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84. Re: Half-Life 3 Trolling? Dec 4, 2011, 11:44 Dev
SXO wrote on Dec 4, 2011, 09:35:
Over 500 games on Steam?! Wow Dev, your EBS (Extensive Backlog Syndrome) must be atrocious compared to mine. I just recently went over 200 (and I have two friends that are over 300), and already I'm losing sight of the light at the end of the backlog tunnel.
Yeah, how did you guess? BTW, Prez has it even worse than me, hes at I think 900 games? Something like that. But I think he's tried a higher percentage than I have.
Prez wrote on Dec 3, 2011, 15:48:
Both Valve and Blizzard have unique work cultures that "normal" mortal companies simply can't afford to have. Each company has earned the right to their specific culture through proven excellence in their releases, but these cultures make being a fan of either studio's games extremely frustrating (10 years for a sequel to Starcraft??? 6 years without any closure to the HL2 story??). While it's hard to argue with success, one has to wonder if a happy medium can be reached in such cases. One where a more structured, and dare I say it, more professional work environment could be maintained, which would presumably lead to more timely updates and releases, ideally without comprising the aforementioned excellence. There's no universal law that I'm aware of that states creative greatness can only spring from groups devoid of any structure or focused leadership.

And that is precisely what I criticize about valve's style. You've put it more succinctly than I did though That valve needs to tilt slightly away from the no management extreme, and get a little direction from the top (gabe if he can do it, but since he's "obsessed" about it, they probably need a VP playing the role who will take the heat for being the bad guy), so they can get some games out, and get some good improvements in steam by hiring some UI specialists, etc. The way they are now is extremely good for employees, not so much for customers.
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