inXile CEO Brian Fargo Declares Valve “the savior of the PC”
In an interview with Eurogamer discussing Steam Early Access for Wasteland 2, Fargo expressed his opinion of Valve’s Steam Early Access system.
“They’ve been great. You think about where we all were, kind of in the dark ages, when there was nothing. There was just Flash. There was no digital distribution. They’ve opened up a way to get directly to the audience in a way that isn’t politicized, or forces us to do exclusives or all the other things the console guys do.”
The console guys – Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony – “put all sorts of guns to our head”, Fargo said. “It used to be with Xbox, just until very recently, you couldn’t have an Xbox Live Arcade publishing license unless you had a retail product. What did that have to do with anything?”
While discussing Steam Early Access, Valve’s system to allow developers to release unfinished games to go on sale and allow players to help “fund” their development (think Kickstarter) and provide feedback and report bugs and other issues, Fargo expressed his preference for this open system that Valve created. “Valve has all this power but they don’t wield it. They let us all work in an open system. So for that I can’t say enough good things about them,” Fargo stated.
Steam Early Access can be a great way for developers to get their games to the masses in a very simple and friendly way, although it does have its pitfalls as well. Do you agree with Brian Fargo? Is Valve the company that saved PC gaming as we know it today or just molded it so they would centralize themselves into it easier?