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Valve's Newell: It's "ominous" that open platforms are less popular, Apple "wrong" philosophically

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Nathan Grayson at

Mods, indie games, the Half-Life: Full Life Consequences series - I love all these things equally, and none of them would be possible if the PC locked its doors and hurled the key into an abyss full of woodchippers.

For that reason and many more, Valve's Gabe Newell doesn't like the recent turn toward all things proprietary that the tech world's taken. He voiced his concerns during a game panel at the WTIA TechNW conference:


Gabe Newell: Portal 2 "did better on PC," Left 4 Dead "did better on consoles"

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Tom Senior at

In a fascinating interview with Gabe Newell and Erik Johnson over on Gamasutra, Newell reveals that Portal 2 "did better" on PC than it did on consoles. A surprising fact given the massive multimedia marketing campaign, the addition of cross platform support and the inclusion of Steam for Playstation 3. "We can never predict" says Newell. "We just try to build good games and then we tend to be surprised."

"Left 4 Dead did better on the consoles than it did on the PC" he went on to add. Perhaps an even bigger surprise given the fact that the regular updates and additional maps we PC gamers got for free took an age to reach the Xbox 360, and came with a price tag.


Video interview: Gabe Newell at Gamescom

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Tom Senior at

 
Owen sat down with Gabe Newell at Gamescom for 20 minutes and 59 seconds of chat about groceries, Half Life 2: Episode 3, EA, Origin, Dota 2 and more. Watch every second in video above.

It's been an eventful conference for Valve this year. They skipped E3, but returned with a bang, launching a $1 million Dota 2 tournament and a suite of accessible e-sports spectator tools. Just before Gamescom started, they released the first information about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well. No Half Life 2: Episode 3 news, though. Perhaps more protesters can persuade Valve to reveal something.


How many protestors would it take to get Half-Life 2: Episode 3 news? Newell: "If they'd like to come out we could find out."

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Tom Senior at

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Owen has been talking to Gabe Newell at Gamescom about a recent incident at Valve HQ, where two protesters turned up with cardboard signs asking for more news on Half Life 2: Episode 3. Newell went out to meet the protesters, gave them pizza and soda, and then invited them in for a tour of the studio. They ended up sitting down to test Dota 2 and didn't leave until two days later.

Newell was tight lipped when we asked him about Episode 3. "No, we don’t have anything," he said. "If the the protesters couldn’t get it out of us..."

Then how many protesters would it take to get some Episode 3 news?

"I don’t know," Newell replied, "but if they’d like to come out we could find out."

That sounds like a challenge to us. We also asked Gabe about Origin, EA's disappearing Steam games and Dota 2, a game he's played for 800 hours. You'll find a picture of Gabe Newell with the two protesters below, as seen on Kotaku. Half Life fans, you might need this.


Gabe Newell on disappearing EA Steam games and Origin: "yeah, I've tried it"

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Tom Senior at

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Owen caught up with Valve CEO Gabe Newell at Gamescom for a chat about Origin, and asked him about the recent withdrawal of a number of EA games from Steam,

Origin is a revamped version of the EA store that can be run from a downloadable client. It's the only place players will be able to buy the digital version of Star Wars: The Old Republic, and it was recently confirmed that retail copies of Battlefield 3 will require Origin to be installed in order to run. It seems to be positioning itself as a direct competitor to Valve's Steam service, but what does Gabe Newell think of it?

"I got an account before I came here and was trying it out," he says. "So yeah, I’ve tried it."


Newell: Portal 2 has hit three million sales

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Tyler Wilde at

According to Valve magnate Gabe Newell, Portal 2 has sold an impressive three million copies since it was released in April. While we'd have thrown a massive rager in their shoes, Valve's managing director, of course, delivered the news unconventionally, slipping it into his keynote today at the "Games for Change" festival.

Newell’s speech at the conference—hosted yearly at NYU by the Games for Learning Institute—spanned a variety of societal topics, including why you may see Portal 2 in classrooms soon, Valve’s successful Japan fundraiser in Team Fortress 2, and the impact of a growing worldwide marketplace for in-game content.


Valve free-to-play game: "Yes," it's being worked on

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Tom Senior at

Valve VP of marketing, Doug Lombardi, has confirmed to French site Barre de Vie that Valve are working on a free-to-play game. When asked if Valve were working on their own free-to-play game, Lombardi simply replied "yes."

Of course, the first question is 'which game?' Valve are known to currently be working on Dota 2, the sequel to Warcraft 3 mod Defence of the Ancients. Dota has spawned many similar unofficial successors. One of these most notable of these is League of Legends, which thrives on a free-to-play model bolstered by micro-transactions. Could Valve be planning something similar for Dota 2? We could find out more in August when Valve appear at Gamescom.


Gabe Newell on development: "We're going towards shorter and even shorter cycles"

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Tom Senior at

Gabe Newell has said that Valve have moved past the episodic approach to creating games, and onto a "games as a service" model. This is geared towards quickly creating smaller updates for existing games. It's an approach best demonstrated by Team Fortress 2, which has received more than 200 updates since its launch in 2007. But what does this mean Portal 2, and what about Half Life 2: Episode 3?


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Tom Senior at

The picture is called "berets or scoop." See the full image below.


The Sunday Video Pwn

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Matt Purslow at

Kinect hacks are pretty cool. Mixing Kinect with the Source engine is a completely different deal. Check out coder John Boiles as he kicks many Dr. Kleiners across a map with DOG in Gary's Mod. There's also much box hurling, and a whole lot of ragdoll creepiness going on.


Gabe Newell gives out his Steam password

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Matt Purslow at

Ever wanted to log into a Steam account with every game unlocked? Now you can try (and fail!). Gabe Newell is so confident in Valve's Steam Guard he has announced his Steam username and password before challenging people to get in.

Witness the power of Steam Guard yourself. Try to log onto his account with username: gaben@valvesoftware.com, and the password: moolyftw. Good luck.


Valve announce Steam Guard

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Owen Hill at

Valve have just announced Steam Guard, a new Steam and Steamworks feature designed to provide increased account security for gamers. Click more for the details.


Jerks should be 'charged accordingly' in multiplayer says Valve's Gabe

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Matt Purslow at

Gabe Newell - head of Valve - has come out and said that annoying and 'jerk' players in multiplayer games should be 'charged accordingly' to reflect their actions. Read on for all the details.


Steam controls up to 70% of the PC download market and is "tremendously profitable"

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Tom Senior at

Valve CEO Gabe Newell has been speaking out about Steam's success, saying that, per employee, Valve is more profitable than Google and Apple. Estimates say that Steam controls between 50% and 70% of the PC download market and is "tremendously profitable."