Erik Wolpaw

{{Article|rw|safe}}
{{stub}}
{{RWP Infobox
|name={{PAGENAME}}
|image=Erik Wolpaw FDP2.jpg
|imagesize=250px
|birth=
|occupation=Writer
}}

{{QuoteExternal|I've had enough cake jokes.|Erik Wolpaw|http//www.gamasutra.com/view/news/29015/Portal_2s_Wolpaw_I_Do_Not_Want_To_Resurrect_A_ThreeYearOld_Meme.php}}

'''Erik Wolpaw''' is a writer at Valve and the former webmaster of http//www.oldmanmurray.com/ Old Man Murray.

==Biography==
Wolpaw is the co-writer, along with Marc Laidlaw and Chet Faliszek, of the ''Half-Life 2 Episode One'', ''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'', and ''Portal'' stories. For the latter, 

he received the "Innovation", "Game of the Year" awards at the 2008 http//www.gamechoiceawards.com/ Game Developers Choice Awards, along with Kim Swift."http//www.gamechoiceawards.com/archive/gdca_8th.html Game Developers Choice Online Awards - Archive - 8th Annual GDCA at the Game Developers Choice Awards official website He also co-wrote ''Portal 2''’s plot with Faliszek and Jay Pinkerton.http//gameinformer.com/mag/portal2.aspx GameInformer, April 2010 issue

Wolpaw co-wrote the story for the video game ''WikipediaPsychonauts|Psychonauts'', for which he received the "Writing" award at the 2006 Game Developers Choice Awards."http//www.gamechoiceawards.com/archive/gdca_6th.html Game Developers Choice Online Awards - Archive - 6th Annual GDCA at the Game Developers Choice Awards official website

He is, with Faliszek, the creator of the now defunct website ''Old Man Murray''. He shares today an office at Valve Corporation|Valve with Faliszek and Laidlaw. The latter states about Wolpaw and Faliszek on his personal blog that "for years, Chet and Erik were legendary figures of mythic status to me. They still are, except now I can throw things over my shoulder and hit them."http//marclaidlaw.com/?page_id=5 Not So Few Monstrosities  Links

On Valve's official website, his function is described as follows ''"Erik Wolpaw's father attended Yale, became a successful lawyer, got disbarred, lost everything, and went to jail for a while. Later, he and Erik lived in a horrible ghetto apartment where Erik used the Yale Alumni magazine to smash cockroaches. From this inauspicious start, Erik eventually went on to not graduate high school. Now he writes dialog for video games such as ''Psychonauts'' and ''Portal''. Prior to that he was a freelance writer and before that he co-founded Old Man Murray. It's not like he's a surgeon or anything, but it's not too bad, considering."''http//www.valvesoftware.com/company/people.html Company People on Valve's official website

==Selected gameography==
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' (2006)
*''Portal'' (2007)
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' (2007)
*''Portal Still Alive'' (2008)
*''Portal 2'' (2011)

==References==
{{Reflist}}

==External links==
*http//www.oldmanmurray.com/ Old Man Murray
*http//www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/4151/valves_writers_and_the_creative_.php?page=1 Valve's Writers And The Creative Process - interview of Marc Laidlaw|Laidlaw and Wolpaw
*http//gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2010/03/12/feature-writers-block-valve-writers-talk-portal-2.aspx Writer's Block Portal 2 Writers Roundtable on Game Informer

{{RWPeople}}
{{DEFAULTSORTWolpaw}}
CategoryWriters
CategoryFormer Valve employees