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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/technology/valve-a-video-game-maker-with-few-rules.html?pagewanted=all

Pretty interesting read about overall Valve culture. Article mentions that Valve is working on new PC hardware.
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Valve’s most striking recruiting campaign is a recent move to establish a hardware group to develop technologies that can enhance the playing of games. The company posted a job listing for an industrial designer, hinting that it planned to get into the computer business itself. “We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space, though, so we’re jumping in,” the listing read. “Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years.”
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Mr. Abrash said glasses capable of credible augmented-reality games could be three to five years away, though he said virtual reality glasses would arrive sooner. He said Valve hadn’t decided whether it would make glasses itself. But its ultimate goal is to share its designs freely so other hardware companies can make glasses, too.

Edited by action3500 - 9/9/12 at 6:15am
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Did I miss when valve created entirely new game that needed even current tech? Or is it about those "cool" looking keyboard and 1238976213 buttons mouse?
And it seems I'm totally out of the idea behind augmented reality, and usage.

Really confused now.
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Valve has plenty money and a strong fan base.

Release these glasses with HL3, and the gaming world will be forever changed.

As for my input, I'm not a fan of wearing anything. My eye sight hasn't been getting any better after 25 years of gaming. An image that close to our faces isn't a good idea since many people game for hours. Time to visit the eye doc regularly. The I rather have wrap-around monitors.
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I'll be honest with you, I could use some new hardware for playing PC games.

Games are getting more and more complex and we still have only 10 fingers. I am struggling with FPSs that require regular use of 15 buttons on keyboard and 4-5 buttons on mouse.

I hate playing RTS games where you have to memorize shortcuts on keyboard and your mouse is still a primary input method. 100 APM (actions per minute) is what it takes to be competitive in SC2 these days.

We live in the age of multi-touch screens and Kinect and such. Time to bring it to PC gaming to make it more engaging and accessible.
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I'll be honest with you, I could use some new hardware for playing PC games.
Games are getting more and more complex and we still have only 10 fingers. I am struggling with FPSs that require regular use of 15 buttons on keyboard and 4-5 buttons on mouse.
I hate playing RTS games where you have to memorize shortcuts on keyboard and your mouse is still a primary input method. 100 APM (actions per minute) is what it takes to be competitive in SC2 these days.
We live in the age of multi-touch screens and Kinect and such. Time to bring it to PC gaming to make it more engaging and accessible.

someone hurry up

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Virtual reality, when? I hope soon, at least before I die.
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I'll be honest with you, I could use some new hardware for playing PC games.
Games are getting more and more complex and we still have only 10 fingers. I am struggling with FPSs that require regular use of 15 buttons on keyboard and 4-5 buttons on mouse.
I hate playing RTS games where you have to memorize shortcuts on keyboard and your mouse is still a primary input method. 100 APM (actions per minute) is what it takes to be competitive in SC2 these days.
We live in the age of multi-touch screens and Kinect and such. Time to bring it to PC gaming to make it more engaging and accessible.


Logitech G600 and three pedals.

It usually takes me five minutes to figure out what to do with the spacebar.
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someone hurry up
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mechanical typing gloves

That's actually Cyber City Oedo 808 shot, too bad they only made 3 episodes.
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That's actually Cyber City Oedo 808 shot, too bad they only made 3 episodes.

ghost in the shell you mean
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