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75. Re: Half-Life 3 Trolling? Dec 2, 2011, 22:56 Sepharo
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Dec 2, 2011, 22:17:
Dev, what video game company do you work for or have worked for in the past? Since you seem to be the expert here, you must have experienced life inside the industry first hand. Nobody can make such long posts based on assumptions, right? Not on the internet!

He's just going off the quotes and interviews.

Is it really that hard to believe that they don't have management? They miss every single release date so badly that they joke about "Valve Time". They restarted development on TF2 "probably three to four" times. That's what HL3 is doing right now... They probably started Episode 3 at least once, scrapped it, and I wouldn't doubt they're on (or throwing around ideas for) a second try already for HL3 proper. "Hey guys take a look at this experiment, think we could use this for HL3?"

You guys act like everyone is sitting at their desk doing jack shit. No imaginations or insight into motivated agile development. I pity you if you don't work with a great team daily but it's definitely possible. Valve likely consists of informal teams working on supporting and maintain their various products. When those products mature or they become bored with them they likely get together in early exploratory meeting where people pitch plans for enhancements, mods, or whole new games. That's how they decide what to work on and they don't need formal management for that, certainly not when they have zero financial risk. They have project leads and team leads even if they might just arise naturally and not formally. A very exclusive interview process, amazing pay, and enjoying the shit out of your job coupled with respecting your team doesn't let people slack off. That's why Gabe is so concerned about their health, they're likely voluntarily working themselves to the bone, which is probably even more stressful.

Sorry for the ramble, I don't feel like spending that much time with this just not seeing my viewpoint represented.
 
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