What is Gaben? How One of Gaming's Greatest Minds Became One of Its Greatest Memes

Gabe Newell is the co-founder and CEO of Valve – the developer and publisher behind universally acclaimed titles like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 and Left4Dead. But outside of being one of the greatest minds in gaming, he is also one of its greatest memes. How did this happen?

Produced, Written & Hosted by: Josh Bury (@ThrownGauntlet) Produced, Shot & Edited by: Miles Hackett (@miles_hackett)
Gaben dance animated by: Christian Pearson (@Chr_Pearson)

Footage/Image credits:

Fly interview at TI7

Courtesy: Valve Corporation

“The Creation of Valve Characters”

Courtesy: tfantoni

“Gabe Newell – Half Life 3”

Courtesy: Darren Geers

Microsoft Windows 95 Launch Party

Courtesy: The Hirnheiner (YouTube)

Left 4 Dead Intro

Courtesy: Valve Corporation

Jerry Maguire – “Show me the money”

Courtesy: Gracie Films / Vinyl Films

Gabe Newell Horsing Around with a Fan

Courtesy: blogphilofilms (YouTube)

Gabe Newell Knife Collection

Courtesy: tocho (FunnyJunk.com)

Gabe Newell with Knives

Courtesy: jyptl (Reddit)

Gaben with Minigun

Courtesy: Rich Dahms / Forbes

PCGamer Gamescom interview with Gabe Newell

Courtesy: PCGamer.com

GabeN – Shooting Stars

Courtesy: grandayy (YouTube)

Gabe Newell entrance WWE HD

Courtesy: 6x6Majin (YouTube)

Well Developer Commentary

Vourtesy: OfficialTF2Wiki (YouTube)

Gabe Newell Pirate costume

Courtesy: MaximumPad (YouTube)

Stop a Gaben audio:

Courtesy: scien tist (YouTube)

Faster Stronger Better Gaben

Courtesy: scien tist (YouTube)

Lord Gaben portrait

Courtesy: freddre (Deviant Art)


Courtesy: Uncle Grim (YouTube)

“I’m Pregnant with Miracles” clip

Courtesy: Agustin Molini (YouTube)


Courtesy: Digitom (YouTube)

Brick Tamland – “Good One”

Courtesy: Apatow Productions

Gabe Newell on Half-Life 3 for a decade

Courtesy: Valve Corporation via Crowbat (YouTube)

Gabe Newell Mega-Kills Announcer Pack

Courtesy: Valve Corporation via Gamespot Trailers

TI7 Show Open Gag

Courtesy: Valve Corporation

Gabe Newell Thumbs Up photo

Courtesy: GosuGamers (Flickr)

Half-Life 2 Episode 3 Protestors image

Courtesy: @heymarkd (Twitter)

Shanghai Major Production footage
Courtesy: Perfect World

Sheever at the Shanghai Major VLOGs

Courtesy: SheeverGaming (YouTube)

TI6 Opening Ceremony

Courtesy: Valve Corporation

TI8 Opening Ceremony

Courtesy: Valve Corporation

hexy dancing in Lord Gaben sweater
Courtesy: Twitch.tv/hexy

“Serious Gabe Newell” art

Courtesy: Alexandr Zaborovskiy (Deviant Art)

Shox opens case with knife

Courtesy: Twitch.tv/ShoxieJESUSS

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York clip

Courtesy: Hughes Entertainment

Goats Yelling Like Humans

Courtesy: RSVLTS

Kirin J Callinan “Big Enough” music video

Courtesy: Terrible Records

Music used under license from Associated Production Music LLC (”APM”).

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