de-rez: Behind the Game: Valve

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Behind the Game: Valve

Chris Slack takes us behind the scenes at Valve, for a glimpse into how they make their games great.

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squishfase

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I have to agree with you. Where's the guy that played Goro on the old De-Rez's? He was the highlight of every episode he was in imo. They've kinda gone downhill with just Chris Slack playing all the parts
 
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Bah...I'm still laughing at that. Not 'funny' funny, but still frickin' hilarious.

I think the thing is that Chris's humour is a lot darker than people are used to.
 

Hamster at Dawn

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Mine is taking ages to load. All the escapist videos used to load in a second but now I have to wait at least 10 minutes to watch them. Anyone else have this problem?
 

the_geordie

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This episode is funny, but in a much drier way than usual.
Therefore not all viewers will be able to appreciate it.
I enjoyed it!
 

de-rez

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"lets get Stephen Hawking in here" "it should look like that" that was awesome

Edit: "I guess that's why doom 3 was shit" so true :)
 

Danny Ocean

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Hah, love it. "Guess that's why Doom 3 was shit!"

I like the way he came up with portal, it's inspiring.

TheBadass post=6.71050.712210 said:
I feel bad for laughing at the Stephen Hawking joke.
He'll get his own back tomorrow!
 

SlimSpaceman

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Haha, the Steven Hawking part was funny. The previous episode (F*** Microsoft) was the funniest though.
 

blackcherry

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That was a pretty good episode. Not the best, but the dry humor was appreciated. I was just a bit thrown by the length! After the loading bar showed ten minuets, I though I was in for a sweet 6 min episode. The abrupt ending caught me out a bit.
 

PurpleRain

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Haha Great! I loved the scene about Gabe breaking things including men's spirits. Not a metaphor.
 

mhitman

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I've watched this video honestly 10 times in a row and i still find it hilarious!
 

Gummy

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I liked this one, only I'm wondering where all Chris's co-stars have gone, they havent had "Artistic Differences" have they?

-Steven Hawking "He was fine, obviously. but... is that really the way to design a physics engine?"
 

Ed_Winchester

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Hi everyone Chris Slack here, happy to see your enjoying the video and thanks for the kind comments, just wanted to answer the question about where all the co stars have gone lately, no there were no "artistic differences" just a simply case of people moving on to uni or concentrating on their own projects. perhaps they will reappear some time in the future, but who can tell.
 

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Good episode. I like the dark humor. I think that a lot of the dissent (not all, obviously, but a good deal of it) is because people are used to ZP's wacky humor and bluntness (in general, and that isn't a bad thing, I love ZP myself) aren't the same audience that would appreciate the dark humor. I happen to love both, so I have good comedy from both sides of the humor scale.
 

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Chris, you are one of my favorite directors. Your sense of humor, and ability to convey it is amazing. You'll go far mate.

Don't tell Jesse I said that.
 

Russian_Assassin

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A bit darker than I usually preffer, but I guess that was funny :p

Also, what's up with the 10 minute ads??? LOL!
 

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Russian_Assassin post=6.71050.714469 said:
A bit darker than I usually preffer, but I guess that was funny :p

Also, what's up with the 10 minute ads??? LOL!
Yes, darker and more subtle than usually. No hammering in of the jokes as some people have complained about. I liked it a lot. Very spooky feeling all around the video, especially in the start when they speak of his house. Reminded me of the Max Payne part in NEWS [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/de-rez/42-News]. More stuff like this, pretty please?

And that ad was pretty good, I am interested about Warhammer now...
 

GokoWildheart

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I love the door joke XD. Always carrys a door around him wanting doorways to open for him XD. And it's probally true why duke nukem forever is taking forever and doom 3 was crap XD.

Good work chirs keep them coming XD
 

Break

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I didn't find it laugh-out-loud funny, but I prefer this darker, less obvious style. Good stuff, Slack and co.
 

UncleAsriel

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Nice, subtly wry humour. A bit daring, lampooning a videogame "good-guy" designer and an equally good game, but the overall result was excellent. Love the punchloine at the end, too. Well played, well made.
 

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I like the fact that De-rez has 2 pages of replies while Ben Croshaw's Zero Punctuation has 30.

Anyways, I hate the escapist magazine for not supporting Firefox 3.0 for the videos, I had to use the old IE 6 to view the videos. Shame on them.
 

