J.J. Abrams and Valve working on game project together

<i>Star Trek</i> director teaming up with Valve co-founder Gabe Newell for unannounced game project; possible Half-Life and Portal films also being investigated.

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LAS VEGAS--In their opening keynote address at the annual D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas today, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams announced they are working on an unannounced game project together.

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Abrams and Newell spoke at length about the differences between film and games and the challenges for each medium in telling a good story. After critiquing and praising each other's work through various clips from films like Cloverfield and Star Trek and games like Portal, Half-Life, and Half-Life 2, Abrams and Newell announced they have been speaking at length about joining forces to make a game.

Newell also announced that he is investigating the possibility of working with Abrams on a Portal or Half-Life film.

No more details about the projects were revealed.

Abrams' latest film, Star Trek: Into Darkness, will be released in May. He has also been lined up to direct the next Star Wars film.

Newell will also host a keynote address on Thursday titled "A View on Next Steps," which will detail the Valve mastermind's thoughts on where the games industry is heading and the kinds of advances Valve is making. The company recently announced a partnership with PC maker Xi3 to develop its own take on the long-rumoured Steam Box.

The D.I.C.E. Summit will run from February 5 to 8 in Las Vegas.

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wizzzer_thy_133

I think Gabe Newell is just setting a trap, he simply wish to eat J.J Abrams and spare us from lense flared light saber fights.

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biggest_loser

@wizzzer_thy_133 I really wish people would knock it off with the fat jokes. This bloke is one of the most influential people this medium has ever had and heads a company that supports things like free DLC. He doesn't deserve the ridicule in this least. Secondly, its stupid and just not that funny. Or am I forgetting how many gamers are actually bodybuilders in real life?

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Total_mischief

@biggest_loser @wizzzer_thy_133 I'm fat and I know a joke when I see one. Grow a sense of humor. It's not like he said "Gabe's fat he should die".

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Total_mischief

@biggest_loser Why would I give a **** about memes when I know I'm also one of the most respected figures in the video game industry ? Get real bro.

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biggest_loser

@Total_mischief @biggest_loser @wizzzer_thy_133 Oh sorry people make memes about you and reference you as being fat each time your name is mentioned online do they? Its more than a one off joke. Google this stuff and people make huge threads on it. I don't want people like Gabe getting pissed off. These people do read things like that online. Get over this 'ohhh I'm a gamer! I can say what I want without consequence'.

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oflow

@biggest_loser you must be fat...

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Spartan_418

@wizzzer_thy_133 every time you make a Gaben fat joke, Half-Life 3 gets delayed

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oflow

@Spartan_418 @wizzzer_thy_133 its because he ate it.

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Spartan_418

Whatever the new game is, you can guarantee it's never going to have a "3" in it.

And it goes the other way. If Abrams allows Gaben to have any sort of input on his movies, then the third Star Trek will never get made, and Star Wars Episode IX (third in the new trilogy) won't ever get made either.

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Daian

@Spartan_418 Star Orange Box : Star Wars Episode VII, Star Trek 3 and Half Life the movie.

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vault-boy

@Daian @Spartan_418 If you throw some explicit inter-species love making in there you just got yourself the perfect movie my friend.

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Godly_Kongming

Lost is technically not JJ. He only helped write a few episodes.

Personally I think he is brilliant. And Lost was good anyway so obviosuly Vampire you dont know anything about writing. Maybe you like reality tv garbage.

Lost is right up there with Battlestar, Alphas, Walking Dead

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Daian

@Godly_Kongming lol, let's not exaggerate, by the end of it Lost was a convoluted mess which the writers had no idea how to explain. Still, JJ didn't make that mess so I don't hold it against him.

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PeterDuck

@Daian

Actually, they wrote the entire 6 seasons of LOST Series before shooting.

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oflow

@Daian Agreed. Lost just got to the point where they were making up stuff and really didnt know what they wanted to do either.

The same ridiculous writing style ruined Prometheus.

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Daian

I just had a geekgasm. That is all.

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akdiuuuryttt

please half life movie plzplzplzplzpzlzpz

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Vampire64

Lost sucks

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PAL360

I want Left 4 Dead 3 running on Source 2. Hurry up, Valve.

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jayjay444

@PAL360 I want Half-Life 3 on source 2 so i can finaly finish the god damn story Hurry Up Valve!!!!!!!!

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PAL360

I loved Half Life 1 and 2, but after all these years, my hype for HL3 almost vanished.

On the other hand, i find Left 4 Dead to be the best coop formula in gaming. I still play L4D2, once in a while. Can't wait for a new one.

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PAL360

I understand. If Half Life 3 ends up coming being announced, i'll jump to the first two again. Until that, i'll keep playing Left 4 Dead 2. That game never gets old, and 4 years have passed!

