Video-game Publishing Ceo Trash Talks Windows 8
Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:38 AM
Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:43 AM
They would be crazy to want more competition.
He is right that windows 8 store, windows stores, and microsoft made devices like surface are not great for the partner ecosystem.
Valve was there first and so they are going to be miffed when windows store leads to the inevitable destruction of them as the leading game re-seller.
Because of all the relationships they have built and servicing existing customers they can probably hang on for quite some time.
They are going to have to innovate their social side beyond where they have in order to stay competitive.
Trying to make a linux box strategy work seems sketchy to me.
It would have to be a really cheap box, but also highly capable.
I see the opportunity for them in being the facebook for gamers, a open id provider. Facebook is on the xbox, but not steam. They need to expand on there account system so they can be in more places. They should also throw a lifeline to physical stores by allowing them to sell games that unlock on steam from third parties, even if they have to sacrifice their portion of the revenue. Of course that doesn't seem to be where they are headed.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:21 AM
Maybe gaming companies will make more and more games Linux compatible (WINE notwithstanding) and we will finally be able to enjoy games on any OS we desire and not stuck to purchasing Windows just to play the games we love.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:49 AM
1. Steam treats its customers with respect. They do not foist software you don't need, and they don't make you buy "points" in batches that leave you with some of your money tied up in their system after purchases. They offer fantastic sale prices, and they work to open doors to gamers, rather than close them. Compare Steam making its platform and games work on Mac to MS paying publishers to make games Xbox-exclusive.
2. MS has a long and sordid history of integrating services into the OS that end up being security nightmares (gadgets, anyone? Active Desktop? Windows Messenger?).
3. I am a PC-only gamer; just the name "Xbox Live" is an insult. We all should know MS would kill PC gaming if they thought they could take over the market share with Xbox. Don't believe me? When the first Xbox came out, MS announced DirectX 9 would be the last version. But then they needed a way to get people to adopt Win XP, so they backtracked and implemented DX 10.
I could go on, but that is enough for now. Suffice it to say that if I could play the games I care about on Linux, I would wipe Windows from my system so fast my hard drive might burst into flames.