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Richard Lord
Biographical information
  • Animator
  • Artist
  • Voice actor
Time period

September 2006 – 2012[1]


Rich Lord

Richard Lord is an artist who worked at Valve.


For Portal 2, Lord designed, modeled, and rigged Wheatley before Karen Prell started working on the sphere's animations.[2] Along with Laura Dubuk, he designed the Relaxation Chamber from the game's intro.[3] He also animated the service announcement slideshows seen in chamberlocks, and created the concept of the Animal King.[4]

Lord provided placeholder voice for Wheatley;[5][6] it can be heard in the "Meet Wheatley" video shown at E3 2010. Due to very positive feedback, Valve considered at some point making the voice official.[7] Later Lord himself emphasized that his voice was temporary, saying that "theres no way you will be disappointed with the final voice - im over teh moon with who it might be." [sic],[6] until it was announced that Stephen Merchant would provide the final voice, much to the dismay of "a small but vocal minority of people who were livid" and wanted the previous actor back.[8] Richard Lord also voiced an early prototype Personality Construct, called the Paranoid Sphere, and both robots of the third Directed Design Experiment.[9]

Lord worked on the Perpetual Testing Initiative map editor, and created the trailer for it. He also made the "Valentine's Day Gift Buying" and the "Portal is Free" promotional videos.[6]

Selected gameography[edit]



  1. The last Valve game Lord was credited on was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive according to MobyGames, which would indicate he left in 2012. Lord's blog and Vimeo account confirms he left Valve.
  2. Karen Prell - Video Games
  3. Portal 2 Collector's Edition Guide
  4. The NYU Game Center Lecture Series: Erik Wolpaw on Vimeo
  5. Portal 2 Gains a Talkative Companion on
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Last Outpost of Sanity, Richard Lord's official blog (May 27, 2014) (archived)
  7. Feep's post in the Portal 2 E3 gameplay video thread on the NeoGAF forums
  8. YouTube favicon.png Portal 2 - Post Mortem (GDC) on YouTube
  9. The Final Hours of Portal 2

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