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jayjay444

@PAL360 I agree with u L4D is amazing but i started playing Half-life again recently, and I find my self hooked once again wishing that i wasn't left on a cliffhanger. I to lost all my hype, kinda wish i didn't start playing it again, but couldn't help my self. But I should just go back to L4D, i still have DLC to buy for it anyway to help make it feel fresh again so should be worth my time and money.

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jayjay444

This article is talking one load of shit, Abrams is making a star wars movie after star trek he's not going to have time for anything like this, yet another false rumor by Gamespot.

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Epicurus-Reborn

@jayjay444 Really? So you were at the DICE Summit?

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jayjay444

@Epicurus-Reborn @jayjay444 no but i didn't need to be to know this is one load of shit:)

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jayjay444

@top8cat @jayjay444 LOL why would i need to look when i'm going to die anyways?


BOOOOOOOooOoMmm

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top8cat

@jayjay444

There's a missile coming towards us! RUN! *everyone screaming*

"No there isn't"

Just turn around and look!

"I don't need to turn around to know it isn't true"

*BOOOOOOooOoMmm*

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jayjay444

@Epicurus-Reborn @jayjay444 true but can't be bothered watching it, but I still have a feeling this is completely false but if i'm wrong i'm wrong don't really care to be honest.

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Epicurus-Reborn

@jayjay444 @Epicurus-Reborn Yes you do. Or at least watched it some how. You cant just make a claim on a hunch.

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top8cat

This article needs more lens flare

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wgerardi

J.J. Abrams didn't direct Cloverfield. Pretty sure Matt Reeves did.

Really annoying- please fix that, GameSpot.

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bahamut1283

@wgerardi What's to fix?? The author just mentioned it as one of J.J's "works."

I didn't read anything in the article that explicitly said he directed it.

And yes, your correct, Matt Reaves did direct Cloverfield.

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wgerardi

@bahamut1283 @wgerardi They changed it. Before it said "Cloverfield director"

Thanks, Gamespot :)

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bahamut1283

@wgerardi @bahamut1283 My mistake then. Guess I'm late to the party.

On to the subject at hand, a Half-Life film... I can only imagine what a person like J.J. could do to for that series. O_o

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JediLegacy

@bahamut1283 @wgerardi I think it's just annoying for people because Matt Reeves was the director, yet Cloverfield is almost always the first movie mentioned in Abram's library. That's like saying "Peter Jackson's District 9 and West of Memphis are amazing." Maybe those movies are, but Pete was the producer, not the director.

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spikepigeo

@wgerardi This ^ J.J. Abrams was producer. Come on Gamespot... Professional journalism...

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wgerardi

@spikepigeo @wgerardi Maybe GameSpot fans should do a feedbackula of all the retarded shit GameSpot writers say. We too can also be passive aggressive weenies.

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wgerardi

@oflow @wgerardi hmmmm, I kind of agree with them in that aspect. If a game wants to have gratuitous violence for no reason other than they think it's cool, then its probably just made by dumb people... and the players of those games are just as hollow. Spec-Ops was a masterpiece and all of its violence is justified- can't say the same for games like CoD and BF. They are made by empty people for empty people (i.e. most of America) and just make war/violence look like fun- taking away any verism.

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oflow

@wgerardi Best idea ever. The violence in video games articles lately have really made me nerd rage. Gamespot writers have this quasi politically correct anti violence stance but only as long as its in a game that they dont think tells a good story. Killing hundreds of guys is ok as long as its in Spec Ops the Line or something of that nature, but regular old FPS like BF3/CoD are gratuitious violence with no redeeming qualities that make people into mass shooters.

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Sardinar

Great to hear, J.J. Abrams is amazing.

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krbrown10

This is pretty exciting ...I really liked Cloverfield, and lest we forget JJ Abrams was monumental in Super 8. Also, his new TV show is pretty cool. ...once again, good move Valve.

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lazycomplife

lol gabes face in that pic omg

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Saketume

@lazycomplife I would look sad too if I had to work with Abrams

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Poodger

@Saketume @lazycomplife Why? Abrams produces good work. Lost was ok, Cloverfield wasn't bad, but Star Trek was AMAZING, and now he is directing Star Wars too.

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Poodger

@Saketume Perhaps. I thought the new Star Trek was fantastic, and all of his other work while not really GOOD, is still ok. I have never walked out of anything attached to Abrams and found myself disappointed, just somewhere on a range between entertained (Lost and Cloverfield) and amazed (Star Trek).

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Saketume

@Poodger We have very different tastes obviously.

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Sardinar

@fatee @Poodger @Saketume @lazycomplife That he did, hahahaha...

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fatee

@Poodger @Saketume @lazycomplife
He destroyed Vulcan. End of story.

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Legend002

@DrKill09

That's mean.