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The Gabe Newell Takeover, also known as the Gabeover,[1] was a channel event where Gabe Newell took over SiIvaGunner. It occurred on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Valve Corporation's founding. It was revealed in the video "The Bounty of Ol' Gabe Newell - The SiIvaGunner All-Star Summer Festival 2021".

Theme

The YouTube and Twitter avatars were changed to a picture of Gabe, the YouTube channel banner was changed to an image of the Citadel from Half-Life 2 in place of the lighthouse, and the channel description was changed to:

Hi, this is Gabe Newell. Welcome to my SiIvaGunner takeover.


After 7 years in development, hopefully it will have been worth the weight.

Thanks, and have fun.

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The Twitter account's name was changed to "Gabe Newell", the banner was changed to another picture of Gabe, and the location was changed to Valve.

Additionally, during the event, places where the number 3 would appear in the metadata and thumbnail were replaced with the Source missing texture (or the ▚ symbol in text), referencing the "Valve can't count to 3" meme.

Rips uploaded

Most rips uploaded during this event were of games published by Valve, such as Half-Life, Team Fortress 2, and Portal, or featured songs from/related to them. Valve-related memes were also referenced, especially ones related to Gabe Newell. The catchphrase was changed to "Please let me know what you think after you've had a chance to read the channel description."

The event was initially foreshadowed four days prior with the video "cam_apsci_1532.avi", which was discovered after decoding a series of unlisted Portal rips referencing the Portal ARG, and contained the hidden message COMINGSOON0824.

The event was split into three "episodes". No rips were uploaded for "Episode 3", save for "Credits - Gabe Newell Simulator" and "A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles: Rock Band", the closing rip for the takeover and a tie-in to the next event respectively, referencing the "Valve can't count to 3" meme.

Timeline

See also: Category:Gabe Newell Takeover

Rips

August 24 ("Episode 1")

August 25 ("Episode 2")

August 26 ("Episode 3")

Tweets

August 24

Tweet Ref Note

Hi, this is Gabe Newell. Welcome to my SiIvaGunner takeover.

After 7 years in development, hopefully it will have been worth the weight.
youtube.com/watch?v=BeK7927Zdr8

[2] The YouTube link leads to the rip "Opening Sequence (Unused) - Garry's Mod".
Thanks, and have fun. [3] A reply to the previous tweet.
node [4] A reference to the commentary nodes present in the in-game developer commentary of many Valve games.

The image embedded in the Tweet.

[5] This image, taken directly from the website halolz.com, refers to the Wrangler, an unlockable weapon for the Enginner in Team Fortress 2.
I may not respond to all submissions, but I do READ all of them. [6] A reference to a Gabe quote regarding responding to e-mails.
1 [7] A tweet thread poking fun at the titles of the Half-Life games and referencing the "Valve can't count to 3" meme.
2 [8]
Episode 1 [9]
Episode 2 [10]
Alyx? [11]

The image embedded in the Tweet.

[12] A reference to the "Half-Life 3 Confirmed" meme. This image was taken directly from a post on the /r/pcmasterrace subreddit.

List of my Favorite things:
The Spy
Pinkie Pie
The Big, Pink, Cookie

[13] References the Team Fortress 2 developer commentary, a blooper from an interview with Gabe, and the video "Half Life Snacks", respectively.
And of course my extremely large collection of knives

The image embedded in the Tweet.

[14] A reply to the previous tweet.
The Medic [15] A reply to a reply by Twitter user @jsoceh to the "Favorite things" tweet: "Gabe what is your favorite dota 2 hero"

August 25

Tweet Ref Note

You may be wondering how we were able to make Episode 2.

I had to sell off The Combine to Haltmann Works Co., but that works out as a win-win for me, the entire team was an ass, and we won't be working with them again.

The image embedded in the Tweet.

[16] Posted after the upload of the rip "Steam Sale Encore - Gabe Newell Simulator". The image shows the Gabe Newell and Haltmann models used in the rip "Opening Sequence (Unused) - Garry's Mod" shaking hands, with Combine soldiers standing behind them. The second paragraph also references Gabe's response to DOTA 2 caster James Harding on reddit.

Get ready for a miracle!
youtube.com/watch?v=PDG6Ob8onc8

[17] A reply to the previous tweet. The YouTube link leads to "Steam Sale Encore - Gabe Newell Simulator".
Yes, I do. [18] A reference to Gabe's cameo appearance in the video "Mega64: The Beatles Rock Band".
I watch uh, My Little Pony

The image embedded in the Tweet.

