Gabe Newell on Entering the Industry

Valve’s Newell did an interesting interview with Dave Perry in which he says, “The best thing to do is to start making content using the mod tools that are out there,” said Newell. “Whether you use Civilization or Warcraft III or Hammer doesn’t matter as much as that you are building and shipping stuff to customers, getting their feedback, and then iterating your work. mod development is better in a lot of ways of both honing your skills and demonstrating your talent to a potential employer than work experience as there are going to be fewer institutional barriers and creative constraints to limit the work you do.”

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