Scott Hanselman

Where's my Orange Box Royalties?

October 23, '07 Comments [6] Posted in Musings
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The Half-Life 2 Orange Box is out for the Xbox360 and PC and my buddy Kevin at DiabeTech emailed me this:

"I was image surfing and found this pic. I honestly had to do a double-take as I thought it was, I took a few minutes out and entertained myself by creating one with your likeness.  Just a little Monday morning humor ;)  I call it Hanselraker."

Thanks Kevin! Yikes, that does look like me pre-Laser Eye Surgery. That's not the best pic of me on the left there, but still, might be time to either lose the beard all together and go BabyFace or head the opposite direction and go GrizzlyAdams. Either way, Ryan Reynolds still has my career.


Where's my Half-Life 2 royalties? Fair use my *ss! ;)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007 6:20:28 PM UTC
While Gordon Freeman may or may not be be a blatant Scott Hanselman rip-off, I think the folks at Valve Software definitely owe me some royalty checks. They apparently stole my likeness for the character of the Weighted Companion Cube. :)

On a side note, if you don't have the Orange Box, you need to at least rent it for the game Portal. It only takes two or three hours to play through, and is one of the cleverest puzzle games I have ever played. Plus, the game has a twisted, irreverent sense of humor.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 6:28:36 PM UTC
Gordon is actually a composite of four Valve employees.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 7:17:39 PM UTC
So, who's the chick a composite of?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 7:53:32 PM UTC
Gordon is the only character not modeled after a real person. Alyx is based on Jamil Mullen. There are comparison photos of all characters and their real-life counterparts in the book "Raising the Bar". There's also a photo of the employees they used to composite Gordon. I still think he mostly looks like Marc Laidlaw but with hair.
Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:46:26 PM UTC
Hey Ogre - no chance you know Joe C. and used to live in Dallas?
Thursday, October 25, 2007 8:05:25 PM UTC
Hey Dave: Nope. Never even been to Dallas. I'm currently living in the rust belt.
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