Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve, makes a random appearance in a Kickstarter video for a sword fighting game.

The video and the Kickstarter project comes from Neal Stephenson, a science fiction author who wants to make a realistic motion controlled sword fighting game.

In the video, Newell is seen smithing a crowbar, and Stephenson asks him, "Is that about ready?" to which Mr. Newell replies, "These things -- they take time." Apparently Newell and Stephenson are friends, and Valve's employees have attended sword training at Stephenson's Subutai Corporation. According to Newell, who spoke with Kotaku about his appearance, all the smithing equipment is his own and he has a forge in his garage.

The video is actually really funny throughout, so it's worth watching outside of Newell's appearance. I don't know how interested I am in playing a realistic sword fighting simulation personally, but Stephenson is passionate enough to make me interested. You can check out the Kickstarter project and its accompanying video here.

[via Kotaku]