Originally Posted by stargate125645
Translation: "We want to milk our other games as much as possible before we trot out a game that costs more than it should for how short it will be. We can never have enough money to reuse outdated gaming engines and buy other games to market as our own!"
When has Valve ever priced something more than it's worth? They're still at the $50 price range for PC games and if they had it their way, would probably still price that for the console games too. A very large majority of their games have been the highest rated games ever released and have great replay value. Episode 1, was what, $20 or something like that, and you got HL2:DM and HL1:DM Source as well. Do I need to mention The Orange Box? 5 games, 3 that were new releases, all for $50? Not to mention, the games that received FREE DLC while other devs were releasing $15 DLC, and buying items are completely optional for TF2 and all of those updates before the store were still free! And a majority of the items that are in the store were designed by the community and they also get a cut from the profits made by the sales too. Valve is not a publicly traded company and isn't owned by a huge game corporation, so they have to get their revenue from somewhere.
Valve saw what L4D was capable of and Turtle Rock couldn't do what they wanted to do, so Valve picked them up. Same thing with Portal and Portal 2. They were new developers coming out of DigiPen and Valve gave them their first job right out of school. Some of them even have their own studios now.
For the last time, Source is not out of date. It's probably one of the most updated engines and like I said, who knows what they have in store for HL3. Sure it doesn't "look" updated, but there's been a handful of games that looked great, but played terribly. I'd rather play a game that has a great story and plays well than one that's flashy and has so much detail that you can see the nose hairs on a character, but has a bland storyline. Anyone looked at Skyrim lately? That's certainly not top-of-the-line graphics, but it's one of the most played games on Steam.