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21. Re: Steam Beta Allows Custom Installation Locations Sep 12, 2012, 17:15 Dev
2nd_floor wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 16:11:
Dev wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 14:51:
2nd_floor wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 14:45:
Damn controlling of users!
Thats EA you are confusing valve with. Valve doesn't care too much about that. The reason why its taken so long to get some features and they are super slow about others, is that its just not very interesting for the valve employees to program that stuff in the UI.

Not very interesting? Haha, it's not supposed to be "interesting". They can not be bothered doing it?! Haha, part of their job! What if the government couldn't be bothered building uninteresting road features like signs!
Probably incredibly simple to program in too! 10 lines of code maybe.
Steam controls people and software like crazy!! That is what DRM does! It puts limits on how and what people can do with the software or music, movies, etc... (controlling by definition).
It is much more interesting to try and dominate/control PC gaming and make as much money as possible than it is to provide simple functions for people in the software.
1) valve isn't a government. They are a private business. Gabe and his obsession (his word not mine) with employee health has led them to this flat no management structure where all desks have wheels and they mostly only work on things interesting to them.

2) I doubt it was that simple. They waited until a new file system method, probably because of the way steam looks for installed programs (which is silly, because they could have made a pointer file, but whatever). HOWEVER, there's a better example of simple. How it took them years to copy the search code from library to friends list. THAT was probably only 10 lines of changed code, and would probably only take a few minutes to copy the existing search code, implement and test. Prior to that, if you had a big friends list you had to scroll through hundreds of people and look in playing games section, then online section, then offline section, and holy crap if someone changed their name and or avatar.
Steam is still missing a feature to add notes to friends, so you can mention something like WTF you know that person from.

3) Steam controls like crazy? WTF? They are some of the least controlling out there. The only less controlling/drm than steam is things like GoG with no controls or limits at all. Its not valve's fault if a publisher forces 3rd party DRM onto a steam game with install limits. Also, steam doesn't have movies. I think you are confusing valve again, with some crazy controlling company.

4) Not for valve. You are again thinking of a public company beholden to shareholders like EA. Valve is a private company. They are not much interested in controlling and dominating PC market.

With all the new UI stuff, I wonder if valve finally got around to hiring a UI employee or two who actually DO find this stuff interesting to work on.
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