President of Gearbox questions Valves lack of PS3 support.

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Speaking with OPM in the UK, Randy Picthford has questions the motives behind the discussion not to support the PS3 by Vavle. Randy Picthford has worked with vavle in the past, and gave his opinion on the PS3 to the magazine. He states "the PS3 is awesome. I think Valve...I don't know why they are doing that. It's weird. but yeah, the Playstation platform's really cool. It's different to others and it's certainly a challenge to be able to develop software for. But that's where the fun is, right?".


After praising  the PS3, Randy Picthford say's "I noticed something on the net not too long ago. Doug Lombardi (Valve's VP Marketing) had to take a swipe at the PS3 again, and I thought it was foolish. I read it the same way I read fanboys. Like there's a guy who brought the Sony platform and he's a Sony guy, so he decides he's going to spend a certain percentage of his time bashing Microsoft. And there's a guy on Microsoft doing the same thing. Those guys are childish and narrow minded, It's the same kind of thing" Randy then takes the comments to a more personal level "Valve think their own stuff is the only stuff that matters, to the point where they have their own distribution platform. It's like, I don't care about retail, about Marketplace, or PSN, I'm going to have Steam. It's cool, it's good, and they're doing a good job but at the same time they're reliant on the rest of the world. They had to do that deal with EA. When I see the L4D ad on the television I don't see a Valve logo, I see a EA logo, and when I bought it, I bought it at a store".

Gearbox has a multi-platform game out, which everybody seems to be enjoying on both the PC, PS3 and Xbox360, so Randy couldn't help but also comment on the Orange box fiasco. "I'm actually kind of mad at Doug because with the Orange Box, he said the 360 and PC versions are the good ones and the PS3 version is like the stepchild because some other developer made it. Well you Valve don't really think that, because look what you've done on the PC side. You've supported that, you've added all this content to Team Fortress 2, and you've left us hanging. It's hard to accept that genuinely, because I know the business, I know you guys make half the money on the PS3 version because you've got other fingers in the pie, and other developers getting a cut. It benefits you if nobody buys that, and only buys the PC version, because you make the most money. There's this underlying sleaziness. You know what, I thought the performance was a little slower on the PS3, but it Looked better. The colors were nicer, I thought the image looked better on PS3. It was a trade-off between the performance and the visuals. And I like visuals".

What you guys think? do you agree with him? or is Valve doing the right thing?



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The guy who ported Valve's games in the PS2 era is complaining about Valve?

And Brothers in Arms may have been of the same quality on all consoles, but that quality wasn't a very high one.

I do agree that Valve are extremely arrogant, but they have the development talent to make up for it.

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Well he's sure to stir up many people!

Let Valve do whatever they want. They shouldn't be associated with a port of a game they didn't develop or really want anything to do with. EA made that game and it shows.

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Well he's sure to stir up many people!

And that's why he's awesome.

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valve can do as they wish... this guy should mind his own...

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I think anybody who thinks visuals should trump performance needs to wise up. It's common knowledge that the EA port of the Orange Box to the PS3 is inferior to the other two versions and trying to make some bogus reasons to say it's not just because you like the PS3 is sketchy at best. If Valve doesn't wanna develop for the PS3, they don't have to, and Pitchford needs to get over it.

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He thought PS3 Orange box looked better then the PC version?


i agree with him, We cant Expect Next gen game out of Valve , we can expect upgraded PS2 games.

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