Can Gabe Newell Take The Credit For Valve's PS3 Work?
Remember when Valve boss Gabe Newell came on stage during Sony's E3 2010 press conference, and announced the PlayStation 3 would receive "the best version" of Portal 2?
A great many PS3 owners, annoyed at Newell for his frequently voiced dislike of Sony's machine, forgave the big man that day. But maybe they won't be so fast to forgive and forget when they learn that in fact, it wasn't the studio head man who made such a decision. According to what Valve project manager Erik Johnson told Develop, the team just decided to work on the PS3 project:
"No one here decided to do anything about PS3 development, and the way we vote to do something about it is to simply start working on it.
That’s why we’re working on the PS3 now, because we had about four engineers — some of which have worked here for a few years — who were annoyed that we hadn’t developed for that platforms, and they were willing to cross over."
Perhaps it's unfair to say Newell took credit for four nonconformist engineers at the Sony conference last year. We seriously doubt Valve would do anything if the boss really didn't want it to happen. However, we're not even remotely surprised that only four guys were "annoyed" that they hadn't bothered with the PS3 platform...no, that doesn't surprise us at all.
5/10/2011 8:53:40 PM Ben Dutka