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Valve Profile; Big Picture UI Testing Tomorrow

Valve, a Video Game Maker With Few Rules is a New York Times article on Valve Corporation, offering their own take on the developer's unusual approach to their business. They discuss the company's forward-thinking approach and unstructured structure as well as Gabe Newell's publiccriticism of Windows 8. They also outline the current state of Valve's hardware ambitions, giving firsthand impressions of a prototype of the wearable computer and the company's big picture UI mode, which they say will enter public testing tomorrow: "On Monday, the company will begin a public test of a new television-friendly interface, Big Picture, for buying Steam games and playing them on computers in the living room."

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28. Re: Valve Profile; Big Picture UI Testing Tomorrow Sep 10, 2012, 02:23 Dev
RailWizard wrote on Sep 10, 2012, 01:07:
Dev wrote on Sep 10, 2012, 00:57:
RailWizard wrote on Sep 10, 2012, 00:48:
edit: actually to clear things up, MY advice to Valve is to become relevant again. I.E. RELEASE some games that you have developed.
As I've said in a number of threads, valve could never again release another game, and still rake in piles of cash. Steam will continue to give them piles of money for the foreseeable future. In fact, releasing their own games makes them very little compared to what steam brings in. It has nothing to do with them being relevant as a company.

So your answer is simply that they are making money, so who cares if they don't make money based on what made them famous to begin with?

As I HAVE pointed out, I do like steam and I like the games I have bought off of it, but I am still leery just the same as if it was EA that I was trusting with my 100+ game library. Steam is already quite bloated IMO, and it seems that it is 'full steam ahead' in that direction. I DO NOT like that.

Serve MY games, that should be enough. They need to remember what they are.
No, I didn't say who cares. I said that has nothing to do with them being relevant as a company.

I care. I want more games in the same universe. But since valve doesn't seem much interested in pushing them out in even a remotely reasonable timeframe, I think they should farm it out, like they did with opp for.

And EA and Valve are hugely different companies. EA only cares about profits and pleasing shareholders. They don't care much about if they screw over customers or not (as they frequently do). If it makes them an extra buck, they will screw over the customer in a heartbeat. Valve really doesn't care nearly that much about profits, and doesn't have any public shareholders, so they aren't beholden to them. They at least aren't actively out there trying to screw over customers. Its just not too interesting to do their best to serve them at all times.

As for full steam ahead, well doing these new things is interesting to them. Everything valve does can be easily explained by the question "is it interesting to them to do this?" If it is, they will probably do it. If its not, they probably won't. Cost isn't an issue. Most of the few remaining things are explained by Gabe's obsession (his word not mine) with his employee's health.
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