

Developer Powerhoof recently revealed the new addition to the game, which has been in early access on Steam since last year, with an animated GIF showing off Newell (below). Because this was seen by much of the world on April Fools' day, this was presumed by many to be a joke. In fact, it isn't, as designer Barney Cumming has clarified that the blog post announcement was actually posted on April 2 in Melbourne, Australia.

Cumming described the addition of Newell to the game as having "been at the top of my list since the very start." If all goes according to plan, he'd be added in Crawl's next update.

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However, Powerhoof evidently didn't ask either Newell or Valve for permission to use the former's likeness; it was only after it began attracting the attention of the media that Cumming emailed Newell for the thumbs up.

In the email, which Cumming shared on Powerhoof's blog, he presents the case for adding Newell. This includes the fact that he would be Crawl's most powerful character, an exchange of pictures so that Cumming's likeness can be used in Valve's games, and an offer to get the developers of Crossy Road to add Newell's favorite animal to the game. Cumming also argues, "The transformation implies your more recent bearded look is actually your Super Saiyan form."

Oh, and he says "please."

"I always got the impression Gabe would be cool with stuff like this, but when a big company is involved who knows what kind of crazy reasons they'll have, so at least I can say I tried!" Cumming said of the email.

Newell has yet to respond, at least publicly, nor has Valve responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Crawl is a multiplayer dungeon crawler where one player assumes the role of the hero while others control traps and monsters. At this point, its multiplayer is limited to local play only, though online support is described as "a possibility."

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@Litchie Stop being delusional. Crawl is a crappy 8-bit junk of disgracefulness. At most, I can call it garbage (Impossible to call it a game). Also, if you think you know about game design by claiming that Crawl is a good game then, you definitely need a career change.

The best career prospect for you is begging on the streets. Goes well with your experience and stupidity.

If you need more help about your career prospects, give me a PM. I will gladly help you out.

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@jok3rxfear: You probably haven't played it, so you're still an idiot. Now I know you're an asshole as well.

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Great, more garbage to add to the pile of garbage that is PC gaming.

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Some stupid little indie company making some shitty old 8-bit game, trying to get publicity with Gabe Newell's name. Seriously, who cares about these sub par games anymore?

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Cumming is such an unfortunate surname.

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wasn't this on IGN last week?

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The real question is, why does anyone care?

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This tweet was made on April 9, 2015


April 9, 2015 = 4/9/2015


4-9+2+1+5 = 3


3 = Half life 3


Half life 3 confirmed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yikes, looking over it again yea I was wrong. My bad then, as well it is not (P)(E)(M/D)(A/S). Maybe you learned it that way idk, but adding the parentheses and slash make no difference given it is an acronym.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You guys are thinking too much into it, just know that half life 3 was confirmed.

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Game isn't really new. It's been out for months.

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And he bully

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He thinks God since go show he evil and. Lie.. Because he lie about half life Ep 3 stop waste time make halflife3 and left for dead3 already

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<< LINK REMOVED >> If it asks to count higher than 2, it won't exist. No Left 4 Dead 3. No Half Life 3. No Half Life 2: Episode 3. No Team Fortress 3....


See a pattern, here?

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Good animation, but I don't like the whole cult of personality around Newell.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Neither do I, but I still enjoy seeing fat guys do uppercuts so I don't really ask questions.

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He should drop a copy of HL3 as loot...

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Half Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 Confirmed?

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Gabe is larger than life

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Good thing they didn't choose the prophet Muhammad.

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The comparisons to Nintendo are idiotic. If the boss character was Gordon Freeman do you think Gabe would be OK?

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Why is everybody kissing up to him so much? He got an *F* in Customer Service. Is he getting all this love because of Steam sales?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Too greedy. They're not gonna hire any more pakistanians until gamers REBEL big time. That's how greedy corps are operating and Valve is absolutely no different.

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Well I guess that's one way to get your game to stand out among the massive ocean of forgettable indie games on steam.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> There still are some great indies on steam, though many suck. And who wouldn't like to punch GabeN in the crotch for Steam Support :)

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lovely animation

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Alas, it is a boss I will never be able to beat, because I could not bring myself to harm GabeN.

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Every time someone kills him HL3 gets delayed another decade.

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