• jet@hackertalks.com
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    This article is pure clickbait. But eventually Gabe is going to die. And when that day happens we are going to see Valve either transform into a foundation, or become everything that it had resisted through its entire life. Gabe is a stand-up guy. No question.

    His successors, are not going to be Gabe. They’re going to chipaway at his philosophy. It’s only a matter of time

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      Just like when Christopher Tolkien died. No one else was left to be passionate about his father’s vision and desires.

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      I have to wonder if he’s even still doing anything at Valve anymore since moving to New Zealand?

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      This is my real fear as well. I love Gabe but what happens afterwards… I would work for him in a second and I’m just hoping he finds enough people who have the same philosophy to continue his work.

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    Who was even suggesting that this was a thing that might ever happen?

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    Acquisitions felt kinda cool when Microsoft was dishing them out like nobody’s business prior to the pandemic.

    No, it did not. Consolidation usually is bad for employees and customers, and anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last 150 years has had plenty of opportunities to observe this.

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    I could come up with a thousand reasons as to why this would never happen. Hell, I could even argue that the whole Steam Deck’s existence comes from a series of decisions that Valve made out of hatred for Microsoft. So, yeah, it’s not happening.

    Still though, as a thought experiment, imagining a world where tomorrow, Steam is owned by Microsoft, it’s… interesting, to say the least. In the most horrifying way possible, but interesting nonetheless. Quite frankly, I can’t imagine anything worse happening for video games. Like to me, this is what a video game apocalypse sounds like.

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      Still though, as a thought experiment, imagining a world where tomorrow, Steam is owned by Microsoft, it’s… interesting, to say the least. In the most horrifying way possible, but interesting nonetheless. Quite frankly, I can’t imagine anything worse happening for video games. Like to me, this is what a video game apocalypse sounds like.

      Yarr. ☠️

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    Here’s why anyone who thought that was happening is a dumbass: because obviously.

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    Gabe Newell knows that any potential buyer will run Valve into the ground. Thus he already promised too long ago that he would never sell or let Valve go public.

    Considering how many game studios that Microsoft just killed off in the last 3 years alone; they’re never going to be worthy of buying Valve.

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              Lmao they laid off 1900 from Activision Blizzard last year and shuttered multiple XBox game studios this month! Sure, I suppose they could all just hang around and work as volunteers, but I suspect they’ll be doing that exodus thing.

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                Mass firing is not an exodus. Exodus is when people are fleeing, and generally in terms of liberation. Firing people is just firing people

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                  No definition I’ve ever heard requires an exodus to be initiated by the people leaving. Also, if you read the comment that started all this, I was explicit that I didn’t mean employee-led. So thanks for stopping by weeks later to display your ignorance and/or lack of reading comprehension.

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    I’m still mad about what Microsoft did to Rare and think about what the Nintendo landscape would look like if it never happened

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      The story I heard was they bought Rare thinking this would give the rights to Donkey Kong, and when they realized this wasn’t the case after the fact, they basically threw them into the Kinect mine, which later became the Sea of Thieves mine.