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Gabe Newell calls PS3 'waste of everybody's time'

Gabe Newell really hates the PS3. In a recent interview with Next-Gen, he blasted Sony's system due to its frustrating architecture, calling the system "a waste of everybody's time. Investing in the Cell, investing in the SPE gives you no long-term benefits. There's nothing there that you're going to apply to anything else. You're not going to gain anything except a hatred of the architecture they've created."

Because of his distaste for PS3, the critically acclaimed Orange Box is not being ported to PS3 by Valve. Rather, EA is handling the port and he's confident that "they'll make the PS3 version a good product; EA got the job done in putting a lot of people with PS3 experience on the project." He does note that "it's harder to get it to the same standard as the 360 and PC versions."

Hopefully, EA's treatment of The Orange Box will be better than the sloppy PS3 version of Madden, which was slammed by the gaming media for its sluggish framerate on PS3.

[Via CVG]

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1. I guess he is a guy who wants to stand still and not be challenged by new tech? Does anyone gives a &*^% what he says nowadays? So if i start programming for 360 can i say the samething since i never programmed before - it is new and challenging to me. Half life is like the only thing good coming out of valve and it really isnt THAT good..

Posted at 10:36AM on Oct 11th 2007 by shase

2. I didn't know who Gabe Newell was until I wiki'd. Now it makes sense... and he's not really one who should talk about something being bloated.

A "Microsoft millionaire" after working 13 years for the company, Newell founded Valve in 1996 with Mike Harrington, another former Microsoft employee. He and Harrington used their money to fund Valve through the development of Half-Life.

During production on Half-Life 2, he spent several months focusing on the Steam project.

Posted at 10:37AM on Oct 11th 2007 by rawd

3. He´s just want attention.

Gabe Newell: DirectX 10 for Vista was a mistake
Gabe Newell Explains Why Valve Hates The mac Newell: Half-Life 2 on Xbox Was a Disappointment
Gabe Newell: Xbox 360 Makes My Life Worse
Valve’s head honcho and former Microsoft employee isn’t happy

Posted at 10:44AM on Oct 11th 2007 by VorteX

4. This guy is the Michael Moore of videogames.

Doing everything he can to sound controversial.

Posted at 10:45AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Bored

5. Good God, a millionaire who can't keep a clean shirt....just look at it!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 10:47AM on Oct 11th 2007 by me-inside

6. He sounds like a deck

Posted at 10:47AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Brian Spence

7. Oh yeah, and this is the guy who won't port HL to Macs unless Apple makes changes that they aren't willing to make. He never clarified on that statement, so Apple chimed in saying that Gabe and Valve wanted $1 million to port it to the Mac. Apple told him to shove it.

I love Half-Life, but this guy's an ass.

Posted at 10:49AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Brian Spence

8. read: fat, lazy.

insights: greasy. picture says something related to dave strattling male genetalia. reminds me of old manager who got fired for being (fat, lazy, greasy.)

homosexuality: not a problem. differences, etc. Newell: a problem. Large, dumb erection.

me > dave. and I can't help but notice much more intricate games like oblivion having been succesfully ported and fully developed (fat, lazy, greasy.)

Posted at 10:50AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Joe H

9. Newell's a pretty big name, but it'd be a whole lot easier to take his comments seriously if we hadn't already seen things on the PS3 that look better than the Orange Box. Sure, there's much more going on behind the scenes than graphics, but it's definitely the big guy in terms of processing bottlenecks. The fact that he can't get a three year old PC game running on a one year old machine seems more of a testament to his narrowmindedness and unwillingness to change an actual weakness in the hardware.

Posted at 10:51AM on Oct 11th 2007 by upz

10. Newell has had and continues to have investments in Microsoft, is used to getting what he wants, and Sony quite frankly pisses him off.

Somebody already mentioned Michael Moore...yeah, it's hard to see the credibility in their words because he's so ugly. I know, I sound shallow. But dang...some people shouldn't get in front of a camera if they're going to make such attention-getting comments.---12

Posted at 10:55AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Twelve

11. *than an actual weakness in the hardware.

Posted at 10:57AM on Oct 11th 2007 by upz

12. "He sounds like a deck"
Brian Spence

I just woke up and for some reason I read that as: 'He looks like a deck'.

I damn near pissed myself.

Posted at 11:02AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Chameleon

13. You know, someone stole the Half Life 2 Source Code originally before the game was published due to some random flaw in Microsoft Outlook. How does this guy stand by them? They must pay him lots of money.

Posted at 11:09AM on Oct 11th 2007 by James

14. wow, nobody's mentioned where he should shove that big screw o his. heheh.

didn't know this tubbo was a Sony hater. sucks that Valve has no hand in getting it onto the PS3 and EA of all companies has to pick up the slack. sounds kinda shady!

glad i'm getting the 360 version tomorrow. Reviews thus far have been pretty stellar.

Posted at 11:13AM on Oct 11th 2007 by ryano



By the way, EA UK are handling Half-Life 2. They have GOOD DEVELOPERS. (Criterion Games, Burnout devs).

Posted at 11:17AM on Oct 11th 2007 by -viper-

16. "How does this guy stand by them? They must pay him lots of money."

He speaks his mind, whether one agrees with him or not. He ripped Microsoft on their stupid decision to release the Core version of the 360, as you can see in the link VorteX posted above.


Although I guess I should just assume that 80% of the comments here will simply be along the lines of "hrk hrk hez fat lololzol!" and forget having a debate of ideas and opinions.

Posted at 11:18AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Strike Man

17. Pretty sad you have to resort to attacking his weight because he said something bad about our system :\

Regardless of his past history with microsoft, I really don't think he's speaking out against PS3 because he used to work for them. Sounds like he's desperately trying to make his games work on the PS3, but is getting extremely frustrated with the architecture.

You can't deny he's made amazing games, he's one of the few developers who can speak out like this and shouldn't really be argued with.

Posted at 11:21AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Frank

18. @18 Frank
The reason for that is he's a millionaire with a dirty shirt and greasy hair. If you look at the picture on Joystiq, he can barely put his arm down at his sides. It looks like he has to lean to reach into his pockets.

He's the video game version of the Simpson's comicbook guy who's just bashing everything that doesn't suit him personally. Apple wouldn't give him a million dollars, so they're not developer friendly and have a bad platform. He might have to learn something new to work with DX10, so it was a mistake. The Cell isn't an x86, so it's pointless to work with.

To top it off, he's not even working on the PS3 version. He just wants to badmouth something and get attention. It's not a lack of understanding of new hardware that delayed the PS3 orange box

Posted at 11:32AM on Oct 11th 2007 by Trev

19. hahaha @16

so it comes out that he hated working without a Hard drive. well now we know that he's a guy who gets frustrated with getting his game out.

but we all know how the 360 version has fared without a hard drive:

Posted at 11:33AM on Oct 11th 2007 by ryano

20. nice, fat jokes are the best you can throw at the guy.Im sure hes never heard that before.

I like the articles hint that ps3 may get a framerate drop due to EAs "Ps3 skillz".

Good luck, 1st its delayed now its got EA at the helm getting it to you.

Posted at 11:37AM on Oct 11th 2007 by ShaggyB

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