Valve bans Bioshock from the office

"Nobody gets to play it until Orange Box is done," a stern Gabe Newell tells CVG

You probably hammered Bioshock on either PC of Xbox 360 all weekend, but the FPS masters at Valve had no such luck; a ban has been imposed on them going anywhere near 2K's shooter until Half-Life: Episode Two and The Orange Box are finished and out the door.

"We had to ban Bioshock from our offices," Valve boss Gabe Newell told us. "Nobody gets to play it until Orange Box is done - that's our reward to ourselves as a company; everyone gets a copy of Bioshock."

Sounds it bit harsh to us; Bioshock isn't that long, Gabe.

"I haven't had a chance to play it. I'm really looking forward to it," Newell then admitted.

In case you've been living in some sort of East German convention town for the last week (cough), Bioshock, the spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed System Shock 2, is currently getting the kind of reception that only game of the year material could garner. We gave it an ample 9.5 last week - read our words here.

"Irrational is the latest example of people who've descended from the Id Software/Looking Glass family tree," continued Newell, counting his own company as one of the many that spindled from the Doom and System Shock legacy.

"Somebody should do a family tree of Id and Looking Glass and it might turn out that there's nobody left who isn't a descendent of those two companies." We wouldn't bet money against it.

Look for the full interview with Newell on Orange Box, Steam and Valve's eventful history shortly.

Orange Box is out on October 19 - try not to forget that, eh?