Valve Makes It Plain: We Can't Handle The PlayStation 3
For a while, there was some talk about Left 4 Dead coming to the PlayStation 3, but developer Valve is well known for their dislike of and aversion to Sony's machine.
Now, early on, developers did indeed have a problem with the PS3 (as they do with every new PlayStation). But since that time, we've seen some pretty amazing productions that have arguably outstripped that of anything on the Xbox 360 (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Killzone 2), and third-party developers have finally come to terms with the console. But Valve simply isn't interested in "coming to terms;" said game designer Tom Leonard to Loot Ninja:
"The PC and the 360 are just more straightforward. We can focus on what we want to do, which is make game experiences, instead of sweating bullets over obscure architectural decisions they make with their platform. [...] I didn’t come into this business in the 90s because of some technical fetish. I came in because I wanted to give people experiences that made them have fun."
Okay, we're just going to call BS right here and now. Sorry, we're aware this is a news story, but it's based upon personal opinion so we believe we're entitled. You know what the preceding is? A lot of words for the statement, "We're lazy." And on a personal note, I have never been all that impressed with what Valve has done; one or two good games every 73 years doesn't make you a prolific developer, and as much as I want to play Left 4 Dead, I've got other - and potentially better - options. And you know what? Most of 'em are on the PS3.
So you know what, Valve? We don't care. Just keep trying to convince all the other talented developers in the world that you're something special when you're the only so-called "legendary" studio that can't seem to get a handle on the PS3. We're just bored, so we'll leave you back in 1998 where you belong.
6/9/2009 Ben Dutka