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Valve’s Steam Box is on its way

6 Mar

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In an interview with the BBC, Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, said that the new Steam Box console is on its way and that the first prototypes could hit the users for test in 3/4 months. Read below directly from Newell’s words.

“We’re working with partners trying to nail down exactly how fast we can make it. We’ll be giving out some prototypes to customers to get their reactions, I guess, in the next three to four months. Your average gamer has a good idea of what it’d be like. It sort of has the openness and flexibility of PC, yet done in a way that makes it make sense in the living room. There are noise issues and heat issues and being able to deal with that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it.

The main thing that’s holding us up is that we have a couple of different controller prototypes that we’re using, and that’s one of the things we’ll be giving to customers. We’ll just give them a couple different ones and then look to see what the difference is in their play patterns when they have those different controllers. If you think of a game like Left 4 Dead ,which is trying to put you into a sort of horror movie, you and your friends in a horror movie, if you don’t change the experience of what the player is actually feeling then it stops being a horror game and starts being something else. So you need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused the player is — what their heart rate is, things like that — in order to continue to offer them a new experience each time they play.”

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Enjoy J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell talking together at DICE 2013

13 Feb

We’ve already told you about J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell to collaborate on new games and/or movies here. But you probably want to watch the entire video from that little (20 minutes) talk between the two at D.I.C.E. 2013. So here it is

When universes collide: J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell to collaborate

8 Feb

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Yup, it’s not an hoax. Two of the worst psychopaths (read it in a good way) out there are teaming up. Indeed Bad Robots, J.J. Abrams‘ production company, and Valve, Gabe Newell‘s software house, are planning to collaborate on a new game and probably also on Half Life and/or Portal movies.

This news comes from the stage of D.I.C.E. 2013, where the two had a public conversation in front of hundreds of developers and press people.

Abrams also said that the game he’s in talks with Valve about making will be completely new, with no links to existing Valve or Bad Robot properties. Sorry, we won’t have any Half Life 3 any soon (Newell can’t count to three, you know the joke).

The reason? This is what Abrams said:

“The conversation about what story is in movies, what story is in gaming, the mechanics of story, what makes the experience of a game sometimes more satisfying than a film and vice versa, these are just sort of discussions we’ve had for years. We’ve had so many meetings and finally got to a point where we said, ‘We need to start making stuff.’

And so the ideas that we’ve had for games, the ideas they’ve had for turning Portal and Half-Life into a film, we just decided we actually have to start doing this stuff.”

We are quite excited about this collaboration, they’re both talented (and weird). We are really looking forward to see what’s next.