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Valve Reddit Interview

The WeAreA videogame developer AUA! - IAmA with Gabe Newell on Reddit is now online following an odd false start for the interview. The conversation with the Valve honcho includes assists from Erik Wolpaw, Erik Johnson, Ido Magal, and "Coomer" (we're thinking Greg, not Christen), with topics covering Linux support, possible Steam Music integration with other services, and even a reference to Half-Life 3 Ricochet 2: "When we announced our products years in advance in the past and then were really late delivering them, it was pretty painful for both us and the community," explains Gabe. "We'd rather not repeat that."

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7. Re: Valve Reddit Interview Mar 5, 2014, 13:14 Creston
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 13:09:
I don't blame him for giving robotic answers that really don't amount to anything, because if they did, gamers would just pick apart everything he said and bash him just for the fun of it. I guess that's just the way it is now.

I agree that this is mostly just the way it is now, but I do wonder who really is more to blame for this situation: the gamers or the devs/publishers.

I'm pretty much in the camp that thinks that while there were some asshats in the past who shit on everything a dev/pub said or did, most people enjoyed the normal discourse and engaged them as human beings.

And then the lying kept getting worse and worse, and the bullshit hype machines kept getting worse and worse, and devs would just sit there and blatantly promise features A, B and C would be in their games while they knew full well none of those things were in, and is it really any wonder that gamers have just become distrusting by default, and will pick apart anything a guy says anymore? Why would you trust them?

I think Gabe is still one of the more trustworthy people in the industry, and I was still going "Hmmm...." when he gave that explanation about the VAC 'phoning home' a few weeks back.

 
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