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[3]: Comment by shmerl
by WorknMan on Tue 11th Dec 2012 13:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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Complexity of setting up a good gaming machine up is paid off with complex and deeper games with rich interfaces, instead of dumbed down consolized stuff.

Question is, do you really need a 'complex and deep' game, along with a $25 million budget, to make it fun?

IMO, games on the downloadable services like Braid, Super Meat Boy, Geometry Wars 2, Pacman CE, Bit Trip Runner, etc are 10x better than 98% of the shit being pumped out at retail these days.

Another poster said that the story and atmosphere that the retail games provide can never be matched by indie titles. But honestly, if I want story and atmosphere, I'll watch a fucking movie. (Or better yet, read a book.)

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 11th Dec 2012 16:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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No, the question is do you really need $25 million budget to make a game with deep storyline and good interface? Probably not. For example take CD Projekt Red - they made Witcher 1 with very interesting story and brilliant interface. It was targeted for PC and they didn't care about consoles at that point (see ).

In the Witcher 2 the story is also great, but the interface suffered a number of degradations because of their attempt to combine PC and console versions. Other than that, Witcher 2 could be on par with the first game interface wise. Only with later updates some of the annoyances in PC version were fixed. It's just an example of bad effects consoles can have on gaming.

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by JAlexoid on Wed 12th Dec 2012 11:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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You don't need $25mil. What you need is not being pretentious. There is a lot of that coming from a lot of indie games these days. Genuine and original - Trine1+2 and Machinarium. And know your limits.

A movie and a book aren't interactive and only provide an outsider's view into the story.

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