Valve's Erik Wolpaw On How DayZ And Minecraft Fulfill 'The Promise Of…

Among the many highlights from the Erik Wolpaw/Tim Schafer panel at PAX this past weekend was a brief exchange where an audience member asked what Wolpaw thought about the disconnect between authored single-player games and games that allowed truly personal stories to emerge, like Notch's Minecraft and Dean Hall's DayZ » 9/03/12 7:00pm 9/03/12 7:00pm

Valve Almost Let You Kill Cave Johnson

At PAX Prime in Seattle, Double Fine's Tim Schafer and Valve's Erik Wolpaw gave a panel called "Plot vs. Play" in which they discussed the ongoing debate about gameplay and story. The panel was co-hosted by Kotaku's own Jason Schreier. » 9/02/12 6:00pm 9/02/12 6:00pm

Portal 2's Writers Originally Planned for Chell to Marry a Turret

Even for a game known for some really bent comic themes and recurring gags, this concept is way the hell out there, but Portal 2 was originally going to see Chell, the protagonist, get married to a turret. » 9/02/12 3:00pm 9/02/12 3:00pm

Portal 2's Silent Hero Can Talk... She Just Doesn't Want To

Chell, hero of the puzzle-packed Portal series, doesn't have a whole lot to say. Like many classic video game protagonists, she's intentionally silent: a personality-free avatar designed for you to inhabit and control however you'd like. » 7/10/12 4:30pm 7/10/12 4:30pm

Portal 2's Erik Wolpaw Lecture Now Online for Your Viewing Pleasure

One of the writers of Portal 2, Erik Wolpaw, gave a talk last week at NYU's Game Center. You may have become aware of this because of the number of stories that ushered forth from the talk, like Wolpaw's passion for Rick the Adventure Sphere or why Chell doesn't speak. Or perhaps you were one of the dozens of people… » 5/10/11 2:20pm 5/10/11 2:20pm

He Co-Wrote Portal 2. Who Is His Favorite Character?

Valve lead writer Erik Wolpaw lent his clever pen to sci-fi shooter Portal 2. If you've played the game (this post has spoilers!), you might have your favorite character. Wolpaw does. » 5/09/11 6:00am 5/09/11 6:00am

Why Chell Doesn't Speak

The lead character of the Portal series is silent. For two games, Chell hasn't spoken, and one of the pesky robots that chatters away at her in Aperture Science even suggests there might be something wrong with her. » 5/06/11 2:40pm 5/06/11 2:40pm

Valve Plans To Bridge Portal And Portal 2 With A Surprise, Keep Gordon…

Portal 2 takes place after Portal, long after enough for Aperture Science to be wrecked and covered with plant-life. What happened? Valve plans to explain some of that gap in the coming weeks, before we can play Portal 2 on April 18. » 3/11/11 4:00pm 3/11/11 4:00pm

Remembering Old Man Murray, the Website That Rebooted Games Journalism

Our friends at Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the PC gaming partisans, uncovered a bit of a snarl in the Wikipedia page for now-primordeal gaming protoblog, Old Man Murray. An overzealous—or perhaps simply vindictive—Wikipedia editor had deemed the entry about OMM "unnotable" and fit for deletion. But within 24 hours, RPS had… » 3/04/11 10:50am 3/04/11 10:50am