"Even shorter than episodic". Ouch. So all Valve games from now on will be tablet/smart phone titles?
I can't blame them- when folks are rolling in cash with Angry Birds why produce AAA, big-budget titles anymore?
As for the no management direction thing I can see where they're going. Gaming has lost much of its charm as it went mainstream- pretty much everything we play now was mapped out by small dev teams in the 90's. Genuinely new ideas are pretty few and far between and revolutionary titles are non-existent.