Valve’s Gabe Newell & the future of games

A nice summary of a recent interview with Valve’s co-founder where he discusses the future of games, the various control techniques & their stance on supporting Linux

That causes us to have conversations with Adobe, and we say the next version of Photoshop should look like a free-to-play game, and they say, ‘We have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds really bad.’ And, then we say, ‘No, no, no. We think you are going to increase the value being created to your users, and you will create a market for their goods on a worldwide basis.’ But that takes a longer sell.
“This isn’t about videogames; it’s about thinking about goods and services in a digital world.”

Reflecting exactly what randsinrepose posted months ago. Too bad, Adobe is busy sticking their heads up their asses!

His comment regarding Windows 8,

I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people. If that’s true, then it will be good to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.

Microsoft is going for a closed ecosystem ala Apple to ensure a smooth user experience but they’re also getting into what Steam has been doing for years now. If Microsoft can figure out the best possible way of integrating Xbox Live on Windows 8 & also work out the recent issues with their update mechanism, then there’s no reason for a developer to ignore the Windows Application Marketplace.

 

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