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I was going to post this either the rant or the humor section but I couldn't decide which one was better suited, so I settled for here.

I was reading an April 21, 2011 article in Steam news where they were responding to an email someone sent them requesting the name of the model they used to promote all their games. And gosh darn it, wouldn't you know...they "don't remember" Maybe they're afraid he might try to cash in on royalties??



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They went out to the streets of Seattle's Broadway district, took tons of Polaroids of the types of folks we were looking for, and brought the shots back to us. We selected the bald guy from the batches of "off-the-street" polaroids-he was literally pulled out of a coffee shop or book store!

A few days later, we brought him into studio and shot the image you now see at the beginning of our games. We also shot a 2nd image of a different guy with a valve in his eye using the same process (you might remember him as well-attached below). The two comprised the "Open your mind. Open your eyes." concept for our initial brand, respectively.

It's been very long since we did that work, so we don't know who the models were. And the fact that they weren't professional models, would make it very difficult to find them-if not impossible for the bald guy (not facing camera).
http://www.geekosystem.com/valve-bald-guy-logo/
Edited by aweir - 4/21/11 at 11:02pm
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I'm not surprised by that, not after that explanation. They most likely paid the guys (who were just normal dudes) and they went on their way. Unless they agreed to a contract, written or verbal, they legally can't claim royalties.

Besides, they probably didn't know or care that Valve would end up so huge. Just like the folks who didn't invest in Microsoft or Apple back in the day.
 
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they should have used hot people.
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Wouldn't it be funny if the guy went to play a game one day and saw his face? What a shock.
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They went out to the streets of Seattle's Broadway district
That place creeps me out at night.
    
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That place creeps me out at night.
Is it because it's primarily occupied by people with valves sticking out of their heads?
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Wouldn't it be funny if the guy went to play a game one day and saw his face? What a shock.
having my face on Portal and Half life intros? i'd be damned happy
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