Friday Flame Wars: Valve’s Winter Approaches

Today marks the end of a week filled with announcements from Valve.

  • SteamOS, a new Linux-based operating system with some Valve TLC, is on the way. The new OS looks to unshackle Valve from its Microsoft oppressors, and bring the PC Gaming Master Race into a new Golden Age of Linuxdom. The new OS will eventually support every game available on Steam, promises to be purpose-built for gamers, and should come with robust support from the big hardware players (AMD, Nvidia, etc).
  • 300 lucky Steam users will soon become beta testers for Valve’s new SteamBox initiative. Nothing is known about these Steam Machines, aside from the fact that a) Valve is doing a limited beta run, b) other manufacturers will join the SteamBox game in 2014, and c) they will come in various shapes, sizes, and ship with varying degrees of affordability and horsepower.
  • Last but not least, Valve has developed a gaming input device. The Steam Controller ships with two trackpads, a touchscreen, zero joysticks, and oodles of buttons and hacking potential. The pricing and release date are TBA,  but the controller is supposed to mimic the mouse and keyboard experience in a smaller, more couch-friendly form factor.
  • Not announced: A new game from Valve. No Half-Life 3. No Left 4 Dead 3. No Ricochet 2.

How do you feel about all the non-game announcements this week? Are you excited by the premise of a Valve-made gaming PC? Does a Steam-branded OS make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Or are you laser-focused with seething, unbridled hatred on the lack of Half-Life 3 news? Is your closet a voodoo shrine to Gabe Newell, as you prick his soap carving with safety pins, hoping to cause him discomfort until Gordan Freeman is back on the Source 2 Engine?

Either way, be sure to hash it out in the comments!

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9 Comments on Friday Flame Wars: Valve’s Winter Approaches

Ebalosus

On September 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Steam machine/SteamOS: fully behind, no doubt about it. Why? Because I’d prefer to live in UNIX-like land with Linux and OS X, and not have to worry about a windows OS that I *need* primarily to play games. Besides, I agree with Gabe/Notch/etc regarding some of the worrying trends Microsoft is following with Windows, and unless Windows 9 fixes all of 8′s issues, I’ll be sticking with 7 for the foreseeable future.

As for the controller: the juries still out on that, as I need to have a play with it before reaching a verdict.

Mr Flibble

On September 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

The console will be interesting to see and the controller will have to be used to be rated, but it’s been nearly six years since we’ve seen anything from the Half Life camp and there could be such a large shift between what players are now expecting from games and what the core Half Life 3 game experience was designed to be that a release at this point could possibly be a disappointment, and the probability of a Duke Nukem Forever style development is becoming more and more likely.

Blindman

On September 27, 2013 at 11:53 pm

@ebalosus You had me and Unix, and lost me at OS X. you sad sad fool

Im behind the “console” but only because id love to see Linux get more games for it.

AxΣtwin

On September 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

I hope HL3 never gets announced. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I think its a bad game. Quite the contrary in fact. I don’t want HL3 to be the next Bioshock Infinite. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about other are probably thinking “well that can only be a good thing”, to which I would reply; no, it’s really not. A big problem with Infinite is it caved to FPS peer pressure and because of that, lost it identity as a Bioshock game, as a spiritual successor of System Shock. I don’t want the same thing to happen to HL3.

As for the Steam OS. I am definitely taking a wait and see attitude towards it. I’ve seen some people speculate that many future Valve first party titles are going to be Steam OS exclusive. Or Xbox/Playstation/Steam OS. I think that would piss off A LOT of PC gamers and the end result would be to push them away from PC gaming in general and towards general console gaming. So I’m going to wait and see. Specifically, to see if Valve gives PC gamers the giant middle finger and a “it’s been fun, good luck in all your future endeavors” speech.

SweetPea

On September 28, 2013 at 5:04 am

@Axetwin
They will never do Steam OS exclusive titles. Valve has always been PC friendly, and that won’t change now.
From the FAQ:
“I’m pretty happy with my PC Gaming setup, do I have to buy a new piece of hardware now?
No. Everything that we’ve been doing on Steam for the last 10 years will continue to move forward.”

gasmaskangel

On September 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Quite frankly I don’t think there is enough information to put forth a solid opinion just yet, though I’m tentatively hopeful about a Steam OS.

As for the gamepad, well to be perfectly honest I don’t care much. I enjoy the good ole keyboard and mouse set up, and its only for the odd platformer that I use a controller at all.

I am a bit annoyed about the lack of any game announcements. Even an offhand comment would be nice. As a die hard single player gamer who is being dragged into the “social” era kicking and screaming and occasionally biting I don’t really care about Team Fortress or Left 4 Dead, but some kind of mention that they’re at least kicking around ideas for Half Life 3 would have made my day.

Red Menace

On September 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Gabebox cannot come soon enough.

thedog

On September 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

OMG…. Everything Gasmaskangel said, mirrors my thoughts exactly. Word for word I agree with everything that was said.
I second his\her post.

psycros

On September 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

Ebalosus and gasmaskangel, +1′s.