Originally Posted by ToTheSun!
So, they're just like every single company in every single industry that pioneered something because of their ingenuity and sense of opportunity? Cool. I guess you really do make your own luck.
And that's EXACTLY the problem, one that I described in my previous post. They've never been anyone's friend. You romanticized the whole thing and now you're frustrated.
They tied a digital store to their game before anyone else did, and made it mandatory for all their games. I would not call that "pioneering", but credit where it's due. Steam is a good program, not saying it's not, but it's only so widely used because it was first. You want to give Valve a ton of credit as if they cured cancer or something, thats your purgative. They made a good business more some 15 years or so ago and have not been able to do much with all their money and IPs since. It's sad to see a once well liked game dev turn into nothing more than the maintenance team for a digital store.
And too your weak counter about my metaphone "Valve is like a good friend that feel off the wagon and is looking for a fix", since the metaphore clearly went way over your heard, I'll restate it more literally.
Valve is (literally) a game former game developer that used to be highly acclaimed and beloved by fans. Valve build 2-3 very strong story based IP's that fan's were very happy about and eagerly awaited the next promised entried for. Once Valve got exuberently rich off steam, they were no longer able to produce any games despite seemingly having everything going well for them. This can mean only one thing, poor leadership.
Now back to metaphors; it's like hearing a female super model that's rich and famous complain that it's hard to find guys to date. It's not a valid complaint considering the context of reality, and thus we roll our eyes at Valve.
It's not a mystery what happened with Half Life 3, there is a lot of info about what happened now. It saw at least 3 highly ambitious revisions that all got canned because GabeN could not realisitically hone in the ambitions for the game, and he burned out his development team. Many of them left Valve after the third Half Life 3 revision got canned, and there was likely never a 4th because of that.
Oh but Valve made Steam and Steam is the only digital store (that stuck up PC gamer will ever accept) so praise be to Valve and glory unto GabeN!