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Randy Pitchford thinks Valve are “foolish” for lack of PS3 development

Randy Pitchford thinks Valve are “foolish” for lack of PS3 development

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It would be easy to claim he ‘blasted’ Valve, or that he’s ‘stoking the fire’ or other such nonsense, but the simple fact is Randy Pitchford has commented on Valve’s refusal to develop for PS3, and he’s called it “foolish”. That’s about it, really. We want to ramp up the drama, we really do, and it is a bit of a swipe, but it’s hard to scream ‘FIIIGHT!’ with any real conviction at this one.

Maybe it’s because he was speaking to OPM.

Anyway, Pitchfork said:

“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?

“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

“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.”

There was more, this about the Orange Box:

“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┬ácolors 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.”

So there you have it: not quite the vitriolic tirade we (kind of) hoped for, but not exactly pulling any punches.




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  • Garan

    Dam valve’s fanboyisim.

  • lDEFYl

    Valve, from what I’ve played, is an awesome developer..but I do agree that they need to give in to Sony’s powerhouse; PS3 is the present and future of this generation. 360 will get tired in less than a year from now..

  • Anasynth

    IDEFYI, people were saying that back when the PS3 was released. And before that. And AFTER that as well.

    Valve isn’t obliged to do shit for the PS3. They don’t want to, they don’t need to, and they probably don’t see a good return on it.

    By the way, Randy. How are your PS3 sales of Borderlands going?