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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Damn his face screams Jewish from 1 km away.

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@kartelas Hey everybody, IT'S LARRY DAVID!

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@never-named @kartelas I dont know if he is or not though:D

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I had to copy and paste this article to Microsoft Word to read it because I couldn't get past the first sentence with that horrible man staring at me.

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@davetbeau http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lD8N1YCVxc

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The GS picture archives didn't have a less weird pic of Gabe I guess.

J.J. Abrams must have a lot on his plate. Star Trek, Star Wars and now a game project.

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Laura stay away from Tomb Raider.Thank you

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Lol Gabe's pic looks like somebody just asked him for a Steam refund!

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Jesus...that looks like the mugshot of a pedophile if I ever saw one! Damn, hide your kids!!

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No sir i don't like it...

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Holy snap! I hope they can pull something off. I'm a big fan of J.J. going back to Alias, and of course I love Valve.

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Who would play Gordon freeman ? the guy from breaking bad ? http://fast.jasonotc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/halflife3.jpg

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I didn't know the entirety of life could be summed up so succinctly

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Working with J.J. Abrams will no doubt result in an interesting gaming experience from Valve.

Now here's to hoping Mr. Abrams can teach Gabe and his staff how to count to 3.

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Hey Valve. where's Episode 3 of Half-Life 2?!

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@Ranma_X_basic screw episode want full lenght game Half life 3, Hl2 Episodes were short but awesome.

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Matt Reeves would be really disappointed in that deck. You might want to check your research again ;)

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I'm fine if That game is Half life 3 with decent story , But not in our universe :))))

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I wonder if Mr Newell will tell us more about how single player games feel like the player is "autistic and r_e_tarded." Oh what a precious gem he is.

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Abrams' plate is getting quite full. I loved his first Star Trek movie and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. I've been saying for years that he should direct a Star Wars movie, and I must say I'm thrilled I'm getting my wish. However, I think he should stick to movies at least until things slow down a bit for him, because I don't want Star Wars getting anything short of his full attention and efforts. That being said, having him head up a Half-Life movie in the future would be awesome.

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@TheAgingGamer I think this really means that other members of Bad Robot would be handling most of the work, while given minimal oversight from J.J. No doubt most of his attention will be focused on Star Wars. It's kinda how Spielberg has put his name on a ton of stuff that past few years, when you know there is no way he did it all himself. Still, the end result embodies Spielberg, and I think the same of J.J. and Bad Robot.

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So, why do you people hate J.J. Abrams? The worst thing that could happen to Star Wars is more George Lucas.

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@memigh Well before he made ST I hought he was just a talentless hack.

But then he took Star Trek and made it a braindead pew pew lasers lens flare (there you go Timaetaj) crapfest and now I actively dislike him.

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@Saketume @memigh The first Star Trek movie: Brainey, metaphorical and boring as hell. The second - Kahn. Case closed.

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@ggregd @Saketume @memigh Not all ST movies or episodes are great but removing the very essence of what makes ST ruins every aspect of it. They all have infinitely more value to me than the Abrams movie however.

And there is no reason action can't be clever.

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@Saketume @memigh Because Star Trek used to be good. Right.

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@Total_mischief @Saketume @memigh exactly.

I get that ST wasn't for everyone. It was a niche thing. Not everything must be for the masses.

Saying you didn't like ST but thought the new movie was good should tell you something of how much he ruined it for those of us who are fans.

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@memigh I for one look forward to seeing the iDethStar

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@memigh Indeed. J.J. Abrams has done a lot of good stuff. Quit whining, people.

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@memigh inb4 "lens flare" jokes.

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GabeN, we worship you and see you as our lord and savior. Stop starting all these other things and give us our sequel to episode 2.

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Can we stop using that picture of him? I like being able to sleep at night.

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@RealEddieMakuch The Gaben Soul Stare!!!

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Nice choice for his picture gamespot.

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I'd rather have Half-Life 2: Episode Three... or Half-Life 3. Abrams is overrated anyway.

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he doesn't look to happy, lolz

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Mee Soo Wrong Mr.

Jar Jar Abrams again....

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Its about time Gabe actually mentioned something involving half life after all this time!

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Am I the only person that has a problem with Abrams doing both Star Trek and Star Wars films?

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@LpcWarrior We can at least assume the next Star wars movie is gonna be better than Episode 2.

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@LpcWarrior I have a problem with him doing anything... ever.

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Like the guy below me said, he didn't direct Cloverfield XD

There's a source for you GS lol

Aside from that, this definitely has my attention

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@Solace427 The article didn't say he directed it, it said they critiqued and praised each other through clips like cloverfield and star trek.

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@RedLegZeff @Solace427 When the article was initially posted it said he did. It has been updated since then

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@RedLegZeff @Solace427 You might want to read the article's deck again. It's pretty plainly written there.

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Abrams did not direct Cloverfield; he was only the producer. It was directed by Matt Reeves. Just saying :p

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Geez, J.J. Abrams is quite the busy guy these days...

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I prefer other writer/directors but JJ Abrams is still very talented. Working with Valve, this could be one of the best stories in a game, ever.

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In before lens flare "jokes"