Originally Posted by stargate125645
Portal isn't even a Valve concept, which proves my point. They bought it!
No it doesn't? It just proves that someone doesn't know where the concept came from? It's not like Valve actively kept that information from people. In-fact, Gabe was pretty vocal about where the concept came from and that he was impressed with the team of students behind Narbacular Drop which is why he hired them to work on Portal. You're completely ignoring the fact he gave these people a job and an awesome opportunity to make good money doing something they were passionate about doing. This goes for any of the mod makers that he's hired to work at Valve as well.
HL3 requires development of a new storyline, while L4D doesn't take much. Why do you think 3 of them have happened before HL3? It's like the Battlefield games; little truly new is done because people will still buy it - especially if Valve's name is on it.
Uhh.. there hasn't been three Left 4 Dead games. We have no idea if L4D3 will be out before Half Life 3 nor is this even really a confirmation that it will be. When and if L4D3 does come out, there will have been more than 4 years between L4D2 and L4D3. You can hardly consider that milking the series. Heck, L4D and L4D2 were just exceptions to Valve's quality over quantity rule anyway so it's not like it's something they've really ever done with any other franchise. They certainly really don't prove anything.
Also, just so you're aware neither Half Life 3 nor L4D3 would be considered a new IP. Both of them would be parts of existing IPs.
You guys need to look up your history, too. Steam was the beginning of phone home DRM and forced third party software to validate games. The fact that this isn't ubiquitous information also proves my point. Valve can do no wrong. I used to avoid Steam games like the plague but the sheeple gobbled it up, just like Apple, so I was forced to deal with it. Even now Steam has issues at times making offline mode work, which makes it effectively always on DRM. Steam support is also horrible, but that's another story for another day.
How does it prove your point at all? Whether it's true or not, does it mean Steam is bad or that Valve is a bad company? No, it doesn't. Your experiences and feelings towards Steam don't prove that either. Yeah, Steam has some issues and their customer support isn't the greatest. No piece of software or company is perfect. I almost lost my entire Steam game library because of an issue with security on their end, but does that change the fact that Steam provides a load of benefits to both consumers and developers alike? No, it doesn't. Of course Valve is capable of doing bad, but they also do a ton of good and have made massive contributions to the gaming industry which is why they do get the praise they get. The fact is you're sitting here actively making Valve look worse than they actually are just because you don't like that people praise Valve for the good they have done for the industry.