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How did Valve get its name?

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And dont say Valve.
asked 8 years ago in GeneralGeneral by dark788 Soldier (2,610 points)   7 15 36

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Valve got its name through a poker match, valve could have been named gearbox

check: http://www.joystiq.com/2009/08/17/whats-in-a-name-gearbox-software/
answered 8 years ago by drakaenae King (41,339 points)   5 9 79
thanks! i alwso wanted to know haha
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I don't know, maybe its an acrynom. I noticed that TF2 and DoDS have a pictuer of a guy with a valve on his head haah
answered 8 years ago by l4d2bob Grandmaster (11,115 points)   5 10 48
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I'm just going to assume that the two founders (Gabe Newell and some other guy) chose that name purely because they thought it sounded like a good name for a video game company. I'm not entirely sure why they chose the name Valve though.
answered 8 years ago by DrPixel Hero (3,373 points)   4 5 44
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fun fact, the pictures of the guy with the valve coming out of the back of the bald guys head and the one with the valve coming out of the guys eye are based on an “Open your mind. Open your eyes” concept developed when valve was first founded.
answered 8 years ago by jaykay Master (8,580 points)   5 7 51
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Seeing as that story was a fabrication, I have a somewhat less reliable answer: According to what I read on reddit it was all about 'open your mind open your eyes'

http://www.reddit.com/comments/guw36/the_guy_in_the_valve_splash_screen/

answered 8 years ago by slimyHog Journeyman (683 points)   1 1 14
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The "Valve" represents a valve that you would use to "open your mind" and "open your eyes". Hence the two Valve logos, which take this idea quite literally; a valve in the back of someones head, and another in someones eye.
answered 8 years ago by kodiakus Journeyman (644 points)   6
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It is just a name.... Why the need to think so much?
answered 8 years ago by xboxer King (32,462 points)   6 11 48

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