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Valve Single Player Clarification

A Gabe Newell interview offers a clarification of recent comments that "Portal 2 will probably be Valve's last game with an isolated single-player experience." Here's word:

“I think what we’re trying to talk about is the fact that, not that we’re not doing single player games. Portal 2 was a pretty good example of what we’ve learned over the years in terms of how to create those experiences. It’s more that we think we have to work harder in the future, that entertainment is inherently increased in value by having it be social, by letting you play with your friends, by recognizing that you’re connected with other people.”
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“That’s the thing that we’re trying to say, is that, single player is great but we also have to recognize that you have friends, and we wanna have that connected as well. So, it’s not about giving up on single player at all, it’s like saying, we actually think that there’s a bunch of features and capabilities that we need to add into our single player games to recognize the socially connected gamer.”

Thanks RipTen via VG247.

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22. Re: Valve Single Player Clarification May 8, 2011, 21:21 FreonTrip
 
Marvin T. Martian wrote on May 8, 2011, 20:59:
"Another one bites the dust!"

MP and consoles have soooooooooooooo destroyed good gaming.

No, no. *Money* destroys good gaming because the pursuit of it causes risk averseness, and the inclination to "be more like the other guy, because they made so much money." There's no denying that video gaming is a business and that a profit is an ultimate goal, but the pursuit of profit to the exclusion of doing right by your customers - and the games you lavishly design - is pissing in your own well. It results in expensive, monolithic franchises, hordes of wannabes, and games that are easily dated. In 10 years, kids (and all of us) will look back and say, "Man, people sure played a lot of Call of Duty."

As for Valve wanting to incorporate some kind of co-op or social element into their games? It's not really shocking; even their single player games have started leaning in this direction since the Orange Box. This isn't a sign of doom and gloom; they're just the harbingers of a larger trend that makes me shiver a little. When Frictional Games makes an announcement like this on any day that isn't April Fool's, that's when I'll die a little inside.
 
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