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21. Re: Abrash on Valve, Snow Crash, and Wearable Computers Apr 14, 2012, 23:53 TheVocalMinority
elefunk wrote on Apr 14, 2012, 20:14:
To me, Valve is the company that revolutionized storytelling in first-person games, revolutionized how well co-op games can be implemented, revolutionized digital distribution for the better, and revolutionized the way the entire gaming industry looks at pricing and sales.

So.....yeah....I want Half-Life 3, but I'd rather see what they revolutionize next.

"revolutionized storytelling in first-person game" - Ah yes valve did indeed invent the corridor crawler with half life although others have taken the concept and refined it. I think possibly it's ultimate perfected form is manifested in the latest Call of Duty games.

"revolutionized how well co-op games can be implemented" - by adding in elements from competitive multiplayer games.

"revolutionized digital distribution for the better" - by digitally shackling their games to an application which is designed to take away a gamers control over their own software. Of course this has also been further refined by others and now has become the wonderful "always on" DRM used by Ubisoft and others. Whether this is "better" depends on who you are.

"revolutionized the way the entire gaming industry looks at pricing and sales" - not sure if I would call this a revolution outside of the above, if you have tight control of your software distribution then radically fluctuating prices to achieve maximum profit is pretty obvious.

So yes valve completely deserves our uncritical adulation. Keep up the good work!
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