Gabe Newell said many interesting thing on Reddit AMA, including Source 2, Linux and Ricochet 2. The AMA was conducted to support charity work Valve is doing for Seattle Children’s Hospital.
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Internet users had a lot to ask, Gabe mostly gave short replies, though very informative. Valve boss, Wolpaw, EJ, Ido and Coomer were answering questions for hours, even those regarding his private life. Although we all wanted to know what will the next game be and of course Half-Life 3 popped up in questions many times.
Other than game titles, Source 2 is highly anticipated game engine and users asked which improvements it will bring. Linux version of Counter-Strike was brought into discussion and Newell answered all of the questions the best he could. Here are the most interesting ones.
Q: Hi, Gabe! I've got a question about Steam Music. Forgive me if this isn't your area, or whatever. Is it possible for some sort of integration with services like Pandora and Spotify, in the future? I don't have a music library, per se, and mostly just use internet radio, so it'd be great if I didn't have to alt tab to change stations or skip songs. Could this happen?
Gabe: Yes, we’ve got some things in the works that we think you’ll like.
Q: Hey Gabe and friends! Thanks for doing this AMA! If Valve could borrow an IP from another company to make a game for it, what would you guys choose?
Gabe: The Warriors Coomer: Groundhog Day, Heathers Wolpaw: God Hand, Saints Row Ido: Casablanca
Q: What improvements will we see out of the Source 2 engine?
Gabe: The biggest improvements will be in increasing productivity of content creation. That focus is driven by the importance we see UGC having going forward. A professional developer at Valve will put up with a lot of pain that won't work if users themselves have to create content.
Q: Hi Gabe, Have you ever found your interest in videogames waning as you've grown older, or do you continue to enjoy playing games as a hobby as much as you've ever done?
Gabe: It doesn't seem to be age dependent in my case.
Q: Hey! We haven't heard any more about lower cost Steam Boxes for streaming from existing hardware. Is that something that's still on the agenda?
Gabe: Yes. We're making some progress.
Q: How do you feel about the Internet's obsession with you?
Gabe: It's entertaining for my friends.
Q: Can we please get an update on when we are likely to see Counter Strike Global Offensive for Linux?
Gabe: It's being worked on but we don't have an ETA.
Q: Has the decision to allow publishers to have their own storefronts and manage their own "stock" gone forward, or was that just an idea being kicked around?
Gabe: We realized that a store ought to be UGC (not just for publishers).
UGC is an abbreviation for User Generated Content.
Q: What are your thoughts on Valve making new IP's?
Gabe: An IP is really a tool for a development team more than anything else. The key is to have clarity around what is uniquely of value in what you are trying to do and not waste your effort on things that don't directly contribute to that.
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