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SteamOS indicative of “move toward openness” in gaming, says Levine

Thursday, 26th September 2013 00:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

BioShock creator Ken Levine has received the news of Valve’s championing of Linux as part of a general trend towards more open platforms in gaming.

Speaking to PCGamer, Levine said he has “a huge amount of confidence in Valve”, and that SteamOS and upcoming hardware represent a “brave and powerful idea”.

“I think we’ve seen a move toward openness. There’s been a democratization effect with Kickstarter or the Humble Bundles, or even Steam Workshop, where you putting faith in the audience to help enhance the experience and make the experience better. And that requires openness to a certain degree,” he said.

Levine didn’t seem worried about the relative lack of Linux-friendly games out there, or by the industry’s traditional reluctance to support the OS, instead talking up the advantages.

“There’s a lot of Linux porting to do, but if you’ve done a Mac version of something, you’re pretty close already, because Mac is based on the Unix kernel,” he said.

“It’s nice to have [a platform] where nobody can say, ‘Okay, this is what we’re doing with it, whether you like it or not.’ I think that’s interesting, because it’s not something we’ve traditionally seen. The message to me is that it’s an operating system designed around gaming, and it’s pretty open. Linux is a means to an end.”

The full article contains some interesting discussion of Valve’s plans to stream from Mac and PC to SteamOS devices, and the company’s continued success in providing new platforms and services gamers actually enjoy using.

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  1. Sanwiches

    I’m thinking like Levine.

    “I think it’s always going to come down to—is Valve going to provide a value proposition that is attractive to people? Put that in human terms, are they going to give people stuff that they want? Because gamers aren’t stupid. The gamer’s going to say, ‘Fuck you dude, that’s not what I want’ if they don’t want it. But Valve has traditionally been excellent at understanding that it needs to provide value to the gamer. They have to give you something that works for you.”

    “I think what they’re building is going to be awesome,” he says. “I don’t think anyone ever lost any money betting on Valve.”

    It sums up my thoughts about the news so far.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Hyperx64

    Am very interested in what Valve has planned.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    Yeah. I think Valve is going to surprise us with our own Gamer’s OS.

    Fuck limited hardware that can’t even do 1080p games at launch. I want my own system with max customization. It’s going to be the way I want it to be. End of story.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Mike W

    @3

    You seriously can’t help it from being stupid can you?

    Stop mentioning other hardware, that you clearly don’t like and try to stay focus on the topic at hand.

    Dammit when the hell are you going to grow the fuck up?

    #4 10 months ago
  5. pcbros

    Nice to see others in the industry believing in Valve.

    “Speaking to PCGamer, Levine said he has ‘a huge amount of confidence in Valve’, and that SteamOS and upcoming hardware represent a ‘brave and powerful idea’.”

    In other words, Valve has balls.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. dizzygear

    “It’s nice to have [a platform] where nobody can say, ‘Okay, this is what we’re doing with it, whether you like it or not.”

    This. A 1000 times this.

    Meanwhile i’m still waiting for SCEE to give me a simple option to remove the fucking singstar bullshit from the XMB i never asked for.

    #6 10 months ago