[19] A reference to an interview with Gabe.
These rips, they take time. [20] A reference to Gabe's cameo appearance in the CLANG Kickstarter trailer.
nooo mooore Half-Life!

The image embedded in the Tweet.

[21] A reference to the "NO MORE FORTNITE!!!" meme. This image is also a reference to an embarrassing picture of SpongeBob from the episode "Christmas Who?"

August 26

Tweet Ref Note

Thanks for tuning into my SiIvaGunner takeover.

Now get ready for another full day of rips.

That's right... it's Episode 3!

The image embedded in the Tweet.

[22] In reality, only two rips were uploaded on this day: "Credits - Gabe Newell Simulator" and "A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles: Rock Band".

2 hours and 60 minutes.
youtube.com/watch?v=ht7IJ2j0npc

[23] A reference to the "Valve can't count to 3" meme; "2 hours and 60 minutes" adds up to 3 hours. The YouTube link leads to "Credits - Gabe Newell Simulator".

Gallery

References

  1. "The Gaben OtoMAD Medley [Instrumental] :: SilvaGunner Gabeover Finale (Geshtro)" by Geshtro
  2. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  3. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  4. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  5. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  6. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  7. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  8. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  9. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  10. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  11. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  12. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  13. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  14. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  15. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 24, 2021
  16. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 25, 2021
  17. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 25, 2021
  18. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 25, 2021
  19. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 25, 2021
  20. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 25, 2021
  21. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 25, 2021
  22. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 26, 2021
  23. Tweet by @GiIvaSunner; August 26, 2021
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Events OCTOBER FIRSTGabe Newell Takeover
Albums PC Master Rips
Playlists
Main series Half-Life: Half-LifeOpposing Force2 (Episode OneEpisode Two) • Alyx
Portal: Portal2
Counter-Strike: SourceGlobal Offensive
Team Fortress: Classic2
Left 4 Dead: Left 4 Dead2
Dota: 2

Other: Garry's ModBlack MesaSteam Summer Saliens
Crossovers Sonic & All-Stars Racing TransformedLEGO Dimensions
Fake games Half-Life 3
Fan games Gabe Newell SimulatorGang Garrison 2Halfquake SunriseMari0Open FortressPortal Stories: MelTeam Fortress 2 Classic
Events
see also: List of channel events

GiIvaSunner (Jan 9, 2016 – Apr 6, 2016)

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SiIvaGunner Season One (Apr 12, 2016 – Oct 29, 2016)

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Good Night Break (May 30 – Jun 7, 2016)
SilvaGunner: Rebooted (Jun 17 – Jul 9, 2016)
Mashup Crusaders Arc (Jul 11 – Sep 29, 2016)

SiIvaGunner Season Two (Nov 3, 2016 – Dec 31, 2017)

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Monochrome Pause (Feb 15 – Apr 5, 2017)
Inspector Gadget Takeover (May 14–25, 2017)
President Haltmann Takeover (May 26 – Dec 31, 2017)
Hot One Break (Jul 1–10, 2017)
Kazoo Master's Day (Aug 1, 2017)

SiIvaGunner Season Three (Jan 1, 2018 – Mar 25, 2019)

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Start of Season 3 (Jan 1 – March 31, 2018)
April Fools' Day 2018 (Apr 1–8, 2018)
Nostalgia Critic Takeover (Apr 9–15, 2018)
E3 2018 (Jun 10–14, 2018)
King for a Day Tournament (Jul 27, 2018 – September 9, 2018)
Halloween 2018 (Oct 31 – Nov 7, 2018)
SiIvaGunner Termination (Jan 4, 2019 – Feb 28, 2019)
Season 3 Finale (Feb 28, 2019 – Mar 25, 2019)

SiIvaGunner Season Four (Mar 25, 2019 – Jan 8, 2020)

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April Fools' Day 2019 (Apr 1, 2019)
E3 2019 (Jun 9–14, 2019)
National Go Fishing Day (Jun 18–19, 2019)
EVORE (Aug 8–9, 2019)
King for Another Day Tournament (Nov 23, 2019 – Jan 8, 2020)
MAGFest 2020 (Jan 2–5, 2020)

SiIvaGunner Season Four Episode Two (Jan 8, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021)

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SiIvaSummer All-Star Festival (Jun 18 – Sep 7, 2020)

SiIvaGunner Season Five (Jan 3, 2021 – present)

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April Fools' Day 2021 (Mar 31 – Apr 4, 2021)
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