Valve’s Gabe Newell Crosses the Billionaire Barrier

Valve CEO Gabe Newell has debuted as 854th out of 1,226 global billionaires after a stellar 2011 has left Mr. Newell with a cool $1.5 billion. I can say without hyperbole that this couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. This is the kind of person we want to think of when we hear billionaire. His company’s work to bring digital distribution has been a godsend. They even got Russia to pay for video games. Russia, a country that owes what freedom they have to bootleg Beatles records smuggled in on grooved X-ray images. Valve has done more to kill piracy than any moronic piece of legislature the guardians of old media can come up with. They’ve proved that Piracy is a technological problem, and if you give consumers an easy way to pay for digital goods online, and you’re not a douche about it, you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.


New Halo 4 Trailer with Dev Q & A

343 Studios has released a new trailer with gameplay footage and developer interviews revealing further details about the new Halo game. Most interesting to note is the injection of story into multiplayer. Apparently there will be a reason for the Red and Blue Spartans to fight, and not just the painfully comic existential emptiness that the pour souls in Red V. Blue have to contend with. The graphics and sound have all been redone, and it looks like 343 is going to make this into the Triple-A experience we’ve come to expect from the Halo Franchise.

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Ben Browder to guest star on Doctor Who

Gateworld reports that Ben Browder, star of Farscape and Stargate: SG-1 is scheduled to appear on the third episode of the next Doctor Who season. The episode that Browder will be guest starring in will be set in the American Wild West played by the ever lovely Spanish countryside. No word yet on whether yet he’ll be sporting a ridiculous accent.