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Valve on Games for Windows

Valve questions Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming on GamesIndustry.biz offers analysis of their Q&A with Valve's Doug Lombardi that question's whether Redmond's support for PC gaming is genuine, or an effort at marketing Vista:

"Right now it seems like it's part of the marketing push to help Vista," commented Doug Lombardi, marketing manager at Valve, in an exclusive interview for GamesIndustry.biz.

"To really back a platform is a sustained effort over years and years, so we'll see if in two years Microsoft is still spending money to put Games for Windows sections in retail, and having PR people preach that message that the PC isn't dying, itís actually bigger than all the consoles put together."

"You know, if it were to sign up for that, that's great. If it's going to use it to promote sales of Vista, that's really not good for the industry, it's good for Microsoft in the short term," offered Lombardi.

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21. Re: Doug isn't funny Mar 12, 2007, 23:20 BIGtrouble77
 
Valve should start supporting OpenGL. There's nothing it can't do that DirectX 10 does. Plus it's a friggin open standard. Porting opengl games to linux and macos is not difficult. It's nice that valve is bringing these issues up because it's pathetic what ms is doing. It's just that actions speak louder than words.

For those that are supporting MS' vista initiative, what are you guys thinking? This OS oozes of rights management and proprietary standards. Now you're feeling the result of adopting crappy proprietary standards- it's creating unnesessary driver incompatibilities and is dictating the direction of PC gaming to suit MS' needs. MS wants to control all of your media, including games. We need to support gaming on other platforms.

 
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