Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Dec 2012 23:24 UTC
Games Confirming the industry's worst-kept secret, Valve CEO Gabe Newell has confirmed Valve is working on its 'Steam Box', a Steam-powered HTPC geared towards console-like gaming. It'll most likely run Linux. "Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," he told Kotaku. "If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC. For people who want a more turnkey solution, that's what some people are really gonna want for their living room." Steam has 50 million subscribers, so there's a market here. As a comparison: Xbox Live has 40 million subscribers.
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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Tue 11th Dec 2012 09:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

I'm honestly surprised that all of the big players have taken a back burner approach to indie development.

Indie game development is where the future is. Success stories like FEZ and Braid are signs that its a very rich market.

If the Xbox opened up a "Game Store" with an honest to goodness try (like the Windows Store, NOT like the retarded Xbox Live Indie Games half-effort) then we could see a resurgence of that old risk taking.

I love indie gaming, and its a great tragedy that its almost been strangled to death in consoles.

Windows 8 (or iPad, if that's your cup of tea) imo is the next, best thing to indie development on Consoles.

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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by WereCatf on Tue 11th Dec 2012 09:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Indie game development is where the future is.


God, I hope not. Indie games suck.

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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by Soulbender on Tue 11th Dec 2012 11:16 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Because a 50 millionth entry in the CoD line or, you know, DNF are such signs of quality maintream games.... ;)

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RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by henderson101 on Tue 11th Dec 2012 17:14 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
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2006-05-30

Braid sucks? Braid is pretty much the best classic platformer I've played in the 5 years. Super Meat Boy sucks? Super Meat Boy out "Marios" Super Mario Bros. FEZ I can take or leave, but then Phil Fish is not as likeable a character as Jonathan Blow and Endmund McMillan/Tommy Refenes. The Binding of Isaac is such a throw away title, but that too is pretty awesome. I actually can't think of the last non iOS/PSP game I've played recently that wasn't an Indy. I mean, come on, you have games like World of Goo too and all the Ludum Dare and game jams going on. Indy is really the place of innovation.

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