Quick Quotes – Gabe Newell on the future of games development

Friday, 8th April 2011 03:22 GMT By Brenna Hillier

“Anytime you project five years down the road, you almost always realize you need to rethink what you’re doing. For example network costs are going down, but they are not going down as fast as computing or rendering costs, which paradoxically makes you want to push work out to the edges of the network (although there’s something weird about humans’ current ability to absorb data through audio and video that may create a floor).” – Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, talking to Industry Gamers about the future direction of games development.

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  1. TD_Monstrous69

    I’ve always admired Gabe Newell as a business man, as well as his company’s philosophy for making games. Also, for last year’s E3. Appearing during Sony’s E3 press event to announce Portal 2 for the PS3 with Steamworks support. I’m so glad his thoughts on the PS3 had changed.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. RandomTiger

    Im not sure he’s actually changed his mind that much, werent his original gripes with the architecture? That hasnt changed. The reason for the tone change is surely that Sony’s business model and digital distribution model is more open and provides the freedom for something like steamworks to exist which will give Valve a foot in the door on Sony’s platform in a way MS would never allow on the 360.

    What features is steamworks actually bringing? I’ve been unable to find any details.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Aimless

    @2 Cross-platform play, cloud saving and an inclusive PC copy of the game, most notably.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. TD_Monstrous69

    The features that Valve’s bringing with the Steamworks supported PS3 version of Portal 2 is cross-platform play and chat with PC and Mac users, as well as access to automatic game updates, steam cloud saves, as well as access to user-created mods. Though in oreder to create mods, you’d still need a PC that can run Portal 2, and the PC version of Portal 2 (which comes with a code for a free copy of it bundled with the PS3 version, unless you decide to be a cheapskate and buy it used). Also, to use the Steam Cloud saves, you’d have to have your PSN account synched with your Steam account. Basically, this is what Valve’s brigning to the PS3, and I can’t wait to try it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. frostquake

    Valve, reminds me of a very Slow Turtle, always carrying a Pot of Gold, in other words, they are very slow on releases..”Half Life Anything”, but tend to deliver some solid greatness when they do…Just don’t expect to be playing the next Half Life installment, you will be long, dead and gone, but maybe your Great Great Grandchildren will get to play the next installment…LOL

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Hunam

    It’s what happens when you don’t have investors and publishers to worry about. You have the time to make great things happen, but you also have the ability to get complacent and lose focus too. It’s a double edged sword.

    #6 4 years ago

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