Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 24, 2013
Just after me worrying about the juggernaut of Valve becoming too dominant, here comes this…
IMO, anybody who didn’t see this coming wasn’t paying attention (and if you aren’t in the industry, you are forgiven for not needing to pay attention…). Given Newell’s sudden interest in Linux, his criticism of Windows 8 and the apparent move towards closing the OS, and of course the rumored “Steam Box.”
I guess one surprise for me was the emphasis on the living-room experience instead of an actual end-run around Windows 8, targeting the desktop gaming experience. But I’m not sure how the latter would work, anyway.
One obvious issue is that of the many games that will already work for the system, presumably almost all of them have been built for the desktop experience. These things don’t port all as automatically as we’d suppose. The PC gaming experience has traditionally been fundamentally different from console gaming. In all likelihood the “already compatible” games might not be the best living-room games…
… except many are indie games which – in many cases – were really console or console wannabe titles that weren’t well-optimized for the PC anyway. Or games that had one foot in both camps.
I think the word to the wise game developer here remains “multiplatform!” In the extreme. The landscape is fragmenting on a level not seen since the early days of the industry, in the early 80s, when you had Atari, Apple, Coleco, Intellivision, Etc.
These are dang exciting times. Crazy, fun, exciting times. I wish I had more hours in a day to participate.
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