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Gabe Newell: Gamers "Seem To Know More" Than Publishers

Let's be clear- as most of you know, we at PSXE are not big fans of Valve boss Gabe Newell. PlayStation 3 owners have a variety of reasons to dislike the guy, and for our part, his clear PC bias isn't helping matters.

But you have to admit, when it comes to the mass gaming public vs. the faceless publishing corporations, Newell is still rooting for the little people. Or in this case, the "little people" who allow the faceless corporations to stay in business. And you have to applaud that kind of sentiment, regardless of who says it. In a recent Game Informer interview, Newell had this to say:

"It seems by and large that gamers are incredibly smart; the average gamer seems to know more about what makes a good game than the average person at a publisher."

We like it! But the only question we have would be a simple one: if the gamers tend to know what makes for a good game, is there any particular reason you've treated the PS3 owners like dog turd over the past couple of years? We have voices, too, and they're growing in number with each passing day. Granted, Valve can churn out some amazing stuff if they put their mind to it (even though I'm personally not overly impressed with games like Half-Life 2), but perhaps Newell needs to listen more and talk less. Yep, we agree: we sometimes are more aware than the publishers, so how's about listening to us every now and then?

10/17/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

Craigo
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 10:49:41 AM
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Yeh, but can the average gamer code there ideas and create that game?

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Qubex
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 10:50:52 AM
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Piff... this guy lives in lah lah land... give the PS3 some credit, we can then start talking again!

Q!

"I aM hOMe"

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The_Benny
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 10:53:06 AM
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Somebody else at Valve, Doug Lombardi, discussed the PS3 recently in an interview with Kikizo:

"You know, we didn't shop the PS3 Orange Box; EA came to us and said, "you're making this new Half-Life thing, can we make it multi platform?", and we said "sure". If somebody came to us and said, "can we do a platform extension of Left 4 Dead?", then we'd have a conversation with them. I think part of the reason folks came to us on that one [Orange Box for PS3] was because it was a Half-Life property and they knew it was money in the bank. Left 4 Dead is kind of a risky proposition, and it's an unproven IP. So I think if this one hits, you'll probably see someone saying: "Can we quickly put this out on another platform?!", or, "when you guys do a sequel, can we do it on another platform?" You know, people kind of assess the risk of the investment - and anything related to Half-Life or Half-Life 2, the risk is a lot lower than, "hey, new franchise! Trying to do new gameplay!""

So they aren't opposed, they just can't do it themselves. Of course there's still the position that maybe Valve should have a dedicated PS3 team, but they are a PC developer at heart with a lot invested in the Steam platform. The 360 versions only exist at all because they're simple to port to.

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shaydey77
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 10:54:20 AM
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Talk is cheap.

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Joe_III
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 11:05:31 AM
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yeah, but a publisher isn't worried about making a good game. They're only worried about raping gamers for as much as they can.

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Tim
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 11:19:39 AM
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Considering that it's the gamer, not the publisher, who decides with their dollars what a good game is in the first place, I see nothing profound in his statement.

I would love for Valve to give more love to the PS3 owners. Yet they suffer the financial costs of ignoring us, so eventually the lure of profitability may entice them to do as we want.

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 11:29:40 AM
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Perhaps he should stop talking and employ someone who knows what they are doing.

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HUSO
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 12:07:54 PM
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he should get off his high horse and start churning out some good games.

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Cuetes
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 12:13:33 PM
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Of course were smart, smart enough to know when not to buy sh##ty games, smart enough to know when you give us a half ass game your really reaching out to snatch money from us. We are smart enough to know when to speak out and defend our hobby from money hungry companies to lazy to port a game correctly. Valve gets no love until they prove they can make solid game on any system. Stop kissing gamers behinds, we know your just running your mouth, hoping gamers forgive you for your mistakes. Your late, you passed the check point, the levels over, the game is over, no continues or extra lives.

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The_Vandelizer
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 12:54:08 PM
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F@#$ Valve!!!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 1:21:05 PM
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Here's the problem, anyone with any kind of integrity (Kojima anyone?) wouldn't say "Okay EA, here is our game, do whatever the hell u want with it and then barf it up for those stupid PS3 owners, we don't mind taking your money." Instead the dev with integrity would oversee the port and make sure it was up to standards. If big ol Gabe admitted that most gamers were fifty points higher in IQ than he is, then I'd listen.

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www
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 1:57:02 PM

Agreed!

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cheng
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 1:37:18 PM
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@WorldEndsWithMe--agree all the way with u man

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www
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 1:51:01 PM
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N day say u can't judge a book by it's cover BUT

I look at this Newbell man,n i don't see no creativity,innovation,revolutionary n all'em big words.No offence but it's written all over his face he don't got the time to code for ps3,he'd rather get a Big fat burger or doughnut,am not surprised he hates ps3.

Games like Half-life don't look appealing to me.

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Daedusian
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 2:10:37 PM
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Suprised to hear people don't like the HF series. I thought they were amazing. Graphics were there, story was definitely there, and gameplay was great. Loved the ending of HF2E3 btw, a real tear jurker...

But that being said, I'm still not a fan of this guy. He doesn't care about gamers, look at his pic. What on his face tells you that he cares... I'll tell you, just look at what his eyes are focused on. All he cares about is that juicy burger in front of him and the cash sitting right next to it.

Last edited by Daedusian on 10/17/2008 2:11:45 PM

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www
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 2:44:50 PM

Daedusian lol,i also see dat...I think MS gave him a burger mortgage..... :D

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AntDC
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 7:49:40 PM

Haha hilarious comment.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 3:36:40 PM
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Burger mortgage, superlol.

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karneli lll
Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 10:20:34 PM
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looks like peter molyneux has a twin,how are these people even allowed to make games?

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