#133 - Erik Wolpaw Interview (Half Life:Alyx, Portal 2, Portal 3, Valve, Writing, Dialogue etc.)



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Erik Wolpaw is a writer at Valve and has worked on franchises such as Half Life and Portal. He recently worked on Half Life:Alyx and Aperture Desk Job

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TWITTER - @wolpaw

#halflife #portal #valve

TIMESTAMPS
00:00 - Intro
00:25 - Being A Database Programmer Before Being A Writer
01:00 - Procrastination/Psychonauts
03:10 - Coming Up With Names Is Easy/Keeping Up Energy Is Hard/Jokes Being Cut
04:50 - Erik Doesn’t Like Writing
05:55 - Erik’s Ideology In Terms Of Writing For A Game
07:50 - Time Between Portal & Portal 2/Don’t Write Yourself Into A Corner
08:25 - Erik Wants To Work On A Portal 3/Valve’s Corporate Structure
10:01 - Portal 3 Might Not Happen/Why Valve Doesn’t Release Many Games
11:45 - Valve’s High Quality Bar/Development Cycle
12:20 - Portal 2 Almost Didn’t Happen/Portal 2 Project Cycle
15:45 - Games Are Terrible Until Near The End
17:04 - Struggling With Ideas For Portal 2 Until Wheatley Idea Came About
19:14 - Working With Stephen Merchant On Wheatley/Writing To An Actors Strengths
23:30 - People Involved In Directing An Actor In The Studio
25:00 - Working With Rhys Darby On Russell/Meeting Rhys Darby In L.A.
27:45 - The Original Writing For Half Life:Alyx Didn’t Work/Writing Half Life:Alyx
31:47 - Original Ending Of Half Life:Alyx And Tweaking It
34:15 - Connecting Half Life:Alyx Ending To Half Life 2
38:10 - Gabe’s Involvement/Erik’s Relationship With Gabe
39:45 - Writing With Jay Pinkerton
41:22 - Erik’s Easiest Character To Write Is The Institution Voice In Portal 2
42:36 - Writing Something And Thinking Its Horrible When Said Aloud
43:40 - Nate Bargatze Struggled With The Word Turret On Aperture Desk Job
44:08 - Convoluted Lines Of Portal 2
45:00 - Erik Appreciates The Work It Takes To Write Something Good/God Of War Caused Erik Stress
46:00 - Erik Is Always Stressed/Erik Hates Letting People Down
47:45 - Comedic Obsessions With Writing/Erik Wants To Improve On His Writing
49:40 - Re-Purposing Dialogue
50:10 - Erik Respects The Valve Artists/Picturing An Image Well Writing
53:00 - Jay Pinkerton Is A Good Designer/Comics
54:09 - Erik Wants To See A Sunset Overdrive 2/The Game Industry Is Quite Small
55:50 - Why Erik Left Valve & Became A Contractor Instead
56:50 - Erik’s Son Being Born During The End Of Portal 2’s Development
1:00:15 - Where To Follow Erik Wolpaw
1:02:09 - Petition To Gabe Newell To Start Portal 3
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