Freakmonkey9

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3/5 for me it could have longer, but he's trying a different type of humor that wasn't random to me.
 

zoozilla

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I liked it, though maybe it could've been a bit shorter.

I like jokes like the "I thought it was a metaphor. It wasn't." line. I think the series is probably at its strongest when the characters aren't obviously over-the-top, they're just slightly....left of center?
 

ElArabDeMagnifico

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Hmm, don't know what to say that hasn't already been said.

You guys got new microphones or just got closer to the camera or something, so I could hear you fine.

Would it have killed you to get just one more person in there?

I guess that's it.

Oh yeah, favorite part was the S. Hawking thing, my God. You guys really are brilliant.
 

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Hamster at Dawn post=6.71050.711948 said:
Mine is taking ages to load. All the escapist videos used to load in a second but now I have to wait at least 10 minutes to watch them. Anyone else have this problem?
Yeah, I've had it for the past few ZP and De-Rez, seems to have resolved itself now though.

And that was good, not kinda laughing funny, but clever funny.
 

mhitman

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the_geordie post=6.71050.712066 said:
This episode is funny, but in a much drier way than usual.
Therefore not all viewers will be able to appreciate it.
I enjoyed it!
I think dry humor's the funniest kind
 

faselei

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Come for zero, stay for de-rez. Delivery, timing, and concept bang on as always. A true talent.

Cheers De-Rez!
 

Relgaro

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This is actually got to be one of my favourites, it was almost very british like humour, which is why maybe some didnt find it funny, but i actually really did think this was one of his best. De-Rez does the best videos on here.
 

mhitman

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gasto post=6.71050.717112 said:
I like the fact that De-rez has 2 pages of replies while Ben Croshaw's Zero Punctuation has 30.

Anyways, I hate the escapist magazine for not supporting Firefox 3.0 for the videos, I had to use the old IE 6 to view the videos. Shame on them.
de-rez and yahtzee are the only reasons i regularly visit the escapist
 

Sniper_Zegai

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I liked the idea of some insane guy coming up with all the awesome games from Valve, its a shame there were no TF2 references but I'll get over it.

Funny as ever.
 

TommyGun465

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this is a really dark and alternative humor type, thats why most people dont find it funny.
 

Yokorose

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im going to be an smart ass and tell you guy got it wrong about portal it was made by some people at a universite/collage then valve made it better :p
 

Hamster at Dawn

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What? No de-rez this week? In the words of Yahtzee:
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...
 

Lightwave7871

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Dull, plodding, predictable and obvious that pretty much sums up every De-Rez video I've watched.

The Stephen Hawking thing raised a smile but that was about it...

Escapist - Home of Zero Punctuation.... and some other stuff...
 

Dommyboy

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De-Rez is a nice change from the constant clutter of people with the opinions of "LOLOL YAHTZEE IS 1337 AND SO FUNNY AND ORIGINAL!"
gasto post=6.71050.717112 said:
I like the fact that De-rez has 2 pages of replies while Ben Croshaw's Zero Punctuation has 30.

Anyways, I hate the escapist magazine for not supporting Firefox 3.0 for the videos, I had to use the old IE 6 to view the videos. Shame on them.
I'm using Firefox 3.0 and I can view the videos :/
 

faselei

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Hmm... perhaps you simply don't get the Anglo-Irish humour thing then. Its very dry and often very dark and sarcastic. Compare De-Rez and Zero to Unforgotten Realms for a very good example of the differences!
 

de-rez

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whats going on?? oi cris slack i think your slacking becuz your gettin behind in actually making vid's on deadline...what i gotta wait 1-2 years for your next 'show'..i mean come on slackston slacky needs ta get on tracky n make dem films faster...jhheezz
 

Brett Alex

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I mean its funny, but, is it the best way to make a physics engine?

That lines hooked me into watching your back episodes.
Keep up the good work.
 

FunkySpider

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Got to be said i think there was more then a little influence from the work of Chris Morris. Could Mr Slack been possibly watching "Brasseye" or "The Day Today" lately? Either way this is by far my favourite De-Rez yet great work guys.
 

smallharmlesskitten

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gasto said:
I like the fact that De-rez has 2 pages of replies while Ben Croshaw's Zero Punctuation has 30.

Anyways, I hate the escapist magazine for not supporting Firefox 3.0 for the videos, I had to use the old IE 6 to view the videos. Shame on them.
I'm using 3.0 and it works perfectly....