After nearly 20 years at the company, there's an unconfirmed piece of information that indicates Ted Backman left Valve this past May. This is especially sad news because Ted was responsible for designing some of the most iconic lifeforms and environments in video game history. The Headcrabs, Zombies, Rebels, most of the Combine faction, and much more, were a staple in the Half-Life series, and now it looks like Ted's inspiration will be absent from future Valve titles. Thanks, Ted, for crafting such incredible and memorable experiences. Thank you to AYKO for the tip.