International Game Developer Association has quizzed developers and asked them which company they would most like to work for. Interestingly the majority of those asked voted for Valve, even above the chance to work for their own studios. Nintendo came in 7th place beating the likes of acclaimed studios Naughty Dog and Bethesda.
- My own company
- Activision Blizzard
- Current employer
- Naughty Dog
- Double Fine
- Bethesda Game Studios
Youtube user Crazyhalo has put together an impressive video which shows what the adored Super Smash Bros franchise would look like if it featured a cast from Valve, rather than Nintendo. What would it be like if Super Smash Bros. had a Valve-only cast? Set to the style and tune of Super Smash Brothers Melee, with elements from both Brawl, and the first Smash Bros. on the N64.
Gabe Newell has revealed that his favorite non-Valve game is Super Mario 64. Newell, who’s known as the co-founder and managing director of Valve, previously expressed his fondness for the Nintendo 64 classic as well as its director and producer – Shigeru Miyamoto. Super Mario 64 was originally released in 1996 and a remake called Super Mario 64 DS hit the Nintendo DS in 2004.
In a potential partnership of epic proportions, Toki Tori developer Two Tribes nearly had Nintendo and Valve working together to bring players of Toki Tori 2+ a special level editor. At one point faced with less-than-stellar sales of Toki Tori 2+ on Wii U, Two Tribes decided that they wanted gamers to be able to make their own levels on either platform, while being able to log into Steam and share them through the Workshop.
Apparently Nintendo and Valve were both on board with the idea, but Two Tribes could not bring it all into fruition in time to get it ready for the release of Toki Tori 2+. Alas, the partnership never panned out, but Two Tribes is optimistic that they may return to the idea in the future. Here are comments from the company’s Martijn Reuvers:
“Our dream was basically to let users create levels on whatever platform they’d prefer and that they would be able to share it through Steam Workshop. So we came up with a proposal that would allow Wii U owners of Toki Tori 2+ to login to Steam, so that they could make use of that functionality. Kinda what Valve did with Portal on the PS3. Nintendo and Valve reacted very positively and we had some calls and e-mails with both parties about this proposal.
Unfortunately things like this take time and cannot be implemented overnight. So for Toki Tori 2+, it was too late at that point. However we still are in contact with them, so should things change, we’ll definitely revisit it again.”
Valve doesn’t like the fact that the basic input of a PC, the keyboard and mouse, hasn’t changed in any significant way for many years, and is apparently frustrated by the lack of innovation in PC hardware. Because of this, the software company is hiring hardware development specialists for a new hardware project.
Perhaps Valve is not necessarily creating a new console, but may be developing a new controller for PC. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, whose chief video game controllers remain largely unchanged, from the NES to Wii U, each Nintendo console’s main controller is distinctive. Because Wii U offers consumers different controllers to play with, perhaps Valve should consider Nintendo’s forthcoming console as a primary recipient of its games and services.
“Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers.”
“We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in.Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted at Valve’s headquarters in Washington recently sparking rumours that the Steam Box could be a joint venture between the two firms. Earlier today I posted that a Valve computer engineer stated via Twitter that he was working on “next-generation hardware”. If turns out to be true then it could be a very exciting E3 indeed.
You may remember a while back I posted a rumour that suggested Valve were working on their own next generation console called the Steam Box. Well, despite Valve debunking the idea, one of the their computer engineers has tweeted that he is in fact working on next generation hardware for the company. To further add fuel to the fire Valve has posted some new jobs which reveal that the company is seeking electrical engineers to work on “new types of input, output, and platform hardware.”