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[–] Forbin 7 points 8 points (+15|-7) ago  (edited ago)

If you're talking about my comment on Gabe's meltdown over Windows 8 I'll explain. He went ape-shit, talked a lot of smack, and freaked out so much it pushed him to spend the next few years focusing most of Steam's attention on developing SteamOS. Basically he lost his shit because he perceived that Microsoft could challenge Steam once they introduced an App Store on Windows. As an ex-Microsoft person, Gabe probably understood long before we did, that Microsoft's long term strategy would be to merge their desktop OS with their console, and make it extremely easy to develop for both the XBox One & PC games simultaneously. Obviously Microsoft (and Sony) enjoy a monopoly of game sales on their consoles; Gabe was freaked out that Microsoft might mount a serious competitor to Steam on the PC. That day hasn't arrived yet, but it's close at hand. Instead of making the Steam app better for PC gaming, Gabe decided to try to drag all of PC gamers over to SteamOS and drag PC gaming into the living room and make the Steam controller (console-style) the default.

I don't think any of the SteamOS nonsense has been good for PC gamers. I think it's merely Gabe having a hissy-fit and trying to make PC gaming more like console gaming. In my opinion, Steam and Valve have gone downhill since their attention has been on SteamOS; their sales stink, the quality of the products they allow on their service are sketchy enough to necessitate return policies, they tried to foist paid-mods on gamers....the list goes on.


[–] abear 3 points 16 points (+19|-3) ago 

if you dont think the proliferation of open source software and open source supported hardware is good for the consumer then you are a complete and total fuckwad.


[–] ginx2666 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Wow, way to turn a civil discussion into a shitstorm.


[–] Forbin 10 points -8 points (+2|-10) ago 

What proof do you have that Open Source software is good for gaming? I'm not saying that because I'm biased against Open Source (I'm not), but PC gaming was pretty much spawned on Windows and has thrived there ever since. I've never seen a deficiency in PC gaming hardware either. You sound like a typical Linux fan-boy who hates everything non-Linux. I've used Linux since the 90s (and still do). It has never been as gamer-friendly as Windows--at least since WinNT. Configuring video drivers, name it, Linux has had plenty of issues, whereas Windows pretty much just "works" for gaming. Gabe Newell isn't pushing SteamOS and SteamBoxes because he loves Linux--he's pushing it because he doesn't want to compete with a Microsoft game store on the PC. He's pushing Steam's "Big Screen," the Steam Controller, and the Steam Link to compete with the consoles. None of what Steam has been doing is to make PC gaming BETTER for PC gamers--it's done solely because they've been losing to consoles for years and they're afraid that Microsoft is going to compete with them on Windows.